Masai Mara National Reserve


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Cheetah and cubs, Masai Mara
Cheetah and cubs, Masai Mara
About Masai Mara National Reserve
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Parks total area:
1,510 km² (583 mi² )
Year established:
1974
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Annual migration of over two million ungulates
  • The ability to visit with tribal groups including the Masai.
  • The big five are found here.
  • Excellent tourism infrastructure in place

Originally established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948, and as a national park in 1974 the Masai Mara (also sometimes spelled Maasai Mara) is the most visited park in Kenya and also one of the most well-known game parks in Africa. The park is approximately 1,510 km² (583 mi²) in size and is located just north of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. In fact, the Serengeti and Masai Mara parks are contiguous parks separated only by a country border.

The Masai Mara has a high concentration of game-viewing for its small size and, unlike the Serengeti, it is possible to drive off-road here to view game. The smaller size also means the Masai Mara tends to be more crowded than its neighbor, particularly during the peak migration times.
The Masai Mara is a well-established reserve with an excellent concentration of wildlife. It has a wide-range of lodging options and offers visitors the opportunity to do driving, walking and even mountain biking safaris. It is recommended for travelers of all levels.

When is the best time to visit Masai Mara National Reserve?

Masai Mara offers excellent game viewing opportunities at any time of year, but it is particularly popular during the months of July through October. It is during these months that the annual herbivore migration passes up through Kenya, up from Tanzania. During these months it is possible to witness one of the greatest spectacles on earth. Over two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope pass through the Masai Mara on their endless pursuit of lush, green grass. It is interesting to note that most of the female wildebeest passing through the Masai Mara will be pregnant. The calving season for wildebeest is mid-January through February and the gestational period of the wildebeest is 8.5 months.

The Masai Mara is home to the big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, although the number of black rhinos has significantly decreased in the last 50 years.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 09, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2016.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is the best wildlife park for big cats viewing, with great concentration on game you will definitely feel your safari expectations met to your satisfaction. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 10, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2016.
What a fabulous reserve. On our first day we saw the big 5 including lions with a kill then coming down to drink at a stream and a male lion roaring while looking for his pride. Couldn't have asked for more. It was fantastic and our guide was just wonderful. Antonio was very knowledgeable and ethical in regard to the welfare of the animals and obeying the rules of... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 13, 2016   |   Visited: Oct 2011.
Masai Mara is Kenyan pride, it has all one would look for when it comes to African Safaris, the big 5,many species of birds, cultural visits, & beautiful scenery! read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 07, 2016   |   Visited: Sep 2015.
The Mara is a relatively small park. If visited in the off-peak seasons, you can access a very wide variety of animals. Having visited it many times over the last 30 years, I have never been disappointed.

This year a group of aspiring photographers and I were also treated to an unusually late and breathtaking migration crossing. The scene lasted just a few minut... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 28, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Masai Mara gives you an opportunity to experience the great migration considered as the 8th world wonder. You'll witness the hunting by the big cats as well as see the other members of big 5.

This is once in a lifetime experience,. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 26, 2016   |   Visited: Feb 2016.
We made a safari to Maasai Mara and We enjoyed all the incredible animals, getting to see the Big Five plus numerous others. We took many great pictures & videoed the whole safari for many special memories. Everything including the wonderful Serena hotels & Ashnil luxury tents & knowledgeable drivers with excellent driving skills definitely met our expectations.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 15, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
The adventure in Masai Mara was so great and with the best part so far for view the wildlife. You have great camps to stay at, too (Governors main camp, Little governor, II Moran) just to mention few.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 05, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
If having a few days to Africa/Kenya and you would wish to have a wild experience then you will not go wrong with 3 or 4 days to Maasai Mara. You will have a chance to do the game drives with 90% assurance of seeing all the BIG five, most of the wildlife and many bird specie--not forgetting the wildebeest migration if you visit between the months of July and Octobe... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 21, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Maasai Mara is Kenya's most outstanding wildlife marvel where the beautiful rolling savanna makes it easy for a wonderful and enjoyable game drive. The great Migration season in Maasai Mara starts between July and ends in Oct every year. The best of best time to visit and be guaranteed to see the real migration is from August to end of September. Masai Mara is rega... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 10, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Masai Mara is truly a must-see destination with stunning scenery, abundant and varied wildlife, and an incredible sense of authenticity thanks to the Masai involvement. We highly recommend taking a balloon safari (we used Balloon Safaris Ltd.) as it was a highlight of our trip. Our Australian pilot spotted a huge male lion and a family of five cheetah among the he... read more
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Big five game, excellent tourist infrastructure and close proximity to major international airport. Let the safari begin!
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