The vast Masai Mara National Reserve spans approximately 1,510 square kilometres. Named for the Maasai tribe, the south-western Kenya location has the world famous Serengeti Park forming the southern border. The terrain consists of clumps of trees, shrubbery and open savannahs. The popular location provides the chance to experience authentic wildlife safaris on land, water or by air.
Every July to October, a number of animal species that include gazelle, wildebeest and zebra migrate en masse. Visitors taking safaris during this time might witness a single line of animals in the distance, crossing the horizon, or see the animals stopping for a refreshing drink. Watch the migrants closely, as opportunistic predators commonly make an appearance in search of a meal. The location serves as home to the famous “Big Five” species that consist of the African buffalo, the African elephant and the black rhinoceros along with the leopards and lions. Almost poached to the point of extinction in the 1980s, the rhinos remain the park’s largest conservatory effort. The population continues growing slowly. Other animals making the Mara home include cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.
If indulging in a safari on the Mara or Talek rivers, guests have the chance to view hippopotami or Nile crocodiles in large numbers throughout the day. Bird watching enthusiasts love the park, which additionally has over 450 bird species of which around 60 represent raptors. While staying in the park, guests have numerous opportunities for meeting the Maasai people and experiencing their culture. For centuries, the people supported themselves through farming and cattle ranching taking on the lifestyle of a nomad. Throughout their history, the people endured violent attacks by other peoples. Over time, the Maasai gained recognition as fierce warriors.
The Maasai commonly welcome guests into their homes and eagerly share their daily routines. Embark on a walking safari with a capable Maasai guide and learn the skills required for successfully tracking various animals. Learn about the culture while hearing explanations referring to the importance of local plants and habitats. Visit a local school and learn how pioneer instructors strive to bring modern education to the local youth.
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By James Bester