Destinations Destinations
Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Luxury, Birdwatching, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

A fly-in Kenyan safari will normally begin in capital Nairobi. Instead of heading straight out of the city, take some time to explore its vibrant cultural scene, through its museums, artworks and music bars. Whether you travel independently or with a safari company, you’ll fly to the Masai Mara National Park to begin your wildlife adventure. Here, you can see all of the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – as well as visiting a Masai village and learning more about local traditions. Your safari experience should also allow you to take a bushwalk to spot giraffe and kudu, or take a night safari to see a different side of the Mara. Take a flight back to Nairobi to depart.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

Big five safaris in the Masai Mara

The world-famous Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with safari-goers flocking to the reserve to glimpse lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant. Come between June and October to see the great migration – when more than a million wildebeest and zebra enter the park from the neighbouring Serengeti.

See the famed Mara River crossing

See the famed Mara River crossing

Head to the Kenyan side of the Mara River between July and August to witness the great migration’s premier spectacle – the crossing of the Mara River. All it takes is one wildebeest taking the plunge to spark a frenzy – but beware of the lurking crocodiles.

See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

Take to the skies over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon and you’ll see the sun rising over the plains, the Mara River glistening and animals on the move.

Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our Kenya experts.

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Governors’ Camp
Deluxe

Governors’ Camp

Created in 1972, this luxury tented camp is nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve...

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Little Governors’ Camp
Deluxe

Little Governors’ Camp

Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, each of the 17 luxury en-suite tents have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the large watering hole in front of camp...

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Il Moran Camp
Deluxe

Il Moran Camp

The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury — Governors’ Il Moran is small, peaceful and intimate, with added touches that place this camp at the top of the safari accommodation range...

How to book

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Price guide

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $1,321 and $2,441pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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