Maasai Mara National Park Featured, Parks and Reserves
It's said that you won't find a greater abundance of game anywhere in Africa, as you will at the Maasai Mara. Apart from the Big 5, you're likely to see a bigger variety and sheer numbers of wildlife - like the annual wildebeest migration, involving over 1,5 million animals.
* Maasai Mara National Park Highlights
- ∞Most popular wildlife reserve in Kenya
- ∞Home to an enormous variety and abundance of wildlife
- ∞Site of annual 'Great Migration' - involving over 1,5 million animals
- ∞Almost guaranteed to see the Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo
- ∞Excellent birding with over 400 species recorded
Without doubt, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s (if not Africa’s) most famous safari destination. It’s a huge, flattish park with wide open savannah grasslands located in the Great Rift Valley. It’s also home to an unbelievable quantity and variety of wildlife, which is most concentrated on its western escarpment.
Nowhere else in Africa will you find a greater abundance of game – and you’re virtually guaranteed to see the Big 5 here – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Other game you’re likely to sight include cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, wildebeest and zebra.
The world-famous annual wildebeest migration (known as the “Great Migration”) that takes place here every year between July and November is said to involve more than 1.5 million animals – a truly incredible sight if you're lucky enough to witness it.
The reserve boasts some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles with more than 400 birds species recorded.
Best Time to Visit
The Maasai Mara is high up (1600 m / 5300 ft above sea level). Its rainy season is from November until May. Mornings are usually clear and dry, with clouds building up into dramatic thunderstorms by late afternoon/evening. Dry season extends from June until November and offers you the best game viewing, but it is also the most congested time in the Mara. If you are able to book a few weeks either before or after the peak season, you'll have far less crowding, and probably much better rates, too. Early November and February also offer excellent game viewing. Temperatures generally range from 20 - 30°C (68 - 86°F).
There are several all-weather airstrips and road access is fair, especially from Nairobi. We'll gladly help you work out the best options for your itinerary and preferences.
Besides superb game viewing by day, night drives with spotlights can be arranged. Hot air ballooning is popular and is an unforgettable way for you to get an idea of the sheer expanse of the Maasai Mara. Of course, a visit to one of the Maasai cultural villages is sure to be a highlight on your itinerary.
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