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The Most Spectacular Show on Earth


The Maasai Mara


The incomparable Maasai Mara, whose undulating green grasslands support staggering concentrations of lion, cheetah, spotted hyena and other predators. From August to October, the Mara also hosts the world's greatest wildlife spectacle, when hundreds of thousands of manically baa-ing dust-kicking wildebeest stream across the Mara River from neighbouring Tanzania.

Fly to The Maasai Mara. Safari holidays in Kenya conjure images of wildebeest thundering across the Maasai Mara and this all comes true with our two day air safari to The Mara! Immerse yourself in these game rich plains; be amazed at the abundance of wild life from the smallest Meerkat to the largest Lion. This two day fly-in safari gives you everything you need for a really enjoyable stay in one of Africas’ best game reserves and with less time spent travelling, you get more time for spotting all these different animals. The Mara wildlife reserves will exceed your every expectation as the thrill of tracking the ‘Big Five’ takes over your mind, body and soul.


Maasai Mara (by Air)

Two,Three and Four Night Safaris

Day 1: Mombasa - Masai Mara

Early pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport to catch your scheduled flight to Masai Mara. At the Masai Mara airstrip you will meet our drive/guide and begin a game drive en route to your Safari Camp or Lodge for check in and lunch. Afternoon Safari Game Drive in the Masai Mara till sunset. Dinner and overnight at your Safari Lodge or Tented Camp.

Day 2

Early morning game drive at 0630 hours until 0800 hours where you are driven back to the Lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, join the driver again for the late morning game drive until 1230 hours where you arrive back at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, relaxation then at 1600 hours, you again go out for the evening game drive until 1800 hours. Arrive back at the lodge, dine and overnight.

Day 3

Early morning game drive and before returning to your Safari Lodge/Camp for a full breakfast. After breakfast, proceed for another safari game drive and back for an early lunch. Transfer to catch your flight back to Mombasa. Our safari driver guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel.

Additional 4 and 5 Days

Included

  • All Transfers
  • Flights
  • Park Fees
  • Accommodation on Full Board basis
  • Game Drives
  • A bottle of water per person per day in the vehicle
Additional 4 and 5 Days

What to wear and pack for Safaris

  • Loose comfortable clothing preferably in earth colours
  • Smart casual clothes for the evening
  • Suncream and Hats
  • Swimwear. Check with your Rep if your safari accommodation has a swimming pool
  • Trainers, Walking Shoes or Sandals that you can strap down
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening, especially in the Masai Mara
  • Water
  • Camera. The majority of lodges have electricity to recharge your camera
  • Water
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Binoculars
Additional 4 and 5 Days

Kenya Safari Seasons

KENYA SAFARI SEASONS

The weather in Kenya is good for safaris at all times of year, though there is a greater chance of encountering rain from mid-April to the end of May and in November. Some people like to travel in these “rainy” months when dramatic cloud formations gather over the Mara plains, there is a sense of refreshment and grasslands are carpeted in new flowers.
Daily temperatures are influenced by altitude, so in the higher areas like Samburu you need a fleece for the cool early morning drives, but by 9am this is discarded as temperatures rise to the high 20s.
After a delicious lunch you take a siesta during the warm early afternoon with temperatures in the low 30s. Head out on safari around 4pm as it gets cooler and the animals start moving, remembering to take the fleece for when the sun has dipped below the horizon.
Weather is more a consideration at the coast, so don’t visit the Kenya coast from the first week of April to the first few days of June as the rains are heavier in coastal areas. At all other times of year the Kenya coast weather is warm, gently humid and breezy, at its very best from late November through to March.

Additional 4 and 5 Days

 

Your Choices of Accommodation in the Maasai Mara

As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for the Maasai Mara.

