10 Best Masai Mara Safari Tours

The Masai Mara is a safari classic for a reason: it’s temperate climate, fertile soil and wide-open plains support a huge number of animals and make for easy game spotting. And it’s perfect to combine with all sorts of other exciting destinations in Africa like the Seychelles, Victoria Falls or even Cape Town. Read on to see our Top 10 best Masai Mara tours:

1. Rhino Tracking and Big 5 Safari

Duration: 8 Days

Fly between three different camps to experience two very landscapes in Kenya. The Mara promises classic savannah with large herds of elephant and, of course, wildebeest while Samburu is hillier and more arid, a supportive environment for more unusual species. Both have sizable populations of predators like lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

Highlights:

  • Track black rhino with rangers via radio
  • See the Samburu Special 5 (beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe)
  • Seasonal Great Wildebeest Migration viewing in the Masai Mara

Best for:

Adventurers, birders, families and couples

2. The Mara and Lake Naivasha

Duration: 6 Days

It’s not only North America and the United Kingdom that have systems of great lakes, Kenya does too, thanks to the Great Rift Valley. Two of the most famous are Nakuru and Naivasha, both of which you will explore on this unusual safari.

Highlights:

  • Stay in a classic wooden safari house with views of Naivasha and Mount Longonot
  • Optional activities like golf, hot-air ballooning and trips to Nakuru
  • One of the best sites in the Mara for game viewing

Best for:

Birders, families, adventurers and photographers

3. Luxurious Beach-and-bush Combination

Duration: 10 Days

It might sound odd but a safari can be exciting AND exhausting – very early mornings, long hours in the sun, late nights around the campfire. What better way to return home completely refreshed than with a few days on the beach after your safari?

Highlights:

  • Overnight in Nairobi’s most luxurious hotel
  • Jam-packed private game viewing in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
  • Spectacular laid-back beach resort at Galu near Diani, one of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches

Best for:

Couples, romantics and honeymooners

4. Mara Horse-riding Safari

Duration: 11 Days

Some safaris allow you to ditch the game-drive vehicle in favour of walking; this one let’s you saddle up a horse to gallop with the herds in a completely enthralling experience! Depending on the time of year, you could mingle with the wildebeest migrating back down to the Serengeti or trot among the resident game like zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, elephants and impala.

Highlights:

  • Ford the Mara River at a major Migration crossing point
  • Explore a protected forest to find rare black-and-white colobus monkeys
  • See thousands of flamingos at Lake Nakuru

Best for:

Experienced adult riders (age restriction applies)

5. The Mara, Victoria Falls and Cape Town

Duration: 14 Days

Hit three biggies in one fell swoop. If you’re taking a long-haul flight to Africa, then it can make sense to see as many of the major destinations as possible. Cape Town will appeal to nature lovers, foodies and wine drinkers while Victoria Falls is a must-do for everyone, especially adrenalin seekers. Finish with a classic safari in the Masai Mara.

Highlights:

  • Culture, art, food, wine and nature in Cape Town
  • The world’s largest waterfall at Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Stunning lodges in Zambia and the Masai Mara

Best for:

Couples, families, honeymooners and first timers

 

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6. The Seychelles and Masai Mara

Duration: 11 Days

Step up your bush-and-beach itinerary by jetting off to one of the world’s most remote archipelagos after time in both Nairobi National Park and the Mara. The Seychelles are virtually a year-round island destination: it’s almost always sunny, a perfect end after a peak season or Green Season safari.

Highlights:

  • Time on the Seychelles’ biggest island
  • An exciting start in Nairobi National Park, one of the world’s most unique conservation areas
  • Very comfortable tented camp accommodation with superb service

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and first timers

7. Big 5 Walking Safari

Duration: 9 Days

For the first part of your safari, it’s the camels that’ll be doing most of the walking! Hitching a ride on a camel gives you an entirely different perspective of Laikipia’s landscape and brings you closer to the pristine nature that surrounds you. Then it’s off to the Mara to intimate, laidback camps that put you in the centre of the action.

Highlights:

  • Join an exciting camel caravan through the wilds of Laikipia
  • Learn about the Samburu Special 5 from Samburu tribesmen
  • Mid-year, fly to the Mara for the Great Wildebeest Migration

Best for:

Adventurers, couples and families

8. Mara and Beach for Young Kids

Duration: 10 Days

What can be better for under-10s than a holiday in the sunshine? Even Africa’s mid-year ‘winter’ allows them to swim in warm water and get their much-needed Vitamin D top-up. Over the festive season, swap a ‘white Christmas’ for a never-to-be-forgotten African one in Mombasa and the Masai Mara.

Highlights:

  • Age-appropriate menus, activities and accommodation throughout
  • Easy logistics to cut down on travel times
  • Very child-friendly lodges where the littles can feel comfortable

Best for:

Families

9. Masai Mara, Kruger and Cape Town

Duration: 11 Days

South Africa’s Kruger area has some of the most reliable Big 5 sightings in the world, with leopards especially prolific here in addition to burgeoning numbers of wild dogs. Cape Town, on the other hand, truly provides something for everyone at a very favourable exchange rate. Combined with time in Kenya, this gives you a good all-round trip to Africa.

Highlights:

  • Extremely reliable Big 5 sightings, especially leopards
  • Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and the Winelands
  • Tailor-made way to explore the best of Kenya and South Africa

Best for:

Families, couples and first-timers

10. Zanzibar and the Masai Mara

Duration: 11 Days

Keep it easy by staying in East Africa for your bush-and-beach break. Zanzibar is an island of fun contrasts: a place of old palaces and forts but also the birthplace of inimitable singer Freddie Mercury of Queen. Once you’ve had your fill of game watching in the Mara, head to the Spice Island for warm water, sunset dhow cruises, delicious seafood and an affordable island escape.

Highlights:

  • Something for everyone at a laidback beach resort
  • Optional activities like diving and snorkelling on Zanzibar
  • Intimate tented camp on the plains of the Mara

Best for:

Families, couples, honeymooners and first-timers