Whether you decide to
explore the plains over a game drive,
balloon safari, nature walks, bird
watching or even escarpment hikes, the
diversity of intimate wilderness
experiences is what makes Masai Mara one
of the most sought after safari
destinations in the world.
Wildebeest Migration from Serengeti in
Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya is one
of the greatest natural spectacles in
the world with an annual movement of
herds of wildebeests along the Mara
River cross over in search of greener
Millions of wildebeest plunge into
the mucky waters where they come
face-to- face with the fierce Nile
The skill in the crossing causes a
frenzy as the wildebeest fight for
survival trying to cross without getting
eaten - this is truly an
awe-inspiring sight to behold.
For years I have been promising
myself that I must visit the Mara and
see this wonder park, but matters work
and life in general kept getting in the
way… until I purposed that another year
will not pass without me making good my
promise to myself.
So off I went recently, upon
realizing that even from Mombasa,
getting to the Mara is not as difficult
as it seems.
Not with our domestic airlines now
making it so easy and I chose Safarilink who have daily flights to the Mara
from Nairobi which is what I did, but
also realized that I can fly with Safarilink from Mombasa and on to the Mara via
Nairobi – either from Vipingo or from
Diani – great links for safari and
And I wasn’t disappointed.
The Mara was all promised and more.
Even though the annual Great
Migration happens between June to
October, there is more to discover all
How pleasant to discover this!
It is not about the migration only.
Mara is an all year round
So much to see and to do and my stay
at Mara Serena Safari
Lodge did not disappoint.
My experience with Safarilink, from
the check in at their Wilson Airport
departure lounge where everything is
handled professionally by their staff
and I could even have a refreshment from
the adjacent café at the lounge as I
waited, right through to the flight to
the Mara Serena airstrip was smooth and
It was exhilarating experience seeing
the expansive Mara plains and the beauty
of the reserve unfold below me as the
comfortable Safari Link flight flew on
and eventually landed at the airstrip.
Thrill seekers can enjoy the
panoramic scenes of the vast plains from
a hot air balloon ride, gracefully
floating among the clouds is
You’ll be at ease taking in the fresh
morning air as you revel at the beauty
of flora and fauna.
The landing was is almost as smooth
as the your take off and you are
received with a glass of bubbly followed
by a bush breakfast to crown an already
And what an experience!
This what I have been missing!
The good old-game drive is an
all-time favorite for any traveller
looking for an up close and personal
experience with the wildlife.
Games drives are best suitable using
4*4 vehicles; morning and late
afternoons are usually the best time for
With the help of an experienced
driver English speaking guide, it is
easy to get immersed in the
Other than game, the Mara is a
natural habitat of over 400 bird species
and ornithologists will marvel at the
opportunity to see and even capture
alluring moments of birds.
Guided nature walks were a are a
great way to discover the landscape on
Alternatively, I learnt that one can
you can take part in the Ololoolo
Escarpment hike expedition.
Trek the Western boundaries of the
Masai Mara through Ololoolo escarpment
through rocky crags, boulders strewn
slopes and well-watered wetlands.
After a three hour trek, your reward
is the amazing view of the Serengeti
atop the escarpment.
If you are wondering how to
incorporate your usual day-to- day
exercise regime during your safari, I
learnt that one can kick start their
your day at the Mara Serena’s Maisha Gym
and Spa and end ityour day with a
relaxing ed swim under the afternoon
Dinning within the depths of the
wilderness is always a splendor to an
African Safari and I cannot begin to
describe there is no comparison to how
Mara Serena Safari Lodge delivers this
so professionally: tasteful part of your
The bush breakfast by the hippo pool
was is utterly magnificent a as you
savor full English breakfast under the
watch of Maasai warriors.
And when they say that the hippos do
serenade you, indeed I can vouch this, I
Nyamachoma, the famous Kenyan
grilled steak, will be prepared for an
exciting bush barbeque dinner.
Watch a mélange of meat from beef,
lamb, and pork being grilled at active
Serena Hotels takes the dietary
requirements of their guests are taken
into seriously into consideration so
those with special dietary needs when
you set off for bush dining so
vegetarians need not to worry.