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Ashnil Mara Camp

Ashnil Mara Camp is located within the Maasai Mara National Reserve and close to the Mara River famous for the wildebeest migration.
The Mara, more often than not has been described as Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve due to the abundant flora and fauna and the gentle rolling grasslands that ensure the animals are never out of sight. Everything about it is outstanding.
There are 40 luxury tents overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara and includes luxury ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. The restaurant serves international, oriental and African traditional cuisines. Buffet setting is the preferred serving style but request out of the normal buffet served can be arranged. There are other available options in place that can be arranged on request like bubbly bush breakfast and picnic lunch boxes.




 

Keekorok Lodge

At the southern end of 1,510 sq km Mara paradise, and right in the path of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, lies Keekorok Lodge. There is always plenty of activity around the waterhole but during the migration, the lodge is enveloped by the swarming mass of animals. One need hardly venture from the grounds to game view. From the veranda and from Kiboko Bar, there is plenty to see. One unfortunate zebra met its end right in front of the dinning room, providing supper for a pride of hungry lions, and ‘live’ entertainment for enthralled guests at Keekorok.
Accommodation at Keekorok Lodge is in bungalows, single story blocks, and in comfortable shaded chalets. The liberal use of cedar wood, pink and gray sand river stone, and other indigenous building materials offset the green lawns and colourful bougainvillea.
After a day in the fresh air, the excitement of game spotting, a refreshing dip in the swimming pool and the ritual of sundowners by the roaring log fire in the lounge heralds an evening full of traditional Maasai dancing, cultural or wildlife lectures and videos with yet another of those remarkable Keekorok dinners.


 

Mara Simba Lodge

Mara Simba lodge is the ultimate lodge in the Masai Mara national reserve of Kenya. The emphasis is on exclusivity and comfort, the ambiance is Masai, and the decor incorporates ethnic design elements from the local tribes. The Mara Simba Lodge grounds extend almost a kilometer along the Talek River with the beautiful riverbank left in its virgin state. Further back, lush landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees attract colourful birds and butterflies. The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the river and is designed to complement its natural setting.
Mara Simba lodge has 84 guest rooms, arranged in clusters of 6, fitted in natural wood tones and stone banda. Guest rooms have en-suite showers, tiled bathrooms with natural granite. Each room can easily accommodate an extra bed, opens onto its own private veranda with uninterrupted views across the river. In addition to the lodge, Mara Simba has a few luxury tents if you choose to be accommodated in one.
The restaurant and bar offer first-class cuisine. The bar has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is an ideal place to relax after a day of sightseeing. The dining area and bar, where delicious cuisine of succulent meat dishes and vegetarian menus are served, are focal points in the cool of the evening.


 

Governors' Camp

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.
Governors Camp has just been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco- Tourism Kenya due to its sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.


 

Little Governor's Camp

Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife.
The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed.
The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the natural watering hole at the camp. All Governors’ properties are un-fenced, and at Little Governors’ there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time. Little Governors Camp has just been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating from Eco Tourism Kenya due to their sustainable practices in place at the camp.



 

Mara Rianta

The perfect base for your safari adventure is the stunning Mara Rianta luxury tented camp, which is nestled in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy.The 20 luxury tents overlook the Mara River, which is teeming with large groups of hippos.
Savour delicious alfresco lunches and evening barbecues around the pool and enjoy Masai dancing and talks on the Masai culture.
Sumptuous meals are served in the Acacia Restaurant. Lunches and evening barbecues are served around the pool. Private bush breakfasts and lunches can be arranged, offering guests the most stunning views of the savannah after an exciting early morning game drive, or indulge yourself with a romantic bush dinner set beneath the starry African sky.
At the cosy Zebra Bar & Lounge you can relax and enjoy your favourite drink or cocktail. Afternoon tea, cookies, cakes and sandwiches are also available.



