After the time at Lebentera the final 2 days in Maasailand will be spent on a more conventional wildlife viewing safari, in the heart of the Maasai Mara, at Riverside Camp, where the group will spend two days doing morning and evening game drives in 4x4 vehicles, spotting the reserve’s abundant wildlife that is the focus of so many nature documentaries. During this time the group will see vast numbers of animals on the open plains and riverine bush, hopefully including lion and elephant and more occasionally the rarer big cat species, leopard and cheetah.

The 1500 square kilometres of the Maasai Mara lie in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering its Tanzanian neighbour, the Serengeti. Both these areas combine to provide an ecosystem that supports a staggeringly large and diverse array of wildlife.

The world famous annual migration of the wildebeest ignores man-made boundaries with over one and a half million animals making their way across the grass plains in a continuous search for fresh grazing. As home to the “Big Five”, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, it is not surprising that the BBC chose to base their Big Cat series of programmes here. Many of the leopards featured in these programmes have had their territories on the banks of the Talek, just down river from Riverside Camp where you will be staying.

The Mara is an awesome place, where the Maasai people and their herds share the stunning landscape with vast herds of antelope and accompanying predators, and wildlife still exists in unimaginably vast numbers. This all makes the Mara an extremely popular tourist destination particularly around migration time and it can be difficult to escape the tourist crowds. Despite this, the wildlife spectacle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Set in the heart of the Maasai Mara, on the banks of the Talek River, Riverside Camp offers its visitors a variety of accommodation options. The camp is owned, staffed and managed by members of the local Masai community, directly benefiting the local people, and provides an authentic bush experience in the centre of Kenya’s premier wildlife destination.

You will be camping in Riverside's extensive campsite which has toilets and hot showers. The camp also has a bar selling sodas and alcoholic drinks such as beer and vodka. The bar area does sometimes have electricity so it may be possible to recharge batteries but this can never be relied on. 
 
The prime time to see the animals at their best is first thing in the morning or late afternoon to dusk so the days at Riverside will start just before dawn with a hot drink just before 6 followed by a game drive, returning to camp for breakfast at around 10. After breakfast the group will be able to relax before going out for another game drive in the middle of the afternoon until sunset.