As a child, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to experience the magic and mystery of Africa with my parents. I was enchanted by the wildlife, the natural beauty and the raw difference of life on a continent far removed from my childhood in the States. There are few days that pass that I don’t think about the trip, and the effect it has had on my every day life.
The Masai Mara Game reserve is easily one of the most beautiful and unique locations on earth. Sprawling across over two hundred square miles of African plain between Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania, this unique landscape offers visitors the chance to experience Africa at its wildest, and most natural. Surrounded by nothing but open space, visitors can tour by van the vast expanses of plains, having close encounters with all of the wildlife that Africa is known for – lions, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeests, zebras and so much more. With surrounding areas offering unique safaris after dark, or walks around the edges of these majestic plains, there is no other experience like it. Whether driving the plains with a native guide, or flying over in a hot air balloon the breathtaking landscape is beyond compare, and even beyond belief.
Luxury accommodations are available for unique adventures that nothing else can compare to. For an average of between three hundred ( The Govenors Camp and the Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp) to five hundred (Govenors IL Moran Camp, Govenors Private Camp and the Little Govenors Camp) USD per person per night, and well worth every penny, you can experience the big five African animals; the lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant up close in their natural habitat. These premier locations offer unparalleled luxury and adventure. In July, the world famous Wildebeest migration happens annually with millions of both Wildebeest and zebra migrating across the plains in search of water and food. Visitors can witness Africas predators in action as they take down these animals with simple raw power.
For more affordable options, the Masai Mara Serena Safari Lodge, located in the heart of the Masai Mara itself, offers rates for $125 per person per night and offers stunning views overlooking the plains below and the Mara River which is home to many of Africas wildest sunbathers, hippos and crocodiles.
The Masai Mara sits right in the heart of Masaai country, the Kenyan tribe which gives the reserve its name. This nomadic tribal people still lives the way they have for centuries and are entwined with this natural landscape. Fierce warriors and cattle herders, these people are among the most beautiful and simple Ive ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are friendly, inquisitive and kind and are more than willing to point out wildlife hot spots or give their handmade jewelry to visitors from all over the world
Kenya is a world apart from the norm – it feels like arriving on another planet. Surrounded by nature at its deadliest and most beautiful, its a sight that any adventurer or animal lover absolutely must experience in their lifetime.