Maasai Mara Safaris & Game Drives

Wildlife at Every Turn

A game drive into the Mara Triangle is at the heart of your safari holiday. Shortly after leaving the lodge, you’re in vast grasslands dotted with acacias, surrounded by more animals than you can imagine: from Africa’s Big Five — lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo — to the massive herds of the Great Migration.

The question is often asked, ‘when is the best time to visit the Mara?’ To be truthful, there is not one correct answer, as safari travellers to the Mara are assured of astonishing and abundant wildlife sightings all year round. For guests wanting to experience the Great Migration and the dramatic crossings of the Mara River, July through September or October are the best months to visit. Others prefer a gentler time with less visitors and to have the Mara all to themselves – together with the numerous resident herds which quite rightly do not deem it necessary to leave this beautiful reserve by embarking on the annual trek to Tanzania.

What to Expect

The word safari means ‘a journey’ in Swahili — our safaris happen in one of Africa’s most iconic, year-round Big Five destinations — the Mara Triangle

Our safari vehicles seat up to six guests, with comfy seats, ample legroom, charging stations and canvas roofs for respite from the sun

Thanks to Angama Mara’s private access road down into the exclusive Triangle, you are in the heart of the action in under 20 minutes

Angama Safari Camp offers extended game drives in the Mara Triangle — from before sunrise to after sunset — meaning a head start for the best position at crossing sites during the Migration

From sunrise to sunset, there are no constraints as to when you can go on a game drive at Angama

How to Do It

Traditionally, in many other places in Africa, safaris take place twice a day at specific times. At Angama, we aim to tailor-make your safari days with you, exploring this unique non-stop extravaganza of astonishing and abundant wildlife, often taking a picnic breakfast or lunch with you. Because the weather is generally mild, there’s never a bad time for a game drive.

On Safari in the Mara Triangle

Angama’s experienced guides make every effort to deliver life-changing wildlife adventures for their guests, be it for first timers, birding enthusiasts, photographers of all skill levels, or safari devotees whose great joy is just to simply be amongst Africa’s creatures, both great and small.

The Mara Triangle is also home to more than 470 bird species, including almost 60 raptors such as vultures and martial eagles. Surely the loveliest of them all has to be the graceful crowned crane, always found in pairs, together with secretary birds, lilac-breasted rollers, long-crested eagles, superb starlings, pygmy falcons and endangered ground hornbills to name just a few.

Game Drive Details

Everything you ever needed to know about game drives at Angama Mara and Angama Safari Camp: Guides, vehicles and more

Safari Guides

Angama’s guides are intuitive storytellers, interpreting the Mara in a way that immerses our guests in their surroundings. All members of the guiding team have a Bronze certification from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and five of them have completed their Silver certificate. During your game drives, your guide will delight you with their knowledge and stories while learning more about your interests to customise your safari experience.

Game Drive Times And Details

Game drives are crafted around the guest: where they have been; what they have seen; what their great passions are; what they would like to do and when they would like to do it; and for how long they would like to be on a game drive at any one time – and game drives are structured accordingly. There’s always food and drink, so you never have to worry about going hungry on a drive!

Private Vehicles

All game drives have a maximum of six guests (two per row) per vehicle — other than families or groups where we can accommodate up to nine guests per vehicle. Should you prefer, private safari vehicles can be booked in advance for half or full days. Please request rates when making an enquiry.

Game-Viewing Vehicles

Drives are in completely open game-viewing vehicles to which the animals are well accustomed – the vehicles are specially equipped and converted, offering comfy seats, ample legroom, charging stations and canvas roofs for respite from the sun or flaps that can be let down if it rains.

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Guests staying at any of Angama’s camps and lodges are faced with the toughest of choices — how they wish to spend their day. Take a look at some of the daily adventures on offer:

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