Wildlife Conservancy

Masai Mara National Reserve

Iconic savannah landscapes teeming with Africa's Big Five.

Kenya
Location
1,510 km²
Geographic Size
Year-round
Best Time to Visit

About Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve, situated in southwestern Kenya, is a vast wilderness famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and buffaloes, collectively known as the Big Five. Its rolling grasslands and acacia woodlands support a rich variety of wildlife, making it one of the most celebrated safari destinatio...

When to go

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Seasons

July - October
Best time to go
Ideal for observing the Great Migration and enjoying vast numbers of wildlife in dry weather conditions.
April - June
Low Season
The rainy season may offer challenging safari conditions but rewards with lush landscapes and fewer tourists.
July - October
High Season
Prime time for witnessing the Great Migration and excellent wildlife viewing with dry weather conditions.
November - March
Shoulder Season
A mix of short rains and dry spells, offering good wildlife viewing opportunities outside the migration period.

What to do

Wildlife

The Maasai Mara's vast plains and riverine forests host an incredible diversity of animals, making it one of the best places in Africa to see the Big Five and witness the dramatic river crossings of the Great Migration.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Rare

Cheetah

Common

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
The Maasai Mara is generally considered safe for tourists. Standard vaccinations for Kenya, including Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, are recommended, as well as malaria prophylaxis. Visitors should follow the advice of their guides and respect wildlife distances.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Most visitors travel to the Maasai Mara by road from Nairobi or by scheduled flights to one of the reserve's airstrips, offering a quicker and more scenic entry into the area.
Getting Around
Game drives are the primary mode of wildlife viewing, conducted in 4x4 vehicles. Walking safaris and hot air balloon rides are also popular for experiencing the reserve's landscapes and wildlife from different perspectives.
Visas
Under Kenya's current visa policy, most foreign visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to arrival, streamlining the entry process for tourists and encouraging more people to experience the country's natural wonders.
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