Kenya is home to the most abundant wildlife in Africa, the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya has been described as the Jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. Its also home to some of the finest luxury hotels.

Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve boasts of the heritage of the Masai Mara people and is one of the most popular tourism and wildlife viewing destinations in Africa and the world.

With authentic cultural residues; the Wildebeest Migration that spans from July to November, as well as the presence of the biggest and most abundant wildlife all year round, Masai Mara Safari is the best destination for couples and families at every time of the year.

Let us look at the best Masai Mara Luxury Safari lodges for tourists and visitors to this home of nature and culture.

Mahali Mzuri- The beautiful place

Mahali Mzuri
Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri is seated in the plains of Kenya and offers you all the beauty of the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

Tourists are guaranteed the best retreat in a private 12 classy tented suites, a twice-daily drive through to see the best of and much more excitements including the annual great migration!

Angama Mara- See the world from above

An intimate safari lodge literally ‘suspended in mid-air’ as the name implies, Angama Mara is a lodge of two camps of 15 suites each located high up in the Great Rift Valley.

The Lodge overlooks the Maasai Mara and you can access the game reserves, enjoy the warm beauty of the valley and the plains below.

Elewana Sand River Masai Mara- A taste of the Classics

Sand River Masai Mara
Sand River Masai Mara

Situated on a riverbank close to the Tanzanian border, this camp offers a picturesque sight.

With all interior designs and fixtures modeled after what can only be described as classic Africa, you feel like you are in the movies when in your lodge, and experience the best of nature outside.

Bateleur Camp- Nature meets modern comfort

This camp is a unique mix of elegance, class and down-to-earth nature. Located right at the rim of the Great Rift Valley, Bateleur camp offers an exclusive exploration of seasonal and year-round wildlife.

With bush breakfast, hot air balloons, gym exercises, and a beauty spa, the camp provides the modern blend that makes you feel at home.

Sanctuary Olonana

The breath-taking wonders of nature coupled with exceptional luxury and class are what makes this camp a sanctuary. From glass-sided suites, you can view the river that runs past.

An abundance of wildlife and cultural visits will keep you busy, with balloon rides, bush dinners and scenic flights as a plus to this exceptional private safari lodge.

The Elephant Pepper camp

This camp is perfectly situated in the heart of the Masai Mara and boasts of a plethora of wildlife especially the elephant.

From this simple, yet luxurious camp, you can experience hundreds of bird species, watch the lions, buffalo and giraffes; and if you are on time, see the great migration in all its glory.

Little Governors’ Camp

Little Governors Camp
Little Governors Camp

This intimate camp is right at the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve and made of luxury tented camps located around a large and beautiful watering home.

The camp is a boat ride away from the Mara River and is quiet and secluded except for constant interface with nature. You would think you have seen it all until the Elephants visit you!

Naboisho Camp

Exclusivity and serenity are the two major features of this camp that are set in the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The camp offers the solitude that is highly uncommon and not without the spectacular game viewing that includes animals like the lion and cheetah, as well as the antelopes.

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Cottar’s 1920s

This private, romantic and luxurious camp offer the wonders of nature, the comfort of modern amenities and the style of the 20s era.

Located a kilometer away from the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve, this camp offers abundance of wildlife, high scale camping environment and guaranteed privacy as you get in symphony with nature

Saruni Mara

This small and private lodge is located in a secluded valley in the heart of Mara North Conservancy.

Lodgers get exclusive guidance from Masai warriors who would show them around the reserve and open their eyes to the beauty of the area and all the history it holds.

Karen Blixen Camp

This luxury and eco-friendly camp boasts of private large luxury canvas tents, stylish reception areas with lounge and bars, and a great view of the Masai Mara River. With pools to refresh in, sites for family meals and romantic settings, family, couples and friends can feel at home in this camp.

Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara

This Mara safari is in its private conservancy and features the natural experience of the untamed wilderness in all its glory, as well as the wealth of modern and exclusive experience. Guests are right at home with nature, culture and modern comfort. 

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Located in the Masai Mara Game reserve, lodgers are privy to the great wildebeest migration, exciting game drives and beautiful scenery at sunset.

With private decks and en suite facilities facing the Mara River, you have a clear view of the hippos. The lodge also boasts of luxury tents, a lounge, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Richard’s River camp

In the heart of the Masai Mara is a private and exclusive camp that features comfort and adventure for visitors.

With only 7 Masai Mara luxury tented camps, this camp is best suited for private individuals, families or exclusive groups who want to experience nature and culture in an intimate setting.

Entim Mara

Entim Mara Camp
Entim Mara Camp

A friendly and intimate luxury safari camp, Entim Mara is located along the Mara River and holds the best view of the wildlife in the reserve.

With a private intimate bush setting, and the main wing overlooking the Mara River, you can observe the migration crossing from your camp. All year-round, you have the best positioning for sighting and photography as you explore.

Explore Further

There are other Masai Mara Luxury Safari lodges where you can get comfort and explore the unique culture and wildlife that Kenya offers but we have put together the best 15. You can do further research and find other lodges that would suit your taste and preference.

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