Maasai Mara National Park is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves which is situated in Kenya.
Maasai mara national reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. Maasai Mara National Reserve sits on 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. Add the conservancies and the area is at least twice the size. The park protects over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds.
Do not forget the amazing Wildebeest Migration “the great Migration” of animals which rotates from Masai Mara in Kenya and Seregeti National Park in Tanzania. Wildebeest Migration is the mass movement of animals from areas of scarcity of pastures to the area of plenty. Tourists should target the wildebeest migration between JULY – OCTOBER although Kenya is a great year-round destination.
While in Masai Mara National Reserve, expect to see a variety of lions, cheetah, Elephants, Rhinos, African Buffaloes, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras among others.
Top things to do in Masai Mara National Reserve
Witness the Great Migration – the annual animal migration through Mara River. It happens between July – October but sometimes to November however, you should be in touch with the local tour operators in Kenya to confirm when the event will happen. Maasai Mara National Park was ranked among “the wonder of world” because of this annual wildebeest Migration which happens between Masai mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Expect to see not only the “BIG FIVE” but the “BIG NINE” to include the lion, Leopard, Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, Cheetah and Hippo. Due to great diversity of Flora and Fauna in the park, the tourists will not see all the big nine in just 2-3hrs but even by luck.
Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve – there is morning, afternoon and night game drive. Day game drive expose you to large number of wild animals and birds however, night game drive exposes you to nocturnal animals and birds. If you rent a car from 4×4 Rentals Uganda with a pop up roof, you will be able to clearly see a variety of tourist attraction while in Masai mara National Reserve.
Birding in Masai Mara National reserve – With over 500 species of birds, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a birders paradise. You can look out for giant ostriches or check out the birds of prey like vultures. Smaller birds can also be seen nesting on the thickets or edges of escarpments.
On a typical birding excursion, you will be looking out for ducks, egrets, geese, herons, ostriches, hornbills, pelicans, spoonbills and storks. Apart from ostriches, the most interesting for ordinary tourists are the martial eagles and vultures.
Guided natural walks – Guided natural walk in the park enables tourists to encounter a variety of tourist attraction in the park. Expect to see both flora and fauna up close.
Horse riding – Hire a donkey and explore that park. Do horse ride to see animals like elephants, Buffaloes, lions and so on.
Hot Air Balloon – Hot Air Balloon help you to see animals from up or aerial views.
Maasai Mara cultural Encounter -Meet the Masai people – the dominant tribe in Maasai Mara National Reserve.