About this Location
Covering an area of over 1,500 km2, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeests migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals along with large numbers of Thompson’s Gazelle, zebra and other herbivores arriving in July and departing in late October. They build up into a huge single herd, until the dry season wilts their supply of fresh grass. The scent of rain north of the Masai Mara, begins to draw the herd from Serengeti plains in Tanzania, in the South, throughout July and the Great Migration is soon underway. Other wildlife and game are in abundant in the reserve with some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded.
Activities: Balloon Safaris, Bush meals, Guided nature walks, visits to the Maasai villages for a dose of local culture and getting familiar with the community projects.
Getting Around: There are several airstrips in the park that allow chartered light planes and the park can be easily accessed by road.