Have you ever seen the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara? Have you ever seen thousands of wildebeest and zebra flooding the plains of this world-famous Game Reserve in search of new grazing? Well, you simply must experience this natural annual event to absorb a time of extraordinary abundance and thrilling predator and prey interactions.
The action does not end in the plains. Witness the electric drama unfolding as the wildebeest cross the Mara River into the Masai Mara. It is survival of the fittest as crocodiles and lions lie in wait. See how both fatalities and victories are lost and won.
Visit the Masai Mara any time of year to see the big cats and all the big game still in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. July to October is the best time to visit if you want to watch the wildebeest migration.
BEST WILDLIFE IN KENYA
Experience Kenya’s premier wildlife park. The Masai Mara guarantees outstanding sightings of the Big 5 and an enormous variety of regal predator species. Hundreds of majestic big maned lions, large numbers of splendid leopards, sprinting cheetah and spotted hyenas all competing for food.
See the estimated 1 500 elephants, enormous herds of buffalo, unusual topi, baboons, warthogs, giraffe and impala. Watch high volumes of hippo and crocodiles wallowing. This is the lifeblood of the Masai Mara, along with the Sand and Talek Rivers. Drive along these lush waterways to find more than 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded bird species!
WHERE IS IT?
Find this national reserve on Kenya’s south-western border with Tanzania in the Rift Valley. The breath-taking Serengeti Plains of Tanzania run along its southern end.
Enter the beating heart of Kenya, bursting with wildlife and fantastic terrains. The mind-blowing Masai Mara covers 1510 km2
of extraordinary habitat, only 270 km from Nairobi.
MASAI AND SCENERY
Meet some of the Masai, a very proud people, who are an integral part of the landscape. Their ranches and private conservancies contribute to the greater area of the game reserve. There are no fences between properties and outside the National Reserve wildlife mixes freely with tall Masai people, who can often be seen tending their livestock.
Explore the 4 different terrains in the Mara:
- NGAMA HILLS:to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes;
- OLOOLOLO ESCARPMENT:forms the western boundary, rising to a glorious plateau;
- MARA TRIANGLE:borders the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game especially migrating wildebeest;
- CENTRAL PLAINS:form the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling savannahs.