A visit to us at The Spirit of the Masai Mara will be a holiday that stays with you for the rest of your life, a magical experience like no other. Here, we’ve put together a guide to what you can expect from a Masai Mara safari holiday. Our exquisite and exclusive lodges are the best place to act as a base for your dream trip and we’ll be happy to welcome you and organise some of the highlights of your trip.
Where is the Masai Mara National Reserve?
The name Masai Mara comes from the Maasai word ‘Mara’, which means ‘spotted’ in the Maa language. This relates to the acacia trees, the craters and other marks on the land that are dotted around for as far as the eyes can see. The Mara is a wide-open plain, an oasis for some of nature’s finest wildlife. You can expect to see elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, zebra, giraffes and much more. The reserve is some 370,000 acres large, covering an area in south-western Kenya. It is mostly open grassland, with small rivers throughout that pop up seasonally, and the Mara River itself as the biggest obstacle to the wildebeest herds that cross each year during migration. If you are flying into Nairobi (Kenya’s capital city) it is about 140 miles away from the eastern border of the Mara. Most safari visitors will catch a connecting flight to some of the airstrips that are found in the Mara.
Accommodation at the Masai Mara
We are obviously biased, but we believe that the luxury we offer at The Spirit of Masai Mara puts us head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to booking accommodation for your safari holiday. Our 10 exclusive suites are designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. We offer our guests large, comfortable bedrooms that give you a cracking sleep. The bathrooms are big and calming, and you also have a private bar and veranda from which to watch the sun go down at night and to see the wildlife on our doorstep.
The Wildebeest Migration
The Masai Mara is one of the top safari destinations in the world for a good reason. It offers exceptional game-viewing the entire year because of the sheer variety of wildlife and game that live in and come through this part of the world. You can expect to find elephant, buffalo, zebra, hyena, giraffes, gazelle, and the big cats that the area if famous for. In July though, the spectacle of two million wildebeest traversing the Mara river into the reserve makes for an experience like no other. The herds come into the Masai Mara for a few months, before heading back to the Serengeti around October/November. It is this time of years when the entire ecosystem comes to life and where you are most likely to see kills up close and personal when on game drives. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is an experience that you will never forget.
When is the best time to visit the Masai Mara on Safari?
Due to the fact that there is great wildlife on show all year-round, there isn’t really a ‘best’ time to visit the Masai Mara. It really depends on your personal favourite time to visit, and whether you want to visit during the great wildebeest migration from July onwards each year. For some visitors, even the rainy season from April to June is a good time to visit, offering something completely different to the rest of the year.
What can I do on a Masai Mara Safari holiday?
Seeing the wildebeest migration, the big 5, and the landscape that is teeming with wildlife is the big draw to a safari holiday in the Masai Mara, and when staying with us at the Spirit of the Masai Mara, we’ll do everything we can to provide you with the experience you’ll never forget. We can set you up with game drives (early in the morning, throughout the day, or even night time game drives) where a local tour guide will drive you out into the plains to get as close as possible to the wild animals, allowing you to see nature at its finest and to get some glorious photos for your collection.
Another great way to see the Mara is to take a trip on a Hot Air Balloon. A safari trip in this way is spectacular, rising up into the sky above the plains and seeing the wildlife and raw nature for as far as the eye can see towards the horizon. Our teams can help set you up on day trips like this, and it is a fantastic balance to the game drives which get you up close and personal with individual animals and packs, whereas this gives you the overview of the entire ecosystem.
Not only that but we can offer to set up trips to the local villages. Here, you can learn more about the local culture and traditions of the Masai Mara tribes, and if you are lucky enough you might get to experience dancing, music, song, poetry and much more. It is the only way to see how life has been here for centuries.
When you book a safari holiday with us you are embarking on the holiday of a lifetime. The game drives are spectacular, putting you up close to nature and some of the finest wildlife on the planet. Local guides can take you on bush walks, whilst local community visits teach you about the local history, the culture of the villages, as well as conservation in the Masai Mara.