The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous and most visited Reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film "Out of Africa", much of which was filmed here), an extraordinary density of animals including "Africa's Big Five" (lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros) and may varieties of plains game.
An impressive feature of The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is the annual migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Masai Mara National Reserve's grasslands from late June, tracked by predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena, and circled by vultures as their journey unfolds. Their dramatic river crossings are a reality for tourists visiting in early July-August.
Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round in the Masai Mara National Reserve. African Wildlife to be seen in Masai Mara National Reserve includes elephant, black rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, hartebeest and big cats. The rivers are home to hippo and crocodiles. 452 species, 53 of which are raptors.
The Masai Mara national reserve is Kenya's most popular game park because it's relatively small yet it hosts an amazing concentration of wildlife. You are almost guaranteed to see the Big 5. Lions abound throughout the park as do leopards, cheetah, hyenas, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, topi, baboons, warthogs, buffalo, zebra, elephants, and of course hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River.
Safari Tours to Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Masai Mara is located about 450km away from Nairobi
Safaris to Masai Mara National Reserve can begin from;
- Nairobi - by road (overland safari) or by scheduled flight (Air Safari)
- Mombasa, Diani, Malindi or Watamu (Kenya Coast) by scheduled flight (Air Safari)
and can be combined with tours to Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park. Sample Masai Mara Safaris include