Maasai Mara


Maasai Mara

The beautiful Maasai Mara Game Reserve covers 1,510km² of fabulous scenery and surrounds you with endless skies and clicks and calls of the bush.

The reserve forms a huge unfenced ecosystem with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, which sets the stage for one of nature's greatest sights

The Great Wildebeest Migration. While game viewing in the Mara is exceptional all year round, from August to October it spikes dramatically with the coming of the Great Migration. This wildlife jackpot sees over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra migrate from the Serengeti plains to the Maasai Mara each year.

A conservancy is a very specific form of land and wildlife conservation whereby landowners enter into lease agreements with safari camp operators who pay their partners an annual rent and a daily fee for each visitor. The Maasai Mara Game reserve is bordered by several Maasai owned conservancies which increase the area where animals can move safely and form a buffer around the main reserve.

The conservancies are private to their guests and the limited number of camps in each conservancy can organise bush walks and night drives, neither of which is possible in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. One can still visit the main reserve while staying in the conservancy mainly during the migration season. However, It doesn’t work the other way round: most conservancies do not permit casual visits to safari travellers staying in camps and lodges in the national reserve.

Below are our favourite private conservancies that we always recommend due to their high animal densities and low number of beds within each.

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