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Masaai Mara National Reserve

The Masaai Mara National Reserve , the most popular  of Kenya’s reserves, has been called “the most magnificent wildlife theater in the world.”  Masaai Mara is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, situated in southwest Kenya.

The park is known for the abundance of lions, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masaai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress, it is without a doubt Africa’s most popular  Safari destination.

Masaai Mara National Reserve
Lions at Masaai Mara National Reserve

Masaai Mara National Reserve Migration

The Masaai Mara National Reserve Migration adjoins Tanzania’s Serengeti, and Animals are free to roam between the two countries.  Like the Serengeti, the Masaai Mara is a region comprised mostly of acacia-studded grasslands interspersed by woodland.  The Mara and Talek Rivers are the lifeblood of the park.

The Masaai Mara is particularly known  for its annual migration, often considered one of the natural wonders of the world, when almost 1 and a half million wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle migrate northwards around July of each year, in search of fresh pasture.  Predators, including lion and cheetah, follow in hot pursuit.

Masaai Mara National Reserve
Wildebeest

In October, the animals return. Whether you visit the Masaai Mara in time to witness the Great Migration or not, you will most certainly see a massive variety of wildlife, including the ‘big five’ and around 450 recorded bird species.

Game drives, walking safaris and fly-camping are offered by most camps and lodges.

Hot air ballooning is also possible.

You will likely get the chance to visit local Masaai villages or witness Masaai performances.

The Mara combines well with a trip to the Rift Valley Lakes and/or Samburu National Park.

A few days relaxation on Lamu, Mombassa or Zanzibar makes a wonderful finale to the safari.

Expectations Masai Mara Safari

Expectations Masaai Mara Safari. An area of gently rolling hills, watered by the Mara and Talek rivers, the Mara opens onto the wild Serengeti plains. Situated in southwest Kenya, the Masaai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, offering an abundance of the big cats, the Great Migration, and the Masaai people with their distinctive custom and dress.  Around July each year, over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle begin to migrate north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. Many hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena, follow the Great Migration, which is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. Masaai Mara is home to the Big Five, along with hippo, crocodiles, cheetahs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, numerous antelope and the distinctive Masaai giraffe.  The Tours on our site are but a few selected by our knowledgeable agents to showcase the potentials available for your African safari. Contact us to start planning the custom made dream vacation tailored just for you.

Best time to visit Masaai Mara National Reserve

The best time to visit the Masaai Mara National Reserve  is from late June to early October – you’ll catch the wildebeest migration in full flow. Midsummer can get busy though, so come at the beginning or end of that period for full on wildlife without crazy crowds.

 How to access Masaai Mara National Reserve

Masaai Mara can be accessed by both road transport and by flight with daily flights operating through Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta national airport and Wilson airstrip. Other domestic flights connect from different domestic airstrips across East Africa.

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