Masai Mara National Reserve


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Masai Mara: The pearl of Africa

Written on: July 01, 2013   |   I visited in March 2013 To local or international tourists, Masai Mara has always inspired this unparalleled breath taking awe. Visiting Masai Mara is a fast addiction sooner than anyone might notice. To someone who has been to Kenyan’s premier tourist destination, the 4 to 5 hours of travel by road to Masai Mara might seem just like an hour. I have always had this pregnant expectation that my mind readily yields to when I am on a safari to Masai Mara every other time I have been to the great game reserve.
Masai Mara lies within Narok County, and it is about 270 kilometers from Kenya’s capital city. I have never taken a flight to Masai Mara because I love road traveling, it always give me an appetizing kind of experience before the actual courses within the great expanse of the reserve. However, you can also book for a scheduled flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi; it takes roughly 45 minutes to fly from Nairobi to Masai Mara. The reserve is home greatest wildebeest migration, an annual animal migration phenomenon in between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. Wildebeest migration attracts thousands of tourists both local and international. The thrilling experience of being and seeing live, over 1.3 million wildebeest and a host of other wild herbivores either crossing into Tanzania or Kenya is awe inspiring. Movements of these wild animals are controlled by availability of lush green vegetation on either side. If you are visiting Mara between July and August you will be treated to this lifetime experience that Kenya’s premier game reserve offers.
The expansive 430 square miles of rolling plains of the great Maasai land offers a great wild animals viewing experience. This is the reserve that Karen Blixen wrote about in her best seller ‘Out of Africa’. For movie lovers, you must have gotten a glimpse of what Masai Mara is in the movie ‘Out of Africa’ that premiered in 1985.
A lot of people come to Masai Mara to see the Big 5 which is a guaranteed experience in your African safari to Masai Mara. The rolling plains will give you close ups with the famous black-maned lions, the hippos in the great Mara river, wildebeest and elephants among other animals.
The reserve area is bordered by the Maasai community which is inarguably one of the most popular communities in Kenya, across the Africa and the world at large. These people’s lives are so close to animals both wild and domestic that it is uncommon to find them grazing their herds of livestock within some parts of the reserve. If you freak out because of ‘the roar of the king of the jungle’, Maasai herdsmen will always amaze you with their matching brevity against the lions.
During my last African Safari to Masai Mara in March 2013, I checked into Fairmont Mara for an overnight stay after fun filled safari through the driving tracks within Masai Mara. Travel and Leisure magazine has actually rated Fairmont Mara among the top 20 premier resorts in the world. From dining to accommodation services, you can surely bet that you will get fast class facilities.
When you come to this wonderful place on earth where African taste meets comfort, I can only bet on you getting addicted to visiting this place every other time you are embarking on African safari. And when you carry your camera to Masai Mara you will get the perfect shots for everlasting memories. Every time I am in Masai Mara and press my shutter release button on my Nixon camera, am adding to the countless shots that I have taken there. Masai Mara instills this kind of a mystique taste that creates insatiability in safari goers.
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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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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 24, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 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.
Masai Mara is regarded as one of the 8th wonders of the world because of its annual great wildebeest migration between July and October. read more
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