Written on: November 28, 2013
I visited in June 2009
As I drove through the Masai Mara, I couldn't help but think to myself... "Disney really got it right". All those movies I'd seen about Africa seem to have been based off of the landscapes and wildlife of the Mara. Unbelievable.
I spent a 3-day safari touring through the Mara with a backpacker operator based out of Nairobi. We drove through massive plains full of zebra, elephant and giraffe, observed lions and vultures sharing a kill, drove through the wildebeest migration, watched as a cheetah yawned in the shade, and so much more. Given the volume of tourists that travel through this park, the animals are unperturbed by approaching trucks. Provided your truck can sneak through the other safari trucks observing a sight, you'll get unparalleled viewing. The crowds however, are a downside.
Luckily enough, our trip coincided with the wildebeest migration which is one of the more incredible sights I've seen on the continent. At the time, they were making the crossing from the Serengeti over to the Mara in search of greener pastures. Upon reaching the Kenya/Tanzania border, we were met by literally thousands of wildebeest, all marching together north. We spent hours observing as wildebeest jump nimbly across rivers, run through ravines and slowly cruise across the plains. I didn't honestly appreciate how spectacular this was until seeing only handfuls of wildebeest at a time in other national parks.
Following a day in the truck, a highlight for many was also a visit to the local Masai communities. A dance performance and tour of the village is typically included - as is a bit of shopping. While these trips do feel a little disingenuous, the Masai culture is impressive all the same.
If you're looking for that typical African experience, this is the park to start at. It is especially great for budget travelers since you're able to stay on the border of the park and travel in each day, seeing the exact same game as the high end lodges.
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Written on: Mar 06, 2017
| Visited: Feb 2017.
For years I have visited Maasai Mara and it get better with time like wine, the view is amazing and the wildlife viewing is superb throughout the year.
It is quite easy to see the lions, leopards and cheetahs.
The yearly wildebeest migration is another attraction which many tourist come to Kenya to witness this amazing wonder of the world.
Written on: Dec 15, 2016
| Visited: Sep 2016.
Been to the Maasai Mara countless times and every time the Mara offers a new experience. The most thrilling activity here has to be the great wildebeest migration. So definitely my first stop has always been the Mara Triangle, anytime between July and December.
However, this doesn't mean that there is no much activity during other months! My favorite stops any ...
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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...
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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...