Masai Mara holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Masai Mara holidays should always combine both wildlife and introductions to Maasai tribes. A stage for the Great Migration, the Mara sees some two million wildebeest and zebras spilling into it from Jun-Oct – if they survive the precarious Mara River crossing. The surrounding Maasai conservancies give the chance to spend time with this fascinating people, with bushwalks, village visits and warrior training lessons.
Kenya wildlife camping safari
Game watching morning, afternoon and night, from £1450 (8 days) ex flights
Masai Mara luxury camping safari, Kenya
Masai Mara experience of a lifetime - the height of luxury, from £1575 - £3150 (7 days) ex flights
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Live with a local Maasai tribe, from US $70 per person per night
Kenya holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days
Superb wildlife with Maasai and Kikuyu culture, from US $1895 - US $2395 (7 days) ex flights

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Kenya holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 14 days
Wildlife, tribal cultures and spectacular African scenery, from US $3290 - US $4290 (14 days) ex flights
Kenya safari & beach holiday, tailormade
Luxury tailormade Kenya holidays, from £3330 (9 days) ex flights
Tailormade Kenya family holiday, 14 days
Active family safari and beach stay in Kenya, from US $3110 - US $3200 (14 days) ex flights
Masai Mara photographic safari in Kenya
A safari for any wilderness fan or photographer, from £4549 - £4599 (9 days) inc UK flights
Wheelchair accessible safari in Kenya
Safari experience for disabled and able bodied travellers, from US $2500 - US $4000 (9 days) ex flights
Kenya safari & beach holiday
Combine both luxury safari & beach for an incredible holiday, from £2571 (10 days) ex flights
Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday
Spot amazing wildlife and then relax on the beach, from £1970 (12 days) ex flights
Weddings & honeymoons in Kenya
Romantic wedding overlooking the Masai Mara or Indian Ocean, from £1055 - £1825 (7 days) ex flights
Colourful Kenya safari, tailor made
Kenya safari to Masai Mara, Tsavo & Amboseli, from US $2000 - US $3500 (9 days) ex flights
Kenya mountain biking holiday, 10 days
Active and Adventurous Mountain Biking Holiday in Kenya, from US $2685 (10 days) ex flights
Kenya safari holiday, the Northern Frontier
A luxurious 14 day safari to unexplored northern Kenya, from £6595 (14 days) ex flights
Kenya wildlife adventure holiday
Track down the Big 5 as you roam the savannah, from £1399 - £1549 (9 days) ex flights
Kenya holiday, wildlife and beaches
Enjoy Wildlife of the Masai Mara & pristine beaches of Lamu, from £3600 (13 days) ex flights
Masai Mara safari & volunteering holiday in Kenya
Volunteer in rural Maasai communities in Kenya, from £3660 (9 days) inc UK flights
Kenya safari
Small group safaris in Kenya, from £1999 - £2899 (8 days) inc UK flights
Maasai Mara & safari holiday, Kenya
Maasai Mara Safari with a difference, from £1649 - £2179 (8 days) ex flights
Kenya family holiday
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Kenya, from £1950 - £2400 (12 days) ex flights
Kenya safari tour
Experience Kenya’s finest game parks, from £608 - £860 (8 days) ex flights
East Africa Safari holiday, tailor made
Search for the Big Five in Kenya and Tanzania, from £3400 (11 days) ex flights
Kenya luxury safari at Governors
A stunning, luxury safari staying at Governors Camps, from £3450 (9 days) ex flights
Active Masai holiday, Kenya
Adventure holiday with the Maasai, from US $960 - US $1170 (6 days) ex flights
Masai Mara village stay, Kenya
Visit the real Masai Mara and stay with the Maasai tribe, from KSh6000 per person per night

