Have you ever wanted to see wildlife in their natural habitat and experience local African cultures like the Maasai tribe? Considered a “must see” in Kenya, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular national parks in Africa. Maasai Mara preserves the savannah wilderness in Southwestern Kenya along the Kenya and Tanzania border. Visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve to see “The Big 5”, witness the “Great Migration” and spot over 570 birds. With stunning vista views of the plains, there are so many things to do in Maasai Mara like hot air ballooning and horseback riding. With that being said, here are a few ways that you can enjoy an unforgettable trip to Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
Three Maassai Mara Highlights
Stay at a luxurious safari lodge
Angama Mara is a safari lodge in Kenya that offers guests a unique stay in Maasai Mara. Angama Mara’s luxurious campus spans over 300 acres and it sits high above the ground at the top of Angama hill.
Overlooking the Mara Triangle, the property has two campuses – North Camp and South Camp. Each camp has 15 identical tented suites with its own hospitality team. The property has shops, a Maasai beading studio, a swimming pool, fitness center, community clinic and more.
The nightly room rate is also all-inclusive of food, drinks, child care and safari tours into Maasai Mara. If you have ever wanted to stay at a luxurious safari lodge then Angama Mara will not disappoint.
Relaxing at Angama Mara
If you’re looking for rest and relaxation or want to disconnect from social media, it all starts at your large and comfy Angama Mara tented suite (which is more like a luxurious room and less like a tent).
Angama Mara’s tented suites boast a modern and minimalistic design, an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows which offer 180-degree views of the Mara and allows for lots of sunlight.
From the comfort of your bed, watch the sunrise and see hot air balloons gliding across the savannah. At night marvel at the twinkling stars and if your sliding door is open, listen to the sounds of the African safari.
If you are looking for other relaxing ways to spend your time at Angama Mara, grab a book from the on-site library and snuggle by the fireplace (it gets chilly at night). Or from the comfort of your suite’s wooden deck, sit on a red rocking chair and observe the wildlife in the Mara down below with a pair of binoculars. It’s common to see elephants walking across the fields.
Take a dip in the pool or get a good sweat in at the fitness center equipped with ellipticals, treadmills, ballet bars for stretching and more. Angama Mara has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the Kenya Safari.
Game on a game drive
Embark on an outdoor adventure with your knowledgeable tour guide on a private Big Game Safari ride. Join a safari game drive at either dawn or go after breakfast. Drives are crafted for what you want to do and the amount of time you want to spend in the safari.
Spend a full day or half-day driving into the Maasai jungle spotting lions feeding their cubs, cheetahs hunting, elephants bathing and giraffes grazing. Your tour guide will bring you right to the heart of all the action and you’ll walk away from the tour learning a lot about life in the Mara.
An alternative to the game drive is walking the safari with a Maasai guide.
Again, Maasai Mara is one of the best places in Africa to see “The Big 5” (buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos). And from July to October you’ll get to see the “Wildebeest Migration” where over a million zebras, wildebeest and antelopes migrate from Tanzania to Kenya.
Hot air balloon safari ride
Hot air ballooning over Kenya’s Maasai Mara is an experience of a lifetime!
From high above spot the animals and get a birds eye view of the reserve and the Mara River. After the excursion treat yourself to a delicious breakfast with champagne.
So what are you waiting for, start planning your trip to Maasai Mara!
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