Masai Mara National Reserve
Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is the perfect wildlife sanctuary with expansive savannah and unmatched wildlife. The greatest animal spectacle in the world, The Great Wildebeest Migration, occurs here every year when more than 2 million animals migrate from the adjoining Serengeti. July through October are typically the best times to witness the migration.
Besides the numerous zebras, wildebeests, and gazelles, elephants, buffaloes and hippos exist in large numbers. Lions are found in large prides everywhere, leopards and cheetahs are less visible, but still fairly common. Thomson’s gazelle and Grant’s gazelle are the most prevalent of the antelopes, as well as large numbers of impala and topi.
The park hosts all of the big five (rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant) including the rare and elusive black rhino. Other wildlife to be found in the reserve are impala, giraffe, topi, jackals, hyena, bat-eared fox, 450 species of birds including Verreaux’s eagle owl, ostrich, kori bustard, martial eagle and more.
Masai tribes people live peacefully in and around the park. Traditionally nomadic, Masai can be found herding cattle and goats. These days many Masai villages welcome visitors and take pride in explaining their way of life.
Kenya safaris are customizable, and typically designed for 2 or more people. Masai (Maasai) Mara can be visited on safari from Nairobi. It is possible to fly from Nairobi, although most safaris include travel by road.
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