A week in the legendary Masai Mara, mid-way through the rainy season. The Mara is one of the most impressive game reserves in Africa, boasting a quite incredible density of fauna. It meets Tanzania's Serengeti to the south, forming one giant ecosystem and is most famous for the annual migration when million-strong herds of wildebeest and zebra make the perilous journey north to the Mara and then back to the Serengeti, in search of fresh grazing.
On this trip, the wildebeest - and the corresponding crowds of tourists - were to the south in Tanzania. Despite the absence of herbivores in quite the same numbers, March is a good time to visit the Mara, with fewer tourists - put off by the idea of travelling during the rainy season. In reality the rain usually comes each day in a short, sharp burst - or possibly longer overnight when you're safely tucked up in your tent or lodge - so shouldn't adversely affect a safari.
Even in the low season the Mara isn't the place to visit if it's a true wilderness experience you're after - you will still find vehicles massing around big cat sightings, especially if you're lucky enough to spot a leopard. But if you want to see Africa's plains game close up and in large numbers the Mara and the Serengeti cannot be beaten. And they are both stunning, especially in the soft morning light.