Follow the travels of Richard Pfaffli of #Travulous – Masai Mara Part 1


(Posted 01st March 2023)


By Richard Pfaffli, CEO and Owner of Travulous


Maasai Mara: The Quintessential African Safari
Home to the Big Five and the Great Migratio
Dear ATCNews Readers, Dear Travelers,
Welcome to Part 1 of our Maasai Mara exploration!
This February, Kristin and Richard embarked on an epic 10-day self-drive journey to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, located in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. Departing our home in Kigali in our expedition-equipped 4×4 Land Cruiser, the first part of our 2,200+ kilometer roundtrip journey involved crossing the Rwandan/Ugandan border, after which we headed to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The next morning, we drove across the beautiful Ugandan countryside from west to east, crossed the border into Kenya, and overnighted in Kisumu before reaching the Maasai Mara.
Over the years, Kristin and Richard have been fortunate to travel the length and breadth of the African continent and this overland journey from Rwanda to Kenya certainly ranks as one of our most memorable. The Maasai Mara, made famous by the legendary film ‘Out of Africa’, is unforgettable due to the sheer abundance of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. During our stay, we visited 11 of our favourite tented camps and lodges located within, and on the borders of, this world-famous national reserve. We have showcased 6 property videos in Part 1 below, with Part 2 to follow soon.
Regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas, the Maasai Mara is home to the annual Great Migration which sees over 1.5 million plains animals arriving in July and departing in October each year. Nowhere in Kenya has more abundant wildlife than the Maasai Mara. Visitors have an excellent chance of spotting the ‘Big Five’ as well as seeing cheetah, giraffe, hyena, hippo and zebra. With 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded in the reserve, the Maasai Mara truly is a naturalist’s and a photographer’s paradise.
Watch our in-house designed videos featuring a selection of leading properties located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies. Stay tuned for Part 2, when we will showcase an additional 5 properties situated in and around the Mara
Angama Mara
Bateleur Camp
Il Moran
Mara Plains
Olonana Camp
Sand River
Leveraging our East African destination expertise, Travulous specialises in arranging an exhilarating selection of bucket list activities for you to enjoy in the Maasai Mara, including:
Daily Game Drives
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with expert driver guides who will showcase the very best of the Maasai Mara
Maasai Culture
Learn about the Maasai culture, whilst watching their warriors perform traditional songs and dances
Guided Walking Safaris
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime walking safari, and experience the sounds, smells and thrill of the African bush on foot
Horseback Safari
Leave the safari vehicle behind, and ride on horseback among elephants, zebra, giraffe and zebra across the vast plains
Hot Air Balloon
Take to the skies and have a bird’s eye view of the spectacular wildlife below, followed by a bush breakfast
The Great Migration
Witness the Great Migration from July to October, one of the planet’s most dramatic wildlife displays
Out Of Africa
Visit the locations of Out of Africa’s most famous scenes, and retrace the footsteps of Meryl Streep & Robert Redford
‘Big Cat Diary’
Boasting one of the highest lion densities in Africa, set out in search of the Mara’s Marsh pride
As an expert Tour Operations and Destination Management Company, our role is to act as the East African eyes and ears of our clients. We visit both leading and off-the-beaten-track tourism destinations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Each month, we visit a new destination and create in-house videos of some of our favourite properties.
Travulous conducts regular site inspections to ensure all properties featured in our itineraries adhere to and maintain our expected service levels. If you have an alternative property in mind, contact us as we contract with many accommodation providers.
Travulous will be offering Familiarisation Trips for Travel Advisors and Tour Operators to visit Rwanda in late 2023 and early 2024. These trips will be guided by one of our Tour Leaders who worked with Dian Fossey at the original Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda during the 1970s and 1980s.
Get in touch if you would like to explore the possibility of you or your colleagues joining us in Rwanda.
Tailor-made Tours
We specialise in designing exclusive one-of-a-kind luxury travel experiences, taking great pride in our ability to plan and execute every trip to perfection.
Small Group Tours
Travelling on one of these tours, you will join an international mix of like-minded people. To keep our tours intimate, we limit the group sizes to 12 individuals.
Focus on Eco-Tourism
Dian Fossey Expertise
4×4 Safari Vehicles
Staff on the Ground
Guides & Tour Leaders
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