It is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. Recently voted as the seventh world wonder, it offers breathtaking views, an extraordinary density of animals including the ‘Big Five’ and many varieties of plains game.
An impressive feature is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s lush grassland from late June, hunted by the predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds.
Their dramatic river crossing is a reality for tourists visiting in July – August.
Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round. Game includes: elephant, Black Rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, roan antelope in small numbers, white-bearded gnu, Oribi, warthog, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, hartebeest and the big cats; the rivers are home to hippo and crocodiles. Maasai Mara has the largest population of lion.
The climate is usually hot and dry.
Birdlife is as profuse as wildlife. 53 species of birds of prey have been recorded. Secretary birds are common.
Accommodation ranges from stone lodges to luxury tented camps. The northern area is owned by the Maasai and offers great game viewing, game walks and night game driving.
Safari operators set up private camps for groups of clients seeking exclusive, traditional safaris outside the Reserve.