Following time in school the rest of the trip will be spent in a vast tract of land in Southern Kenya that is occupied almost exclusively by the Maasai people and includes one of the world’s premier game-viewing safari destinations, the Maasai Mara, where vast numbers of wild animals still roam freely including the “Big Five” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino and the people still live lives that have remained largely unchanged for generations.

At the start of this section of the trip we will spend two days on a more conventional wildlife viewing safari, in the heart of the Maasai Mara where the group will spend their days doing morning and evening game drives, spotting the reserve’s abundant wildlife that is the focus of so many nature documentaries including the BBC’s world famous Big Cat series of programmes. During this time the group will see vast numbers of animals on the open plains and riverine bush, hopefully including lion and elephant.

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 their territories on the banks of the Talek, close by where the group 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.

The prime time to see the animals at their best is first thing in the morning or late afternoon to dusk. The choice is yours and, whilst groups are free to make up their own minds about what to do and when, they will be strongly urged to follow the advice about getting up early. Time in between the morning and afternoon game drives is normally spent relaxing in camp.