Safaris in Masai Mara National Reserve
Located in the southern part of Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve is a must-visit for nature lovers coming to Kenya. The park was named after the Maasai community who have lived there for centuries. Mara means ‘spotted’ referring to the acacia trees which spot the park.
This national reserve gives you a chance to enjoy the wildebeests’ migration from the neighboring Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This migration usually takes place between July and October.
Watching the herds cross the Masai Mara river despite the crocodiles lurking in the water for easy prey; is a sight to behold. In their company are the zebras and gazelles who sometimes cross over together with the wildebeests.
Additionally, an expansive, gently rolling savannah grassland with specks of tabletop acacia trees found in Mara is the ultimate African safari dream. The park boasts of being home to big cats, the lion, and the leopard. From your safari vehicle, you can watch as the king of the jungle hunts for his prey; and other animals in their natural wild setting. You can also sight other predators like the leopards and the cheetahs. The park is also home to a large population of the African bush elephant.
Further, numerous Maasai villages in the area give you a chance to mingle with the residents. Who have been grazing their cow herds in the park for centuries. The friendly community gives you a chance to enjoy some of their traditional foods like the nyama choma. Also get yourself and your family affordable souvenirs from the Maasai people. In the form of traditional bracelets and curvings. Engage in their dances and get to experience the famous Maasai jump.
Masai Mara experiences mild weather all year round due to its altitude, making it a favorable tourist destination.