Masai Mara National Reserve is located in Rift Valley Province of Kenya, with geographic coordinate systems of 1°29?24?S 35°8?38?E. The total area engulfed by the national reserve is a total of 1,510 square kilometers or 583 square miles. The reserve was established in 1961 and is currently governed by the Trans-Mara and Narok County Councils. Masai Mara National Reserve 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, called the Great Migration.
Popular lodges inside the Masai Mara National Reserve include Keekorok Lodge, Kichwa Tembo Camp, Governors Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Sarova Mara, Mara River Camp, Little Governors Camp, Mara Safari Club, Siana Springs Camp, Mpata Safari Club, and Mara Intrepids Club among others. There are also eco-lodges in the reserve that includes the Base Camp Masai Mara and the Ilkeliani Luxury Tented Camp. Masai Mara National Reserve activities include Wildebeest Migration, Hot Air Ballooning, Huge savannahs of golden grasslands, Rift Valley escarpment, and Lion sightings.
The Masai Mara National Reserve Safari offers the greatest experience with wildlife through one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world, The Great Migration!
The Maasai Mara National Reserve, a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet. Its main attarctions include nature trips and game drives. The reserve is one of world’s most wildlife-rich regions hosting approximately two million species including lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, hippos, giraffes, buffalos and elephants roaming in approximately 1000 miles of grassland.
- Bird Watching
Masai Mara National Reserve has over 400 bird species have already been recorded, including birds of prey. The Mara birds come in every color and size suitable for bird lovers. These birds include vultures, ostriches, long-crested eagles, pygmy falcons, secretary birds, marabous, red-winged Schalow’s turacos, white-tipped crests, ross turacos, orange buffs, Pel’s fishing owls, wary guinea fowl, Jackson’s bustards, black-bellied hartlaubs bustards and many others.
- The Great Migration
The Great Migration is one of the largest mammal migration in the world and also considered as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. Around the last quarter of the year, approximately two million species cross the Mara River to travel from the northern hills to the southern plains in pursuit of the rains. Every second quarter of the year, the animals, again, cross the Mara River to return from the southern plains to the hills. Meanwhile, every third quarter of the year is the wildebeest annual migration.
- Drive Games
Maasai Mara National Reserve is a game reserve that is an effective northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve. The famous game drive is conventional way to explore the great landscapes and wildlife in the reserve. Meanwhile, the Big Five game which would is famous for the challenge in the difficulty in hunting and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size of the animals in this collection that includes the rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion.