Maasai Mara

Not many people with extensive African safari experience will argue the fact that Kenya’s Maasai Mara is one of the best locations in Africa (at virtually any time of the year) to photograph and view big cats in their natural environment. It is also home to the Great Wildebeest migration – the largest animal migration in the world with up to 2 million animals – and the huge Wildebeest river crossings in the Maasai Mara are wildlife safari ‘Box Office’ for photographers and wildlife lovers alike. A Maasai Mara safari is particularly famous for the chance to see lions, leopards and cheetahs which hunt the large numbers of antelopes found inside the park and the neighbouring conservancies. It is not possible to take nighttime drives or safaris inside the Mara reserve itself, but there are many superb nearby conservancies, like the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which are world-famous for the chance to see leopards and other nocturnal wildlife, such as Porcupine, Civet Cats, Hyenas, African Owl and Nightjars. All Masai Mara tours are conducted in specialist safari vehicles and there is such an amazing choice of Maasai Mara lodges and camps to choose from.

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Big Cat Magic in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of those most special of wildlife places in the world which just keeps you wanting to come back for more and more. We know that from many regular clients who visit multiple times a year and it is one of those safari destinations which can deliver great wildlife encounters outside of the main high season, which runs from July to October. It is without doubt one of the best places in the world to see big cats and it is not unsual in the Mara to have regular sightings of the Big 3; Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. This June departure will see cheaper options available on international flights and less crowds in the park, so why not join us on this Big Cat safari at Mara Intrepids in June 2021.

Style - Bespoke Wildlife
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2590
Mara Predator Big Cat Conservation Safari

‘In 20 years if nothing is done, there will be no Lions left in Kenya’ Neils Morgensen, Mara Predator Conservation Program.

Niels Mogensen, Senior Programme Scientist at the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, and award-winning natural history photographer and film maker Trai Anfield invite you to join them on a truly unique wildlife photography safari and survey experience, focussing on the two most iconic predators of Kenya’s Maasai Mara: lion and cheetah. Leopard will also be likely, alongside the prey species that make up this complex ecosystem. Should African wild dog be in the vicinity during our stay, then of course we will prioritise this species too.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 9
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When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£4790
Rhinos and Big Cats

June in Kenya is the last month of the shoulder season and a stunning time to visit on your Kenya wildlife holidays before the crowds of the high season arrive. By booking all accommodation through the famous Serena lodges we obtain an additional discount on your behalf, but we also retain our independance and privacy by booking an expert naturalist/driver, who will be your friendly, personal guide from the moment you touch down in Nairobi.

Style - Bespoke Wildlife
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
Activity Level
When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2500

Best time to visit the Maasai Mara

This really is an all year-round location and although many safari companies will try to sell you only the high season Maasai Mara camps from July to October, they are not providing you with a full picture of the seasonality of the reserve and the incredible Maasai Mara safaris which can be taken during the rainy season. There are short and long rains in ‘The Mara’ and the beauty of the safari period just after the rains is that you will be seeing all the Masai Mara animals at their best; both the prey species and the predators. They will have full bellies, shiny coats and they will simply ‘pop out’ of the green landscapes where they live. The early rains normally finish by around mid-December, so why not enjoy a Christmas holiday you will remember for the rest of your life by booking a Maasai Mara safari for late December.

Maasai Mara animals – what will you see during your visit?

There is a lot to see in the Mara and it is not just the abundant species like Elephants, Buffalo, Hippos and Giraffe which you will come across. You have a good chance to see rarer species like Leopard, Bat-eared Foxes and other nocturnal species as the night drives in the Mara conservancies are very productive. It is relatively easy to see 4 out of 5 of the Big 5 with a longer stay and there have been many very interesting ‘wild cats stories’ from the Maasai Mara, including the 5 male Cheetahs who came together to form a formidable hunting pack. African primates found here included the Copper tailed monkey and the adorable Bushbaby.

Best Maasai Mara lodges and camps to stay in

Because Kenya and in particular the Maasai Mara is such a long-established African safari destination, you do tend to enjoy the best wildlife lodges, most authentic camps,  great food and most importantly, the top wildlife guides, in Africa and this all comes together seamlessly to produce Masai Mara safaris of the highest possible quality. We are huge fans of the Kicheche camps in the Masai Mara, as they provide you with the best wildlife safari experience in the Mara; as you can have both access to the main Mara reserve as well as wildlife-rich conservancies, like Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Another personal favourite Masai Mara camp is Entim Camp with its beautiful tents, friendly ambience and perfect location just a few hundred metres from the Mara river to observe the great Wildebeest migration in Kenya.

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