The Masai Mara Reserve is famous for its Big Cats. The Masai Mara boasts astonishing amount of game within the area. Game to be spotted are gazelle, wildebeest and zebra, who graze in large numbers, and where prey is found so are predators. The famous black-maned Mara lions are residents to the area, and can only be seen here. The reserve is also home to cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thompson's gazelle, waterbuck, hyena, and primates. Every year the Masai Mara hosts the world's greatest event, the Great Migration, where wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti mirgrate. From July to October the Mara plains attracts more than 1.3 million wildebeest together in a single massive herd.
Olarro offers a wide range of activities including night game drives with special infrared night vision goggles. Guests can enjoy activities such as mountain biking, nature walks and specialised bird-watching with licensed guides. Game drives are scheduled in the morning and late afternoons, which are the best times for game viewing. Guests can also experience a full day to the Maasai Mara, including a luxury picnic lunch. Night game drives are unique as nocturnal game can be spotted within their natural habitat. These include the white tailed mongoose, bush babies, African kangaroo or spring hare, Feraux owl and the Montane night jar. Night vision binoculars are given to guests especially to spot the game at night. These binoculars offer guests the opportunity to spot nocturnal predators such as leopard and lion. Guided nature walks are offered to guests to observe and explore the traditional uses of shrubs and trees for medicine, identifying the spoor of different animals and analysing geology in the area. Olarro Lodge is known to be a paradise for birdwatchers. The area is home to over 150 species of birds. Other activities at Olarro Lodge include mountain biking, a balloon safari where guests float over the million wildebeest and zebra migration in a hot air balloon, a cultural safari where guests are taken on a tour to gain firsthand experience and knowledge of the Maasai Life, visit the Olarro Eco Gardens and the Olarro Shop which is stocked by Lisa Christoffersen of Sanza Company. The shop stocks authentic and unique African handicrafts, jewellery and accessories handpicked by Lisa.
Karen Blixen Camp is set on the bank of the Mara River in a private concession adjoining the reserve. It enjoys open access, but also privacy within the concession. Zebras, elephants and hippos drink from the river throughout the day offering superb game viewing.
Cottars 1920's Camp is an exclusive and private concession between the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park. It is a good camp to see the migration as it enters and exits the Masai Mara - between July and October.
Little Governors' Camp was built in 1976 around a small waterhole that teems with wildlife and birds. It has a prime location in the Masai Mara, originally being the favourite safari location of Kenya's governors.
Olonana Tented Camp is a luxurious camp situated in a private area of the Mara River at the foot of the Siria Escarpment. The tents offer beautiful views overlooking the Mara River playing host to an abundance of wildlife.
Naibor Camp is a luxury tented camp and offers a secluded spot in a prime position overlooking the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara. It is ideally located for the migration between July and October.
Il Moran Camp is situated along the banks of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara, perfectly positioned for the migration. The camps' tents line the winding banks of the river, with the best game viewing right on your doorstep.
Travelling on a budget but still want to experience the highlights of Kenya? Then this 11-night itinerary is ideal. Travel with your private local guide and safari vehicle and drive around the countryside to Kenya’s best and most beautiful areas.
This 4 night introductory tour allows you to explore the famous Masai Mara migration in Kenya from July to October and enjoy fantastic game viewing all year round.