Masai Mara Safari
Masai Mara safari takes you to a land of wilderness, watered by the Mara River and astonished with huge amounts of wildlife. Masai Mara National Reserve is located in Narok County, Southern park part of Kenya. This Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve consists 1510 sq. Km open rolling grasslands and is the northern extension of the equally famous Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. A typical Masai Mara Safari encompasses the big cats, sandy-eyed Lions are found in large pride everywhere, and it is uncommon to see them hunting. Cheetahs and leopards are less visible but fairly still common and elephants, Buffaloes, zebras, and giraffes occur in huge numbers. Breathtaking at any time of the year, Masai Mara safari reaches its pinnacle during the annual wildebeest migration in July and August.
This is what is referred to as the Great Migration in Africa where literally millions of these ungainly beasts move north from Serengeti to Masai Mara Kenya seeking lusher grass before returning back in October. These wildebeests whose population is estimated in millions are the sole occupants of the Masai Mara and highlight the annual Great Migration which is also known as the wildebeest Migration. Many travelers from different corners of the world book Masai Mara safari during this time of the year to witness the greatest and most impressive natural migration in the whole world, there is no such an experience anywhere else on the globe. This Migration is estimated to have over 1,300,000 wildebeest 97,000 Topi 500,000Thompson’s Gazelle, 200,000 zebras and 18,000 Elands.
How to book a Masai Mara Safari
The easiest way to book a Kenya Safari Masai Mara, simply to contact a worthy Masai Mara Safari operator, Take this step at least two months from your dates of travel. This is to enable your Masai Mara tour operator to make all your preferred hotel, Park, and Masai Mara Safari bookings on time. Late Masai Mara Safari bookings often result in cancellations with lodges in the park especially in the high peak Safari seasons due to fully booked accommodations and safari activities.
How do you tell a worthy Masai Mara Safari Operator
Always checkout the past reviews of a company before any immediate step towards getting in touch with the company. A worthy Masai Mara safari operator has good reviews based on most of the Safari tours the company has operated over time. At Masai Mara holidays we are reputable for having timely assistance as based on our reviews from our past Travelers. Once you are in contact with a professional Masai Mara tour operator, it’s now up to you to choose from the list of tailor-made Maasai Mara Safaris they offer, feel free to ask your operator for a free quote.
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Do you prefer designing your own travel agenda?
At Masai Mara holidays, we let you plan your entire holiday with proper timely assistance from a travel expert from our team. One thing we highly don’t recommend is planning a Masai Mara safari by yourself, this often results in a terrible experience on a safari. We have witnessed travelers that have missed out on their booked activities due to earlier challenges either in Nairobi or poor booking and transportation problems. It is advisable you get in touch with a Masai Mara safari operator who will be fully responsible for your safari to ensure you have a memorable time spent at nearly the same cost.
Discounted prices for a Masai Mara safari booking
Are you looking for discounted prices for a Masai Mara Safari? Take advantage of the low season in the Maasai Mara, this is a time in the Mara where travelers are fewer, it’s rainy and the Great Migration is out of sight. Nevertheless, this is a perfect time to go on game viewing for the big cats, they are plenty in numbers around this season of the year. The low season in Masai Mara starts from April to early June, the months come with discounted prices especially on accommodations within the Park unlike the high prices associated with the high peak seasons in the Mara. Nevertheless, at Masai Mara holidays, we often have discounted prices for most of our safari holidays to Masai Mara. Simply contact an expert from our team to get in touch and plan out a perfect safari for you
Confirming your Masai Mara Safari booking
Upon concluding choosing your perfect Masai Mara Safari holiday package, it’s time to confirm your Masai Mara Safari booking. How do you confirm your safari booking? A Masai Mara safari booking is considered a confirmation once pay you a portion of your quote as requested by your tour operator. This portion can range from 30% to 60% of your quote depending on the company’s policy. This also depends on how much a safari operator would need to make all the necessary bookings in advance. Many travelers are scared of how much money tour operators ask for to confirm a booking but it is always advisable to adhere if you are certain the tour operator is worthy like I mentioned earlier. Money transfer can be in various ways but most professional safari operators should at least be able to accept Visa Card Payments and Direct Bank wire.
Once you have confirmed your Masai Mara Safari booking, your tour operator will send you a receipt as proof of payment. Considering the company’s policy, expect to make a second payment as your travel dates get closer. This will be a full amount payment of your quote as stated by your safari operator. This as well comes with a receipt of proof of payment
Requirements for your Masai Mara Safari
As your travel dates draw closer, you are required to apply for a tourist visit visa to Kenya, this can be done on this portal.
Online Kenya Visa Application
Access the evisa portal
Create an account.
Select the single entry visa.
Apply for the visa and pay with a valid credit card.
Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.
Note: It takes at least 2 working days to get your eVisa.
Print the visa before you travel for a presentation at the immigration.
You are required to have a valid passport with at least two blank pages and at least 6 months validity. Should your safari go beyond Kenya that is to include: Uganda or Rwanda. It is best you apply for an East African Tourist visit visa which guarantees you access to all the named East African countries as listed above.
