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Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is one of the most famous and famous animal reserves.

The Mara ecosystem is home to some of Africa's largest and most diverse wildlife populations. Here you can get very close to wild animals. We can observe almost all animals on the African continent: around 80 different species of mammals and more than 450 species of birds.

Large resident herds of zebra, antelope, buffalo, gazelle, giraffe, as well as predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas) are widespread all year round. Here you can often witness a lion hunt, which is now a rarity in other parts of Africa.

In the Maasai language, Mara means spotted or spotted. Some say the Maasai chose this term because of the mottled-looking landscape, acacias and thorn bushes on the otherwise uniform plain. Others believe that the Mara appears as if it were covered in spots as millions of wandering ungulates move across the vast plains during the Great Migration.

The Maasai Mara and the adjacent Loita Plains in Kenya form the northern part of the vast Serengeti - Maasai Mara ecosystem.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is approximately 1530 km² in size and limited Bounded by the Serengeti (Tanzania) to the south, the Siria Escarpment (also called Oloololo) to the west and Maasai farmland to the north, east and west. Sand, Talek and Mara Rivers are the main rivers that flow through the area.

 

The Maasai Mara contains different natural habitats for the native Wildlife: the vast plains covered in tall red grass and scattered acacias, rolling shortgrass covered hills, rocky inselbergs, small woodlands, extensive marshland, wetlands and of course the mighty Mara River with its riparian forests.

All the animals in Africa seem to meet here!

 

There is no real best time to visit the Maasai Mara, excellent game viewing is possible at any time of the year.

Most animal lovers want to combine their visit with the Great Wildebeest Migration from July to November. Getting the timing right is really difficult. Nature cannot be influenced; migration sets in motion depending on rain and the search for food.

The hottest season is from December to March, when temperatures range from 28ºC / 80ºF to 32ºC. The cool season lasts from July to September, but temperatures rarely fall below 12ºC. Nights can be cool in all seasons due to the altitude (1500 m above sea level) of the Mara Plains and warm clothing is important.

Camps and lodges

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From 1,949 €

GOVERNOR'S CAMP

Highlights:

Luxurious safari tents

First class wildlife viewing

Mara River

Destinations:
  • Maasai Mara
 
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from 1,919 € PP

Mara crossings CAMP

Highlights:

Mara river waterfall 

Exclusive wildlife observation

Large luxurious tents

Destinations:
  • Maasai Mara
 
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From 1,649 €

MARA ELATIA CAMP

Highlights:

Oloololo Escarpment

Private rhino sanctuary

Panoramic view of the Mara Triangle

First class service

Destinations:
  • Maasai Mara
 
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From 1,579 €

MARA Intrepid's Camp

Highlights:

Talek river

Lion 

Swimming Pool

Destinations:
  • Maasai Mara
 
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From 1,689 €

Mara Serena Lodge

Highlights:

Breathtaking landscape views

Gym

Swimming Pool

Destinations:
  • Mara Triangle
 
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From 1,669 €

ZEBRA PLAINS MARA CAMP

Highlights:

