Experience Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

With over 80 large animal species, the Masai Mara has the world’s greatest variety and concentration of wildlife populations. The reserve was founded in 1948 and is located approximately 270 kilometers south of Nairobi and 85 kilometers from Narok, the reserve’s nearest town. The reserve’s four main gates are Ololomutiek, Sekenani, Talek, and Musiara, and the reserve’s most common attraction for tourists is “The Great Wildebeest Migration,” when large numbers of wildebeest and zebras migrate through Masai Mara from the Serengeti each year between June and October

Aside from the Great Wildebeest Migration, the Masai Mara is a “Big 5” National Reserve and a photographer’s and naturalist’s dream, with plentiful Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, and Black Rhino. It is also home to Cheetahs, Hyenas, and a variety of antelope species, as well as resident herds of Zebra and Wildebeest that do not migrate to Tanzania’s Serengeti, and over 450 bird species. The reserve has also been named Africa’s leading National Park by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for many years, and it is open all year.

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Recommended Tours Featuring Masai Mara Game Reserve

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Masai Mara or how we incorporate Masai Mara with the other destinations in Kenya. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Giraffe at Lake Naivasha

8 Days

Kenya Dream Safari 
From $1,827 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate.

Hyena at Samburu

7 Days

Off-Beaten Safari
From $ 2,590 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Aberdare, Samburu, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

Zebras at Amboseli

5 Days

Mara Meets Mount Kilimanjaro Safari
From $1,805 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Amboseli

Wildebeest fight

5 Days

Kenya Higlight Safari
From $1,005 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Aberdare, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

Map of Masai Mara Game Reserve

Places to Stay at Masai Mara Game Reserve

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Lake Nakuru that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Angama Mara

Angama Mara 

Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is a remarkable owner-run safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent.

Serena Lodge

Mara Serena Lodge

As the only safari lodge in the famed Mara Triangle, Mara Serena offer a setting matched by few other hotels in the world: perched high on a bush-cloaked hill with sweeping views of the savannah and the meandering shoreline of the Mara River.

Sarova Mara Lodge

Mara Sarova Camp

Situated right in the center of their migration path, Mara Sarova Camp puts you right in the middle of all this action. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting.

Mara Leisure Camp

Mara Leisure Camp

Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, at the confluence of the Masai Mara’s four wildlife viewing areas, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.


keekorok Lodge

Mara Keekorok Lodge

Keekorok Lodge offers traditional-style accommodation with a private patio. The property has an outdoor pool with a terrace and views of nature. The spacious rooms have a ceiling fan, mosquito net, hypoallergenic bedding and a balcony with views of the garden, the pool or the reservation.

Olare Kempinski

Olare Mara Kempinski 

Surrounded by rolling savannah at the heart of its own private conservancy, across which wanders a glorious pageant of wildlife, the Olare Mara Kempinski blends the welcome, simplicity and vibrancy of Masai culture with the opulence of a five-star experience.


Spirit of Mara

Spirit of Masai Mara

The Lodge is located within the private Siana Conservancy and it is endowed with its private waterhole and salt lick attracts extensive number of wild animal thus allowing its guests to view the stunning variety of African wildlife from the comfort of their luxury suites.


Rekero Tented Camp

Rekero Tented Camp

Overlooking the Talek River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the Rekero Tented Camp sits next to a main crossing point used by the wildebeest on their epic annual journey. Guests can watch the herd make this perilous crossing without even leaving the camp. 


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