Masai Mara National Reserve
If you have to choose between visiting Masai Mara, Serengeti, Kruger Park, or Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, concentrate on Mara.
It is a lively reserve that offers a maiden experience of wildlife, with almost guaranteed chances of seeing all the Big 5 animals; Lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. It hosts 95 mammal species and 485 bird species and countless reptiles and amphibians.
It is a verdant earthly paradise covering 1,510 km2-which is divided into reserves of a manageable size. It’s vast landscape teams with Savannah grassland that is beautified with stretches of acacia woodlands, rocky hills, and forest that is adjacent to rivers.
The park’s annual wildebeest migration has earned itself a top spot among one of the Seven Wonders of the World as it is one of Africa’s most breathtaking experiences. The spectacle usually starts around July and August as 2.5 million wildebeest, gazelles and 250,000 zebras start migrating from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the neighboring Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving in September. This ambitious movement is fueled by the need for enough grass in their destination, against the shortage in Serengeti. On exhausting Mara’s supply, they make a U-turn back to their homeland Serengeti in October. All this intriguing drama can be witnessed from the comfort of a hot air balloon or out shaded safari cars which are custom made for honeymoon.
Masai Mara is so big to be explored in less than five days. As such, it is split into a number of private reserves and conservancies that are managed by local pastoral communities, the dominant being Masai.
Travel tip ahead of your trip to Masai Mara
Be sure to carry warm clothing with the reserve is above 5000 ft above sea level. It gets cold here especially early morning and evening. The luxurious camp where will be check you in will provide a hot water bottle in your bed to warm up the night.