Maasai Mara

At a glance

  • Big Five and big cat viewing
  • The annual Great Migration
  • Hot-air balloon ride at sunrise

Maasai Mara holidays

Africa’s most famous wildlife reserve

The most famous reserve in the world, the awe-inspiring Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands, wide open savannah and rich in wonderful African wildlife. Here is the place to witness the incredible annual wildebeest migration between June and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Maasai Mara has mass appeal all year round. Spot prides of lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. And a magical hot-air balloon safari here is a must – gently drift over the plains as the sun rises, with game roaming below.

  • Incredible wildlife viewing amongst stunning African landscapes of rolling plains and wide open savannah
  • Witness the Great Migration as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing (June-October)
  • As Kenya’s most popular reserve, the Mara can become busy at times – but even experienced safari-goers admit that the game viewing opportunities here can be wonderful
  • The conservancies outside of the reserve boundaries also offer excellent – and often less crowded – wildlife viewing
  • Gain an insight into traditional Maasai life by visiting a Maasai community and join Maasai-guided bush walks in surrounding conservancies

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Kuoni Insider

Have your camera at the ready because as soon as your light aircraft lands on a small runway on the Mara plains you are immediately surrounded by wildlife.

The transfer from the airstrip to your lodge will be your first game drive. As we turned a corner our driver stopped and pointed to an area of grass. We were only two metres away and as I excitedly peered over, I saw a lioness taking a nap. Suddenly a cub appeared from the tall grass and wandered in front of our vehicle. As I looked back I realised there was in fact a pride of five or six lions taking a rest together. It was an amazing way to start my safari.

Faye Gallacher
Assistant Manager, Kuoni at John Lewis Leicester