2022 Masai Mara Safari Packages from the UK - Packages, Prices, Review, and FAQ
Our Masai Mara safari packages are tailor-made to give you insider access to the natural wonders of Masai Mara National Park.
Our mid-range and luxury Masai Mara holidays are always on full-board or all-inclusive basis.
This means that airport pick up, meals and accommodation, park fees, game drives, visa application are included in the package.
All that is left is for you to book your Maasai Mara Kenya Safari, relax and enjoy.
We stop at nothing to make sure you have the best Masai Mara tour package ever.
We are the local experts of Masai Mara travel, and we promise to show you our country, better than anyone else.
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Our Most Booked Masai Mara Packages from UK
|Our Most Booked Luxury Kenya Vacation Packages||Price Per Person Sharing||View Detailed Itineraries|
|Experience True Safari Luxury with this 3-Day Masai Mara Classic Safari||£645||Detailed Itinerary|
|Unforgettable, 4-Day Trip to Masai Mara – Big 5 and More||£889||Detailed Itinerary|
|Our Best Selling, 5-Day Masai Mara Safari||£1,084||Detailed Itinerary|
|4 Days Big 5 Safari in Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara||£1,042||Detailed Itinerary|
|3-Days Safari with a Stay at Jambo Mara Safari Lodge: Where Elegance Meets Immeasurable Natural Beauty||£718||Detailed Itinerary|
|Blissful, 4-Day Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara Safari||£1,024||Detailed Itinerary|
|Just the Vacation You Need – 4 Days at Base Camp Masai Mara||£933||Detailed Itinerary|
|Masai Mara: Why this 5-Day Big 5 Safari is the Perfect Honeymoon||£1,178||Detailed Itinerary|
|A Relaxed, All-Inclusive 6 Days Safari in Kenya||£1,748||Detailed Itinerary|
|7-Day Honeymoon Safari: This is All the Magic You Need||£1,678||Detailed Itinerary|
|7-Days Safari to Kenya’s Most Breathtaking Destinations||£1,846||Detailed Itinerary|
|Kenya Wildlife Safari:7-Day of Unsurpassed Bliss||£1,839||Detailed Itinerary|
|Grand Heli Tour: 8-Day of Helicopter and Wildlife Adventure||£9,795||Detailed Itinerary|
|The Perfect, 8-Day Kenya Honeymoon Safari||£1,732||Detailed Itinerary|
|8-Day Safari in Kenya – A Holiday with Purpose||£2,053||Detailed Itinerary|
|9-Day Helicopter Safari: An Exclusive Look into Kenya’s Finest||£15,365||Detailed Itinerary|
|12-Day Kenya Safari and Beach Holiday – A Dream Vacation||£3,141||Detailed Itinerary|
|14-Day, Wildlife and Beach Honeymoon Safari||£4,815||Detailed Itinerary|
|Beat the Wanderlust with This 14-Day Wildlife-Beach Honeymoon Safari||£3,698||Detailed Itinerary|
Things To Do in Masai Mara During the 2022 Seasons
You can do many things at Masai Mara to ensure you get value for your money and the best experience in Kenya.
1. Day Game Drives
With endless plains to explore and staggering wildlife to swoon over, it’s not surprising that game drives are the most popular ways to explore the Mara. What are game drives? You may ask.
Well, a game drive is an adventurous expedition into national parks or reserves by car.
The drives are typically two to three hours long and usually take place in the mornings, Evenings, and, in some parts of the park, at night.
Morning Game drives typically start at 6:00 A.M to 9:00 AM, while the evening game drives in Maasai Mara begin from 3:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M. Why at that specific time? You may wonder.
The temperatures are milder, letting the wildlife take advantage of the mild weather to either graze or hunt.
Those that have perused our Masai Mara Safari Packages will notice that we tend to favour full-day game drives.
Our drives start at 6:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M with lunch breaks and snack breaks in between.
Not to worry, if this seems a little tasking for you, our Masai Mara travel packages are custom-made and flexible to our customer’s varying needs.
Masai Mara Game Drive Cost
Depending on the camp, a Masai Mara Game Drive costs an average of GBP 550 per person sharing.
2. Walking Safaris
It is one thing to take in the wild from the back of an overland truck and a whole other thing to walk or ride a horse through the vast savannah.
Not only do walking safaris provide exhilarating channels to explore the savannah, but they also arouse your senses and make your wilderness experience more authentic.
Masai Mara walking safaris are categorised into two; walking safaris within the park’s confines and those outside the central park.
The latter lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour while the last can take two to three hours. A packed lunch is served for walks outside the park.
Finer details of the wild are explored in the company of our local guides, a picnic lunch and sundowner being a few of its hallmarks.
Encounter Masai Mara animals at close range and learn to identify wildlife by their footprints and dung while surrounded by other-worldly ambiences.
