Kenya Masai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in south-west Kenya East Africa -Africa along Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland in Narok County Kenya adjacent to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. One of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves but possibly world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system with the most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-system

Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve


Masai mara game reserve is well known as the world’s most famous and beloved safari destination in Africa, the reserve is located in southwest Kenya at the Rift Valley Province and it occupied an area of approximately 1510 square kilometers. Masai Mara game reserve was established in 1961 as a game reserve and it is bordering the Serengeti national park in Tanzania. The Maasai Mara game reserve is also well known for wildebeest migration from Serengeti national park to Masai mara game reserve, making the reserve Africa’s greatest wildlife destination.

The Masai word comes from the Maasai tribe leaving around the game reserve and Mara is the Maasai tribal word meaning spotted, referring to a vast expanse of gently rolling evergreen African grassland, shrubs, and the unique flat-topped acacia trees.  Plan your Masai Mara trip with Akita wild tours and travel.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve covers an area of above 1510 square kilometers and raises from 1500 meters to 2170 meters above sea level.  Being one of the leading wildlife destinations in Africa, Masai Mara receives a huge flock of visitors [tourists] throughout the year, but most especially around July to October during the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras are migrating northwards into Masai Mara from Serengeti national park.

Masai Mara is well endowed with literally all the wildlife species one would like to see during an African trip, the game reserve accommodates the big five animals and different bird species. Some of the wildlife found in the Masai Mara game reserve include the king of the jungle [lions], herds of elephants, huge numbers of wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos, baboons, hartebeests, hippos and warthogs among others.

The reserve also boasts of the rich cultural heritage exuded by the Masai indigenous group of people who reside on the frontiers of the park, the Masai group of people have lived there for as old as the park is, in fact, it’s from them that the park derives its name.  The Masai people are very rich in culture which makes them a must visits when one undertakes a tour to Masai Mara reserve safari, their ways of life and culture is rather a fascinating one ranging from how they graze their cattle to the brevity they portray in moving in the park with wildlife.

 ACTIVITIES IN MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE


  1. Wildebeest Migration

Masai Mara is the most noted location of the Great Wildebeest Migration due to its famed Mara River crossings. As such, our Tourists place great value on having front row seats to this particular event. This Activity is always between July and October

Wildebeest Migration

2. Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

3. Hot Balloon Safari

Hot air balloon rides are a bit terrifying in any setting. A hot air balloon safari over Masai Mara National Reserve is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We highly recommend our adventurous guests to plan with well so that the activity can be organized and the Tour package is always a 3 days package or more days package.

Hot Air Ballooning Safari in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

4. Visit the Mara River

Wildlife crossing River Mara

5. Big Game Walking Safari

Big Game Walking Safari

6. Birding Watching

The Game Reserve is not only a habitat for wildlife but it is home to over 500 bird species both migratory and permanent. Maasai Mara hosts an enormous number of bird species which includes the endemic, near-endemic, forested and lastly the savannah species.

The birds are grouped for easy identification according to the species like Swallows and Martins, Larks and Sparrow-larks, Woodpeckers and wryneck, Honey guides, Hoopoe and Wood Hoopoes, Hornbills, Barbets and Tinker birds, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Kingfishers, Trogons, Swifts, Mousebirds, Nightjars, Parrots, Turacos, Owls, Cuckoos and coucals, Hammerkop and shoebill, Eagles, Storks, Ostrich, Grebes, Herons, Egrets and Bitterns, Ducks and geese and many more.

The best experience for the bird watching is between the period of November to  April when there are migratory bird species in the park and June to October when the reserve experiences dry season and the grassland is short offering you uninterrupted views of colorful birds, However, Our Bird Watching Tours is throughout the year

Bird Watching in Maasai Mara

7. Visiting Mfangano island on Lake Victoria

Mfangano Island Camp is one of the prestigious Governors’ Camp Collection of properties and is the ultimate island hideaway lodge where everyone can relax and enjoy the views and activities of Lake Victoria. The camp is perfect to include at the beginning or after an exhilarating safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The Island is an oasis of tranquility, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily modern life, it is surrounded by the waters of Lake Victoria, gloomed or shaded by giant fig trees and lost to the world.

Surrounding the Camp is a clear view of beautiful tropical gardens set on a secluded bay, lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens with no vehicles, so transport is by colorful local canoes.

Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria

Plenty of activities to keep you occupied including Fishing, Bird Watching, Relaxing, Rock Art on the Camp, Cultural Walks. The food including Nile Perch fish from the lake or produce from the island’s vegetable is as fresh as can be.

Area:
641 km²
Elevation:
1486 m and 2149 m
Population:
95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species, over 1million wildbeest
Location:
Narok - 180km a way from Nairobi
Activities:
Game viewing, camping, night game drives, visits to Masai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast
Access:
By two all-weather airstrips – Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo or Through the main road access into the Narok and Sekenani Gate.
Established:
1961
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