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Short Big Cats & Game Safari

Enjoy a tailor-made safari to Kenya taking in the big cats and game of the Masai Mara and the private Olare Motorgori Conservancy. After catching a flight to the Masai Mara Reserve, you will be able to spot game en route during your transfer to Naibor Camp. Due to the stunning location of the camp there may even be a number of resident game wandering through the grounds as you arrive. Explore your incredible surroundings on morning and evening game drives as well as nature walks, the rivers in particular are thriving with life especially during the annual migration where thousands of wildebeests and zebras embark on a journey from the plains of Tanzania.

Masai Mara Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon shared game drives around the reserve in search for the resident game as well as the migrating wildebeest. The rolling grasslands of the Mara Reserve are dominated by the red oat grass that form an endless sea of waving long grass dotted with solitary Balanites, the Desert Date Tree. The Mara’s famed rivers are lined by lush riverine forest areas with some magnificent stands of African greenheart, African olive and various species of fig trees which attract a whole host of wildlife. These rivers are themselves home to numerous pods of hippos. The grassland plains are the stomping grounds for the migrating wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle as well as Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland, impala and large herds of buffalo. The cats are never far away from the plains game and lion and cheetah are mostly seen on the rolling savannah plains of the Mara reserve and Masai community lands, whilst leopard prefer the riverine forests along the Mara, Talek, Olare Orok and Ntiakitiak rivers making for an exciting wildlife safari. Read more about the Masai Mara.

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem supports the most diverse migration of grazing mammals in the world and the Masai Mara is crucial in sustaining this mass migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles and is one of the highlights of a Kenya safari. Its rich grasslands are able to support these vast herds of migrating animals from Tanzania from July to October. Their arrival spells a bonanza for the Mara’s big cats making your chances of spotting them very likely. Read more about the Great Migration.

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Why book this trip

  • Fly in and experience 'Africa's greatest wildlife reserve'
  • Search for the Big 5 in Masai Mara
  • Witness the spectacular wildebeest migration as it crosses the Mara River (July - October)
  • Take the option to view the Mara from a different angle by going up in a hot air balloon safari
  • Explore the private conservancies surrounding the Mara with nature walks and night drives

Accommodation Highlights

Naibor Camp

Known for being one of the more stylish camps in the Masai Mara, located on the confluence of the Talek and Mara Rivers, which is crossed annually by the Great Wildebeest Migration. Just 7 luxurious sweeping canvas tents, muted in colour for a stylish effect, provide intimate accommodation for guests in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Kicheche Bush Camp

Located in the Masai Mara Reserve within the Olare Motorgori Conservancy - a perfect location ideal for experiencing the wildebeest migration. Excursions to Masai villages visits and the Kicheche Community Project’s schools can be arranged, alongside game drives in customised vehicles.