Maasai Mara National Park
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is the Jewel of Kenya's wildlife game reserve. Located 270 Kilometers way from Nairobi in the south western Kenya,it takes 4 5 hours by road and about an hour by flight from Nairobi. The Maasai Mara, also referred to as the Masai Mara covers some 1500 Km2. It borders the famous Tanzania's Serengeti National park to the south. Maasai Mara is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania."Maasai Mara", also known as "Masai Mara" is named after the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from a viewpoint - "Mara", which is Maa (Maasai language) for spotted: this is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, Savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area. It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration and now dubbed;The New 7th Wonders of the world.
Savanna Grassland and Rivers
The Maasai Mara reserve terrain is primarily open grassland, with seasonal river- lets. In the south-east region are clumps of the distinctive acacia tree. The western border is the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and tourist disruption is minimal. The easternmost border is 224 km from Nairobi, and hence it is the eastern regions which are most visited by tourists. The reserve is drained by the Sand river, Talek river and the famous Mara River which is crossed annually by the migrating Wildebeests in the months of July - October annually - The Annual Migration.
Numerous Visitors and A Myriad Wildlife Species
Virtually everyone who visits Kenya goes to this 320-sq. km. of open grassland dotted with flat-topped acacia trees. A visit to Mara is truly a staggering one, and which is likely to have a profound effect on your own feeling of insignificance. This is the Kenyan section of the Serengeti and animals are in abundant. All year round, the Masai Mara, a living tapestry of grassy savanna, spreading thorn trees, rounded hills and tall gallery forests with its abundant wild life draw hundreds of thousands of photographers and visitors from all over the world. The Mara is home to millions of wild game such as wildebeest and gazelle among others and are continuously tracked by Africa's great predators. The annual migration of these animals is one of the most inspiring sights on earth, and this is the dramatic life and death struggle that tourists come to see. Other animals seen are lion, elephant, cheeter, leopard, zebra, antelope, impala, Thomson gazelle, topi, giraffe, baboon, jackal, warthog, rhino and hyena.
Maasai Village Visits in Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Park
A visit to the Masai village, located inside the reserve. This is a cultural village of the Masai tribe's people and it is an ideal place to take video pictures, buy trinkets and beadwork. Ballooning Safaris, Hot-air ballooning at dawn as you drift quietly, is the best way of viewing the savanna plains and the animals without the intrusion of vehicles and the dozens of tourists. Accommodation facilities in Masai Mara are plentiful and range from luxurious 5-star lodges to Spartan tented camps. Hot air balloon excursions are available in the Game Reserve.