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Kenya

Masai Mara Holidays

KENYA’S MASAI MARA? SORTED.

Encapsulating over 1,500 square kilometres of sun-drenched savannah, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the world’s most celebrated safari destinations. Located in southern Kenya, the endpoint of the annual Great Migration, this wildlife-littered landscape is striking in every sense of the word.

Part of a constantly changing ecosystem, every minute in the Masai Mara demands attention. And, while these golden-toned plains may be breath-taking when viewed from a distance, you’ll get to witness all the drama in detail on an up-close game drive.

From prowling lions to ivory-tusked elephants, grazing zebra to smoke-spotted leopards and cheetahs, these majestic creatures are a constant source of ‘pinch-me moments’ among those visiting the Mara – as are the hundreds of other species that call this land home.

While certainly a highlight, game drives aren’t the only way to spend your time during your Masai Mara holiday. From hot-air balloon safaris at dawn to guided bush walks in the quiet of the early evening, you can immerse yourself in your surrounding environment in numerous ways. Although, you’ll want to return to camp long before the beginning of nightfall to ensure you don’t miss a second of that spectacular African sunset. Order your favourite sundowner and watch as the hot sky sinks into shades of ruby and amber, making silhouettes of the faraway baobab trees and wandering wildlife.

Whether you have your heart solely set on safari or are interested in a multi-centre Africa holiday, here at Travelbag, we can help you design a holiday that makes your imagination run wild. To get started, simply give one of our Travel Specialists a call, or pay us a visit at one of our shops.

Things to do

Where to stay

Getting there

Best time to visit

Things to do

If you’re planning a Masai Mara holiday, a game drive will likely feature top of your list of things to do. Typically, you’ll set out before the sun rises, along with your expert guide and travel companions, and drive off in search of fantastic wildlife. 

Another great way to discover the area is by booking a hot-air balloon safari. It’ll be another early start, but this time you’ll be catching the sunrise from up in the sky. You’ll catch incredible views of the savannah below you before touching down in time for a champagne breakfast. 

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Alternatively, you can take a guided nature walk within your camp or around the main reserve. Soak up the peaceful sounds and sights of the bush, learning all about the flora and fauna as you go.

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Where to stay

A Masai Mara safari is one of the most thrilling adventures you can get your hands on. But, when it comes to accommodation, there’s no need to rough it. With something to suit every style and budget, you can take your pick from a range of cosy camps, all with their own unique appeal. Those looking for high luxury are well catered for, with many camps and lodges offering private pools and terraces – perfect for chilling out after a day of exploring. 

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Which area of the reserve you wish to stay in should also be a consideration when choosing your accommodation. The Central East area is most convenient if you’re arriving from Nairobi, while the Western Mara Triangle is more remote, which can make for better game viewing.

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Getting there

Getting to one of the wildest places on earth is actually pretty simple. First, you’ll fly from the UK to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. A direct flight usually takes around eight and a half hours, although if you’re making a stop along the way, you’ll want to allow roughly 11 hours. Once you arrive in Nairobi, you can drive to Masai Mara National Reserve – a journey which takes an additional six hours – or take an easy 45-minute plane transfer.

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If you fancy exploring more of Kenya after your Masai Mara holiday, there are plenty of options. You could return to Nairobi, taking time to discover the multitude of museums, markets and restaurants. Or, you could fly over to Mombasa, enjoying some rest and relaxation on a beautiful Indian Ocean beach.  

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Best time to visit

If you want to witness the Great Migration during your Masai Mara visit, you should plan to stay between early July and late October. Of course, timings can differ depending on the way of the wildebeest, so if you want to be on the safe side, we’d recommend a holiday in September.

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Coincidently, Kenya’s dry season also runs alongside the Great Migration. Visit during this time of year, and you’ll get cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitoes, and clearer game viewing, thanks to the lack of vegetation. 

However, it should be said that the rainy season – November to March – has its perks, too. You’ll get lower rates on accommodation, with fewer guests sharing the reserve with you. Plus, the scenery will be at its most lush and green, with baby animals and birdlife out in full force.

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Things to do

Things to do

If you’re planning a Masai Mara holiday, a game drive will likely feature top of your list of things to do. Typically, you’ll set out before the sun rises, along with your expert guide and travel companions, and drive off in search of fantastic wildlife. 

Another great way to discover the area is by booking a hot-air balloon safari. It’ll be another early start, but this time you’ll be catching the sunrise from up in the sky. You’ll catch incredible views of the savannah below you before touching down in time for a champagne breakfast. 

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, you can take a guided nature walk within your camp or around the main reserve. Soak up the peaceful sounds and sights of the bush, learning all about the flora and fauna as you go.

Show More
Show Less

Where to stay

Where to stay

A Masai Mara safari is one of the most thrilling adventures you can get your hands on. But, when it comes to accommodation, there’s no need to rough it. With something to suit every style and budget, you can take your pick from a range of cosy camps, all with their own unique appeal. Those looking for high luxury are well catered for, with many camps and lodges offering private pools and terraces – perfect for chilling out after a day of exploring. 

Show More
Show Less

Which area of the reserve you wish to stay in should also be a consideration when choosing your accommodation. The Central East area is most convenient if you’re arriving from Nairobi, while the Western Mara Triangle is more remote, which can make for better game viewing.

Show More
Show Less

Getting there

Getting there

Getting to one of the wildest places on earth is actually pretty simple. First, you’ll fly from the UK to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. A direct flight usually takes around eight and a half hours, although if you’re making a stop along the way, you’ll want to allow roughly 11 hours. Once you arrive in Nairobi, you can drive to Masai Mara National Reserve – a journey which takes an additional six hours – or take an easy 45-minute plane transfer.

Show More
Show Less

If you fancy exploring more of Kenya after your Masai Mara holiday, there are plenty of options. You could return to Nairobi, taking time to discover the multitude of museums, markets and restaurants. Or, you could fly over to Mombasa, enjoying some rest and relaxation on a beautiful Indian Ocean beach.  

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit

Best time to visit

If you want to witness the Great Migration during your Masai Mara visit, you should plan to stay between early July and late October. Of course, timings can differ depending on the way of the wildebeest, so if you want to be on the safe side, we’d recommend a holiday in September.

Show More
Show Less

Coincidently, Kenya’s dry season also runs alongside the Great Migration. Visit during this time of year, and you’ll get cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitoes, and clearer game viewing, thanks to the lack of vegetation. 

However, it should be said that the rainy season – November to March – has its perks, too. You’ll get lower rates on accommodation, with fewer guests sharing the reserve with you. Plus, the scenery will be at its most lush and green, with baby animals and birdlife out in full force.

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Check out our Kenya safari holidays or tailor your trip with help from our Travel Specialists

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