Wide grassy areas

First class wildlife viewing

Waterhole

Destinations:
  • Maasai Mara
 

Travel reports

Beatrix van der Linden
Beatrix van der Linden
2024-01-15
The safari in the Maasai Mara was from December 04.12th. until December 07.12.2023th, XNUMX fantastic! Everything worked out perfectly. The Oloshaiki Camp is wonderful and has an idyllic location right on the river. You are looked after very attentively and the food tastes great. All game drives were great. My tour guide James was great. He knows the best places for unforgettable animal observations. A special highlight was the balloon ride. I can highly recommend this safari. I experienced pure holiday happiness. Thank you thank you thank you !!!
Christian Schubert
Christian Schubert
2024-01-14
It's been a few years since we went on a safari with DM Tours, but nonetheless it was a very nice time, we felt very safe and in good hands from the first minute. The driver (ranger) was very friendly and was able to answer all of our questions. On the evening of the safari tour there was a bottle of champagne on a mountain with the backdrop of Kilimanjaro 🥂 at sunset there were tears in our eyes 🌞🥲 It was an unforgettable time. We will book a safari with DM Tours again next year. We're already looking forward to it.
Christina WePoint
Christina WePoint
2024-01-01
I had the pleasure of being able to drive the elephant tour through Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli, Naiwasha and Maasai Mara for 7 days in November. It was a 4-seater jeep with the possibility of opening the roof, a very nice and German-speaking guide (Katana), 3 very great "passengers" and a lot of wonderful moments 😀 I am still totally inspired and can recommend it without exception. The contact with the office (Nadine and Aaron) was also great and I always felt well supported and looked after. In any case, I'll repeat the tour a few more times in the next few years 😀 You can't put the impressions into words or photos, you have to experience them... Thank you very much for this wonderful time and the unforgettable moments!!
Tanja Schmid-Blessing
Tanja Schmid-Blessing
2024-01-01
We (3 adults) did a two-day safari - Tsavo East / Ashnil Aruba Lodge - in December 2023. Dreams become reality here. Our guide James was able to talk to us in German and English. He introduced us to the wildlife and answered many more questions about Kenya. Our driver George always took us safely to the best places so that we could observe giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras... up close and in peace. Thank you so much.
Petra Bastian
Petra Bastian
2023-12-24
We wish Nadine, Aaron and the entire DM Tours team a Merry Christmas. Thank you for the wonderful safari from December 2nd to 5.12.23th, XNUMX, a huge compliment to our driver Paterson, he is simply great. Thank you Aaron for the great cold Guinness, greetings from Petra and Peter from Leipzig
Ute Kemmer
Ute Kemmer
2023-12-16
For us it was an unforgettable safari. Especially because of our driver Peterson. The bosses Aaron and Nicole were very nice and even let us use their charcoal tablets. A mega tour with great support. We can only recommend it.
Franzy Gr
Franzy Gr
2023-12-01
We had a wonderful safari with an overnight stay at Ashnil Lodge. Our driver George listened to our wishes and we were able to spend a lot of time on the game drive. 🤗 We even got a bottle of 🍾 sparkling wine 🥂 at sunset 🌇. It was a great experience. We would book there again. Aaron put together this tour for us according to our wishes. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean. We just needed less food and wanted to spend more time outside in the jeep. 😆 The Jeep is in very good condition - clean and well maintained. Only tours for 4 or 2 people are offered, which is very pleasant. There was enough drinking water in the jeep and fancy aluminum bottles that we were allowed to keep as souvenirs.
Matthias Haschka
Matthias Haschka
2023-11-27
Four of us went on a safari with our guide for 2023 days in October 7. In this far too short week we visited the Tsavo East and West National Parks, Amboseli and the Masai Mara. Thousands of impressions have remained with us and continue to inspire us even weeks after the safari. The organization by the DM-Tours team was first-class. Starting with the punctual pick-up from the hotel by our super guide Katana, through to the lodges and the return transport by plane and private bus. Everything worked perfectly and left nothing to be desired! We were more than satisfied! The lodges Ashnil Aruba, Ol Tukai, Salewa as well as the server and Olosahki camp were simply top. They were very well maintained and clean, the staff was extremely friendly and the food was always very good. We always felt completely at home! The highlight was our guide Katana with his jeep. His driving skills on the "corrugated iron" pistes and cross-country routes are excellent and his ability to spot even the smallest wild animals parallel to the piste is incredible! His good German also made it a lot easier when explaining about the country, the people and the animals. In the 7 days and a good 2000km in the jeep, a little friendship developed! We really hope to be able to go on a tour with him again... Big compliments to Nadine, Aaron (Denis) and the whole team, who we had the opportunity to get to know in person: you're really doing a great job! Everything, even outside of the actual tour responsibility, runs courteously, smoothly and quickly - thank you very much for that too, you are absolutely recommended! Our vacation planning now includes Kenya again!! We look forward to seeing you again! Birgit and Matthias
JV
JV
2023-11-20
We already corresponded with DM Tours & Safari before our vacation and booked a safari. Everything worked out great. We received brochures and a packing list in advance, which made our preparation a lot easier. During our safari the driver explained and showed us a lot. He had spotted animals from a long distance and was able to give us a lot of information about them. At sunset there was champagne to end the day, while lions slept next door. The next day we stalked the Taita Hills area and saw even more animal species. At the end of the safari, our driver offered to visit a Masai village. We accepted the offer and it ended up being an absolute highlight. We had an unforgettable safari. Thank you very much, we will remember you.
Rita Schwenzer
Rita Schwenzer
2023-11-08
No longer recommended after change of ownership.