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Maasai Mara safari – owner-run camp – 6 days

Maasai Mara, Kenya

from US$ 2,590 per person sharing

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Maasai Mara safari – owner-run camp – 6 days

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Indication Price (from): US$ 2,590 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 6 days

Group Size:

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Departure Dates: To suit you


Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


Our fee for compiling your dream safari is included in the price that you pay.

This is an off-the-beaten-track safari for those who want the magnificence of the Maasai Mara – without the crowds. 

Enkewa Camp is an intimate owner-run camp where you will feel part of the family – but large enough to lose yourself and enjoy privacy. The ideal way to share the magnificence of the Maasai Mara with your friends and family.

Activities include twice-daily game drives to search for the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) and other species, birdwatching, hot-air ballooning and visits to a traditional Maasai village and local market for an authentic cultural experience. Our guests also get to enjoy bush breakfasts/lunches and sundowners out there, in the Maasai Mara.

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Day 1 – Arrival in Nairobi

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi you will be met by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred to Tamarind Tree Hotel. Let us know if you wish to explore any of Nairobi’s popular attractions or dining venues, and we will gladly arrange a programme that is tailored to your needs.

Overnight at Tamarind Tree Hotel (bed and breakfast)

Day 2 – Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve

Shortly after breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson Domestic Airport for your one-hour flight to the Maasai Mara Keekorok Airport, which is within the national reserve and only a stone’s throw away from Enkewa Camp.

The thrill of spotting your first wildebeest, zebra or gazelle as you come into land is a befitting ‘hors d’oeuvres’ for what you are about to see and experience in the Mara.

Enjoy a light lunch at Enkewa Camp before heading out onto the Maasai Mara plains for your first game drive.

Enkewa Camp’s privileged location inside the national reserve, together with its philosophy of tracking and searching for its own wildlife sightings far from the transited areas, makes the Enkewa Camp safari experience amongst the best in the Maasai Mara. It is located in superb Big 5 country with access to four different lion prides within minutes from camp, as well as the best leopard territory inside the reserve. The black rhino density in the area is the highest in the entire Maasai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

Your skilled and experienced Maasai tracker and driver will use their skills to find the best opportunities to observe wildlife in this special sector of the Mara. Travelling in custom built 4×4 vehicles you will have privileged access to the most remote places (and also avoid the more crowded routes of the Mara) in order to enjoy the reserve by yourself in somewhat greater privacy. A plethora of iconic game such as elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, plains zebra, topi, warthog and buffalo are also common first sightings.

Overnight at Enkewa Camp (full board).

Days 3 – 4 – Exploring the Maasai Mara

After an early-morning mug of steamy fresh Kenyan coffee you will head out on your morning drive into the plains of the Mara in search of species that may be returning from their nocturnal forays, or waking up and getting ready for the day.

Breakfast is normally packed into a basket and served during your morning game-viewing safari.

During the height of the wildebeest migration (end of July through to October), your day will be filled with large herds of elephants, incomprehensible numbers of dazzling zebras, and the epic drama that brews around the Mara tributaries. As you approach several of the key Mara crossing spots the breathtaking sight of the herds of wildebeest will meet you. The rivers pose a major obstacle in their way, and the herds’ momentum drives the show that ensues. You will soon realise why the migration is referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

During the migration, a full day out can be arranged. At all times, your guide will orchestrate the best approach to any sighting to ensure that you are placed as close and as safely to the sighting as possible. In the vehicle, everyone will have their own ‘window’ seat. The vehicles have full open sides all around, and a canvas roof to protect you from the sun, wind or rain.

Time is gold in the Mara, patience is key and river crossings don’t happen every day. That said there is no such thing as getting bored in the Mara, and every day spent here is more than duly rewarded.

Overnight at Enkewa Camp (full board)

Enkewa Mara Camp offers a variety of activities besides tracking the big 5, the Mara’s birdlife, and unique and diverse game-thronged landscapes.

Part of your daily game drives will include a sundowner – a very special African ritual that involves finding a select vantage point, switching off the engine, stepping outside the vehicle (where and when safe) and bidding farewell to the setting sun, drink in hand and fully mindful of what a great privilege and celebration the Mara and life can be.

Some become rather addicted to this ritual, and if you wish to try we can also arrange your bush breakfast or lunch out in the plains, and thus allow you to stay out all day, or for as long as you wish.

Another popular morning activity is to take a bird’s eye view of the Mara whilst floating aloft and adrift over the grassy plains in a hot air balloon. Described by most as a magical once-in-a-lifetime experience that will remain eternally in your travel memories, this activity is indeed a royal treat, and without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to witness and comprehend the immensity of the Mara.

Those wanting to stretch their legs and break away from the routine of daily game drives can also take a guided walk to the nearby Siana Springs where a refreshing dip in its waters await the more adventurous.

A number of children-friendly activities and programs have also been developed; please do not hesitate to ask.

A trademark and signature of Enkewa Mara is its commitment and involvement with the local Maasai people – traditions, ceremonies and culture. Enkewa Mara is located in ancestral Maasai land and is proudly run by eager and committed Maasai staff, rangers, drivers, cooks and others who live nearby in a traditional Maasai village. Thus anyone visiting Enkewa is more than welcome to visit the local market, school, community projects that Enkewa supports.

Enkewa invites you to become fascinated by Maasai culture and also to experience Maasai traditions and ceremonies, including oral history, rituals and ancient knowledge, so please ask, and we will invite you to partake on any traditions and events that may be happening during your stay.

Day 5 – Maasai Mara and optional activities

Depending on the season, you will set off in search of a wildebeest crossing, looking for areas where the herd is gathering courage to brave the waters of the Mara or Talek rivers.