46 reviews for Masai Mara holidays4.5 star overall rating

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Kenya wildlife camping safari
We were of course expecting to enjoy seeing the wildlife, but our week's holiday provided much more than that. The Porini camps we stayed at were wonderful - eco-friendly, lovely setting on private conservancies, employing people from the local Massai communities. (more)Anna Economides
This was the best vacation I have ever taken! I tell everyone to just go. (more)Amanda Popik
From £1450 excluding flights
Kenya holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days
Excellent! The whole holiday was an adventure with a varied itinerary. The highlights must be seeing the wildlife in their natural habitats. (more)theresa mcaninch
The company made it so easy for us, from our first point of contact to confirming our final arrangements we encountered no problems. They were excellent.... Highly recommended. (more)Dorian Oates
There were too many high points to be able to select just one, but I would have to say that the amount of wildlife seen was generally amazing! (more)Shelley Munro Galloway
From US $1895 - US $2395 excluding flights
Kenya holiday, wildlife and beaches
Memorable parts? Too many to mention but the safari parts of the holiday were certainly the highlight. Tips? Take a pair of binoculars - and good ones - we had one less good pair but we were very glad we were not fighting to see the animals also take more memory cards for your camera than you think you will need. Local benefits? Everywhere we stayed was environmentally aware and hugely educational for us and the local population. Overall rating? Absolutely life changing... (more)alice crawley
From £3600 excluding flights
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Memorable parts? Arriving in the village - the warmth of the welcome, the pleasure of staying in a manyatta (mud hut). Also the activities are wonderful - walks amongst the zebra, milking cows, firing bows and arrows, lighting fires. Really good fun!! Tips? I went for 4 nights - 2 in the camp and 2 in the village. The camp is great - paraffin lamps, good food and comfy beds. You can get the lie of the land and start to get to know your hosts. But don't miss out on staying in the village... (more)Helena Smith
From US $70 per person per night
Kenya safari tour
There were many memorable parts including singing and dancing with the Masai, trying to comprehend the sheer number of flamingos at Lake Nakuru, watching the vultures tear apart the carcass of a wildebeest and having a barbeque with the Masai. (more)Holly Foat
On day one we saw four of the big five (with the aid of super-powerful binoculars!). Also the trip to the Maasai village was fantastic - we got a unique and amazing insight into a completely different way of life. (more)Patricia Grey
From £608 - £860 excluding flights
Kenya holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 14 days
Great-a wonderful mix of wildlife and culture and you visit some of the lesser known parks which were a revelation The time we spent with local people was very well done. It didn't feel at all forced and they were as interested in us as we were in them. (more)Pat Smith
It was one of the best holidays we have ever been on.....The Holiday had so many exciting moments it is hard to pick just a few. The Lion and the Wildebeest at the Mara River was one. When the herd of Elephants came into camp one night that was exciting. The Leopard was really cool, it just goes on and on. (more)David McMurphy
A brilliant Tuesday in the Masai Mara, a humbling view of other cultures, meeting wonderful people almost wherever we went...Fabulous, exceeded my expectations by a mile. (more)Peter Eggleston
From US $3290 - US $4290 excluding flights
Kenya safari
The holiday was brilliant. The staff could not have been more helpful or knowledgeable; the locations and activities were clearly carefully selected so that the whole trip unfolded like a perfect rose. (more)Caroline Limbert
Another magical site would be on the first dawn game drive we did and managed to see a pride of lions basking in the morning light, a cheetah prowling the plains and then the elusive leopard lazing halfway up a tree! (more)Amelia Shepherd
The highlight was watching a cheetah and 2 cubs playing, chasing each other round and round a clump of trees. A classic safari sunset. (more)Susan Tyzack
From £1999 - £2899 including UK flights
Kenya mountain biking holiday, 10 days
Memorable parts? My family really loved cycling with the Masai guides through remote parts of the Kenyan bush, learning about the human and natural environment, spotting animals, visiting villages and camping with the Masai at night. Tips? I would recommend taking a few things to aid the cycling - for example special cycle gloves, proper water bottles, even padded cycle shorts - as it is a pretty bumpy ride in some places. One might even invest in a gel saddle! Local benefits? Yes... (more)Suzanne Franks
From US $2685 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
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A bit disappointing really

Masai Mara Safari and Masai Holiday

The Masai Mara is part of the Serengeti game reserve which lies to the north of the Kenya Tanzania border. It is most famous for its wildebeest and zebra migrations but many areas offer spectacular game viewing all year round. If you plan a safari in the Masai Mara carefully and choose to stay in a combination of camps you will maximise your chance of a pure Masai safari experience. The Masai Mara is named after the Maasai people, who are the traditional inhabitants of the area. ‘Mara’ is Maasai for ‘spotted’ which aptly describes the circles of trees, savanna and cloud shadows that mark the area. Many people choose to take a safari in the Masai Mara because all members of the ‘Big Five’ can be found here, that is: lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo and Black Rhinoceros.

Masai Mara safaris also offer the opportunity to see Hippos and Nile crocodiles in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. You can also hope to see hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, gazelles, impalas, giraffes and bat-eared foxes whilst on a Masai safari. When planning your Masai holiday it is worth noting that the excellent weather is ideal for going on safari. It’s warm and mild without being too scorching and it rarely gets cold. The character of the landscape, however, changes dramatically with the seasons so, whatever time of the year you choose to take your Masai safari holiday, you will be treated to wonderful views. Some of the most popular things to do on a Masai safari holiday include: watching the Wildebeest Migration, floating above the Mara in a hot air balloon, meet the Maasai people and take a trip to Lake Victoria, Africa’ s biggest lake. Factoring these experiences into your Masai Mara safari can really help make the holiday unforgettable.

The Masai Mara is a very popular travel destination and you may choose to take a luxury Masai safari as a once-in-a-lifetime trip. There are some lodges which offer top comfort and outstanding views. There is also a great selection of high-end safaris as Kenya is home to the original luxury safari. If you choose a luxury Masai safari you will benefit from awesome itineraries and outstanding service. Whichever part of the reserve you visit on your safari in the Masai Mara, you’re sure to see an amazing number of animals. Many Masai Mara safaris involve seeing a pride of lions on a hunt which is a sight that’s seldom witnessed in other parts of Africa.

Want to know more about the Masai Mara before going on holiday?

Find out more about the Masai Mara by reading these Masai articles.

"Naturally the Masai Mara has become popular with tourists. In some areas too popular. Wouldn't it be wonderful to experience the Mara as if you were one of the only visitors?" Read about Justin's Masai Mara experience in this Masai Mara article.

"Tourism can be a force for positive change in the developing world, but all too often the negative impacts on communities far outweigh the positive. Yet if community tourism enterprises can be linked into the formal supply chain in a responsible way, the benefits can be truly life transforming. A case in point is Tribal Voice Communication’s groundbreaking Maasai Villages Initiative in Kenya. This initiative has reversed over 30 years of exploitation of the Maasai villages’ tourism enterprises in Kenya (cultural manyattas) by the industry’s driver guides." Read more about the Masai Mara in this Masai Mara article.

"It was nearly six years ago that when I was asked what my ideal job would be and I replied ‘I’d love to work for the BBC on Big Cat Diary’... there I was, six years later in the Masai Mara watching a cheetah stalking a Thompson’s gazelle." Read about this Masai Mara safari from someone who has been. Read this Masai Mara safari article.
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