Lodges And Camps In MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
The renowned Masai Mara National Reserve is located an approximate 270 kilometres from Nairobi. Without a doubt the finest wildlife park in all of Kenya, Masai Mara is home to an abundance of majestic animals, including lions, giraffe, rhino, cheetah and wildebeest. It is here that visitors can observe the much publicised wildebeest migrations, a sight that will leave even the most jaded individual in awe. Visitors can choose from a variety of accommodation options, including tented camps, lodges and safari clubs.
The classic safari from July to September, the Mara provides one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras, teeming from the south to cross the Mara river into the Masai Mara National Reserve. The stunning Savannah stretches on forever. In the vast landscape you can see Cheetah the fastest animal in the world, chasing Antelope and Gazelle. In the Mara River Hippos bathe, and on the banks, Crocodiles sun themselves. One of the world’s very special places.
As East Africa’s plains fade yellow after the summer’s rains, an ancient signal is sent to millions of beast as one, the horizon blurring with the bodies at least 1.4 million wildebeest and 200 000 zebra, eland and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators. This is the migration – one of the most awe-inspiring sights on earth.
The migration has its origin on Tanzania’s southern Serengeti plains, where great herds of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle gather to graze on the rain-ripened grass in January. But by the end of May the depleted plains are unable to sustain them – and an ancient impulse commands them to move. Like iron filings being drawn by a magnet, the great herds sweep north towards the Masai-Mara plains. By July the herds have amassed along the swollen Mara River – their final barrier from the short, sweet grasses ahead.
With wild eyes, they plunge in to face the crocodiles which await them. Many who struggle through the deadly flotilla are drowned, or else weakened, falling prey to ambushing lions. This is the dramatic life-and-death struggle that travelers have come to see. Between June and October the herds total 1.4 million beasts in the Masai Mara and a dust cloud of movement and noise pervades the air. Here the green grass of the Mara-plains nourishes them – until the arrival of the November rains, calling them back south again. Back on the rain-sweetened Serengeti grasslands, the pregnant females give birth in spontaneous profusion. The circle of life is completed.
Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.
Governors Camp has just been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco- Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.
ASHNIL MARA Camp
Ashnil Mara Camp is a luxurious tented camp situated inside Masai Mara National Reserve, close to Mara River; well known for wildebeests migration. This camp is situated in the best position for game view with over 50 luxury tents. Ashnil Mara camp is a 4 to 5 hours drive from Nairobi city (45 mins flights) or 2 hour flight from Kenya coast. Mombasa/Diani Beach. Major hotel facilities are: Swimming pool, Restaurant, Lounge Bar and Business Services.
base camp explorer
BaseCamp Explorer is situated inside the great Masai Mara National Reserve in south-west of Kenya’s capital; Nairobi. The camp is strategically positioned near Talek River in Masai Mara. From the camp, you enjoy wildlife from your balcony such as Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Wildebeests, Zebras, Cheetahs and others.
OLARE MARA KEMPINSKI
Olare Mara Kempinski is situated in the heart of its own private conservancy inside the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. This luxurious camp has more than twelve tents, a central lounge and a dining area. Olare Mara Kempinski delivers the ultimate fusion of untamed wilderness and sophisticated elegance. From the camp you enjoy game drives, Air balloon safaris, guided walks and horse riding.
Mara Fig Tree Camp
Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is situated on the northern border of the national reserve and its central location makes all areas of the reserve accessible during game drives. To make an evening a real adventure at the Fig Tree Camp, one can choose to stay in a tent or a chalet, giving the best of both worlds. The rooms spaciously line up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the national reserve. The camp has 10 Superior Ngamboli Tents on the banks of the Talek River.
The Ngamboli tents are the deluxe tents located on a private wing of the camp with open views over the Mara Game Reserve. The camp has several facilities and services to ensure you have a comfortable stay. These include two bars, a main dinning room, an open-air dinning area and tree house coffee deck. Also available is a video room, guest lecture facilities, swimming pool and curio shop. A fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles with expert drivers is available at the camp. The camp has a resident nurse and medical clinic. Power is supplied by generator from 5.00am to 9.00am, 12.00pm to 3.00pm, and from 6.00pm to 12.00am.
MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Mara Serena Safari Lodge sits on a gently rolling landscapes of acacia speckled grasslands darkened by wildebeests herds inside the famous Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. This lodge comprises of presidential, VIP or honeymoon suites, Dining/Sundowner, classy swimming pools, gift shops, SPA & Gyms, Babysitting and free WiFi services.
Mara Safari Club
Surrounded on three sides by the Mara River and on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World – the Masai Mara – Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury. The main lodge at the center of camp hosts an indoor restaurant, bar and library with Internet access to keep the relatives up to date with safari adventures. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a heated pool, complete with bar and private massage tents.
Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.
This small and exclusive camp, the first of Sanctuary’s luxury safari properties, was built along sustainable lines which, along with our innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects, have earned Sanctuary Olonana a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides, Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.
Kicheche Mara Camp
Kicheche Mara Camp is located on the Aitong Plains in the northern Koiyaki Lemek region of the famous Masai Mara. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts right from the camp itself. Access is from Ngerende airstrip, 35 minutes game drive away. The camp prides itself on offering a friendly and relaxing stay, with our hosts treating you as welcome guests, not mere travel statistics.
To maintain this intimate and relaxed atmosphere there is a maximum of twenty two guests at any time. Each tent is comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom and flushing toilet, low wattage lighting is supplied 24 hours. The majority of the tents are in secluded positions overlooking the plains and nearby hills, while others are closer together for families or friends.
Triple and Quad tents (1 double & 2 single beds) are also available. The spacious Nyati tent acts as the camp lounge with comfortable seating, a library, board games, cards and local crafts.
KAREN BLIXEN CAMP
Karen Blixen Camp in the Maasai Mara offers an authentic ’yesteryear’ experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari. Set on the bank of the Mara River, the location is spectacular, with the great Mara plains behind the camp and the impressive escarpment and Mara River in front. Throughout the day, zebras, elephants and hippos come to drink from the river.
The camp spacious tents set on large mahogany platforms – each with a veranda from which one can enjoy an afternoon siesta taking in the wonderful surroundings.
Karen Blixen Camp has 22 large luxury canvas tents, 19 tents are placed along the riverbank, whilst 3 units are situated on raised platforms offering incredible views of the area. Each of the tents has private toilet and shower and is furnished with comfortable furniture for the ultimate camping luxury.
ROYAL MARA SAFARI LODGE
The Royal Mara is located in the Mara North Conservancy which is the richest and most varied wildlife section of the Masai Mara wildlife ecosystem.
The Royal Mara has eight luxury, spacious, guest suites situated with river frontage which have flush toilets, bidets, twin basins, luxury showers, hot water, and electricity.
All river guest suites also have Maasai carpeting, colonial antiques, and African artifacts and include a wardrobe cabinet, a writing desk, a safe deposit box, and an internal sitting area. A wifi signal is also broadcast to all guest suites so that guests with iphones, android smartphones, or PC/MAC laptops may enjoy complimentary internet access from the comfort of their riverfront room.
A room attendant is assigned to each river guest suite and daily house keeping is provided. River guest suites are on raised decks with private river frontage verandas equipped with chaises lounges and dining seating.
Little Governor's Camp
Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the camp is accessed by a very short boat ride across the Mara River .Vehicles are left on the far river bank and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the marsh in front of camp.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air . In the evening, a warming log fire burns in front of the bar tent, and dinner is served in the nearby dining tent