Maasai Mara National Reserve
Open savannahs provide the staging ground for the annual Wildebeest Great Migration making the Masai Mara National Park one of the natural wonders of the world with the densest population of predators and herbivores.
Maasai Mara National Reserve Facts
- Size: 1 510km²
- When to visit the park: July - October (herbivore migrations), December - January (hottest season)
- Climate: Gentle, rarely too hot and well-spread rainfall year-round. Often milder and damper than in other regions
- Altitude: 1 500m above sea level
Information On Maasai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara is Kenya's most famous and most visited game reserve. Open savannahs, rolling grasslands and undulating hills set the scene for the splendour of the Mara. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands.
They are tracked by elusive predators: black-manned lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas, and circled by vultures as their journey unfolds. Tourists often find themselves amazed at the stark reality that unfolds as the herds cross the rivers. Other land mammals include elephants, topi, impala, giraffe, gazelle, baboons, jackals, water buffalo, ostriches, antelope and more. The river banks and water-holes see hippo, crocodile and abundant birdlife including herons, kestrels, corncrakes, bee-eaters, hornbills, shrikes, sunbirds and over 53 different types of birds of prey.
Tourists can also catch a glimpse of the traditional Masai culture. The Masa own the area toward the north. A proud and nomadic people the Masai have lived in harmony with nature for centuries.
Where is Maasai Mara National Reserve located?
Maasai Mara National Reserve is located 275km east of Nairobi and borders not only Tanzania but also the mighty Serengeti. It is also worth a mention that the National Reserve is bordered by community conservancies that off up fantastic wildlife.
A Google Maps view of the entire Maasai Mara; Google Maps - Maasai Mara National Reserve
Main Attractions Of Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Annual herbivore migrations
- Excellent game viewing: the big cats, elephants, zebra, wildebeest and more
- Masai culture and natural lifestyles