Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved Savannah wilderness in south-western Kenya, along the Tanzania border and features a tremendous concentration of wildlife. It is famed for being home to all the Big 5 in Africa, and its iconic golden plains and open grassland dotted with acacia trees ,riverine forests and small hills.
The Maasai Mara National reserve was liable for presenting the world to the idea of safaris.
The Maasai Mara is home to score of animals which can be spotted on foot, four wheels and even air by getting a hot air balloon experience, one gets a chance to spot a cheetah lurking through the wide open plains, and hippos in the Mara and Talek rivers
With plenty of resident wildlife and pleasant temperatures ,the park covers a region of 1,510 square kilometre. Maasai Mara loses out on most of its bush vibe as a result of 290,000 visitors who arrive yearly. One gets there easily through Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, located 224 km from the eastern border of the Masai Mara. It takes around 45 minutes to arrive at Masai Mara if one uses domestic flights from Wilson Airport which is near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. There are several airfields that serve the camps and lodges in the Masai Mara, including the Mara Serena Airstrip and Angama Mara Airstrip just to mention but a few. As well as several airlines such as Safari Link and AirKenya that has flights scheduled from Nairobi and elsewhere multiple times a day. Helicopter flights over the reserve are limited to a minimum height of 1,500ft. These makes movement to Masai Mara more convenient.
Maasai Mara balances budgets, preferences, and passions. There are simple camping grounds
where you can pitch a camping tent and sleep underneath canvas in the wild. There are also private conservancies which offer a harmonious approach to wildlife. One can venture out on private safaris with professional guides and trackers ,thrilling night games drives, bush walks , and evocative hot air balloon rides at sunrise. Maasai Mara is also reputed for classic photographic safaris. In 2018, the Angama Foundation, a non-profit affiliated with Angama Mara, one of the Mara luxury safari camps, launched the Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing the Mara as a year-round destination and raised funds for conservation initiatives active in the Mara. The inaugural winner was British photographer Anup Shah. The 2019 winner was Lee-Anne Robertson from South Africa.
A heaven for nature enthusiasts, it has thousands of animals which sustain the the circle of life. It
isn’t devoid of reason, in which there is easy prey for most predators. Including the rare black
rhinoceros is often found in areas with scrubs, elephants which spend nearly all of their time eating, a grown elephant can spend 12 to 18 hours a day eating as it eats 200 to 600 pounds a day. Within the Mara River you’ll find Hippo pods where one can find the rare pink hippo.