Why Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Mara National Reserve is globally known due to its spectacular wildlife, and in particular, the Great Wildebeest Migration. The Reserve is most magnificent National Reserve in Africa. It became a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1961 and has occasionally received global recognition as the oldest National Reserve. The only sanctuary with the highest number of wildlife, which includes the big five.
Visitors flock Mara National Reserve in July- September to witness the most significant migration of the wildebeest to and from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Experiencing the great movement of wildlife in search of green pastures is a natural wonder of the world, and tends to give tourists a magical moment not to forget in their lifetime. In the park, visitors will see the rural communities; primarily the Masaai communities who have live harmoniously with the Mara wildlife, making them form relationships with antelopes and wild animals.
How to Get There
By Road: driving on the Kenya road towards the Great Rift Valley makes the visitors enjoy. The breathtaking scenes as they transit through the valleys and escapements. The Masaai Mara is approximately 280kms west from Nairobi capital. It makes the trip a 5-6-hour drive depending on the type of vehicle. The most recommended vehicles are the 4×4 WD. Along the way, visitors can pop in any gas station and purchase their preferred snacks.
By Air: Direct flights from Nairobi and Mombasa towards the Mara are booked in advance using your safari guide tour. Flights take 40-45 minutes from Nairobi and 2 hours if flying from Mombasa.
What to Expect at Maasai Mara National Reserve
Wildlife: The Mara reserve is the most rewarding National Reserve since all significant wildlife, inclusive of the big five are found here. It goes to mean that you will cite the lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and the rhinos. One can be able to spot buffalos as soon as they get into the reserve. The wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle are animals which are easily located. The Mara and Talek River is probably the best zone to find the huge number of Hippos and crocodiles either sun basking or playing.
Birds: Mara Park is a bird’s watcher paradise, with over 470 species of birds to be spotted. The most common birds are the Raptors, comprising of 60 species and making Mara their home. Other birds that make Mara home are the vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, ostriches, long-crested eagles, and the famous African pygmy-falcons.
Hot Air Balloon: it’s a Kenyan classic saying that when you visit Masaai Mara and do not ride in a hot air balloon, then you haven’t experienced it all. It is more fun, especially in the evening, since you get to watch the sunset and the fantastic scenic aerial view of the Masai Mara reserve.
Accommodation at Maasai Mara National Reserve
There are several lodges and hotels in the Mara. Tourists have made it a norm to stay at least two or three days in a hotel, then later change to another one. The shuffling of hotels enables them to view the large vast of the reserve at either side of their hotel rooms.
Why Is Masaai Mara Famous?
- Bountiful Safaris where the geography and scenes are rewarding
- Great Wildebeest Migration and 1.5 million plus wildlife crossing the Mara in search of greener pastures
- The Big Five
- Splendid Hot Air Balloon rides
- Amazing safaris that make game viewing an awesome adventure
- Bush dinners, campsites, and bonfires
- Spectacular landscapes
- Interactions with the Maasai community
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