The Maasai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views, an extraordinary density of animals including the Big Five and many varieties of plains game.
An impressive feature is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s lush grassland from late June, hunted by the predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds. Their dramatic river crossings are a reality for tourists visiting in July – August. Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round. Game includes, elephant, Black Rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, hartebeest and the big cats; the rivers are home to hippo and crocodiles. 452 bird species are recorded including 53 raptors: eagles, buzzards and vultures.
The northern area bordering the Reserve is owned by the Maasai and offers great game-viewing, game walks and night game driving in various private traditional-style tented camps.
Park Size: 932 sq. miles – 1,500 sq. kilometers
Altitude: 5,000 ft. | 1,550 meters.
Ecosystems: Mara River, Riverine Forest, Savannah, Acacia Woodlands, Lake Victoria
Wildlife: Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo, wildebeest, giraffe, crocodile + 452 bird species
When to go: July – October for the Migration. Anytime except March – April
Highlights: “Great Migration”, game drives, hot air balloon rides