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There is such a poverty of animals in the States compared to Africa.  Here, I sleep in the woods, no problem.  There, you think there’s nothing around and then you look behind a termite mound and find nine lions.  It’s thrilling; it makes your heart pound...

In the beginning, we noticed little on the game drives, but we learned to become much more observant. So it was great. As the Land Cruiser rolls along, we would all be busy staring into the middle distance and then our guide would spot something in close.

As Americans, we're so naïve about the world. A trip like this opens your eyes about the rest of the world. Being there. Seeing how people live, it all becomes more real.
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Paul Shushan
Morrison, Colorado

Big Cats of the Maasai Mara Safari

10-Day Wildlife Safari, 8 Days, 7 Nights in Country
  • Wildlife Viewing In Kenya:  Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Types of Transportation:  Land Cruiser, Bush Plane
  • Active Options Included:  Bird Watching
  • Additional Active Options Available:  Ballooning
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Trip Overview

Big Cats continue to fascinate humans and this safari allows for in-depth viewing of lions, leopards, and cheetah. Predator viewing is exceptional in the Maasai Mara. It is globally recognized as prime habitat for lion, leopard, and cheetah. There is a reason why Disney filmed “African Cats” in the Mara and the BBC comes back every year to film “Big Cats Diary.” Guess where “Out of Africa” was filmed? The Mara, of course.

With Deeper Africa you have daily wildlife viewing for the full twelve hours of your permit, from 6 am to 6 pm. That gives you time to watch predator behaviors and understand the challenges and joys of predator life in the Mara. With a Deeper Africa naturalist at your side you’ll learn about how the big cats hunt, mark territorial boundaries, raise their young, and coexist in this remarkable landscape.

There are twenty two lion prides that have marked territories in the Mara and surrounding conservancies. Holding territory is the job of the male lions of the pride, while the females take care of hunting for food and caring for the cubs. Females within a lion pride are related to each other. Daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and nieces live together for up to 15 years – the typical lifespan of a lioness. The majority of prides in the Mara have two or three adult males. Males are forced to leave the pride at between two or three years of age. When not attached to a pride, lions are nomadic and they are a constant territorial threat to the pride males. All in all, every day brings action as the females hunt to feed the pride and the pride males fend off interlopers.

You’ll be scouting for cheetah in one of the world’s two remaining strongholds in the world: the western Mara. The open savannahs allow the cheetahs the speed necessary for hunting and they camouflage well in the grasses. There have been a number of cheetah cub births in seasons past, so the population is healthy and active. The Mara cheetahs are comfortable around humans, so you have up-close viewing and opportunities for great photographs.

Leopards bring grace and cunning to the hunt. They are the most adaptable of the big cats and they use the full terrain of the Mara to their advantage. They can swim, climb trees, and hunt in the tall grass, although they prefer wooded savannahs and rocky outcrops. They have remarkable vision, exceptional hearing, and a good sense of smell. They are well camouflaged hunters and can creep to within a few feet of an animal before attacking.

If your safari is planned for August, September, October, or November you’ll also have the opportunity to see the wildebeest migration spread across the landscape. Each year, close to a million hoofed animals cross the Serengeti for the sweet oat grass of the Maasai Mara. Remember, predators are territorial so the Mara lions, cheetah, and leopards are always there. Less food requires better hunting skills for the prey that stays in the Mara all year long.


Ole Sereni Hotel - Nairobi

Mbweha Camp - Lake Nakuru National Park

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Mara Intrepids Camp - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Custom Pricing

4+ People- $5,999 USD each
2 People - $7,149 USD each
Single Supplement - $900 
Holiday Supplement - $ 678

All pricing in US Dollars.  Avoid May and November because rainy season makes it difficult to get into the back country, but in all other months we have premium access to the big cats of the Maasai Mara. Arrivals and departures out of Nairobi, Kenya.  Prices do not include international air travel.  Prices do include all in-country bush flights. 

National Geographic Adventure Magazine chose Deeper Africa as one of the Top 10 Safari Outfitters on Earth.