Masai Mara: The Great Migration is Here

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Masai Mara stands out from other national parks around the world for its wildlife-rich plains. In addition to the park’s unmatched population of wild animals, it is also the setting of the great annual migration. Millions of animals cross the plains of Serengeti National Park into the grasslands of the Mara.

The annual migration in Kenya starts from July and ends around October. In addition to wildebeests, gazelles and zebras, this migration attract a range of predators including lions, leopards and cheetahs. Maasai Mara has over 500 species of birds, which you will see during your tour of the woodlands and riverine forests.


The sweeping plains of Maasai Mara.

The sweeping plains of Maasai Mara.

Things to Do in Masai Mara

Explore the enchanting plains of this national reserve to see lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, buffalos and hundreds of birds. To enjoy your safari in Maasai Mara, expect activities like:

  • Game viewing
  • Bush dining
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching

Watch the Great Migration Up-close

Experience the magical migration by staying in a camp in Masai Mara. There are luxury, mid-range and budget camps/lodges in Mara. Camps and lodges around crossing points like the Sand, Mara and Talek rivers ought to give you unrivalled view of the migration. Lodges and camps in Maasai Mara include Keekorok Lodge, Sentrim Mara Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Sarova Mara Game Camp.

How to Get to Masai Mara

Air travel is the most convenient mode of transport. This national reserve has over 6 airstrips, and you should book a flight that takes you to the airstrip that is closest to the camp or lodge you have chosen. Flights from Nairobi to Maasai Mara take about an hour.

Alternatively, you can drive to Mara. This road trip takes about six hours.  The most striking spot along the route from Nairobi is the Great Rift Valley view point.


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