Elephant Safari in the Masai Mara

Explore the wildlife and landscape of the Masai Mara staying at Richards River Camp where for the last three generations, the Roberts families have played an integral part for conservation in Kenya; notably working with elephants in the Mara. Witness the world's largest mammal numerous times and learn about their plight, as well as the vital conservation efforts that are going in to protecting this majestic species.

Duration 5 Days
Price From $4,169
When Year Round
Destination Kenya

Safari Overview

Spend five days at Richard's River Camp in the Mara North Conservancy exploring the wilderness in search of an array of African wildlife. From lions and leopards to elephants, hyena, buffalo and more, you will enjoy close wildlife encounters as well as learning about the conservation work that goes into protecting these species. As well as game drives and conservation discussions you will also be able to kick back and relax around camp with al fresco dining and sundowners.

It is our hope that your elephant encounters and insights will have inspired you to share your experience, encourage support for the Mara Elephant Project and Natural World Heroes such as Richard Roberts

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Encounter elephants in their natural habitat
  • Meet some of the team from the Mara Elephant Project
  • Witness predators on safari and at the nearby hyena den
  • Adopt an elephant at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

LEarn about the conservation efforts needed to protect the wildlife and habitats of the masai mara and witness the positive effects of this work in the mara.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive - Masai Mara

You will be met off your arrival flight for the road transfer skirting the bustling capital to Wilson Airport. From here the 45 minute flight leaves sprawling Nairobi behind to be replaced with aerial views of the winding rivers and distinctive acacia woodlands dotting the grassy plains of the Masai Mara National Park. Land at the airstrip within Mara North Conservancy to a warm welcome and transfer to camp, with every chance of seeing elephants on route. Set within a prime game viewing area in an enviable location on the banks of the Njageteck River, Richards River Camp offers elegant bespoke tented accommodation, remarkable cuisine, an effortless warmth of hospitality as well as being one of the most community focused and ecologically responsible camps in Kenya.

Overnight: Richard's River Camp L, D

Day 2

Mara North Conservancy

The hyena den is a short walk from camp as well as the resident pride of lions, which mean that predators are frequent sightings. Set out on game drives in the company of top-notch Maasai guides who will share their deep knowledge, respect and love of the Mara. Seek out the abundant wildlife in the surrounding plains, valleys and riverine forests including hyena, cheetah, lion, hippo, buffalo, elephant and all manner of antelope. Both guided bush walks and night drives are on offer, providing a different perspective to your wildlife encounters.

Overnight: Richard's River Camp B, L, D

Day 3

Mara Elephant Project

By special arrangement today's activities include access to the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) including a presentation by either Shawn Roberts, Marc Goss, or founder Richard Roberts. MEP tracks the movements of the elephants while employing a Rapid Response Unit to quickly respond to conflict situations and poaching alerts. Hear more about the MEP activities and operations, discussion of the general Mara politics and community issues that contribute greatly towards elephant - human conflict; meet the team of rangers; view the tracked (collared) elephants on Google Earth as well as a possible tour of the MEP head-quarters (subject to staffing priorities on the day). As dusk falls, and with head still reeling at the extraordinary and vital work carried out by the MEP, rendezvous with your fellow guests for sundowners and alfresco dinner under the stars.

Overnight: Richard's River Camp B, L, D

Day 4

Full day in Masai Mara National Park

Depart in photographic-optimised vehicles, with a well-stocked cool box, for a full day game viewing in the National Park. Sightings of majestic elephants will be all the more poignant following the illuminating insights gleaned from your experience with the MEP team. Return to camp for a final night of bonfires and bonhomie.

Overnight: Richard's River Camp B, L, D

Day 5

Depart Masai Mara

A farewell breakfast and game drive transfer brings you reluctantly to the airstrip for the flight back to Wilson Airport. A private guide and vehicle is at your disposal for the afternoon. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before continuing to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which offers a haven for orphaned elephants. Prearrangements have been made to join in the unique ‘adopt an elephant’ fostering program, your final insight into the plight of the worlds largest land mammal. Continue to the airport for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. We have chosen the accommodation to be as close as possible to the wildlife-rich areas of interest as well as allowing you access to The Mara Elephant Project. 

Prices are from prices based on availability and season. £3,370 mid season / £4,225 High Season

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you.

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