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.
Mara North Conservancy
Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 61,000 acres of classic savannah bush country, the land broken into ridges and ‘chocolate blocks’ by bush-choked luggas (seasonal stream courses), and with high densities of game. It is a vital part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the south of Kenya.
The wildlife includes several much-studied lion prides featured on BBC's Big Cat Diary seri...
Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Olare Motorogi Conservancy (a combination of Olare Orok and Motorogi conservancies) covers an approximate area of 33, 386 acres and is a strategic buffer zone for the Maasai Mara National Reserve and key wildlife migration corridors.
Famous for its highly focused conservation work and the success of its community integration, The Olare Orok Conservancy set the levels for sustainable Mara tourism by proposing a limit in the conservancies of 12 tents per camp and at least 3km² of game-vi...
Mara Naboisho conservancy sits North of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, covering an area more than 52,000 acres with largely wild bush and savannah, made up of land contributions from 636 landowners. The conservancy has the big cats in big numbers. In fact, with nearly 100 lions living in the vicinity, it has one of the highest lion densities in the world. The largest pride in the Greater Mara Region – comprising 20 lions – has made the conservancy its home. Of course, such a healthy lion populati...
Olderkesi Conservancy is located to the southeast corner of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, just north of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The 7,000 acres of the Olderkesi Conservancy is owned by all 6000 landowners of the 106,000 Olderkesi Group Ranch.
The remote Ol Derikesi Conservancy has only one, spectacular, camp. Cottar’s 1920's Camp. The district is teeming with wildlife such as lion, giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, and leopard.