Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara is in southwestern Kenya on the border
of Tanzania. The reserve is situated in the Rift Valley
and is contagious with Tanzania's Serengeti Plains
running along its southern end. Named after the Masai -
the people who occupy the land and the Mara River which
runs through the reserve (north to south), the Masai
Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 to protect
wildlife and it's eco-system. The Masai Mara attracts
many visitors come to Kenya and its beauty and abundant
wildlife won't disappoint. This guide to the Masai Mara
will tell you what animals you can expect to see, the
topography of the area, where to stay, how to get there,
and what there is to do beyond the game drives.
The Masai Mara reserve is Kenya's most popular game
park it is a relatively small reserve yet it hosts an amazing concentration
of wildlife. You are almost guaranteed to see the Big 5
(Lions, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant). Other
animals to be seen in Masai Mara National Reserve
cheetah, hyenas, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, topi,
baboons, warthogs, buffalo, zebra, elephants, and of
course hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River.
During July and October the
Masai Mara National reserve hosts the wildebeest and zebra
Because Masai Mara National Reserve has no fences you can actually see
as much wildlife within its boundaries as outside in the
areas inhabited by the Masai tribes. Some of these areas
are also not so crowded.
- Game Drives: Masai
Mara safari packages will usually include several daily
game drives, game sighting is best all day round but
most productive in the mornings
- Walking Safaris: If you enjoy a little adventure try a
walking safari with a Masai guide. The best ones are
outside the reserve boundaries.
- Cultural Tours: Visiting a traditional Masai
village is frequently included in a
safari package to the Masai Mara. Here you you may learn something about the
Masai, their culture, their daily to day life and
participate in their song and dance.
- Hot Air Balloon over the Masai Mara reserve is a unique experience.
The balloons usually fly at dawn and last about an
hour. Upon landing most balloon companies offer a
champagne breakfast and you are awarded a balloon
The Masai Mara Reserve lies 168 miles from the capital
city of Kenya, Nairobi. By road you will get great views
of the rift valley and the farmlands of Kenya.
Another option to get to the Masai Mara is to fly into the Masai Mara National
Reserve into airstrips neighboring safari lodges where
you will be collected by 4x4 land cruiser and
transferred to the safari lodge.