Luxury Safari Lodges To Consider on Your Visit To Masai Mara

Masai Mara national reserve has some of Kenya’s leading luxury safari lodges that complement the vibrant big five and wildebeest migration safaris. Masai Mara is renown for its big five mammals that can be experienced in the Mara Triangle and and the various conservancies around the reserve. Accommodation is Key in exploring the vast lands of the Masai ecosystem and a number of luxury safari lodges have been set up over the years. These are strategically located making it easy for tourists to access Masai Mara for general activities like game drives.

Let us look at some of the most outstanding luxury safari lodges you must consider when visiting Masai Mara.

Luxury Safari Lodges in Masai Mara
A luxury Tent at Mahali Mzuri. Photo by Mahali Mzuri

This beautiful luxurious tented safari camp is situated in the Olare Motorogi conservancy. The camp has 12 luxury cottages that are self contained with great views of the conservancy. Mahali Mzuri was voted Number 1 hotel and number world safari lodge in 2021 in Travel+Leisure for its outstanding services and luxurious touch.

Mahali Mzuri has an infinity swimming pool where you can swim and cool down on a hot day and relax enjoying the views of the wilderness. The pool is also heated and you can still enjoy your swim on a chilly day.

While staying at the Mahali Mzuri you get to experience big cats safaris, Wildebeest migration if it is the right season, safari game drives and much more. The Olare Motorogi conservancy is famous for the big cats and many other wildlife species. Incase you are interested in visiting the Mara triangle you can still do for wildlife viewing. You can also have a community to the Masai where you would get to know more about their culture and heritage.

Ensure to make your booking to the camp in advance since it gets fully booked especially in the peak tourist season.

Angama Mara is one of the best luxury safari lodges in Masai Mara overlooking the reserve. It is situated on the Rift Valley escarpment over looking the Rift valley floor. The tented safari lodge has 15 luxurious self contained and fully furnished tents that offers interrupted views of the great Rift Valley.

It is among the best exclusive and Honeymoon destinations in Kenya. It has over the years been internationally recognised as among World’s best accommodation facility for its outstanding beauty and excellent services offered there. It featured in and got accolades from renown travel magazines including Travel+leisure, Conde Nest Traveler, National Geographic among others.

Angama Mara is the perfect place to explore Masai Mara starting from Big five and big cats plus the wildebeest migration experiences. The lodge has a mobile tented camp called Angama Safari Camp in the Mara Triangle that is very ideal to explore the wildebeest migration. With this you are able to keep up with the wildebeest migration including live predators hunting moments.

The lodge can easily be accessed by air to the lodge’s airfield and it would be the best means to maximise your experience at the lodge. The safari experience starts right at the lodge and at the Angama Safari Camp so if you a wildlife lover you are very much covered. Those interested in filming or photographic safaris are very much welcome here. The lodges strategic location makes it ideal for filming and a lot of scenes from Out of Africa were filmed here. You can therefore enjoy photographic safaris, family safaris, Masai cultural visits, classic game drives, ballon safaris, guided nature walks among others.

You can not list luxury safari lodges and camps in Masai Mara and fail to mention andBeyond’s Kichwa Tembo tented camp. It is located on a private concession on the Oloololo escarpment overlooking Saparingo River. The concession is home to wildlife species including big cats that are often seen while on game drives. Kichwa Tembo is one of the best places in Masai to enjoy the great wildebeest migration experience. 

It has 8 superior view tents, 20 superior tents and 12 classic tents that are well furnished and decorated with a rustic touch. They offer great uninterrupted views of the Masai Mara and one can easily spot wildlife even at the comfort of their tent. The tents are self contained and private and you get to have an exclusive access during your stay at Kichwa Tembo. 

Kichwa Tembo also has a beautiful infinity pool where you can relax enjoying the sunset and the great scenic views. While staying at Kichwa Tembo you can engage in a number of safari activities including game drives, nature walks, community visits among others.

This rustic camp has 12 tented cottages and it is among the top luxury safari lodges in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Its strategic location makes it an ideal place for game drives featuring the big cats. It is very exclusive giving one an opportunity to enjoy interrupted wildlife safari experiences and services at the lodge it self.

Elewana Sand River overlooks the Sand river and often times dinner and breakfast is set at the River banks. Here one relaxes enjoying great scenic views of the River and wilderness in general. There is also a swimming pool overlooking the plains of Masai Mara where you can enjoy a swim or sunbathe.

While Elewana Sand River you can engage in a number of safari activities like game drives, nature walks, community visits among others. The lodge is very ideal for the great wildebeest migration as you can get to watch the migration from your cottage.

The lodge received a Conde Nest traveler Readers’ Choice award in 2020 and it is truly outstanding.

This beautiful camp overlooks Talek River and is also strategically located in the heart Masai Mara national reserve. The camps location makes it an ideal place to enjoy and explore the great Masai mara and its wildlife species. Mara Intrepids Tented Camp is located just a few minutes drive from the Mara River where millions gather to witness the Wildebeest River crossings as the wildebeest cross over from Tanzania’s Serengeti National park. With this easy access to the Mara River, the camp is the best and ideal to book if you are much interested in the wildebeest migration.

