Altitude: 5,000ft                   Area: 1,510 sq. Kms
Distance from Nairobi:  275kms      Air strips: 4
Opened: 1974

Why Maasai Mara?

  • Excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year
  • Easy wildlife spotting due to open savannah
  • Extensive variety of accommodation catering for different budgets
  • Annual Wildebeest Migration – July to October
  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most famous National Game Reserves. Wildlife viewing is excellent during the year. The Reserve’s abundant vegetation and regular rainfall support a vast population of herbivores which attract many predators.  The big cats are easy to see.  Outside the Masai Mara NR are a number of conservancies and private reserves run in partnership with the local Masai communities

The Masai Mara is considered by many to be one of Kenya’s finest National Reserves. The scenic rolling grasslands offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities and the grassy plains are broken by rocky outcrops which are favorite midday resting places for lions, which the Mara is famous for.

Some of the other animals which can be seen in and around this 700 square mile conservation area include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers which traverse this Reserve.  Green riverine forests and bush thickets are found along the Mara River.

One of the Mara’s main attractions each year is the astonishing spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains, following the rains and succulent new grass. A costly trek as the migrating game are tracked by predators: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena are cycled by vultures as the journey unfolds

many of the lame, slow and sick will fall prey to the ravening pack of predators and many more die in the swirling flood waters trying to cross the Mara River.

Once the rains have ended and the grass begins to wither the wildebeest turn south and head back to the Serengeti and beyond. The reserve with an area of 1510 km2 forms the northern part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and is famous for vast assemblages and migration of plains game and their associated predators. The parks southern boundary is contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National park.

Common game found in Masai Mara
Elephant, black rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, hartebeest, wildebeest and other herbivores and all the big cats are also found in Mara. The rivers are home of crocodiles and hippos.

Best time to visit
The interval between the short and long rains (Jan to Feb) and the dry season (Jun to Oct) are the best time to visit Masai Mara NR.

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