Maasai Mara National Reserve
(also known as Maasai Mara
, Masai Mara
and by the locals as The Mara
) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara," which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. Pre-Safari Briefing
We prefer everyone to have a day before your safari itinerary starts so that you can meet your safari team and receive a comprehensive briefing before you start the safari. This is also a chance for you to get to know your Driver and Guide and discuss any last minute queries that you may have. The Safari Brief will help to improve the over-all standard of your safari and ensure that you know exactly what to expect. The following is a list of points that will be discussed during this briefing:
- Safari Itinerary - departure times, journey times, comprehensive details on the standard of accommodation, standard of roads on the way to and inside the different National Parks visited, maps of the area’s you will visit and details on the cultural history of area’s visited
- Costs and availability of optional extra’s that may be available during safari visits to Cultural Villages/Centre’s, swimming pools, walking safari’s inside National Parks, bicycle hire or even hot air balloon trips)
- Pre-trip information on the variety of animals/flora & fauna to expect in all National Parks visited
- Brief history of the area’s to be visited, the local tribes and culture
- Special Dietary Requirements that you may have
- Clothing and personal equipment that is suitable
- Question and Answer time for you to ask any queries that you may have
A large holdall/duffle bag/suitcase is needed and a small rucksack (25 - 35 litres) which you can use as hand luggage and will be useful for day trips. Clothing should be comfortable, quick drying and loose fitting; T-shirts, shorts, trousers, trainers, sandals, sun hat and a warm jacket or fleece for the evenings. When you are on safari neutral colours, greens, browns and khaki work best.
Day 1: - Depart Nairobi early to reach Masai Mara for lunch. Accommodation will be in Sopa lodge inside the National Park. Masai Mara is a Park which needs no introduction. Mara is a large open plains Reserve on the border with Tanzania split in two by the Mara river. Most famous for the ‘Great migration’ that starts at the end of June/start of July, the Park has an abundance of wildlife all year round and is one of the few places in Africa where you have a good chance of seeing all of the ‘Big Five’ in one day.
Day 2: - Full day inside Masai Mara, dawn and dusk are the best time to view animals but you’ll have the full day to explore the Reserve and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Mara river.
Day 3: - Full morning in the Masai Mara (optional) before visiting a traditional Masai Village on a cultural tour and returning to Nairobi after lunch (arriving in Nairobi early evening).
Personal Safari Vehicle for 3 days (with pop up roof for game viewing) plus fuel Driver/Guide/ for full duration of the itinerary Park entry fees as per the itinerary Visit to traditional Masai Village in the Mara Bottled Water Accommodation full board at Mara Sopa lodge / Permanent Tented Camp
Personal Safari Vehicle for 3 days (with pop up roof for game viewing) plus fuel Any activities not mentioned and any tourist attractions visited in Nairobi Alcohol/additional drinks, meals in restaurants. Personal expenses for souvenirs, Laundry, phone calls etc Safari Staff Tips