The luxury tents at the camp are self contained with great views of the surrounding scenery. You can engage in a number of safari activities while staying at the lodge. These include safari game drives, photography safaris, ballon safaris among others. Mara Intrepids Tented Camp is also a great place to stay with your family. They organise kids activities that keep them engaged and also get an opportunity to learn and explore more of the African and Masai Mara wilderness.

They also organise bush dinners and sundowners where you can enjoy the view of the sunrise and sunset. The camps exclusive nature makes it a great option if looking for luxury Safari Lodges to stay at when in Masai Mara.

5 Exclusive Safari Camps In Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Kenya is East Africa’s top safari destination with a number of exclusive safari camps one can ever desire to visit. The country is known for adventurous safari experiences and the beautiful safari Camps make wildlife journeys to Kenya very enjoyable.

Masai Mara national reserve being the most visited safari destination is very diverse and remarkable in terms of wildlife. Its home to prides of lions, Savanna elephants, wildebeest, leopards, cheetahs, antelope species as well as a number of bird species. The reserve also has a number of Conservancies each with exclusive safari camps and safari Lodges. Now that the Democratic Republic of Congo also plans to Join the East African Community, there will be a lot to offer.

Today we exploring the 5 exclusive safari camps in Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the great Masai Mara national reserve.

Mahali Mzuri has 12 tented luxury safari camps and tops the list of the best and must visit Camp while on safari in Kenya. The camp was recently voted World’s Number 1 Hotel/safari Lodge in the 2021 Travel + Leisure Awards and its very remarkable.

The name Mahali Mzuri is Swahili and means a beautiful place and no one can dispute that. While seeking for exclusive wildebeest migration experiences, game drives featuring the big Five and other wildlife species ensure to book Mahali Mzuri Camp.

You can engage in a number of activities while at the camp or can choose to relax in the infinity pool the over looks the Masai Mara ecosystem. Incase you interested in African culture, you can visit the Masai Community and get to know about their ways of life.

For high-end exclusive African safari experiences, visit Olare Motorogi conservancy and stay at Mahali Mzuri Camp.

Mahali Mzuri Camp. Kenya Safari Camps
Mahali Mzuri Camp. Photo By Mahali Mzuri

This beautiful camp is strategically located in a forest along Ntiakitiak River in Olare Motorogi. Mara Plains Camp has specious private and exclusive tents offering great views of the forest and the Masai Mara plains.

Being one of the only five safari Camps in Olare Motorogi, a stay at Mara plains camp also offers exclusive wildlife encounters in the conservancy. Its an all inclusive safari camp offering all meals plus beverages including alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

While at the camp you can engage in a number of wildlife activities including game drives (Day and night game drives), community visits and ballon safaris. Game drives are included in the rates but community visits cost extra $20 per person and hot air balloon safaris are charged separately.

Mara Plains Camp has 5 suites accommodating a reasonable number of guests suitable for intimate Kenya Safari experiences.

Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains Camp. Photo by Mara Plains

This under-canvas classic tented camp is also among the few safari camps situated in Mara’s Olare Motorogi conservancy. The camp has deluxe tents and a honey moon suite that are perfectly raised offering great views of the conservancy.

Olare Mara Kempinski’s cottages have a separate living and bedroom meaning you get to watch wildlife at the comfort of your living room. There is also a large balcony where you can as well sit and enjoy the great scenic views of the endless Masai mara plains. Some tents also have connecting doors and would be ideal for families especially if traveling with kids.

While at the camp be a part of the never ending Masai Mara adventures like game drives, nature walks, Masai community visits among others. Hot air balloon safaris can also be arranged as you get to have an aerial view of the ecosystem. You can get close to the wildlife and enjoy the African sunset on bush dining and sun downers.

The camp also offers opportunities for weddings in the wild and Must be among the safari camps you must visit while in Kenya.

Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara. Photo by Olare Mara Kempinski

Kicheche Bush camp is another exclusive safari camp situated in the Olare Motorogi conservancy. The camp has 6 fully furnished and spacious luxury tents with en suite bathrooms.

The camp is also very ideal to watch the famous wildebeest migration and other major wildlife in the conservancy. Enjoy your game drives right from the camp as well as guided nature walks, community visits among others.

Kicheche camp is among the simple but very luxurious safari camps in the greater Masai mara. We therefore highly recommend any one visiting the conservancy and check on this lovely safari camp. For best experiences its great to visit in the dry season when there is minimal rainfall disturbances.

Kicheche Bush Camp. Kenya Safari Camps

Porini Lion Camp is the final exclusive safari camp located in Olare Motorogi conservancy. The camp is eco friendly and also lies along the river banks of river Ntiakatiak offering perfect opportunities for wildlife viewing.

The camp has nine tents and a family unit that directly overlooks the plains of the conservancy and Masai Mara. Don’t miss on the conservancy’s major wildlife including the big five mammals, big cats and the wildebeest migration.

Its an all inclusive camp that makes a stay here even more enjoyable. All meals, drinks including alcoholic drinks as well as safari activities like game drives are included in the rates. Walking safaris and sundowners are a must do while at the camp for unforgettable safari moments.

Porini Lion Camp Masai Mara
Porini Lion Camp Masai Mara. Photo by Axel Fassio