Once you have booked a Safari holiday to Masai Mara, there are health requirements you are expected to meet. As soon as your travel dates clock, You may need a yellow fever certificate when entering Kenya from certain destinations. Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centres. If you do need one the carry this certificate of vaccination with you upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport.
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Wondering how a Maasai Mara Kenya safari experience is like?
You haven’t been to Kenya until you have been to the Masai Mara safari. A minimum of 3 days is required to explore Masai Mara National Reserve on a safari, should you have more than 3 days for safari the better it is as you can explore the park for 4 to 5 days for an ultimate safari experience. Kenya Safari Masai Mara experience unfolds with day 1, pick up time which is usually from your place of residence in Nairobi at 6:00 to 7:30 am in the morning depending on your preference. At Masai Mara Holidays, our drivers are known to always arrive early so be sure to be ready on time as you don’t want to be stuck in the morning traffic jam, especially in Nairobi. We hop into our private 4×4 Safari Landcruiser or van to start our Masai Mara safari. This is always the same safari vehicle we use for our entire Masai Mara safari and game drives. We enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful suburbs of Nairobi to reach Maasai Mara National Reserve at around 1 am.
You know you’ve made it to the Maasai Mara when you see those toll stations where the Maasai people collect park entry fees to let you go through. There are also a few Masai ladies selling artisanal accessories to you from our safari vehicle. You can also bargain with them.
Along the way to our Masai Mara Safari, we have the first stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint at around 8 to 9 am where we enjoy the breathtaking views and sceneries while of course taking some photos. There you can also find a shop selling souvenirs and another one besides selling water, snacks, coffee shop selling tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, chapatis, mandazi at pretty decent prices. You could opt to have a great cup of coffee to go for KSH 200, one delicious chapati for KSH 50, or Mandazi for KSH 50 as well. Here we can also access toilets which are situated inside the souvenir shop in case you would like to refresh.
After an almost 30 minute break at the Great Rift Valley, we get back on the road for another two hours to our lunch destination at our booked accommodation in Masai Mara National Reserve. Our booked accommodations for our Kenya safari Masai Mara are usually top-notch, budget, midrange, or luxury accommodation options carefully picked based on their great service and a wide selection of meals. Depending on your Masai mara safari package type preference, we are happy to recommend good accommodation options to suit your budget. Upon arrival at the accommodation, we are also briefed about the different timings for electricity and hot showers as well as our mealtime. Most accommodations have electricity from 5:30 to 6:45 in the morning and 6:30 to 10:30 at night. The water supply could be restricted too. Our tents or lodge options for our Masai Mara Safaris are pretty decent with proper mosquito nets and an ensuite bathroom. It is literally in the wilderness which many of our visitors consider so cool! You could even see wildlife grazing within the proximity of your tent.
After a yummy lunch, we take some time off at our accommodation to relax and refresh. At 4 p.m, our driver opens our safari vehicle’s rooftop and off we set off for our first adventure game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve.
It is always surreal! Expect to see giraffes gracefully walking around. It is always such a beautiful sight! Dazzles of zebras and wildebeest peacefully grazing in the wide plains. We also get a chance to circle around the prides of lions, hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs. You will be amazed at how nature works as there is a high chance you will see all these just in barely two hours into our Masai Mara safari! This is nothing like in a zoo! It’s a different thing altogether to see animals in their own natural habitat, going around with their daily business. It’s a whole new way of appreciating those animals.
On top of that, we get quite close to the animals, giving us the opportunity to take close photos and videos on our Masai Mara Safari. Our drivers are very experienced too and know just the right spots to take us up close to the animals. The end of our first Masai Mara safari evening always sets a tone for the start of our pain and suffering experience as we wave goodbye to the resident wildlife to return back to the accommodation at around 6:30 p.m for dinner and overnight stay.
The next day we enjoy 6 to 10 hours interacting with resident wildlife on full-day game drives on our Kenya Safari Masai Mara. We wake up early by 6:00 to leave our accommodation by 6:30 for full-day Masai Mara safari game drives with organized bush breakfast and picnic lunch. This is always the highlight of our Masai Mara Safari as we get to witness all wildlife species the park offers, our driver is skilled enough to track down most of the animals. With a bucket list of various wildlife species to see, we tick off one by one until we have seen every bit of the resident animals. Should your travel dates be from July to September, you should brace yourself to witness the Masai Mara Great Wildebeest Migration as it happens. We have a whole day to track the migration which is one of the most thrilling activities you can ever have on a safari.
Shooting animals in the Mara comes as part of this Masai Mara safari package we offer, ensure to this with a camera though!
You can check out our carefully designed Masai Mara packages and feel free to reach out for a free quote from our timely safari experts at your disposal. We always advise travelers that wish to visit that Mara that there is no way you are going to get the most of it by doing it yourself. There is a high chance you will find a lot of challenges or even spend twice as much. Our Kenya masai mara safaris are all-inclusive packages that cover the entire trip costs for you to have a seamless safari experience under the guidance of a professional team.
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