The Masai Mara is an extension within Kenya of the greater Serengeti ecosystem of Northern Tanzania. It is named after the Masai people who live in the area.
Most people visit the Mara to see the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle which annually flows through the reserve from July to October. The Mara is also known for great populations of big cats and many species of general game. The staggering numbers and density of wildlife make the Masai Mara one of the world’s finest safari destinations.
The Masai Mara does have a reputation for being a bit over crowded with safari goers, especially during the migration. That said, visitors can still find private and exclusive places. Beyond the reserve boundaries are some of the best private reserves in Kenya. Places like Olare Orok, Mara North and Naboisho offer guests the best of both worlds with close access to the reserve proper and the exclusivity of staying on huge private areas with little other safari traffic.
Access is via transfer flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport or long and bumpy road transfers.