Maasai Mara, Kenya

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** MAASAI MARA, KENYA **

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    justintensitysworld
    10 Aug 2021
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    The Maasai Mara is my favorite place on planet earth. When it comes to serenity and being one with nature, there’s no better place. Not to mention, Maasai Mara is the best location to see wildlife and go on a safari. For those who don’t know, Maasai Mara is a national park in Kenya that actually extends into Tanzania (where it is known as the Serengeti). The Maasai Mara is THE top location to see the Big 5 — lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. The accommodations in the park vary from lodges to glamping, but most of them are high end and are pretty expensive (however, definitely worth it). My favorite accommodations are Mara Serena and Mahali Mzuri.

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    Mahali Mzuri

    By far the most exciting thing you can do in the Maasai Mara is a hot air balloon safari at sunrise. Many of the lodges will offer this as an external activity (which means at added cost), and they’ve most likely partnered with one of the many companies that provide this offering. It typically costs about $500 per person (which, again, isn’t cheap, but definitely worth it). At the conclusion of the balloon safari, which lasts about 75 minutes, you will be offered a champagne breakfast out in the plains of the Maasai Mara and this itself is remarkable. When I did the safari, there were some elephants and giraffes probably about 100-200 yards from our breakfast site — it was amazing!

    In all, I highly recommend visiting the Maasai Mara if you’re interested in doing a safari. You will not regret it.

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    ggarcia712
    13 Jan 2020
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    The Maasai Mara was an amazing adventure and experience. This was my first one and it took my breath away. I actually went on a 13 day over and tour that comprised of 3 different safari locations and The Mara was one of them. I spent 2 days in the bush there and it was amazing. At night I slept in a tent to where power went completely out at 10pm and elephants and baboons were known to walk through the site. During the safari, I witnessed the big 5 in spectacular fashion. I never felt afraid or like my life was in danger. Interacting with the local Masai people was amazing in itself. Overall my time at the Mara was an excellent experience.

  3. TaiTravels
    14 Jun 2019
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    I did my tour with tour Kenya safari heights! I spotted all big 5 in both days of my game drive! Safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity and being able to drive from the Mara to the Serengeti was truly phenomenal!

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    iamlynnjohnson
    02 Jan 2019
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    I spent my 30th birthday in the Maasai Mara. My husband and I stayed at the Mara Intrepids, which is an awesome luxury tented camp site on the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The location was EVERYTHING. Not only was it actually located in the park, but it was also walking distance from the airstrip (although we obviously didn’t walk), which was great because we didn’t have to worry about leaving extra early to catch the plane. Also, you didn’t have to ride far outside the gates to see wildlife. We saw a leopard, which is normally hard to spot, about 3 minutes from the camp. Also, the staff was incredible, very hospitable and attentive to our needs. They gave us an amazing tent located right on the river and they also turned the lights off during dinner and did a song/dance parade in honor of my birthday! They truly made us feel at home which was welcoming given the fact that we were the only black tourists there at the time. Overall, if we were to return, we would definitely go back and stay there during our time in the Mara.

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    Quentin B
    05 Oct 2018
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    The Maasai Mara was an amazing adventure! So I’ve been on (4) safaris in Africa and this was by far the most extreme & exciting. The safari guide picked me up from Nairobi on an early morning and we arrived that late afternoon. We stopped along the way for food (included) and when we got to the Maasai we did an evening game drive. Woke up early around 5 am and spent a full day until the evening. We had local foods and it was all included. The total was about $300 USD for 2 nights. That includes all food, ride there and back, the safari (night drive & next day drive), and visiting the Maasai village. I stayed in a tent where there was power only in the morning and evenings. It was an experience!

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