Alternatively, you may want to head for the Makari and research areas where tracking the rare and endangered black rhino is always a thrilling experience. An early start is required, and the success of the morning will be celebrated with a fitting breakfast in the bush overlooking the Kisinja plains.

After breakfast, you will visit the Sand River waterfalls where you’ll discover a very photogenic enclave with unique rock formations – it is also a spectacular spot for a quick dip or swim as the heat builds.

Soon you will return to camp for a rest and lunch, and later set off to look for the elusive and magnificent leopard.

An optional activity for those with plenty of energy to spare is a visit to a traditional Maasai village in the evening. This genuine and jovial affair will allow you to experience the lovely hospitality of the beautiful Maasai people.

Overnight at Enkewa Camp (full board)

Day 6 – Return to Nairobi

After your last wake-up call in Enkewa, you will set off with your bags on your last morning safari through the Oloitikoshi area with a picnic breakfast on board. From there you will head to Keekorok Airstrip to catch your one-hour flight to Wilson. On arrival at Wilson Airport, an Africa Geographic representative will transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will check in for your return flight home.


Indication Price (from): US$ 2,900 per person sharing / subscribers US$ 2,590 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relevant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

2022 Rates
Subscriber Non-subscriber
MID Season: 2 Jan-Apr, Jun, Oct-17 Dec
Per person sharing US$ 2,630 US$ 2,915
Per solo traveller US$ 3,290 US$ 3,675
Per child sharing with adult (4-11 yrs) US$ 1,425 US$ 1,550
HIGH Season: Jul-Sep, 18 Dec-1 Jan 2023
Per person sharing US$ 2,805 US$ 3,115
Per solo traveller US$ 3,895 US$ 4,375
Per child sharing with adult (4-11 yrs) US$ 1,480 US$ 1,650


2023 Rates
Subscriber Non-subscriber
LOW Season: May
Per person sharing US$ 2,590 US$ 2,900
Per solo traveller US$ 3,510 US$ 3,890
Per child sharing with adult (4-11 yrs) US$ 1,570 US$ 1,750
MID Season: 2 Jan-Apr, Jun, Oct-21 Dec
Per person sharing US$ 2,970 US$ 3,140
Per solo traveller US$ 4,160 US$ 4,390
Per child sharing with adult (4-11 yrs) US$ 1,595 US$ 1,675
HIGH Season: Jul-Sep, 22 Dec-1 Jan 2024
Per person sharing US$ 3,150 US$ 3,340
Per solo traveller US$ 4,830 US$ 5,125
Per child sharing with adult (4-11 yrs) US$ 1,685 US$ 1,775

DISCOUNTS will apply if you book the ENTIRE CAMP – 7 tents, minimum 3 nights, maximum 2 single rooms.

Children of all ages welcome.

Price includes:
Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, transfer to Nairobi hotel and Wilson Airport the following day. Charter flight to the Maasai Mara, as well as airstrip transfers, and a final transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta from Wilson.
Bed and breakfast accommodation at Nairobi hotel with gym access. Full board accommodation at Enkewa Camp. This includes soft drinks, beer and house wine at Enkewa Camp as well as morning, afternoon and/or full-day safaris in 4×4 vehicles with professional guides and Maasai spotters, breakfast and lunch in the savanna, sundowners, all entrance and conservation fees, and 24/7 office support.

Price excludes:
International flights, visas, airport departure taxes, personal items, telephone calls, travel and medical insurance, COVID testing in the Mara (please advise if you would like us to arrange this for you) tips excess baggage charges, and any activities not specified in the itinerary.


Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.


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Enkewa Camp is an owner-run camp, located on the southeastern border of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve close to the Siana Springs Conservancy and in the Olderkesi community land. The nearest airstrip is Keekorok Airport.

The camp is run with solid eco-friendly principles and has an experienced and knowledgeable team composed mainly of local Maasai trackers, rangers and staff.

The camp has five guest tents, one mess tent and a lounge area. The tents are comfortable and spacious with views over the surrounding, sprawling savanna and are all fully insect-proof, with en-suite bathrooms, a flushing toilet, running cold water and hot safari showers.

Strategic placing of the tents using a geobiology analysis ensures guests have a restful sleep. Surrounded by stillness and the calmness of the Olepolos oasis, with a small river creating the relaxing sounds of running water, Enkewa Camp provides an authentic and exclusive experience.

Additional information

When to go: December through to mid-April are all spectacular months to visit the Maasai Mara as it is lush and there are many calves being born. Game viewing opportunities are phenomenal during these periods, even if the occasional thunderstorm may briefly disrupt your afternoon. The drama of a storm building up over the Mara is a powerful lure for photographers. Certain dates in December and January can be crowded as they coincide with the holiday period but low season rates apply from early January onwards as the park slowly drains of tourists.

From mid-April to end of May the rains can be continuous and, when not raining, it is often cloudy. The camp is closed over these dates.

June to October are considered the best wildlife viewing months in the Maasai Mara because it’s the dry season and visibility is enhanced. The wildebeest migration reaches the Maasai Mara around the end of July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Difficulty: This safari is vehicle-based with very little walking or strenuous activity involved.

Balloon safaris: If you wish to try this exhilarating experience we will gladly arrange it for you at an additional charge of approximately US$ 495 per person.

Flight details: All safaris begin and end at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You should make your own international flight bookings to coincide with the start and end of this tour.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments, etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

Alternative options: If this trip is not quite what you’re looking for, then have a look at our other safaris in the Maasai Mara:

• Maasai Mara Secret Season

• Maasai Mara Migration Season Safari

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