Masai Mara is amongst the renowned, popular reserves in Africa. Experienced travelers, travel authors, documentary experts, and lots of researchers admit that Masai Mara is a favorite tour destination. An important question is, “why the popularity.” Well, it could be the big and open skies, open savannahs; romance of great files like ‘Out of Africa’ and of course, the great yearly wildebeest migration. Also of interest is the game density, bird life variety as well as a chance to enjoy hot air balloon rides. Situated to the Kenyan South West, Masai Mara covers more than 1510 square kilometers and prides in breath-taking vistas, lots of wildlife, as well as unending plains.
It is home to an extensive, all-year round game concentration. Most outstandingly, Masai Mara is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration involving more than two million wildebeest. It also hosts the Mara River, in addition to sharing a border with Tanzania’sSerengeti National Park. As a matter of fact, Serengeti is considered a continuation of the park. It is also abundant with big cats. At Masai Mara, the valley is wide and offers a view of an extensive and towering escarpment from a hazy distance. Nonetheless, a majority of wildlife viewing activities take place at the floor of the valley. Some lodges in Masai Mara conduct walking tours out of the park’s boundaries in Oloololo Escarpment hills. The wildlife is also allowed to freely roam into larger areas and hence one can encounter as much wildlife outside as they can within the park.
The park has four different kinds of topographies including the sandy soiled and leafy bushes Ngama hills; western boundaries, Oloololo Escarpment rising to magnificent plateau; Mara Triangle which borders Mara River which has lush grassland and acacia woodlands and hence support game masses and more especially, migrating wildebeest; and the Central Plains which form a large portion of the reserve, alongside scattered bushes and boulders found on the rolling grasslands which are favored by plain wildlife.
No matter how short a stay one makes at Masai Mara, one can be sure to encounter lots of wildlife. Its plains have lots ofwildebeests, zebras, impalas, topis, giraffes, and Thomson’s gazelles. It is also a common occurrence for visitors to encounter the big cats including leopards, lions, and cheetahs. Jackals and bat-eared foxes are also common in Masai Mara. Although a little shy, one may also be lucky to see the Black rhino from afar. At the Mara River, hippos are abundant and so are large crocodiles, which lie waiting for the wildebeests. Additionally, there are the Mara birds, which come in every size and color inclusive of the common and extremely beautiful ones such as the lilac breasted roller. Additionally, the park hosts plenty of large eagle, vulture and stork species. It is estimated to host over 53 different prey bird species. Amongst Masai Mara safari tours specialties include:
- The Wildebeest Migration
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Extensive savannahs of golden grassland
- Big and extensive skies
- Rift Valley escarpment
- Big cat sightings