The reserve is situated in the southwestern region of the country and is a large and picturesque landscape of gently rolling African savannah plains covering an area of 1510 square kilometers. Masai Mara National Reserve shares its border with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the south. Masai Mara is famous for its remarkable natural diversity and stands as a unique haven for wildlife conservation and is known for being one of the best safari destinations in East Africa. This animal paradise beckons visitors with a multitude of reasons to explore its wonders.
The Masai Mara is believed to host an array of majestic animals that freely inhabit their natural surroundings, making it one of the best safari destinations to visit in Africa. The reserve is home to an amazing population of lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, wildebeests, African buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and a variety of other animal species. The expansive Kenyan wilderness, extending for miles on end, provides a sanctuary where these animals roam freely, contributing to the allure of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
What to do in Masai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve has earned popularity as one of the world’s Natural Wonders. The reserve is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world; it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually eager to witness the spectacle of Africa’s iconic mammals. A wildlife safari to this destination offers the opportunity to explore key attractions, including the Musiara Swamp, Mara River, Maasai Villages, Narok Museum, Mara Triangle, and nearby private Maasai conservancies. The primary activities to enjoy in the reserve include:
Game Drive in Maasia Mara
As it’s already noted, the reserve is among the best safari destinations in Africa from where one can enjoy the best wildlife-watching experience. The Mara Eco-system not only provides opportunities to watch Africa’s famous fauna but also presents ideal conditions for capturing impressive photos and videos. Game drives in the reserve are done all year round and the drives take you to areas where there is the highest concentration of wildlife in the reserve. The game drive is done in a standard 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof that offers better wildlife watching. The game drive is done in the morning from 6 am to 12 am and then head to the lodge or campsite for lunch. Afternoon game drives commence at 2:00 pm and extend until 6:30 pm, offering optimal chances to witness wildlife congregating at watering holes to quench their thirst.
There are also Night Game drives that start from 6 pm till late at night and this is done in the clear night skies.
The reserve is home to over 500 different species of birds, which makes it an amazing destination for bird lovers. On your birding safari in Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Keep an eye out for majestic ostriches or watch birds of prey such as vultures. Smaller birds may also be spotted nesting in the thickets or along the edges of escarpments.
The Great Wildebeest Migration
From June to November, the Maasai Mara hosts one of the most amazing wildlife phenomena on the planet. Thousands of wildebeest, Thompson’s Gazelles, and zebras embark on a journey across the Mara River, traversing from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara in pursuit of lusher pastures. This migration, however, is fraught with challenges. In addition to the ever-present threat of predatory pursuits, the migrating animals must brave the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River, where some drown and some become prey to the crocodiles. Those that successfully cross the river then face the formidable predators of Africa. Tourists flock to witness the extraordinary concentration of animals.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
In case you found it amazing watching animals when seated in a safari 4×4 vehicle, then trying an aerial view of the large Maasai Mara plains in a memorable experience – particularly when you doing in the months of June and November when the Great wildebeest migration takes place. The hot air balloon trip follows the Mara River, providing a unique aerial view of lush forests, diverse birdlife, and water-loving mammals. Venture further into the savannah to witness breathtaking landscapes. This one-hour adventure ends with a delightful picnic lunch or breakfast, accompanied by champagne, set against the picturesque backdrop of the savanna plains. The hot air balloon safari in Masai Mara Game Reserve is a perfect experience for families, couples, and honeymooners alike. It also offers a chance to capture the beauty of this amazing destination with fantastic photo opportunities throughout the excursion.