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Masai Mara Holidays

Have your binoculars at the ready; the opens savannahs of the Masai Mara offers Africa's most famous wildlife reserve with breathtaking views, rolling landscapes and rich animal life.

Feel the grounds tremble around you during the incredible wildebeest migration and embark on an unforgettable safari experience through the Masai Mara National Reserve, located in the Rift Valley in southwest Kenya. You'll have the opportunity to spot the Big Five as well as zebra, hyena, topi and buffalo. With no fences, the wildlife roams free offering you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close to these animals in their natural habitat. 

If it's boundless adventure you're after, Masai Mara won't disappoint.

Destination Highlights
  • Sunrise hot air balloon rides
  • Witness the Great Migration from July to September
  • Visit the Masaai Tribe

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Governor's Main Camp

Governors' Main Camp

Masai Mara

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Governors' Main Camp
Tent Bedroom

Governors' Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara

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Governors' Il Moran Camp

Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara

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Guide Price

€1,479 pp

Little Governors' Camp

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland to Nairobi with Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.

Currency

Kenyan shilling (KES)

Visa Information

Irish citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Special vaccines are required for travel to the Kenya.

Seeing the Great Annual Migration in the Masai Mara is a holiday memory you’ll never forget. Named one of the natural wonders of the world, it’s one of the many outstanding things you might see in this 583 square mile reserve in the heart of Kenya. Whether you take a traditional game drive, a Masai-guided bush walk or float above the open savannahs in a hot-air balloon, this wildlife-rich habitat is going to inspire you.

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    Safari

    There’s nothing quite as life-affirming as seeing the Big Five in this savannah wilderness. If you’re lucky enough to see the Great Annual Migration, you’ll be in awe at the two million wildebeest who stampede across these plains from the Serengeti.

  • Masai

    Maasai Tribe

    Don’t miss the chance to visit a Maasai village. This world-famous tribe, famed for their red-checked shukas and mud bomas, remain one of the few to maintain a semi-nomadic life. They preserve traditions dating back to the 17th century.

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Average weather in January

Good travel weather

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28ºC
82mm

Average weather in February

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28ºC
95mm

Average weather in March

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28ºC
124mm

Average weather in April

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27ºC
166mm

Average weather in May

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26ºC
110mm

Average weather in June

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26ºC
59mm

Average weather in July

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25ºC
28mm

Average weather in August

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26ºC
44mm

Average weather in September

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27ºC
52mm

Average weather in October

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28ºC
56mm

Average weather in November

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27ºC
100mm

Average weather in December

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27ºC
111mm
  • Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “Make sure to include a hot air balloon trip in your safari, nothing has ever compared to gliding over the giraffes & elephants in the Mara, and finishing with a champagne breakfast in the bush was amazing.”

  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “The migration is dubbed as the greatest show on earth – from July to September over a million wildebeest and zebra embark on the dangerous journey across the Grumeti River into the Masai Mara. Book early to avoid missing out on this spectacular sight.”

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “If you’re a keen photographer be sure to plan your visit to the Masai Mara during the Great Migration (July to September), and book your stay at the exclusive Mahali Mzuri Camp for the best snaps.”

Types of Masai Mara holidays

Masai Mara Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The Masai Mara is located in southwest Kenya and covers an area of 583 square miles. It’s one of the most diverse eco-systems in Africa. 

It takes four–five hours to drive from Nairobi to the Masai Mara and is a total distance of approximately 170 miles.

The best time to visit the Masai Mara is between June and October when the dry season has arrived in Kenya. During this time, an abundance of game can be seen around the watering holes.

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