3. Hot-Air Balloon Safaris
Picture a balloon safari that exposes you to nature beyond belief, mesmeric explosions of colours and utmost luxury, and you’ve pictured a Mara hot-air balloon safari.
For an hour, you have cruised arms-throws away from grazing wildlife, meandering rivers and sceneries like no other.
Did you know that the balloon’s flying height can be manoeuvred to bring you closer to Masai Mara animals or fly you higher for excellent views of the landscape? No? Well, there’s something to anticipate.
On average, 12 miles of the Masai Mara Game Reserve are covered, an escapade climaxed by a delicious breakfast cooked slowly over the balloon’s burners.
Now such extravagance must cost an arm and leg; they ask—a Mara hot-air balloon costs an average of GBP 350 per person.
We are not saying this is cheap. We are saying it’s worth every dime.
4. Bush Camping
Masai Mara camping safaris are how you know magic isn’t an illusion after all.
The activity not only brings you closer to the wild but also allows you an intimate, unrestricted experience of it.
Top-notch campsites are available for our Masai Mara camping safaris, as well as the company of our best guides.
Bring your best tents, folding mattresses, utensils and utilities with you, and we will take care of the rest.
However, camping is restricted to a few designated areas within the park and a security team of two rangers is allocated for each campsite.
As an extra precautionary measure, you are advised to stay within the designated campsites.
Wake up to sounds of the wild, sleep under the light of a thousand stars, and learn more than you thought possible of the plants and Masai Mara animals.
5. Bush Dinners
Whether conducted on the bristling bank of a river or at a scenic private viewing balcony, there is no dwindling the magnificence of Mara Bush diners.
Mara Bush diners are conducted at sunset or under the romantic light of Mara stars, so the bar is always high with these.
Gourmet meals made from fresh produce are drowned by a glass or ten of the finest wine and accompanied by background songs from the Maasai.
Watch the lanterns burn ferociously. Listen to the melodic whispers of the wild.
Watch the slow yet lively burn of the dying bonfire. And soak in the breathtaking scenery laid bare in front of your eyes.
The bush diner costs about GBP 40 per person and requires a minimum of 4 people.
6. Masai Village Visit
The Morans (Maasai Warriors) are whom the honour of welcoming guests is bestowed.
The vibrant young men meet you at the car and pave your way to the brushwood enclosure with songs and dances.
Speckling the quaint yet sturdy village is the ingratitude of children. Some tied to their mothers’ backs with colourful shoals; some sprawled out on the dirt indulging their curiosity.
The young Morans showcase their prowess with the kindling of fire, a feat followed by screaming horns that signify visitors’ presence.
Minutes later, the village overflows with the Maasais, who never run out of songs, dances, and tales.
Masai village visits are an excellent showcase of a century-old culture still thriving amongst a society that likes to dub itself ‘modernised.’
Marvel at the unique way of life of the Masai, their cow-dung, mud and human urine huts and their eye-catching beadwork.
The visit also provides excellent photo opportunities.
The Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration: Overview and Guide
Often labelled the Greatest Migration on earth, the Masai Mara Migration is a natural phenomenon that witnesses the crossing of 1.5 million wildebeests, 300,000 zebras and 200,000 antelopes across the Mara River.
The Masai Mara Migration safari peaks from July to October; the herds move to the Masai Mara from Serengeti through the Mara River.
Once complete, the grass-nibbling creatures turn the then lush plains upside down and do not leave till the grass is depleted.
The dangerous journey back to Serengeti begins again in October.
Why Masai Mara? Some Mara Facts to Whet your Appetite
- The Mara, established in 1961, covers 1,510 km². It is home to all the members of the Big Five and over 470 species of birds.
- The Mara River, which is key to the ecosystem of the reserve, is 395 km long.
- Millions of herbivores among the elands, wildebeest, Topi, zebras, and Thomson’s Gazelles migrate from Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Mara in what is popularly known as The Great Migration.
- The Mara has been named Africa’s Leading National Park six times between 2013-2018.
- Award-winning BBC Television show, ‘Big Cat Diary is filmed here.
- The Maasai community for whom the park is named is part of the park’s legacy.
- Thanks to extensive conservation efforts, the population of animals in the Mara has been increasing steadily since 2000.
- Celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson and Bollywood sensations Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been to and love Mara.
2022 Masai Mara Packages from the UK: FAQ
Here are some common questions from people looking to travel to Masai Mara National park from the United Kingdom.
1. How Much Does a Masai Mara Safari Cost?
How much a Kenya safari in Masai Mara costs is dependent on your choice of accommodation, transport, and the level of luxury you desire.
That said, there are Masai Mara Safari Packages for everyone, from budget travellers to luxury travellers.
