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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This 7 Day Safari combines two of the most popular travel regions in Kenya - Laikipia and the Maasai Mara. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, central Kenya, offers 365km² of quality game viewing. Spend 3 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.
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 Maasai Mara with its lush grasslands, acacia woodlands, rolling savannahs and abundance of wildlife is 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 Maasai Mara.