When traveling to the Maasai Mara, we advocate staying in one of several privately-owned and managed conservancies which border the park. These increase the area where animals can move safely and form a buffer around the national park and they offer an exclusive and flexible wildlife experience.
While you will still likely spend a full day inside the main reserve, especially during the migration, adding game-drives inside the private conservancy means that you do not need to spend your whole time jockeying for views of lions or elephants with other vehicles. Visitor numbers are well controlled year round and only five vehicles are allowed at a wildlife sighting. In addition, private conservancies offer bush walks, night drives, and off-road driving, activities not allowed in the main Mara Reserve.
Finally, these private conservancies lease the land from Maasai families, meaning that the revenue generated through the fees goes back into the local communities in addition to providing employment and projects funded by the properties. Thanks to these conservancies, the size of the area protected for wildlife has more than doubled in size allowing for more animals to thrive.