Below are some of the Masai Mara safari packages we offer and their prices.
|Type of Kenya Masai Mara Safari||Masai Mara Safari Cost||Suggested Accommodation|
|3 days Masai Mara Budget safari for a couple||GBP 550 per person using a safari land-cruiser|| |
|3 Days Mid Luxury Masai Mara package for a couple||GBP 800 per person using a safari land-cruiser|| |
|3 Days Luxury Masai Mara Tour Packages||GBP 1405 per person based on two people travelling together|| |
|3 Days Masai Mara Flying Safari||GBP 2,150 (Two-way ticket) |
Game drives in an open safari land-cruiser
2. Which is the Best Month to Visit Masai Mara?
The dry season spanning from July 1st to October 30th is considered the best month for a safari in Masai Mara.
This is mainly because the dry weather allows for better wildlife viewing.
Now, there are few downsides to scheduling your Masai Mara holiday packages in this season.
First, the park experiences a spike in tourists,s which means it will be a little crowded and the accommodation a little pricier.
The rainy season of November 1st to December 15th is another excellent time to schedule Masai Mara Safari Packages.
You are promised excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, the downside being the difficult-to-navigate roads and the possibility of rain interfering with planned activities.
Other advantages of this season include;
- A less busy park
- Lush sceneries
- It’s a great time to see newborn Masai Mara animals
- And it’s an excellent time for bird watching.
Those looking to save a few coins can visit during the low season- April 1st to 30th June. Rain, again, is the inhibitor here.
The risk of having your activities interfered with is a matter of when not if.
The Festive season, December 15th to January 18th, is also a great time to visit the park, but be prepared to splash a few more dollars than is the norm.
3. Which is Better, Serengeti or Masai Mara?
There is no black or white answer to this; rather, the solution lies in closely examining the similarities and differences between the two parks.
In retrospect, both parks have equal wildlife varieties.
In both the Big Nine, elephants, lions, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, and leopards are a surety.
However, the number of lions in the Serengeti is slightly higher than that in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Additionally, both parks are part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem, stretching from South-West Kenya to the North of Tanzania.
Breathtaking landscapes, lush, sometimes sunburned vegetation, favourable climates, and still brown rivers are some of the hallmarks of this ecosystem.
Size and wildlife density are perhaps some of the most noticeable differences between the two. The Mara spans over 580 square miles, while the Serengeti stretches over 30,000 square miles.
Even though this means more animals can be found in the Serengeti, it also means that the animal density is better at Masai Mara due to its small size.
In addition to that, Masai Mara Safari Packages are way cheaper than Serengeti safari packages. A safari that costs GBP 110 in the Serengeti averages at GBP 60 in Kenya.
This is partly due to the high accommodation fees in the Serengeti and the concession fee charged by the Tanzanian government.
Masai Mara vs Serengeti? The choice is yours as you get the best Africa Safari.
4. How Many Lions are in the Masai Mara?
More often than not, lions are what comes to mind when the word safari is mentioned. Now, the Mara wouldn’t be the haven it is without housing the King of the jungle.
There are an estimated 800 to 900 lions spread across the Mara and its neighbouring conservancies.
You will catch these friendly cats in the pride of 15-20 lions somewhere in the grasslands, savannahs or dense scrubs.
5. Is Masai Mara Safe?
In our opinion- safe as a tortoise under its shell. The government has invested heavily in the safety of tourists, both local and international, who seek to explore the country.
The ball is, therefore, left entirely on your court. Avoid travelling late at night, do not leave your luggage unattended, avoid dark alleys and take all recommended vaccines.
Consequently, follow your guide’s instructions during game drives, stay in your car, and always have your guide with you for any walks, hikes or drives.
6. What Animals are Known as the Big 5 in Maasai Mara?
The Big Five is a term used for wildlife that hunters found most difficult and dangerous to hunt. These animals include the elephant, lion, rhino, African buffalo, and leopard.
7. Why is the Masai Mara a Great Place to Go on Safari?
The Mara stands out as an exceptional safari destination for several reasons.
First is its all-year-round game viewing opportunities, which expose you to over 56 wildlife species and over 450 bird species.
The soul-stirring Masai Mara Migration is the second reason why safaris in the park are captivating.
The thrilling event features unending masses of zebras, wildebeests and gazelles, who wrestle their way past the crocodile-infested waters in search of greener pastures (literally)
The third is the top-notch accommodation facilities for which the park is known. Fourth, the strings of exciting activities within the park.
Fifth is its tranquil ambiances, and last but not least, its magnificent sceneries.
These activities are game drives, Hot-air balloon safaris, Masai Village visits, hiking, walks, and bush lunches and dinners.
8. What Month is the Great Migration in Tanzania?
The Serengeti Migration is at its peak from late June to August and from January to March.
In June, the large herds of animals are visible from the western side of the Serengeti, while northern Serengeti is in August.
November and December’s short rainy months also allow you to catch glimpses of the wildlife returning from Kenya.
