Traffic jam in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Vehicle Congestion, Masai Mara, Kenya

Although the Masai Mara is a great place to visit all year round to see wildlife, many visitors schedule their safari holiday to coincide with the Great Migration. During this time of year, the Masai Mara National Reserve can get very busy, with traffic congestion common on Big5 sightings. Sometimes, you might even find yourself in a line of safari vehicles with another person.

If you have experienced traffic jams on your commute to work and want to avoid them on safari, you can either travel to the Masai Mara during another time of year or decide to stay at one of the more exclusive and less crowded wildlife conservancies

A safari experience within a wildlife conservancyΒ promotes community-led conservation benefits where the wildlife, people and habitat all benefit.

There are no traffic jams in wildlife conservanices. Vehicle numbers are limited to 3 or 4 vehicles at a sighting. The wildlife is safe and thriving, and the local guides are passionate about conserving their wildlife, and visitors can rest assured that their money directly benefits local communities. 

Most conservancies have a cap on the number of camps and rooms permitted.  There are no 150-room lodges in these conservancies.  Instead, most camps in conservancies only have a handful of rooms, providing a more authentic experience.  As a result, you will truly be leaving the crowds behind.  Also, unlike the Masai Mara, the conservancies only allow around four vehicles at a sighting.  Think of thousands of acres of untouched wilderness with nothing but animals for miles around when it comes to game drives. 

This video of vehicle congestion was filmed in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Everyone was there to see a leopard.

Photos taken in the Masai Mara National Reserve.