Masai Mara National Reserve, the most popular game park is in the exotic country of Kenya. This reserve can easily be referred to as Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary. It is situated in the south-western corner of Kenya and very close to the Tanzanian border. The great combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendor and an amazing variety of wildlife makes Masai Mara Kenya's most popular inland destination. A spectacular sight of wide open grasslands and home to an amazingly rich & varied wildlife makes this Game reserve a treasure to cherish. With a gentle climate and well spread rainfall year round it is a perfect place for abundant wildlife.
A trip to this National Park is truly a memory of a lifetime.
Masai Mara Reserve is a breathtakingly beautiful natural wonderland. At Masai Mara, get ready to closely encounter a wide variety of wild life - mammals, birds and reptiles. The Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros are famous as "Big Five". The "Big Nine" extends this to include Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippo. A highlight of this Reserve is the awesome, annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope Between July and October.
While the majestic herds of elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands, the solitary rhino might stage an appearance. In the Mara River, see the hippo happily swimming in the water , the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks with their mouth agape and see how fast they trap the prey which has accidentally landed inside its open mouth. Better still you can see and marvel at the cheetah, genet, hyena, jackal, leopard, and the lion. This sight will be a truly out of the world experience. Other animals are the mongoose, serval, wild dog, baboon, bushbaby and the monkey. Not to forget the zebra, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and antelope. There are rare sights in the south western sector, like the roan antelope, a handsome creature which is rare and Bat-eared foxes might just peer at you from their burrows and there are a number of topi, an antelope not found in other major parks except Tsavo.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve sometimes called "The Mara" has a patchy landscape. An inner area of this Reserve is treated as a National Park. The Reserves are normally managed by local authorities and allow lodges, camp sites and the settling of some tribespeople with their cattle. However the National Parks are normally managed centrally and do not allow any human inhabitation other than for Park Rangers and people on safari. The Reserve is 1510 sq km and the wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries. There is a larger area, referred to as the 'dispersal area' that extends north and east of the Reserve. The Maasai live within the dispersal area with their stock but centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another. The Masai area also includes Narok, a small delightful town which will has its cute souvenir shops and a post office and some banks for your travel convenience. At the Maasai village, you can get a taste of the Massai lifestyle. Take a walk around the village, enjoy the sights, talk to the locals, buy some authentic beadwork and take many lovely photographs to take back home.
March of the wildebeest
There is nothing to compare the majestic yearly march of the wildebeest. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania's northern Serengeti a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Masai Mara around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than half a million wildebeest enter the Mara and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Mara Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. But this is quite eventful as the herds draw ravening packs of predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. Many die by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, whilst trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Mara's grass has been devoured the herds turn south again and back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains.
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