With abundant wildlife, rolling grasslands and scattered acacia woodland, Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s most visited safari. Maasai Mara is known for the Great Migration which is the annual migration from July to October of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle where you can witness the animals stampeding across the plains in search of greener grass. Maasai Mara also offers the opportunity to encounter the local Maasai tribes in their bright red robes who live in and around the safari, coexisting with its wildlife. There are many luxurious and intimate safari camps in the Maasai Mara, here are some of them:
Royal Mara Safari Lodge
The tented lodge and camp is located on the popular Hippo Bend Lagoon of the Mara River and is within the wildebeest Great Migration route. The camp is in the richest game section of the Maasai Mara where several herd elephant, buffalo, and giraffe can be found, with close proximity to several lion pride.
Royal Mara Safari Lodge has eight luxury riverfront suites which are elevated one meter off the ground on wooden decks with a private balcony veranda overlooking the resident hippos in the Mara River. They offer a blend of the classic tented safari camp with the amenities of a lodging facility. All accommodations are equipped with four-poster super king and double size beds, elegantly hand-carved solid wood furnishings and full en-suite bathrooms. In Royal Mara, you will not only enjoy non-stop game viewing but also experience luxurious standards of comfort and the personal attention.
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is situated in the southeast corner of Maasai Mara, bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves in an untouched exclusive concession guaranteeing privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The camp consists of just 10 luxury tents decorated in a nostalgic 1920s style that recreates the safari golden age. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp accommodates up to 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. The camp spreads over 1 kilometer and has 10 luxury tents. The tents include private ensuite dressing rooms and bathrooms, main bedrooms and verandas, with family tents also having a living room with a fireplace. Game drives, night drives, and walking safaris all take place in an area known for its abundant wildlife.
Spirit of the Masai Mara
Spirit of the Masai Mara is located in the Siana Conservancy overlooking the Masai Mara National Reserve. It offers the visitors fantastic game viewing opportunities within the private Siana Conservancy and immediate access to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. There are 10 luxury air-conditioned suites each containing a double/twin bedroom, a spacious lounge area to relax in and an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub overlooking the Masai Mara National Reserve and a walk in shower. The main lodge includes a library and an incredibly powerful telescope for star gazing. Free WiFi is featured in this luxury lodge and free private parking is available on site.
Game drives are offered in the morning and the evening, all accompanied by expert guides. You can also ride the hot air balloon and fly over the Masai Mara Game Reserve at dawn. Other activities include bird viewing and swimming in the infinity pool.
Nestled in a valley of the exclusive Mara North Conservancy, Saruni Mara features elegant and luxurious accommodation; a spa center; and game viewing opportunities. Saruni Mara is smallest permanent lodge in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This luxurious and intimate accommodation offers five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa with high standards of service, comfort, and style. All of the cottages have a different theme and are individually furnished and decorated with antique furniture from Africa, Europe and India, Persian carpets and Maasai art. It is an ideal choice for honeymooners, romantic breaks, and families. Aside from the ga,e drives, Saruni Mara highlights the activity where expert Maasai guides showcase the area to guests to learn about their culture, history, and traditions.