Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
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Established in 1962, the Masai Mara is one of the world’s best known nature reserves and its wildlife rich plains provide the setting for some of nature’s greatest spectacles. Home to the Big Five, a catalogue of unique safari experiences and a number of fantastic lodges and camps, the Mara is arguably the poster boy of Kenya’s reserves. Yet, the emergence of private conservancies throughout the last 15 years marks the changing face of safari in Kenya, bringing you closer than ever to the call of the wild.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
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Masai Mara, Kenya
Best for: Honeymoon, Riding, Safari
Kilima Camp is a luxurious eco-friendly tented camp offering phenomenal views of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Kilima Camp has strong links to the Maasai community and offers a truly authentic safari experience with expert guiding and traditional hospitality.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kilima Camp has the perfect location overlooking the Masai Mara's plains with a spectacular setting on the Siria Escarpment. A luxury tented camp it offers an authentic stay with strong eco-credentials. Kilima Camp enjoys excellent game viewing year round and from July to October you are perfectly positioned for witnessing the migration of than a million wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River from the Serengeti - one of nature's truly breath-taking phenomena.
Kilima Camp has 15 tents - 12 classic and three deluxe tents which are perfect for honeymooners after a wow factor as well as families as they can sleep up to five people. All of the tents are strung out along the edge of the Siria Escarpment and make the most of the spectacular views over the plains of the Mara and Mara River. All tents have en-suite bathrooms complete with running hot and cold water, flush loos and running showers.
Kilima Camp’s highlights include expertly guided 4x4 game drives as well as the chance to go on a bush walk where you can learn more about tracking wildlife and the interconnectedness of different species. For those who would like the chance to relax there is an on-site spa with qualified therapist and an amazing bush bath experience. Kilima also offers a unique opportunity to go on a horse riding safari around the camp, with options suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders.
For those looking for a real once in a lifetime experience we recommend a hot air balloon safari, and for culture vultures a visit to the local Maasai village is an absolute must. The camp are also experts at making the most of their natural surroundings for unique dining options including bush picnics and dinners under the star-strewn sky.
When to go
The best time of year to visit the Masai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which passes through the Mara between mid July to late October. Travelling in January and February also offers fantastic wildlife viewing without the crowds and the climate is perfect with warm days and bright blue skies. This is also the time of year when plains game give birth to their young meaning predators are never far away. The only time to avoid the Masai Mara is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Mara River Crossings
The Masai Mara is the perfect location to see the Great Migration, as 1.7 million wildebeest attempt to cross the river to access the prime grazing land of the Mara. This is an unforgettable experience, dubbed 'the greatest spectacle on earth.'
Sundowners in the Mara
As the sun begins to set on your afternoon game drive you will be driven to a lovely quiet spot for sundowners and snacks. Your guide will be alert to any stirring wildlife whilst you sit and relax with a deserved drink in the middle of the Mara.
Fly camping in the Masai Mara
Fly-camping is the perfect way to experience the bush like never before. You'll sleep under nothing more than a fly sheet and the stars, surrounded by the noises of the local wildlife. This truly is an unforgettable experience.
Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Game drives in the Masai Mara is where the safari experience as we know it was born. Every morning and afternoon you will have the opportunity to head into the Mara with your guide and marvel in the multitude of wildlife that call this region home.
Walking Safari in the Mara
If staying in one of the conservancies of the Masai Mara you will have the chance to enjoy a guided game walk. This enables you to explore the Mara from an entirely different perspective and is a great way get closer to the bush
Hot Air Ballooning in Masai Mara
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Masai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
The Maasai Experience
Learn all about the unique Maasai, their culture and their way of life with this fascinating interactive safari with traditional Maasai guides. Discover bush survival skills, how to track animals and even how to use a traditional bow and arrow.
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Masai Mara & Diani Beach
The perfect Kenyan family safari and beach combination, taking in an exciting big five safari in the legendary Masai Mara while staying in an authentic tented camp before flying to the southern Kenyan coast to relax on the stunning white sandy beaches.