The Masai Mara in Kenya

The Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the worlds greatest places to go on safari. The lush plains are home to millions of animals and provide for a beautiful setting for photos. You can reach the Masai Mara either by driving from Nairobi about 3 hours or so or you can fly to small remote landing strips throughout the Mara (as the locals call it). I flew from Nanyuki via Meru; which is also an option if you're touring around the country a bit.Africa has several great national parks for going on safari. Amongst the best is the Masai Mara, which is a smaller extension of the massive Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania. Also, Ngorongoro Crater; which is also in Tanzania. Kruger Park in South Africa and several great parks in Botswana including Chobe National Park in the beautiful African four corners region. These are the places you want to go.The best thing about going on safari these days is that you can actually stay in the bush. Luxury tented camps and lodges are sprouting up all over and are amongst the best places to stay in the world. Literally, these lodges win all the awards for best hotels in the world each year. The Fairmont Mara Safari Club actually set us up with a barbecue bush dinner; which was pretty amazing especially with a Masai Warrior dance by firelight. It was a truly memorable experience!
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is a lovely property with 51 tents and a main lodge. Its location right on the river inside the Masai Mara means there's literally hippos right below your tent at all times. Hippos make a lot of noises!The tents themselves are pretty nice as you can see with a large bed and bathroom facilities. What's also cool is that it really is a tent so you can hear all the nature noises going on all night. Some people might feel nervous but I think it's wonderful.
Sunset cocktails are a staple of late afternoon game drives. This is one of my favorite things to do in the world. The safari guide/driver will set up a small table with cocktails and appetizers where you can watch the sunset in a glorious location.It’s always a little awkward because you’re in the bush and theoretically animals could come to where you are. I’ve never had that happen in some 50 game drives I’ve done around the continent but it’s always in the back of your mind; which adds to the experience in my mind!The Masai Mara is part of the great wildebeest migration and depending when you go you can a lot of animals or you can see millions of animals-literally. The lush plains and watering holes are stunning and driving through it is like driving through an animal kingdom. I can never get enough of going on safari. No matter how many times I’ve done it, I never get tired of seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.If you’re planning on doing an African safari, and I hope everyone does at some point, I recommend going in a few different parks if you can swing it. But definitely include the Masai Mara in your itinerary, as it’s one of the most beautiful of all the great parks of Africa.