 

Sarova Mara Camp

Nothing quite captures the true spirit of East Africa like a safari in Kenya’s richest game reserve, the Maasai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp offers front seats to nature’s most breathtaking show - the wildebeest migration. The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle where, from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.
Sarova Mara Game Camp is well positioned to enjoy this unique phenomenon. The rolling plains around the Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, and the Camp is situated right in the center of their migration path.
20 Club tents.
These are luxurious and extremely spacious decorated in whites and soothing earthy colors with large beds, loungers, wardrobes and a desk. Bathrooms are appointed with his and her sinks and a bath in addition to the shower. Club Tents have glass panel doors and a deck outside for game viewing and private dining.
51 Standard tents.
These are large and comfortable, tastefully furnished with double and twin beds, wardrobes, writing desk and safari chairs.
2 family tents.
These are two in one, sharing a spacious common lounge overlooking a lovely pond teeming with birds. One tent has a double bed and the other has a twin with space to fit a third bed for a family with children.


 

Fig Tree Camp

Fig Tree Camp is in the Masai Mara, Africa’s most famous game reserve. The Masai Mara, home of the “Big Five” and the magical spectacle of the wilderbeast migration.
The camp is located on the banks of the Talek River and offers both luxury tents and chalet accommodation. A new addition at Fig Tree Camp are the Ngaboli tents, 10 presidential tents built on a private wing of the camp.
Services at Fig Tree Camp include, game drives and night safaris, game walks, bush black tie dinners and champagne breakfasts on the planes of the Masai Mara.
Also based at Fig Tree Camp is Adventures Aloft balloon safaris, which fly daily from the camp.
A safari from Fig Tree Camp will be a memory you will cherish.



 

Royal Mara

Experience luxurious standards of comfort and the personal attention of the staff. Elegant carved furnishings will leave you with memorable impressions. At night listen to bush sounds from roaming wildlife. Resident hippos abandon their river sanctuary after sundown to graze between the river accommodation guest suites which are positioned on raised wooden decks with protective railings to ensure the safety of our guests at all times.
Enjoy nonstop game viewing from your private accommodations. The tent canvas wall frontage of the river guest suites can be opened completely to afford a spectacular open river view from all of the sleeping and bathroom areas. Relax on one of the chaise longue and watch the hippos bobbing in the Mara River below your veranda, the baboons and other wildlife roaming in the bush across the river.



 

Il Moran Governors' Camp

This camp is for those who want that extra bit of luxury. IL Moran Governors' Camp has purposely been kept small and intimate, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari. IL Moran is widely regarded as the premiere camp in the Masai Mara. Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River. You will be a personal guest of our manager, who’ll look after all your needs. The camp is situated along the banks of the Mara River, right in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with the best game viewing right on your doorstep. Governors Il Moran Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating by Eco Tourism Kenya for environmental practices both in camp and with the neighbouring community.



 

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Located at the very centre of the famous 'Mara Triangle' of the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the Savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the 'greatest wildlife show on earth', the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
Styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River. The central bar and dining areas enjoy spectacular views, as does the rock-surround swimming pool. Each luxuriously-presented room is accommodated in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony and spacious seating area. Activities include three daily game drives in custom-built traditional safari vehicles, 'sundowners' in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pools, balloon safaris and exotic Maasai bush suppers.
Word renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of 'the greatest wildlife show on earth', the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya's most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world's most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.




 

Amani Mara

Amani Mara is situated in the world famous Maasai Mara. Set upon one of the most beautifully located sites, Amani Mara boasts 9 luxury rooms each with their own private veranda overlooking the breathtaking views of the African landscape, a mixture of plains, bush, water, and lots of game.
The Swahili word "Amani" originates from Arabic, meaning peace, desires, wishes, aspirations. This carefully chosen name reflects the desire to provide the perfect holiday experience for guests.
It also reflects an aspiration to be an environmentally conscious safari camp that provides you with all the luxuries you require with minimal impact on the environment.
The safari camp features designs from African culture, art and design. These can be seen through the cosy lounge with an amazing fire place, the dining area that overlooks the beautiful plains, to the swimming pool carved into a cliff. Above all, Amani Mara is a peaceful haven where nature is at the core.
There are nine very beautifully designed rooms, built partially in stone, canvas and hessian, a unique and eco-friendly construction. King sized beds made from olive wood feature in all of rooms. All rooms are en-suite with a well appointed toilet, hot water shower, twin wash basins, bathtub and dressing area. Five of the rooms feature an outside bathtub with lovely views of the plains beyond, great for a warm romantic evening, while the other four, though located inside the rooms, still offer the panoramic views of the African bush.



