African Masai mara game reserve

Masai mara game reserve
African Preserved Savannah Wilderness in Southwestern Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in Kenya, widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara). Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometers (580 square miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters (4920-7120 feet) above sea level. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The Mara Game Reserve is known all over the world for a wide range of wild animals such as the “big five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) and other popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, eland, and Thomson's gazelle.

It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara" means "spotted" in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape. The reserve is managed by The County government of Narok and the local Maasai community has been involved in the conservation efforts to contain poaching and other illegal activities.

1. Amazing Wildlife

First designated as a conservation area in 1961, Masai Mara National Reserve is regarded as a year-round safari destination as it offers a more or less ideal climate with an abundance of wildlife for excellent game viewing throughout the calendar year. The Mara is home to the Big Five as well as the Big Nine African animals (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros) along with more than 400 bird species identified in the park, many of which are migrating species with almost 60 species being raptors. Click here to read more about Masai Mara Animals and Wildlife

2. Great Wildebeest Migration

Great Wildebeest migration has been selected as one of the seven natural wonders of the World and takes place every year between late July to end of September, though this timing can vary somewhat due to prevailing rainfall patterns. During these months the yellow savannah is dotted black by more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes that migrate from the Serengeti northwards into the Masai Mara in search of food and water, and as part of their mating and birth cycles.
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3. Lions

Though there are many fascinating animals to be found in Masai Mara, sighting the Lions is often the highlight of a safari game drive, and most tourists if not all have Lions on top of their wildlife spotting checklist when visiting the reserve. There are currently estimated to be between 800 to 900 Lions ( including Lionesses) in the greater Masai Mara area, including the conservancies surrounding the core reserve. Click here to read more about Masai Mara Lions.

4. The Maasai People