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Kenya Mother elephant with a baby, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara Short Break

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

5 Days

Prices Start from

$3,556 ex. flights

Say goodbye to work in the evening; arrive in the world-famous Masai Mara in time for coffee the next day. If time is short, this holiday is perfect. Wild open spaces, spectacular wildlife and effortless hospitality make this trip the ideal escape for indulgent nature lovers.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Walking Leopard female Kaboso in Masai Mara, Kenya shutterstock 238382482 1

Private Conservancy

Explore the exclusive Mara North Conservancy, renowned for its spectacular wildlife.

Plains zebra (Equus quagga), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 2

Walking Safari

Head out on foot with a guide, exploring the camp’s private conservation area.

Beautiful sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya 3

Photographic Opportunities

Experience prolific big cat sightings and dramatic skies – offering superb photo opportunities.

Sunset from vehicle, Laikipia, Kenya 4

Exclusive Vehicle

Benefit from a private vehicle, with the flexibility to set your own schedule.

Why we like it

Alex Walker’s Serian has a reputation for delivering a phenomenal safari experience. Exclusivity, expertise and comfort combine to guarantee a fantastic trip to the heart of Kenya’s most famous wilderness area. Even though time is short, this trip will sate the appetite of even the most avid wildlife enthusiasts.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Nairobi - Masai Mara
  • Day 2 - 4
    Masai Mara
  • Day 5
    Masai Mara - Nairobi
Cheetah yawning, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Wildlife

The classic safari location, the Masai Mara provides a game-viewing experience that rivals all others. A short time in this magically wild and energetic landscape – bursting with complex wildlife interactions – can deliver countless encounters and fill the memory with images of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos and more.

Vehicle and lion pride, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Private Vehicles and Spotters

Set out on expertly guided private game drives from the wildlife-focused Serian Camp, where wildlife spotting is given priority over fixed schedules. Exclusively assigned, vehicles are driven by a highly trained guide, who is accompanied by an eagle-eyed spotter.

The camp is located within the private Mara North Conservancy, offering the chance to drive off-road, which greatly increases game-viewing opportunities.

Wildebeest Migration, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

The Great Migration

The domain of all that is wild and untamed, the Mara is also home to one of the greatest natural phenomena on Earth, the Great Migration. At times, a million wildebeests stream across these fertile plains, braving rivers and predators to travel in a never-ending circle of grazing, breeding and birthing.

Family Safari, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Walking Safari

Also spend time out, on foot, in the camp’s private conservation area. These bushwalks provide a different safari experience, allowing a closer interaction with the natural environment and highlighting the smaller intricacies of the local ecosystem.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

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  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Alex Walker’s Serian sits in the award-winning Mara North Conservancy, high up on an escarpment with commanding views overlooking the Mara River. The spacious tented rooms are a mix of smooth stone and wood, softened by the classic East African style canvas soft rugs and writing desks. The main dining room is a cosy cottage, full of character and a roaring log fire, while the outside mess area is built around enormous hardwood trees lending the place a very organic feel, with fresh flowers adding colour.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $3,556 Per person

When to travel

Kenya in January

The hottest month across much of the country, and an excellent time to spot wildlife with lower visitor numbers. The seas are at their clearest, the landscape is still lush, but it is dry and sunny in general.

Kenya in February

The high temperatures continue, and it remains virtually dry, but the landscape should still be fairly green. Conditions are still excellent for wildlife viewing, with lower visitor numbers.

Kenya in March

The start of the main rainy season, but still good for wildlife viewing with the chance to see newborns.

Kenya in April

This is not the ideal time to travel. Some lodges close as the rainy season gets into full swing. Roads can be treacherous, and the coast becomes very hot and wet.

Kenya in May

May is the height of the rainy season and so many places will be closed with driving conditions becoming poor due to the heavy rainfall.

Kenya in June

The rains start to abate, and the landscape is as green and lush as it gets. This does make spotting wildlife a little trickier, but it is a beautiful time across the country.

Kenya in July

The start of the mass migration into the Masai Mara. Dry weather dominates across the country, with the occasional shower. This is the coolest month, with visitor numbers increasing.

Kenya in August

This is peak season in Kenya, especially in the Masai Mara, where it is the peak of the Great Migration. Exceptional game viewing is possible as animals congregate around watering holes and rivers.

Kenya in September

The weather remains dry, and there are still fantastic opportunities for game viewing in the Masai Mara as wildlife gathers around watering holes.

Kenya in October

As the temperatures rise, so does the chance of a shower or two. The herds of wildlife begin to leave the Masai Mara, but plenty of residents can still be seen. Visitor numbers are lower and it is a great time to visit across the country.

Kenya in November

The start of the short rainy season, as temperatures continue to increase. Many destinations are open, but around Laikipia, places close at this time.

Kenya in December

The end of the year brings the peak of the short rainy season. Hot and wet conditions dominate, but the scenery is beautiful and green, and there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen.

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