Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
Large numbers of migrating wildebeest. Aerial view of a herd of wildebeest following a few leading zebras in Maasai Mara. Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve.
All members of the Big Five (lion, leopard, African elephant, cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) are found in the Maasai Mara. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. Leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve. The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.
Driving will take you about 5-6 hours. Nairobi to Narok will take you about 2-2.5 hours, the road is absolutely beautiful and smooth. In Narok, there is a fuel station just across the river which is a great stop for food, toilet, and snacks. Leaving Narok to Sekenani Gate will take you about 2-3.5 hours depending on the vehicle you are traveling with. The road has really broken up and is NOT good at all while on the tar road. It has a lot of potholes and special attention is needed.
At the end of the tar road the road you drive on a dirt road. This has been graded and is in good condition. This road goes to the Sekenani Gate. Once in the reserve, the roads are ok, but not the best. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended they are normally about $250 – $350 per day and come with a driver.
There are a few companies that fly to the Maasai Mara. It takes about 40 – 45 minutes from Nairobi. We recommend SafariLink. A flight from the Coast is about 2 hours departing from Mombasa, Diani Beach or Malindi. We recommend Mombasa Air Safari. You may find yourself having a few stops on the way due to other passengers landing at one of the 6 airstrips in the Mara. This is by far the best way to travel, but you do miss out on seeing more of the country. You can also get a chartered flight into the Mara Ecosystem. This is best organized by a safari operator.
Elangata Olerai Camp
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