Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains in Kenya, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa.
The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life. Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems
with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying in one of the Governors’ Mara camps puts you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds.
The Masai Mara is home to family herds of elephant and lone bulls who live in the riverine forests around our camps, the Marshes and the plains. These elephants are frequent visitors to our camps and we have even had two births of elephant in camp.
Every year from July to October the Masai Mara plays host to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth as over a million wildebeest and zebra arrive on the plains to graze. There is always plenty of drama, the wildebeest must cross the Mara River, navigating strong currents, hungry crocodiles and lions waiting in ambush.
The Masai Mara is home to many cheetah, especially out on the open plains where they prefer to live and hunt. We have followed many mother - cub dynasties over the years and our guests enjoy many good sightings of cheetah from our camps.
The riverine forests around our camps are home to many leopard. We have got to know many females and their cubs over the years, often venturing out from the forest edges to the Marsh to hunt, There are also leopards at the river crossing sites who have specialised in hunting wildebeest and zebra as they exit the Mara River.
The Musiara area of the Masai Mara is famous for its abundance of big cats especially lion. Three big lion prides hold territory close to our camps and they always provide plenty of drama from new cubs and family feuds to hunting and fighting to hold territory.
After 50+ years of running safaris in the Masai Mara we have collected some detailed reports on the Mara. We have been studying these reports, finding amazing patterns of behaviour with the wildlife, birds and flora. These have shown up interesting migrations, patterns of animal and plant behaviour and more. We have prepared these guides to introduce you to the magic of what the Mara has to offer month by month.
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December