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.
One of the most sought after experiences for wildlife, the great Migration is witnessed as over a
million animals cross the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Along the way, high drama is always present as thousands of animals are taken by predators. Over 1.5 million wildebeest, antelope, zebra race
across Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. They move in a trampling mass, arriving at the
final obstacle ,the Mara river in Kenya. The animals form a thundering bottleneck as they attempt to
dodge the crocodiles, and other dangerous rapids of the river. It's a treacherous, incredible journey
and you can bear witness to this great spectacle from the Masai Mara.
You can get a special insight into the rich Maasai tribes, through visits to local villages. One gets to
enjoy traditional song and dance performed by Masai warriors. Beautiful handmade jewellery are
sold by the Maasai people and you might be helping keep traditional crafts in existence and also
challenging your spirit of creativity when it comes to fashion.
Non-residents pay $80 USD per person, children 3 to 18 years old pay $45 USD ,and infants and children under the age of 3 enter free of charge. The entrance fee differ for residents and non-
residents. You cannot regret an experience at the Mara as it is a sanctuary for an abundance of
incredible animals and nature at its best.