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Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8:00 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve.  Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big, private tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

2. From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

PART ONE: This is a group safari Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara At 8 o'clock you will be picked up from your Nairobi Hotel and commence the drive to Maasai Mara via the great rift valley view point where you will have a breathtaking view of the floor of the rift valley. Lunch will be on the way. In the evening after you check in ,depart for a sunset game viewing drive. This is from 4.30 to 6.30 Return back to the camp for dinner. The accomodation is big Tents that have Bed,toilet, Bathroom,hot shower inside. Day 2: Full Day Game Drive in Masai Mara Reserve Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. You will have picnic lunches in the Reserve as you scale the Mara beauty .This day we aim to go all the way to the river where the wilderbeest normally cross into Maasai mara from serengeti. All year round there are lots of resident Hippos and crocodiles sitted at the banks of Mara river. Day 3: Depart Maasai Mara to Nakuru You will enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Thereafter commence the drive to Nakuru. Overnight stay at Lanet Matfam. PART 2: This is PRIVATE safari as no group go to Naivasha and Amboseli National Park. Day 4: Nakuru to Naivasha You will have an early breakfast and depart by 7am to straight to the park. It’s a small park with magnificent, rare white rhinos which form part of the Big five animals. There is also a possibility to see the pink flamingos. The game drive lasts 3 hours, after which you depart on a 1-hour drive back to Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch at dovenest Lodge. After lunch, you will go to hell's gate for biking safari. if you are too tired you will be driven in the park with a car. You will later go for an hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha for bird watching and hippo viewing. You will be dropped at dovenest Lodge for overnight stay. Day 5: Naivasha - Amboseli Pick up from the hotel in the morning drive to Amboseli national park which is famous for its scenery with a backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which dominates the landscape, and open plains. Arrive and proceeding in time for lunch , Check in at AA Lodge Amboseli have lunch and a short rest. Afternoon game drive in search of its popular residents like the well known predators and their opponents like the Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippo with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Day 6: Amboseli Full day After Early breakfast Full day spend in the park with packed lunch in search of its popular residents like the well-known predators and their opponents like the Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippo with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Later return to AA Lodge Amboseli for dinner and overnight stay. Day 7: Amboseli - Nairobi After breakfast check out with a short game drive en-route off Amboseli and drive to Nairobi. When you arrive you will be dropped to your hotel or the Airport. This marks the end of the tour.

Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

3. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

4. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara Your tour will begin as you depart from Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara Reserve via the Great Valley Viewpoint, where you will have a stopover for sightseeing (weather permitting). From there you will arrive in a tented camp in time for lunch and will later enjoy a game drive in this breathtaking land to truly enter the wild. You can hunt for the "big five", as well as the plain game such as the gnus (which are are abundant in this area). Day 2: Masai Mara On your second day you will enjoy a full day of game viewing through the rolling grass of the Mara, which consists of endless plains where more than 2 million wild beast gnu's migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania with their calves. You will then visit the banks of the Mara River to try and spot hippos, before having the option to visit a Maasai village to learn of their unchanged traditional culture. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nairobi Your day will begin with a morning drive to try and search for what you have not spotted so far, before you return to the camp for lunch and checkout. It will then be time to say "kwaheri", a Swahili word for good-bye, to the pastoral Maasai as you depart for your return trip to Nairobi.

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Safari

5. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Safari

The tour starts with departure from Nairobi in the early morning as you head to the Maasai Mara. Admire the stunning landscapes along the way, and stop at a local viewing point to capture some breathtaking photos across the region. Arrive at your camp or hotel in time for lunch and enjoy some afternoon relaxation after the drive. In the late afternoon, it’s time to head out for a game drive and catch your first glimpse of Africa’s native wildlife. On day 2, get up close and personal with nature as you travel into the heart of the Maasai Mara. Marvel at the wonders of the animal kingdom as you watch lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, gazelles, elands and many more animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy a packed lunch next to the Mara river and listen to the sounds of the singing birds all around you. On the final day of the safari, depart for another game drive to immerse yourself in a truly unique African adventure and admire the wonders of the world. As you leave the park, take some time to relax and eat lunch, sharing your tales of the trip with your tour leader before returning to Nairobi.

Nairobi: Private 5-Day Maasai Mara, Nakuru & Naivasha Tour

6. Nairobi: Private 5-Day Maasai Mara, Nakuru & Naivasha Tour

Discover Kenya's premier wildlife destinations on a 5-day tour from Nairobi and have the chance to see the famous Big 5 animals. Take several guided game drives around Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru, cycle around Hell's Gate, and spot hippos on Lake Naivasha. Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi, commence your drive to Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint and marvel at the breathtaking panorama of the valley. Arrive in time for lunch, then depart on a game viewing drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2: Maasai Mara Spend a day exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5 game animals. Between July and November, catch sight of the great migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania, a spectacular annual event only seen in Maasai Mara. Keep an eye out for the predators of the savanna — lions, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, and vultures. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nakuru Enjoy one final early morning game drive in the reserve. Have breakfast before beginning the drive to Nakuru, where you'll arrive in the afternoon. Day 4: Nakuru to Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate After an early breakfast, head to Lake Nakuru National Park for a 3-hour game drive. Look out for the rare white rhinos — one of the Big 5 — and have the chance to see pink flamingos. Continue to Naivasha, where you'll arrive in time for lunch. Visit Hell's Gate National Park for a biking safari, then enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha for birdwatching and hippo viewing. If your energy levels aren't up to cycling, you can take a driving tour of the park instead. Day 5: Naivasha to Nairobi After breakfast at your accommodation, begin your return journey to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch along the way and conclude your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or at the airport.

Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

7. Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve with lunch. Then proceed to Masai Mara for your afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight in a tent camp.  The next day explore Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best chances of spotting the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants. Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend the entire day in the park. You will also have the option of visiting a local Masai village (price is not included).  On your last day, enjoy another early morning game drive in Mara, then depart after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara Private Safari with Meals

8. From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara Private Safari with Meals

DAY 1: NAIROBI – MASAI MARA 0630 hours – pick up from your hotel or residence and start your safari drive through the floor of the Great Rift Valley with a brief stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for photos. Arrive at the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve in time for lunch at your camp. Later enjoy game viewing in the area to introduce you to the game in the area. Maasai Mara is the northern extension of the rolling plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. This world-famous reserve has the highest concentration of wild game including the big five animals. Dinner and overnight at Sentrim Masai mara DAY 2: MASAI MARA – NAIROBI Very early morning breakfast, depart for early morning game drive with packed lunch with better chances of seeing more animals. You shall do a game drive till around midday and depart for Nairobi Drop off at your hotel or residence or airport

From Nairobi: Masai Mara National Reserve Safari

9. From Nairobi: Masai Mara National Reserve Safari

3 Days Masai Mara Package. DAY 1 This is a short safari featuring Maasai Mara National Reserve. The safari departs from Nairobi in the morning and involves a drive down to the floor of the Rift Valley, making a stop at the viewpoint to see the escarpment and the awesome sight of the valley and its features. Lunch at the biggest Masai Town (Narok town or arrive in time for lunch that depends on your departure time in Nairobi, followed by a late afternoon game drive that introduces you to Kenya’s most popular game reserve. DAY 2 The second day is a early wake up and start with breakfast then proceed for intensive game drive the whole day with packed lunch, the back to your accommodation at 6 pm refresh , take dinner and relax for overnight. DAY 3 last day , breakfast followed by a check out from your accommodation for a morning game drive while exiting the park at mid day and back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon, you will be dropped off to your initial pick up point or at the international airport if on transit.

Nairobi: 6-Day Amboseli, Nakuru, and Maasai Mara Safari Tour

10. Nairobi: 6-Day Amboseli, Nakuru, and Maasai Mara Safari Tour

Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park (L, D) You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:30 AM-8:00 AM, at which point you will travel to the Amboseli National Park, arriving in time for lunch. Afterward, you'll proceed to an afternoon game drive which will last until around 6:30 PM. Day 2: Full Day at Amboseli National Park (B, L, D) You will have the entire of your second day to explore the park, with a break to enjoy a picnic lunch. Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya, and is often referred to as the "Home of Elephants". Some of the largest elephant herds are found here, and the game park also contains zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, and antelope. Day 3: Amboseli to Lake Nakuru National Park (B, L, D) Departing Amboseli in the morning, you will travel via Nairobi for lunch before driving to the Great Rift Valley, stopping to view the scenery along the way. You will soon arrive at Lake Nakuru, which is also referred to as the Pink Lake due to its number of flamingos. After arriving in the evening, you'll proceed to take a game drive, followed by dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru guest house. Lake Nakuru's claim to fame is anchored on its flamingos, as well as over 400 species of birds found there. The lake itself is a soda (or alkaline) lake on the floor of the Rift Valley. The lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species. Day 4: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D) Begin with an early-morning game drive in which where you can watch and photograph birds and animals. Following that, you'll enjoy breakfast before departing for Maasai Mara. You will arrive there in time for lunch, before later heading out on an afternoon game drive. Day 5: Full Day at Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D) Following breakfast, leave the camp and proceed for a whole-day game drive. You will have a picnic lunch, and will also cover the Mara River. Day 6: Maasai Mara to Nairobi (B, L) On your final day, you will travel from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi.

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What people are saying about Maasai Mara National Reserve

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 46 reviews

The discovery of Masai Mara was exceptional. Get ready for a long 6-hour journey from Nairobi with a journey full of twists and turns, but it's clearly worth it for the spectacle that awaits you on arrival. Possession of the places in our camp with buffet before leaving to hunt wild animals. Our guide Joseph allowed us to see almost all the animals of the reserve, and this very closely. In permanent radio contact with his colleagues, we go deep into the reserve to come across the lion, elephants, giraffes, leopards and other breathtaking animals. The stay ends with a visit to a Masai village, a little touristy side that lacks authenticity but nevertheless we learn about their rites and way of life. The meals taken in the camp are generous (buffet) and sleeping surrounded by elephants and hyenas is really exotic. I recommend this safari 100%, if possible with Joseph who is a top guide.

A fantastic tour, accompanied by the driver Denis, helpful and professional without ever being intrusive. the tented camp provided the essentials for bed and shower; good food. I would also like to underline the fact that in Nairobi the airline lost our luggage, but through the safari staff, always in contact with the airport, we were able to receive them at a forwarded safari. Thank you so much for the help you received! Super! A fantastic tour, accompanied by the driver Denis, helpful and professional without ever being intrusive. the tented camp provided the essentials for bed and shower; good food. I would also like to emphasize the fact that in Nairobi the airline lost our luggage, but through the safari staff, always in contact with the airport, we were able to receive them after the safari was forwarded. Thank you so much for the help received! Super!

It was an unforgettable trip. The travel company is very professional and caters to the wishes of the travelers (the wishes are always preferred even if it is not on schedule) We had George as our tour guide and he was the best. We never had a tour guide with whom you felt so safe and had so much fun.

We spent 3 very nice days with Robert in the Masai Mara. The Safaris were very cool and the boat trip + walking safari was a very good experience as well. Too bad we couldn't see the rhinos but for what we saw, it especially makes us want to come back!

The safari was absolutely awesome. The director Andrew was absolutely amazing. Would definitely recommend Andrew and can't think of a better one.