There are literally hundreds of places to go on safari in Africa, from the well-known Kruger National Park to thriving wildlife parks in Rwanda just a few hours from the country’s famous gorilla treks. But there’s one name that still manages to stay atop most traveler’s lists of top safari destinations: Maasai Mara.
But if you’re not sure what that is, never fear. The name gets thrown around a lot, but when most people say “Maasai Mara,” they’re referring to a national reserve (i.e. national park) in Kenya. The home is the ancestral (and current) land of the Maasai people, most easily recognized by their red “shuka cloth” clothing. There are several luxury hotels in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and while it’s known for being an expensive destination to visit, it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible to visit on your own, staying in budget camps and booking your own safaris.