The Mara is perhaps the best game park in the world. I understand the gravitas of this statement but when you combine the big five, the largest land migration, a multitude of biomes, and birds galore you have a serious contender for “the best.” I’ve had the pleasure of spending quality time there over the past couple years and actually saw the Big 5 within my first 24 hours. Some might say “it’s all downhill from there” but for me, it allowed specialization and specific targeting to ensue. A highlight was spending an evening leopard-focused game drive into the midst of a lightening storm with my folks when they visited from California.
Where I stay: Sentinel Safaris: Mara Camp
This eco-camp is a phenomenal. Enough Said. It is owner-operated and tucked into the forest next to the Musiara Swamp which was made famous by Disney’s Big Cats. All the tents are set overlooking the Mara River, the Maasai guides know their stuff but more importantly know how to feel the presence and movements of the game. The food is top notch. We’re talking filet of beef, red snapper, rack of lamb, imported wines, delicious gin and tonics during sundowners…this outfitter cannot be beat. Their “romance of a bygone era” style and culture is a nice throwback without arrogance. Do not hesitate to contact Peter and Wendy Twycross. I know they’re currently running a stay 3 pay 4 deal which makes the 8 game drives, top level dining, and open bar very affordable for photography enthusiasts.