 

Olumara Camp

Olumara Camp brings about comfort and convenience in a unique luxurious way to all safari lovers. The camp comprises just 10 tents and 1 family tent thus enhancing personalized services and bringing the home away from home feeling. Olumara is hidden in the shadow of indigenous trees. The camp recreates the atmosphere of the natural environment. Each room is furnished to a complete standard. The beds have been hand carved from specially selected wood from fallen trees. The interior of each tent also includes a hot and cold Shower, flush toilet, dressing area and a mirror. Each tent has a large, extended Balcony for relaxation, reading and game viewing or even holding private events e.g. private dinners.
With only eleven spacious, self contained luxury tents, the camp prides itself on their exclusive service on a one on one basis, with their guests. Watch the experienced chefs preparing delicious meals, which are served at the table by caring staff.
Enjoy a campfire while the bar attendant mixes your choice of cocktails and drinks, if preferred, at the bush-bar down at the riverbank. A wine list features South African selected wines. When thinking of comfort & game, think Olumara and nature at its best. Olumara Tented Camp is in a class of its own!




 

Mara Explorer Tented Camp

Mara Explorer is situated on a broad, thickly forested bend of the Talek River in the very heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Location
This luxurious tented camp lies at the confluence of the Masai Mara’s four main game-viewing areas, and enjoys prime views of the spectacular wildebeest migration between July and September.
During the remainder of the year, herds of watering elephant, giraffe and other animals can often be seen from your private veranda. Mara Explorer’s own all-weather airstrip means you can be in camp less than an hour after leaving the bustle of Nairobi



 

Mara Intrepids

Overlooking the Talek River Rivers, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness.
Mara Intrepids is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. For the remainder of the year, the camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing, with large local populations of plains game, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and all the Big Cats.
In 2004, some 75% of the footage for the BBC’s famous Big Cat Diary was shot in the vicinity of the camp. Mara Intrepids is 298 kilometres and a six-hour drive from Nairobi, while our all-weather airstrip enables guests to be at the camp within 45 minutes of leaving the capital.





 

Mara Safari Club

Surrounded on three sides by the breathtaking Mara River, and on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World – the Masai Mara - Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury. A Top 20 Luxury Resort by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Fairmont is a host to a number of fine dining, safari and outdoor activities. The main Masai Mara lodge at the center of camp hosts an indoor restaurant, bar and library with Internet access to keep the relatives up to date with safari adventures. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a swimming pool, complete with bar and private massage tents.
With four poster, pillow-top beds and a veranda overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river, each of the 50 tents at Fairmont Mara Safari Club is superbly furnished with its own private, three-piece bathroom, including a number of “outdoor showers” in select tents. The larger-sized accommodations also feature expanded decks which allow for private dining, a new service. Offering one of the most luxurious Masai Mara hotel accommodation.
Outdoor dining is enhanced with the creation of a boma, a structure influenced by traditional homesteads, where guests can enjoy a cultural dinner reflecting not only African cuisine but also rich musical accompaniment.
Guests can choose from a wide range of activities at Fairmont Mara Safari Club resort hotel, including game drives and balloon safaris over the Mara plains capped with a champagne breakfast on the Savannah or a stroll in the footprints of the hippo-trodden path escorted by a Maasai Moran. The location provides a perfect base for visiting the Masai Mara, one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, and home to an astounding array of animals including zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles and of course the "Big Five".