Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith
Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith Travel Specialist
"Home of the safari, Kenya has some of the most dramatic game viewing in Africa. Its national parks are legendary."

Masai Mara Safari Holidays

The Masai Mara is legendary as the setting for the spectacular annual Great Migration: in July and August, over a million wildebeest and zebra brave the crocodiles of the Mara River to reach the fresh grasses of the savannah – where they are hunted by predators like lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Throughout the year, the Mara offers the most diverse wildlife in Kenya. Here you will encounter animals in the huge numbers similar to those found in the 19th century. Permanent rivers sustain wildlife through the dry seasons. The riverine forest around the Mara River supports elephant and giraffe. The abundant plains game attracts prides of lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and the smaller nocturnal cats. Over 500 bird species – including 53 birds of prey - have been recorded in the Mara’s varied landscapes.

The Masai Mara area is in the southwest of Kenya and forms the northern part of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. ‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ in the Maasai language and accurately describes the land lying north of the Mara River, which is stippled with acacias. For several centuries, the wildlife shared these lands with the pastoral Maasai people and their cattle.

The Mara encompasses the Masai Mara National Reserve and the equally extensive Maasai group ranches which, up to now, have served as wildlife dispersal areas. There are various concession arrangements between the group ranches and private safari operators, with large tracts of land dedicated to conservation. Game-viewing within the reserve is more strictly regulated. Beyond the boundaries of the national reserve, in the concessions, game is equally prolific, there are fewer visitors and game walks and night drives are permitted.
 


Getting to the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is a 4-5 hour drive from Nairobi. The route takes you down the escarpment and along the bottom of the Great Rift Valley before climbing the foothills to Narok and passing the Loita Hills.

The Mara also has seven airstrips served by scheduled flights from both Nairobi (about 45 minutes) and the coast. Most of our clients choose to fly between game reserves.

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Out of Africa Luxury Safari
  • Adventure
  • Culture & History
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £5309 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
Have your own Out of Africa experience with three stunning areas of Kenya renowned for the prolific game, luxurious properties, culture and no crowds.
Big Cat Photographic Safari with BBC Cameraman, Warren Samuels
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £6650 per person
9 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
Be part of the private photographic tour that has some real inspiration from Warren Samuels himself. Spend some quality time on safari in Kenya's famous Masaai Mara at Govenors' Private Camp.
Kenya's Camping Adventure
From £2399 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
This itinerary is the perfect, and affordable, choice for those with a desire to get off the beaten track and immerse themselves in the...
Kenya Safari & Zanzibar Beach Honeymoon
  • Culture & History
  • Honeymoons
From £3000 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Zanzibar
A safari honeymoon in Kenya that brings together superb game-viewing in the Masai Mara and time on an idyllic beach in Zanzibar.
Masai Mara & Mafia Island, Zanzibar
  • Beach
  • Safari
From £3150 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
This Big-Five safari at Little Governors Camp in Kenya's Masai Mara combines perfectly with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town on Zanzibar and lesser visited Mafia Island.
Big Cat Masai Mara & Samburu Safari
  • Safari
From £3199 per person
9 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
Our Big Cat Safari visits both the Masai Mara and Samburu National Reserve, bringing together two great national park experiences.
Kenya Safari & Mauritius Escape
  • Beach
  • Wildlife
From £3240 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Mauritius
A 12-night safari in the game-rich Masai Mara complete with a beach break on the tropical island of Mauritius - perhaps the most quintessential of safari and beach combinations.
Kenya Safari & Zanzibar Beach Holiday
  • Beach
  • Safari
From £3250 per person
13 day holiday
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Kenya     Zanzibar
This safari and beach holiday takes you to Kenya's game-rich Masai Mara, the World Heritage site of Stone Town and the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.
Romantic Kenya & Mauritius
  • Honeymoons
From £3299 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Mauritius
A safari honeymoon that takes you to the open plains of the Masai Mara, staying in a romantic tented camp, then head to Mauritius for a relaxing beach stay at boutique-style Hotel 20°Sud.
Kenya Masai Mara Eco Safari and Beach
  • Beach
  • Responsible
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £3360 per person
11 day holiday
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Kenya
An incredibly rewarding and meaningful safari and beach holiday, this itinerary is perfect for those who wish to travel with a clear eco-conscience with stays in two responsible yet luxurious resorts.
Masai Mara Safari & Zanzibar Beach Adventure
  • Beach
  • Wildlife
From £3380 per person
13 day holiday
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Kenya     Zanzibar
Travel to the Masai Mara for incredible safari adventures in the exclusive Naboisho Conservancy, an exhilarating three days watching the wildebeest of the Great Migration, before relaxing along Zanzibar’s idyllic coast. Travel in September or October for fantastic savings of a free night in Ol Seki Hemingways Camp and a discounted stay in The Residence Zanzibar.
Masai Mara Safari & the Seychelles
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
From £3695 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Seychelles
This unforgettable Kenya honeymoon combines exciting game-viewing in the Masai Mara, based at the superb Little Governors Camp, with a stay on the romantic island of Praslin in the Seychelles.
Kenya and Zanzibar Eco-safari
  • Beach
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £3899 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Zanzibar
This East African holiday combines a safari in two contrasting ecosystems in Kenya, exploration of Stone Town and some down time on the...
Visions of Kenya Safari
  • Safari
From £4245 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
Enjoy a premier safari experience at a relaxed pace. This 12 day luxury safari visits three totally different ecosystems in Kenya: Amboseli, . Book this safari amd receive a pair of Zeiss binoculars worth over U$1000 completely free
Masai Mara Safari & Mozambique
  • Honeymoons
From £4640 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya     Mozambique
The perfect safari and beach honeymoon, this is a top choice which brings together the big cats and the Big-Five in the Masai Mara and a gorgeous secluded beach lodge in Mozambique.
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