For those that have been to other parts of Africa on safari, it seems that first trip to the Masai Mara is like experiencing safari for the first time. All the films and photography on the region and The Great Migration simply do not do it justice, which is why the Mara remains an essential stop on any Kenya luxury safari.

Leading Kenya’s tourism industry in both popularity and wildlife, the famed Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya covers more than 400,000 acres and is situated between 4,900 and 6,890 feet above sea level. It is part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya and encompasses several “group ranches” or ancestral wildlife areas owned collectively by the Maasai communities.

The Masai Mara National Reserve gets its fame from being the jewel of African wildlife. It is also a prime area for ornithologists, with hundreds of different species having been recorded. The area is teeming with herbivores that, in turn, support large numbers of predators. Millions of wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, buffalo, impala, topi, hartebeest, giraffe, eland, elephant, dik-dik, hippo, and warthog live their natural lifecycle alongside the largest population of lions in Kenya together with cheetah, leopard, hyena, and jackal. The Mara is also one of the best wilderness areas in Africa to observe rare species like the rhino and the bat-eared fox or the nocturnal wildlife, from the bushbaby to the genet.

The sheer number of animals one can see within the Masai Mara is always astounding, especially during the migration season. Multiple luxury camps provide uncanny proximity to the movement, with strategic locations near the concentrated Mara River crossing points. Whether experiencing game drives, bush picnics, sundowners, Maasai village visits, or unforgettable ballooning trips over the plains, the Masai Mara promises not to disappoint.

Contact Ker & Downey today to ensure this Kenyan treasure is included on your next luxury African safari.