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Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maybe your local zoo has lions, leopards, zebras or elephants. Maybe they even have wildebeest. But we bet they don't have 1.3 million wildebeest—never mind 1.3 million wildebeest in migration, with predators in hot pursuit. It's one of the most awesome sights in nature, and you can see it at Masai Mara in southwestern Kenya.

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Mara River
Mara River
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
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Mara Triangle
Mara Triangle
Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara River, enjoying abundant vegetation, wildlife and rainfall... more Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara River, enjoying abundant vegetation, wildlife and rainfall, its ecology would appear, at first sight, to be relatively resilient. It also appears to have withstood the erosive effects of huge numbers of visiting tourists extraordinarily well. There are signs, however, that the delicate balance between tourist numbers and wildlife populations cannot be properly maintained for much longer as evidenced by the reduction in the protective vegetation cover and the emergence of a series of dust bowls. Meanwhile, the Reserve is host to 95 species of mammals, amphibians and other reptiles and 485 species of birds. During the dry season (July to October) it also hosts a major concentration of migratory herbivores including about 250,000 zebra and 1.3 million wildebeest. Amongst the list of easy-to-view species are: gazelle, elephant, topi, buffalo, lion (Kenya's largest population), black rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, leopard and mongoose. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Olare Orok Conservancy
Olare Orok Conservancy
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Owner description: Ol Kinyei Conservancy is 18,700 acres of wilderness which belongs to a Maasai community who leased it to Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps for it to be set aside for the... more Owner description: Ol Kinyei Conservancy is 18,700 acres of wilderness which belongs to a Maasai community who leased it to Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps for it to be set aside for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Ol Kinyei Conservancy is home to only one permanent camp, the Porini Mara Camp which accommodates a maximum of only 12 guests at any given time - making this not only an exclusive experience but one that respects the principles of eco-tourism. Located within the Serengeti-Mara eco-system, Ol Kinyei is renowned for its unspoilt and breathtaking scenery with diverse terrain offering on one hand open savannah plains and rolling hills on the other. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Eyes on Africa Safaris
Eyes on Africa Safaris
Owner description: We specialize in Tailor made & Small group cultural and eco-Safaris primarily in Masai Mara. Unlike any other available attraction, we offer unique 'off the beaten track' tours by... more Owner description: We specialize in Tailor made & Small group cultural and eco-Safaris primarily in Masai Mara. Unlike any other available attraction, we offer unique 'off the beaten track' tours by off-road vehicles, mountain bikes and by foot. Our exclusive tours let visitors experience authentic local culture while actively protecting the environment and local communities: getting back to nature, living alongside the wildlife, traditional culture and experiencing the dramatic diverse landscapes of East Africa is what this unique TOUR/ATTRACTION offers. less
Attraction type: Off-Road & ATV Trails

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Isokon Restaurant
Isokon Restaurant
Cuisines: European, African, Asian
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Basecamp Masai Mara
3.0 of 5
Basecamp Masai Mara
$280 - $472
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Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
5.0 of 5
Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels
$198 - $651
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Ilkeliani Camp
Ilkeliani Camp
$279 - $465

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Eagle View, Mara Naboisho
3.0 of 5
Eagle View, Mara Naboisho
$554 - $825
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andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
4.0 of 5
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
$494 - $909
Entim Camp
Entim Camp
$430 - $848

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Enkewa Camp
4.0 of 5
Enkewa Camp
$883 - $1,048
Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
4.0 of 5
Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
$972 - $2,020
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Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
4.0 of 5
Encounter Mara, Asilia Africa
$985 - $1,458
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