The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve. If you are dreaming about a safari, what you are seeing in your minds-eye is the Maasai Mara. It is classic savannah – grasslands where animals are plentiful and the vistas are spectacular. The area is the site of one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world and home to tremendous concentrations of resident game including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino, hippo, and over 500 species of birds.
For travel to the Mara, we advocate staying in one of several private concessions which border the park. Not only do these concessions increase the area where animals can move safely and form a buffer around the national park, but they also offer a more exclusive and flexible wildlife experience. While you will still likely spend a full day inside the main reserve, especially during the migration, adding game drives inside the private concession means that you do not need to spend your whole time jockeying for views of lions or elephants with other vehicles. In addition, private concessions are able to offer bush walks, night drives, and off-road driving, activities not allowed in the main Mara Reserve.