Masai Mara is "The" park of parks in Kenya. Its grass-carpeted smooth hills, the chocolate Mara river waters with frolicking hippos, as well as the rich faunal diversity, fulfill the expectations of any visitor searching the African landscapes portraited in motion pictures such as "Out of Africa" or "Mogambo".
The Masai Mara is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary . It is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. Named for the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River, which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and the wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration. Its twenty or more lion prides are an attraction
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 Mara lies about 270 km from Nairobi and takes about 5 hours by road.
How to Reach?
There are scheduled flights, twice daily from Wilson Airport Nairobi, which take about 40 - 45 minutes.
Mara Serena Airport, Musiara Airport and Keekorok Airport are located in the Reserve area of the Masai Mara. Mara Shikar Airport, Kichwa Tembo Airport and Ngerende Airport are located in the Conservation area of the Masai Mara
Masai Mara's location and altitude, above 1,500 m, yield a climate which is milder and damper than in other regions. The grassy landscape and the nutrient wealth for the great herds are mantained by the abundant rains, which here last from November through June, as a fusion of the two rain seasons (long and short) typical in other Kenya areas. Night storms are frequentThe climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or night
Best time to go
Although July, August and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is much resident wildlife year round. Apart from the better known species
The BBC Television show Big Cat Diary is filmed in both the Reserve and Conservation areas of the Masai Mara and highlights scenes from the Reserve's Musiara marsh area and the Leopard Gorge and Fig Tree Ridge areas of the Conservation area.
Accommodation ranges from stone built lodges to luxury tented camps. The area to the North owned by the Maasai offers great game-viewing, game walks and night games. Safari operators set up private camps for small groups seeking exclusive and traditional safaris out of the Reserve. In the Reserve are four tented camps and two lodges.
1. Fairmont Mara Safari Club
2. Sarova Mara Game Camp
3. Mara West
4. Mara Leisure Camp
Things to Do in Masai Mara National Reserve
1. Mara Triangle
An area of 197 square miles that was set aside as a Game Reserve in the late 1940's. (In 1968, 386 adjacent square miles were added to create the Masai Mara National Reserve.) The Mara Triangle's boundaries are the Esoit Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment, the Mara River and the Tanzanian border. 2. Mara River
This river is a focal point of the annual migration path of the wildlife in the Masai Mara reserve.In the river, hippo submerge at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure
3. Hot Air Balloon Safari
A well worth it and recommended activity in the Masai Mara National Reserve is the hot air balloon safari. Early in the morning, you will be woken and driven to the departure site. Once in the air, the view of the surrounding landscape, the rising of the sun between the...