KENYA MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
In the southern region of Kenya, in the Great Rift Valley, sits the Kenya Masai Mara Game Reserve, popularly known as Maasai Mara or the Mara. This unfenced savannah grassland, which is around 150 miles southeast of Nairobi, is about 1510 square kilometers (or 938 square miles) in size. The Mara River and the Maasai tribe, who are native to Kenya, are the sources of the term Maasai Mara. When the wildebeests cross the Mara River between July and August, the Maasai Mara offers the ideal vantage point for seeing the famed migration. The Mara also has the highest concentration of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, and buffalo), as well as zebras, antelope, gnus, oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles, etc.
MASAI MARA PARK
The park has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion. Kenya Animals seen at masai mara small group tour Kenya Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at the Maasai Mara, which boasts over 400 different birds species. The park experiences a hot and dry climate with a regular rainfall season twice a year. The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees along the southeastern area of the park.
Over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras and several species of antelope make an annual circular tour between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of greener pastures. The trek happens with a fair share of animal drama as the migrating herds attract the attention of hungry predators – the hyenas and lions that prey on the lame and sick animals along the way. The animals trek for four months (July-October) towards the Mara. The months of July and August are the best times to see what is truly the world’s most spectacular wildebeest migration and the dramatic sights that occur during the mass crossing of the swollen Mara River.