WHERE TO STAY IN CENTRAL MASAI MARA
To curb and limit high inflow of conservancy guests, a park fee restriction is in place for those staying in private conservancies where they have to pay double park fees i.e. their own conservancy fee and a second one for the public reserve. The central zone, though, is an excellent year-round destination for viewing resident species including territorial felines from lions, cheetahs, leopards to elusive civets, caracals and more.
At Tier 1, we recommend Governors’ IL Moran Camp due to its superlative and strategic location of being one of the first pioneer camps setup in the heart of the Masai Mara. The up-market accommodation features 10 luxury tents that are nestled within a riverine forest. The décor features Victorian styling that is reminiscent of times when Kenya was largely undiscovered. Your tent has a comfy king-size bed made of natural tree-log, writing desk and en-suite bathroom with free-standing bathtub, shower, flush toilet and two-sink vanity. We also recommend Naibor Camp, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp and both the Ngerende in the Wild Lakeview and Riverview as boutique Tier 1 accommodations.
Our recommendation for guests who desire a mid-range accommodation is the sister camp branded as Little Governor’s Camp. To reach this Tier 2 camp, you travel by a small boat across the Mara River before walking through a delightful lush forest. The 17 guest tents provide thirty-four beds for guests. The tents have a traditional, yesteryear theme attached to it with a comfy bed, nightstand and ensuite bathroom.
The location of Little Governor’s is superlative and authentically wild. It is sited next to waterhole-cum-swampy marsh and utilized by various ungulates, bovines, pachyderms and also predators as corridor to access various parts of the surrounding wilderness. It is not uncommon to find elephants, impalas, zebras and buffalos foraging around the campgrounds. For AfricanMecca guests seeking Tier 2 accommodation with the Mara River views, we recommend Governor's Camp, Rekero Camp and Sentinel Mara Camp.
For a modest accommodation that stretches your tour dollars, we recommend Entim Camp, a Tier 3 camp that is sited at the meeting point of the Talek River and Mara River in the main reserve. The camp has exceptionally only 10 admirable non-frill tents with classic, traditional furnishings. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, flush toilet and wash basin.
The common areas have a dual lounge and indoor dining tents next to each other covered by an additional tarp. The lounge tent is intimate in fostering a colonial ambience with its speckled leather sofas, antelope horns as decorative pieces on coffee tables, safari chests along with perched chandeliers and traditional lanterns illuminating your dining area.
CENTRAL MASAI MARA CAMPS & LODGES
Mara Expedition CampMasai Mara Central
Rekero CampMasai Mara Central
Governors IL Moran CampMasai Mara Central
Naibor CampMasai Mara Central
Little Governors CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Intrepids CampMasai Mara Central
Sentinel Mara CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Serena Safari LodgeMasai Mara Central
Serian Nkorombo Mobile CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Ngenche Safari CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Explorer CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Bush CampMasai Mara Central
Mara Bush Camp – Private WingMasai Mara Central
Governors CampMasai Mara Central
Entim Mara CampMasai Mara Central
Ashnil Mara CampMasai Mara Central
Governors Private CampMasai Mara Central
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We had a fantastic trip to the Masai Mara. Thank you for helping to organise it. We will definitely recommend yourselves to our friends who are planning on travelling to Kenya. Thank you again.
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We had a fantastic trip to the Masai Mara. It was well organized by AfricanMecca Safaris and I had no worries. We loved the baby lions and were also able to see the leopard stalking its prey.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MASAI MARA IN SOUTH-WESTERN KENYA
When visiting Masai Mara National Reserve, we recommend combining your wildebeest migration safari with Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru, Elementaita, and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation at the Indian Ocean for a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Lamu, or Mombasa.
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GUIDE ON MASAI MARA
Offering superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Masai Mara Reserve is considered Kenya's best park and one of Africa's highest wildlife density region for predators.
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MIGRATION IN MASAI MARA
Masai Mara is the most noted location of the Great Wildebeest Migration due to its famed Mara River crossings. As such, our travelers place great importance on having front row seats to the event.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MASAI MARA
Game drive experienced in varied outbacks from riverine woodlands to the great plains is the most widespread tour activity. Other activities are bush walks, village visits, ballooning trip and more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MASAI MARA
The migration season from July to October is considered the best time of the year to visit the Masai Mara. Game viewing is optimal at this time as there is plenty of predator and prey interactions.
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BALLOON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
A balloon safari over the Mara is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As you ascend, beautiful features unfold before your eyes: rolling hills, meandering rivers, lush plains, all teeming with wildlife.
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MASAI MARA CONSERVANCIES
The Masai Mara conservancies offer the lowest density of guests, distint activities, unique accommodations, as well as incredible flora and fauna experiences in the most pristine wilderness areas.
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