The Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Mara Conservancies together form the wildlife sanctuary that is the Greater Mara Ecosystem. While the reserve is by no means the largest in Kenya, it is undoubtedly the most well-known since it sets the scene for the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra thundering across from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania.
The Conservancies were created out of an agreement where locally-owned land neighbouring the Maasai Mara was merged and used for tourism and conservation efforts. Limited lodges are allowed on the conservancies, which, in turn, pay rental fees to the landowners. There are no fences in the reserve and, as such, inhabitants are free to wander through old migratory corridors—without restrictions. The conservancies offer a more intimate and authentic safari experience, where visitors can rest assured that they are contributing to sustainable tourism.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to an exceptional amount of wildlife, as well as numerous lodges eager to welcome guests and show them their unique backyard. The Mara Triangle, an area of around 510km2, is managed by the Mara Conservancy. There are a limited number of vehicles per sighting in the Triangle, and visitors here will also have the opportunity to see rhino. With only one lodge and one camp in the whole of the Mara Triangle, game drives are an oh-so-private affair.
- Home to an abundance of wildlife and an array of lodges
- With only one lodge and one camp in the Mara Triangle, an exclusive safari experience awaits visitors
- The Mara Conservancies adjacent to the reserve fiercely promote community upliftment and conservation efforts
- With restrictions on a minimum amount of space between camps, the conservancies limits the amount of tourist vehicles and tourism impact on the environment
- Sets the scene for The Great Wildebeest Migration