Kenya’s most popular nature reserve is renowned for its impressive number of big cats, most notably lions, though you may spot the odd cheetah as well. The Serengeti plains, irrigated by the River Mara, make up much of the park and sustain huge populations of migratory animals, including wildebeest, giraffes and zebras. 4WD safaris at different times of the day will ensure you get the most out of your visit.
Find out how the indigenous Maasai live with and from the land in one of their villages dotted around the reserve. And for one of the most majestic views Africa can offer, take a sunrise hot air balloon ride above the grass plains.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is near the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria in the country’s south-west, the border with Tanzania forming one edge of the park. You can reach the reserve by car in about 6 hours from Nairobi, or land at a local airstrip. Well-equipped lodges and campsites ensure “roughing it” is a relative term here.