I can’t imagine a luxury Kenyan safari that doesn’t include the Masai Mara. It has all the drama and excitement you could wish for, plus magical moments of romance. Among other things, it’s the stage on which one of the world’s most amazing wildlife spectacles, the Great Wildebeest Migration, takes place, and what a performance it is!
Each day is an adventure: you can choose to drift over the endless plains at dawn in a hot-air balloon, or marvel at the bravery of the first wildebeest to run the gauntlet of the crocodiles and begin a Mara River crossing. Later, take a guided walking safari through wild, private land untouched by cattle or vehicles, or go on an exciting night drive, when you might chance upon a nocturnal hunt.
Even the accommodation, and your basic daily ablutions, can be thrilling in the Masai Mara. You can indulge your childhood fantasies as you camp out in a luxury treehouse, falling asleep to a hippo lullaby, or have the unique experience of bathing with views over the Mara River.
And let’s not forget the five-star bush meals and sundowners you can experience here, perhaps while a leopard calls nearby. Because in addition to the ample excitement, luxury comes as standard in the remarkable Masai Mara safari lodges – there’s nothing quite like enjoying fine dining by candlelight in remote areas, with your private butler to attend to your every need.
But, like many visitors to Kenya, you’ll probably remember the warmth and character of the people most. They take a real pride in their cultural identity, and readily share their fascinating traditions with visitors to their villages and schools. Your kids will leap at the chance to become warriors for a day, although it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to jump as high as the Maasai dancers.