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Masai Mara National Reserve

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Home of The annual migration - a million plus widebeeste and zebra

Masai Mara National Reserve

Considered a 'must-see' for any new visitor on a safari to Kenya. It is on the 'to do' list for many Kenyans because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wildlife and birds. This is undoubtedly the best place to see the 'Big five' animals together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Masai Mara.

Size
Covers 1500 square kilometers and stretches over large open grasslands that are ideal for a variety of wildlife.

Location
Great Rift Valley in Southern Kenya bordering the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Climate
Maximum daily temperature between 26 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is bimodal with the main dry period from Mid June- Mid October and shorter dry season in January and February. Rainfall being between 800-1200mm and a shorter dry season in January and February.
The Masai Mara is widely known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. An excellent chance of coming across the "Big five", cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side stripped jackals, hippo, crocodiles, baboon, oribi, topi, warthog, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, and the Zebra.

The Masai Mara provides the best view of the wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July and August proving to be tantalizing out of this world experience. The promise of rain and fresh life-giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Masai Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon-horizon. Most tourists book a Masai Mara Safari to experience this spectacle. At the Mara River, they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters. Creating frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles.

Quick Facts

  • Area: 1,510 sq kms (583 sq miles)
  • Altitude: 1,700 - 1,800m

Why visit Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Great migration; one of nature's biggest wildlife spectacles is the wildebeest migration. Watch in awe as the animals cross the Mara River between July and October.
  • Glide over the Mara in a hot air balloon followed by an indulgent champagne breakfast celebration.
  • Home to over 450 bird species
  • Wildlife haven with the ‘Big five’ regularly spotted on the game drives
  • Breathtaking views of the open plains
  • The Masai Mara ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in the world.
  • See the brave Maasai herdsmen graze their cattle side by side with fierce predators and prey.

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