Sweeping grasslands, lone acacia thorn trees, stately Maasai warriors clad in red, the wildebeest leaping frantically into the Mara River. These are some of the iconic images of this world-renown safari destination.

Made even more famous by TV's "Big Cat Diary" and Disney's "African Cats", the Maasai Mara National Park heads the popularity charts as Kenya's top safari destination. It's also home to the Great Migration where over a million wildebeest, zebra and other antelope run the gauntlet across the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara and Talek Rivers.

But fame has its drawbacks. At peak season, the landscape is wall-to-wall with safari vehicles and tourists jostling for prime viewing space and the best photo opportunities. This is something to bear in mind when planning your Kenyan safari. Would you be comfortable with these crowds? Or would it be more sensible to opt for a safari lodge or tented camp in one of the exclusive concession camps where you'll still have every chance of seeing teeming wildlife, especially huge numbers of wildebeest during the season, and seldom see more than one or two vehicles when you're out on game drives?

Another option is to plan your safari in the off-season when there are fewer people around. You can go just before or immediately after peak migration season (ie mid-July to mid-October) when you'll find far fewer tourists, more attractive prices and still stand a good chance of seeing some of the migration.

On safari in the Maasai Mara, you can expect to see abundant lion, cheetah and leopard, spotted hyenas, jackal and predatory birds. There are thousands of elephant, abundant and varied species of antelope from the diminutive dik-dik to the enormous eland, huge herds of buffalo, giraffe and, of course, Burchell's zebra and wildebeest by the hundreds of thousands.

Speak to us about your preferences and concerns and we'll gladly share some of our insider secrets and help you to plan an unforgettable safari with the best viewing and least overcrowding.

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6 Day Masai Mara Budget Safari
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Our 6-Day Masai Mara Budget Safari delivers some of the best game viewing opportunities in East Africa, for an affordable price. This fully guided, Kenyan small group safari overnights in eco-friendly, en-suite tents along the banks of the Talek River on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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6 Day Masai Mara Wildlife Safari
6 days
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This affordable 6-Day Masai Mara Wildlife Safari takes you on the journey of a lifetime to one of the best game viewing areas in East Africa. Our small-group safari is fully guided and overnights in a luxury tented safari camp located in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve on the edge of riverine woodlands that overlook the Mara River. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book early!

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7 Day Classic Kenyan Conservancy Safari
7 days
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Our 7 Day Classic Kenyan Conservancy Safari combines two of the most popular travel regions in Kenya — Laikipia and the Masai Mara. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, central Kenya, offers 365 km² of quality game viewing. Spend three nights at Kicheche Laikipia, situated at an active waterhole with frequent visits by elephant, black rhino, plains game and a wealth of birdlife. Then fly down the Rift Valley to an exclusive conservancy near the Maasai Mara National Park. Only a few vehicles are permitted here. Enjoy unhindered views of spectacular wildlife in some of the most breathtaking African scenery.

Safari on Foot 7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari
7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari
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Our 7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari Tour introduces you to the wilder side of Kenya on an affordable budget. Explore Laikipia Plateau's sweeping plains on foot, where the last of Kenya's African wild dogs have found refuge. Discover why the Masai Mara's lush grasslands, acacia woodlands, rolling savannahs and abundance of wildlife make it one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations. In season, witness one of the world's natural wonders, the Great Migration, where one and a half million wildebeest, zebra and antelope leave the Serengeti for the Masai Mara.

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13 Day Best of East Africa Group Tour
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Our scheduled, small group 13 Day Best of East Africa Tour takes you on the trip of a lifetime to East Africa's best game-viewing areas. From Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara in Kenya to Lake Victoria, Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara in Tanzania, our Best of East Africa Tour is big on wildlife adventure and filled with unique cultural experiences.