Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Situated in the south west of Kenya, bordering Tanzania, Masai Mara Game Reserve is often simply called The Mara (Derived from the word Maasai “Maa” meaning spotted; an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna and cloud shadows that mark the area).  It is famous for the exceptional abundance of Big Cats, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress.

Should know that Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 583 sq. miles (1,510 sq km) and is part of the expansive 9700 sq. miles Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.  The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with seasonal river lets. It is mainly watered by the Talek and Mara rivers. The reserve is managed by the local Maasai people.

A well-established infrastructure provides some of the most memorable African safaris around – indeed the Mara is one of the oldest sites for visitors to explore the continent, and activities have evolved from the old-fashioned hunting to more ecofriendly alternatives; horseback safaris, cultural visits, lodge and camping outfits, hot air ballooning (brilliant!) and special interest safaris particularly ones of a photographic nature.

The Masai Mara’s reliable and consistent lion population (over twenty separate prides), made it the site of choice for the famous BBC programme, “Big Cat Diary”, and many a wildlife documentary has found its roots in the reserve. Indeed we offer our clients the opportunity to take part in “Elephant Memories Safari” which is run on set departure dates during the year. The rest of the Mara’s wildlife is by no means less significant, and is often treated with a degree of grudging admiration by safari operators in other national parks! A good network of roads and access make game viewing particularly good.

How to get to Masai Mara Game Reserve

By Air: The most convenient way to reach Masai Mara is by flying. There are domestic flights from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to several airstrips near the reserve. The flight offers stunning aerial views of the landscape.

By Road: If you prefer a road trip, you can drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara. The journey takes about 5-6 hours, and you can enjoy the changing scenery along the way. Ensure you have a reliable map or GPS to navigate the roads.

Activities in Masai Mara Game Reserve:

Visiting the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya offers exciting activities and a chance to experience the incredible wildlife. To get there, you can take a flight or drive, depending on your preference.

Safari Adventure: The primary activity in Masai Mara is going on a safari. You can hop into a safari vehicle and explore the vast savannah to spot the “Big Five” – lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and elephants. The reserve is also home to many other animals, providing a unique wildlife encounter.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris: For a breathtaking view of the landscape and wildlife, you can take a hot air balloon safari. Floating above the plains, you’ll witness the sunrise and the animals below, creating a memorable experience.

Cultural Encounters: Masai Mara is located in Maasai territory, and you can engage in cultural activities to learn about their traditions and way of life. This may include visits to Maasai villages for traditional dances and crafts.

Bird Watching: The reserve boasts a diverse bird population. Birdwatching enthusiasts can spot various species, making it a paradise for bird lovers.