Exceptionally dense numbers of game, carefully controlled visitor numbers in the conservancies and a pristine and iconic African landscape make the Greater Mara one of the most rewarding safari destinations there is. The greatest luxury of the Mara conservancies is the exclusivity and freedom they offer. In many of them you can explore the world-famous Maasai Mara ecosystem on foot, by vehicle and at night – freedom that is just not possible in the strictly regimented and relatively crowded Mara Reserve itself.
Nothing beats the exhilaration of tracking and then finding that elusive animal. Asilia trains its guides to the highest standards and has a selection of open and closed vehicles (with rooftop hatches) to ensure everyone has a window seat to enjoy the action. Daily morning and evening game drives get you right up close to the myriad species that call this wilderness home. Game drives take in the conservancies or the adjoining Masai Mara Reserve.
When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these elusive creatures on a night game drive in the Mara conservancies.
Our drivers are all extremely knowledgeable and know exactly how to place their vehicles for photographers. Sandbags for stability are available in our vehicles, which also have charging facilities.
The Great Migration & river crossings
Watching the herds of wildebeest plunge into the crocodile-infested river and run the gauntlet of lion waiting on the Kenyan side of the river is an awe-inspiring spectacle and one not to be missed. Rekero Camp
and Topi House (Mara Bush Houses
) are perfectly located for an in situ experience of the river crossings, but visitors to all our Greater Masai Mara
camps have access to Great Migration crossings at certain times of the year (usually these would be a maximum of 90 minutes’ drive away).
East Africa’s bird life is rich and diverse, and our guides have extensive knowledge about the region’s feathered friends. Specialist birding guides can be arranged for serious twitchers.
With over 400 lion in the reserve, you will never be far from a pride. Given the cats’ curious nature and a backdrop of brilliant sky and green grass, you will find that photographing them is fun and rewarding. It is also possible to learn about protection initiatives for the Mara’s big cats from a Kenya Wildlife Trust researcher (bookings essential).
Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners
Make every minute count: for uninterrupted game viewing, take along a delicious packed breakfast or picnic lunch to enjoy in a shady spot in the heart of the bush. Dinner can also be arranged out in the bush for an unforgettable dining experience under the African night sky.
Walking is one of the most intimate ways to experience wild Africa. Heighten your senses to the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush on a leisurely one- or two-hour walking safari. It is likely that you will get close to larger mammals with Asilia’s experienced walking guides, but this is really the perfect chance to take a closer look at the little things.
While your game drives will acquaint you with the Big Five, a bush walk will introduce you to the subtle beauty of Africa’s Little Five – the elephant shrew, buffalo weaver, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle – as well as birds, butterflies, trees and plants. This is the perfect opportunity to understand the bush on a deeper layer.
Walking safaris take place within the Mara Naboisho Conservancy – please enquire about these in advance to ensure availability.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy is free of the restrictions of many national parks in Kenya. Naboisho
has a licence to allow fly camping within the conservancy boundaries. Fly camping is a highly adventurous and private experience. You are accompanied by an armed guide and spend the afternoon walking to the fly camp. This provides a special opportunity to get a grasp on what is happening in the Mara ecosystem.
Your tent comes fully set up, with enough room to stand, windows on three sides and a veranda in the front with an awning. Headlamps, camping chairs and a camping table are also supplied. For showering, nothing comes close to the hot bucket shower hanging in a tree with a view. A short-drop safari toilet is also provided.
Although you’ll be spending the night away from the main camp, your safety remains Asilia’s prime concern and the armed guide and camp hands ensure that you can sleep soundly. If their presence isn’t enough to comfort you, the large canvas dome tent, foam mattress, quality linen, cushions and hot-water bottles will make drifting away to a relaxed sleep an easy endeavour.
If you have an adventurous spirit, are looking for something out of the ordinary and are willing to push beyond your comfort zone, few life experiences can compare to sitting under the stars at night after a hot shower and a great meal, listening to the night sounds and merging with nature in an exceptional way.
Community & cultural visits
The culture of the Maasai – the natural guardians of this land – is both complex and fascinating. Many of our guides are drawn from the local Maasai communities and are landowners in the conservancy. They are always eager to share their culture and way of life with interested guests – time spent with the local guides in their home communities is a rich and rewarding experience, often the most memorable moment of a safari here.
Hot-air balloon safaris
Glide over the rolling plains of the Masai Mara and the neighbouring conservancies on a romantic and serene hot-air balloon flight, and see the wildlife below from a different perspective. Accessible from Rekero
and Encounter Mara