Masai Mara National Reserve | Masai Mara Safari | Maasai Mara
Masai Mara National Reserve is Africa’s most famous national park with the greatest numbers of game in Africa. The national park gives you the best Africa wildlife safari because of the enormous quantity of wildlife in the reserve. This is the only park in Africa that gives you the best big 5 safari experience on the African continent. And the national park is famous for the great migration with millions of animals in great herds crossing the famous Mara River towards the end of the year.
The migrations can be observed from a hot air balloon giving you a great view of the Mara wilderness and the wildlife in the planes.
The Masai Mara is the busiest national park in Africa with lots of tourists flocking the national park with lots of tourists visiting the national park in great numbers that it’s rare to find a pride of lions not visited by over 10 at any given time.
The Mara Extends to Serengeti National park in Tanzania’s covering 1,510 km2 and is the most famous safari destination in Kenya.
The Mara is made of mosaic rolling hills, acacia woodland and open grassland that are habitats to various animal species like lion, Elephants, leopard, cheetah and Spotted hyena that can be seen all year round and life in the reserve blossoms in the months of August to October when the famous wildebeest migration takes place with over 2 million animals crossing.
Things to do in Masai Mara | Activities in the Masai Mara
Game viewing in Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara offers all year round Game viewing with the park having lots of animal species in great numbers and some of the animals you can see in the national park include Leopards, lions, elephants and the Cape buffalo. Other interesting animals you can see in the national park include zebra, hyena, giraffe, many antelope species, eland and gazelle.
In the months of July to November the Mara offers the greatest spectacles in nature and that is the Wildebeest Migration that gets over 2 million animals cross the Mara river. The sheer numbers of wildebeest arriving in the area is breath taking.
The wildebeest migration is a mass movement of over two million zebra, wildebeest and gazelle in a annual cycle driven by season changes and rainfall as the wildlife reaches the Mara’s fresh grazing area.
The wildebeest river crossings are one that is challenging as the animals try to beat the numerous crocodiles in the river they cross to reach the Mara plains.
November’s short rains trigger last migration as the wildebeest move south to their calving grounds in the Serengeti and this is mainly in the months of December and January and these are the green seasons that have lots of water giving the wildebeest, zebra and antelopes lots of food and their new calves, foals and fawns. These months are the best for predators as they get to eat easy prey as they raise their bubs and pups and this time gives you great photographic opportunities.
The Masai Mara and the surroundings offers arrange of accommodation that are child-friendly to the intimate and romantic accommodations. The park I very crowded in the high seasons we recommend that most of our safari clients to spend their nights at the neighboring private conservancies where they will enjoy easy access to the Mara for game-viewing and migration.
Hot-air Balloon safari in Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara has great numbers of wildlife that can be enjoyed in the air with the air balloon experience in the national park. And this will give you the best view of the Wildebeest Migration in the Mara national park from July – September.
The hot air balloon experience starts at dawn lasting 45 minutes in the air before you come back down for a morning champagne and this costs $500 per person for the 45 minutes experience this is optional with many opting to spend this on luxury accommodation option rather than the hot air balloon ride.
The Great Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara National Reserve
The Great Migration takes place in the months of July to October around the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The migration sees over 2 million wildebeest and zebra herds crossing into Kenya’s Masai Mara through the Mara River that is filled with lots of giant crocodiles.
Though you can witness the river crossings in the Mara on the Kenya side of the border, this doesn’t happen in all the 4 month period.
Some wildebeests head to Kenya for pastures in their main Serengeti route. While there are daily crossings over the Mara River in Tanzania, huge herd crossing of the Mara River in Kenya happens in a small time frame which is difficult to predict.