Reviews of safaris to Maasai Mara National Reserve
97 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Maasai Mara.
"My Feb 2023 trip"
I did spend a lot of time doing the research and chose the accommodation and plan myself, but ExpertAfrica really pulled it together with the best competitive quote and made sure things were seamless whilst we were out there." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Kenya safari
"My Jan 2023 trip to Kenya"
As always we very much appreciate the support of Richard Trillo at all stages of the planning.
He is able to provide expert knowledge and advice and this sometimes appears to be well outside normal office hours." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 9 on a Kenya safari
"Return to Kenya after 36 years"
With hindsight we would have flown from Sand River to Elephant Pepper.
All the staff at the lodges were extremely welcoming and helpful." Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 14 on a Kenya safari
"My Jan 2023 trip"
As a result of my wife having to undergo a shoulder operation soon after the booking we had to postpone the trip. Richard from EA was very helpful in arranging for changing the dates to January 2023 without any penalties from the camps where the bookings had been originally made." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 8 on a Kenya safari
"What a wonderful holiday!"
Everything went smoothly, Expert Africa's advice was spot-on, and all the arrangements made by Jessica, our consultant, were flawless.
Thank you so much ... we will definitely come back for more!
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Can't think of anything. Our trip and your service were both superb." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 12 on a Kenya safari
"My Jan 2023 trip"
It was the most perfect time, with a combination of amazing hotels and being lucky to see a wide breadth of different wildlife.
We felt so lucky to be able to experience this and the hospitality shown by all the staff was next level, they really made you feel special" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 8 on a Kenya safari
"My Dec 2022 trip"
Would highly recommend the Expert Africa who've arranged this for us.
Arrangements were great and the whole trip ran without a hitch." Read full review: 8 nights in Africa; 8 on a Kenya safari
"My Nov 2022 trip"
Claire made all the arrangements which went like clockwork and the men from your agents were very helpful" Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 9 on a Kenya safari
"Kenya Safari October 2022"
We originally booked our trip for autumn 2020 for our 10th wedding anniversary and due to Covid it was postponed two years but it was totally worth the wait.
Expert Africa (Lyndsey) managed us for two years in the most professional, friendly and patient manner. We told Lyndsey what we wanted and she delivered completely in all aspects and we will be forever grateful to her.
This was intended to be a life changing experience. it was, and we will return for more safari in the future." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 7 on a Kenya safari
"Classic safari in the Masai Mara"
Although we had used Expert Africa a few times this was our first trip out of southern Africa. As ever, the organisation was flawless and Jessica's advice when planning was accurate and very helpful.
We particularly appreciate the way Expert Africa encourage (and make it easy) to contact them by phone to discuss what you are looking for in (patient) detail with someone who has personal experience of the are and lodges - yes their website is really excellent and the perfect starting point but nothing beats talking to someone who's been there and who can engage with your own individual preferences and expectations." Read full review: 9 nights in Africa; 9 on a Kenya safari
Where to stay in Maasai Mara
Our suggestions for safari camps in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Rekero is an unpretentious, high-end safari camp, for travellers who take their wildlife watching seriously and are prepared to pay for an exceptional location.
Little Governors’ Camp sits by a swamp (an old oxbow of the Mara River) in the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It has its own balloon-launching site.
Tangulia Mara is a rustic and traditional safari camp on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve owned by Jackson Looseyia of Big Cat Diary fame.
Governors' Camp is a large tented camp on the Mara River and one of the oldest in the Mara region, dating from 1972. Although unfenced, and regularly visited by elephants, the whole compound is always busy with human activity.
Serian Nkorombo is a luxury bush camp in the Musiara sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve on the east side of the Mara River.
Sand River Camp
Luxury colonial-style tented camp on the banks of the Sand River close to the Tanzania border – a great spot to see the wildebeest migration.
Sala’s Camp is a comfortable and intimate tented camp, with seven tented rooms, located on the banks of the Sand River, in the far south of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Governors' Il Moran
The smallest and most expensive of the three camps in the Governors’ group, Governors’ Il Moran Camp hugs a meander of the Mara River just 1km north of the main Governors’ Camp.
Angama Mara is a top-end luxury tented camp on the Siria-Oloololo escarpment of the Maasai Mara ecoystem, just above the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Basecamp Maasai Mara
Basecamp Maasai Mara is a family-friendly, award-winning eco-camp on a U-bend on the north bank of the Talek River, on the boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Ngenche Safari Camp
Mara Ngenche is a non-hosted, luxury tented camp with an antique style, which is perfect if you're looking for private dining while staying somewhere small and personal.
Mara Expedition Camp
Mara Expedition Camp is a small luxury camp located on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Tipilikwani Mara Camp is a larger, mid-range tented camp offering good value from its base on the Talek River just outside the Mara National Reserve.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is a large safari hotel with views of the Mara River, in the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Mara Explorer Camp
Mara Explorer is a smart tented camp is in a scenic location on a bend in the Talek River.
Governors' Private Camp
Located on a secluded bend of the Mara River, Governor’s Private Camp has just eight tents and is booked on an exclusive basis.
Topi House is a very good, three-bedroom fully staffed private house on the fringes of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Entim Camp is well located in the heart of the Mara National Reserve, offering traditionally styled tented accommodation.
Ilkeliani Camp is a smart elegant camp overlooking the Talek River, on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Naibor has a great location in the Mara reserve, and offers accommodation to suit different budgets, with stylish high-end tents and some simpler ones too.