Masai Mara National Reserve has a rolling savannah landscape dotted with patchy shrubs and trees, and is the Kenyan part of the large ecosystem stretching south to Serengeti in Tanzania.
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara (also spelt Maasai Mara) is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Maasai tribespeople. These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area. At times certain parts the Park can get a little overrun with tourist minibuses, so it is recommended to select your time and destination carefully.
The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands.
Masai Mara Wildebeest and Zebra Migration route map
Read more about the Wildebeest Migration, including detailed maps and movement patterns and migratory routes: Migration route map
Safari Routes in the Masai Mara
The below routes are just samples of the safari routes that are recommended in the Masai Mara:
6 day Kenya safari
: This luxury safari includes Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Park. Some of the transfers are by scheduled flight and others by vehicle.
7 day Kenya Camping Safari Route
: This is a camping safari through Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara National Park. Stay in domed tents in private campsites.
7 day Kenya Migration Safari Route
: This route visits luxury tented camps in Amboseli, Ol Pejeta Conservancy Rhino Sanctuary and the Masai Mara.
...more Masai Mara Safari Routes
Safari lodge and camp maps
Porini Lion Camp map
: Located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. It borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve
Mara Intrepid Camp map
: Sheltered in an indigenous forest bordering the Talek River with an elevated viewing deck with sunset views over the plains.
Mara Explorer Camp map
: Mara Explorer is situated on a broad forested bend of the Telek River.
Mara Porini Camp map
: In the exclusive wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system.
Sarova Mara Lodge map
: Sarova Mara Tented Lodge has 75 tents and is located in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Governors Main Camp map
: A century ago this camp was reserved for the colonial Governors and their royal visitors. Now Governors Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with hippo and crocodile.
Governors Private Camp map
: The jewel in the Governors Camp crown; for those who want an exclusive taste of the Governors. Keekorok Lodge map
: Keekorok Lodge is situated in the south eastern part of the Mara, and right in the path of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
Little Governors Camp map
: Little Governors casts its spell over all who visit from honeymooning couples to Presidents.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge map
: The Mara Serena Lodge has a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.
Rekero Camp map
: Rekero Camp is situated at what is recognised as the prime site within the Masai Mara Game Reserve, close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek River.
Bataleur Camp map
: Bataleur Camp at Kichwa Tembo is nestled in a lush riverine forest. The tented suites epitomise classic elegance.
Cottars 1920 Camp map
: Cottars 1920s Safari Camp is located in the Masai Mara on the boundary of the Serengeti National Park and Loliondo Game Area.
Elephant Pepper Camp map
: Elephant Pepper Camp (originally Mara Bush Camp) offers a unique, comfortable environment and is named after the Warburgia Ugandensis tree, which is commonly known as the Elephant Pepper tree.
Fig Tree Camp map
: Fig Tree Camp is built on a beautiful site on the banks of the Talek river.
Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp map
: Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp nestles below the Oloololo Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, affording spectacular views of the Masai Mara game-filled plains.
Naibor Camp map
: Naibor Camp is situated on the banks of the Talek River, near the confluence of the Talek River and the Mara River.
Offbeat Mara Camp map
: Offbeat Mara Camp is a seasonal camp located on the Olare Orok river on Koyiaki Group Ranch.
Olonana Camp map
: Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River and has 12 spacious permanent tents.
Rekero Kidogo map
: Rekero Kidogo is a seasonal mobile camp running from 1st July until October 31st.
Serian Camp map
: Serian Camp is an exclusive wilderness camp set in a secluded valley overlooking the Ol Are Orok River.
Ol Seki Camp map
: Ol Seki Camp is set on a wonderful rocky outcrop, overlooking the Ilsupukioi River.
Ilkeliani Camp map
: Ilkeliani is an eco-friendly permanent luxury tented camp overlooking the Talek River.
Sekenani Camp map
: Sekenani Camp is known for the magnificent setting, excellent cuisine and has some of the most comfortable tents in the Masai Mara.
Siana Intrepids Camp map
: Siana Springs Intrepids Camp is situated at the base of the Ngama Hills.
Siria Camp map
: Siria Camp is an eco-friendly bush camp situated on Escarpment in the Masai Mara Triangle. Warm days, cool nights (1,850m above sea level).
More about the Masai park
The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles (5,600km) long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor. The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Masai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife.
Our migration route maps show the where the migration is during each month relative to Masai Mara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Game Reserves and concession areas. As the migration path and timing is dependent on climatic conditions, the maps can only give a rough guide of the location at any point in the year. The best time to catch the migration in the Masai Mara is when the wildebeest are crossing the Mara River where they face the waiting crocodiles.
Historically, the Mara forms part of the traditional tribal lands of the Maasai people. A proud and nomadic people the Maasai tribe have lived in harmony with nature for centuries.
Masai Mara Airstrips
The Mara has a series of airstrips that are used to service the safari lodges. These include:
Siana Springs Airstrip