Masai Mara National Reserve is situated in the southwest part of Kenya with gently continuing stretching African savannah plains for 1510 sq km to the border of Serengeti National Park that is located in the north of Tanzania. The park is famous for its spectacular natural diversity of wildlife and is the leading Kenya Safari destination in East Africa and named one of the new seven wonders of the world offering reasons for visitors to stay in the wild.
Spot lions, Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino, African Buffalo, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra, and many more animals are found in the park in their natural environment, stirring freely in the stitching savannah plains.
The park gets its name from the words 'Masai' and Mara'. ‘Masai coming from Maasai tribe, nomadic people of the area and ‘Mara’ meaning 'spotted', referring to the ubiquitous flat-topped acacia trees, shrubs, and bushes that dot the landscape across most of the reserve.
Masai Mara National Reserve comprises ranches bordering the park and home to diverse African wildlife species and a site of the annual Wildebeest migration, (Great Migration) when large herds of wildebeests, zebras, and other animals including the Big Cats migrating northwards to the Masai Mara from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
The annual migration takes place typically between July to end of August and it involves crossings through crocodile-infested rivers.
The reserve is a collection of wildlife and it is where you can spot the 'Big Five' as often including Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, and Hippos. The game reserve is relatively the very best place to see wonderful ecosystems of African wildlife in the backwoods.
THINGS TO DO IN MASAI MARA
There are numerous thrilling activities one can appreciate while in Masai Mara and these include Hot Air Balloon safari, with a relaxed 'Champagne Bush Breakfast', visiting the traditional Maasai allowing visitors a captivating vision into an exclusive way of life the famous Maasai live, nature walks, game drives, bush meals, and sundowners.
Masai Mara features a range of accommodations where one can stay and appreciate the character within the park.
ranging from luxurious safari camps designed to merge into the environment and operate to the best eco-friendly standards to mid-range camps and lodges which are less expensive offering a rewarding experience, these include;
Little Governors Camp, Beyond Bateleur Camp, Porini Mara Camp, Sanctuary Olonana Camp, Elewana Sand River Camp, Angama Mara, Sentinel Mara Camp, Sarova Mara Camp, Fig Tree Camp, and Mara Crossings Camp
Safari Lodges designed to be closer to Hotels and these include;
Keekorok Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, and Mara Serena Lodge
Budget Camps in Masai Mara are a more modern development, meant to cater for the value-conscious traveler though much of those are located outside the most Masai Mara Reserve boundary.
Julia's Camp Mara, Fisi Camp, and Ol Moran camp
There are few Private Homes and Houses in Masai Mara since it's a brand new and rare concept for accommodation in the reserve. These include; House in the Wild, Acacia House, and Topi House