While the calving season, January to March, allows you to watch as new wildebeests, zebras and antelopes spring to life.
9. How Much is a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Masai Mara?
A Mara Hot-air balloon cost averages at GBP 350 per person sharing for all its luxury and magnificence.
The ride is an hour long and effortlessly marries sunset, spectacular panorama, and tranquil ambience.
The balloon’s flying height is manoeuvred to ensure you either catch a close glimpse of the wildlife or a bird’s eye view of the sublime landscape.
The cherry on top is the delicious breakfast with which the safari climaxes.
The breakfast is served at the heart of the wild and is accompanied by a glass of the finest wine.
10. How Much Does it Cost to Fly from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
Here are the average costs of plane tickets to/from Nairobi to/from Masai Mara at different times.
|From||To||Depart||Arrive||Fares||Low Season||High Season||Tax|
11. How Long Does it Take for Wildebeest to Migrate?
If there’s anything we’ve learnt in the 20 years we have been in business, it’s that nature sets the pace when it comes to the Great Migration.
But being in business as long as we have, we have learnt a thing or two about predicting the Wildebeest Migration period.
It’s calving season from February to March, and at this time, new life is springing in the southern side of the Serengeti.
Not long after, the long rainy season of April to May signifies the beginning of the breeding season.
The first sightings of the Grumeti River Crossings, Central Serengeti, are made in early May and last till June.
The Masai Mara migration begins late June to August when the wildebeests, zebras and gazelles are speckled all over the Masai Mara.
The wildlings are back on the move to the Southern Serengeti in November, which lasts till January.
12. Where is the Best Place to see the Wildebeest Migration?
Anywhere within viewing distance is an excellent place to witness the Masai Mara migration but the Mara River and the Ndutu Plains of Serengeti come highly recommended.
AAa couple of resorts and hotels provide pretty decent views, the Keekorok Lodge, Basecamp Masai Mara, and Angama Mara being but a few.
That said, securing a good viewing spot for the spectacle is something you do not have to worry about with guides as experienced as ours.
13. What Activities Can Be Done in Masai Mara?
The question is ‘What can’t one do in the Masai Mara’?
Over 56 wildlife species within the park, most of which can be viewed while on game drives or Masai Mara walking safaris.
Morning, evening or night game drives are the options you have: and believe this, it’s worth every dime.
Balloon safaris are yet another activity the park has to offer. For an hour, you are cruised over sceneries beyond belief and exposed to wildlife as you’ve never seen it before.
Luxury, the balloon safaris never run short of, the exceptional rides ending with a scenic breakfast in the park.
Masai Mara picnics are where effortless sceneries and tranquil ambiences marry with wildlife sightings to present transcendent experiences.
The lunches/dinners happen at the heart of the park, the bewildered guests exposed to hundreds of wildlife and beautiful sceneries.
On the other hand, cultural tours introduce you to the native Masai, a tribe shrouded by mystery, culture, and eye-catching artwork.
Marvel at their distinct architecture, join in their songs and dances, sample their meals, or even learn a thing or two about lighting fire from sticks.
Horseback safaris are for those whose idea of fun is spectacular views and cool breezes.
You get to partake in the Mara magnificence on horseback, an experience indeed worth its weight in gold.
Last is the thrilling Mara Migration, which introduces you to 1.5 million wildebeests, 300,000 zebras and over 200,000 gazelles.
The spectacle is as beautiful as blood-curdling, the prey wrestling blood-starved crocodiles to make it past the Mara River from the Serengeti.
14. What Animals Live in the Masai Mara?
One of the most breathtaking parks in the African continent, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is also ecologically diverse.
This is mainly because the park hosts over 56 wildlife species, 450 bird species, and countless plant species.
Below is a list of the Masai Mara animals.
15. How Do You Get from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
Depending on your budget, safety concerns, and individual needs, you can get to the Masai Mara from Nairobi by either car or aeroplane.
First things first, Masai Mara to Nairobi is a 280km drive covered within 6hours by car and within 45 minutes to an hour by plane.
While travelling by road has the advantage of viewing the Kenyan countryside, the journey might be arduous to some and extremely tiring.
Flying, on the other hand, has the advantage of comfortability, flexibility, and timeliness.
However, the mentioned might not be a cheap option for those on budget Kenya safari in Masai Mara.
16. Can You Self Drive in the Masai Mara?
Yes, you certainly can. Though not necessarily cheaper than travelling in safari company vehicles, self-drives are a popular option for those who value their freedom and flexibility.
Self-drives not only require that you hire your 4×4 car but that you are well-versed with the Kenyan road or at least portray good map-reading skills.
While you might have the luxury of stopping whenever, wherever, the six-hour drive is a feat for those not used to the rough roads that lead to the Mara.
Getting lost is another added risk, but that is nothing a little asking around can’t fix.