Masai Mara National Reserve


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Maasai Mara - the jewel of Africa

Written on: November 26, 2014   |   I visited in October 2014 This wonderful game reserve is located in south-western part of Kenya, bordering the world famous Serengeti eco-system. It truly is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary and one of the best in the whole of Africa. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds too are prolific, including migrant birds and birds of prey.

The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well-spread rainfall year round. Between July and October, when the annual Great Wildebeest Migration takes place, the Mara is a stage of unparalleled wildlife sensation. Approximately 1.2 Million wildebeest and zebra enter the Mara around the end of June, drawn by the sweet grass, raised by the long rains of April and May.The Migration lasts until end of October or even November. Experiencing the sheer mass of wildlife & predators is truly an unimaginable experience.

Once the Mara grass has been devoured and when fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth a new flush there, the herds turn south, heading back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long march north six months later.

Another excellent feature are the local Maasai that have lived since centuries in harmony with the wildlife. One can visit a traditional Maasai Village to learn more about their culture.

The Mara is a fantastic destination to visit all year round - one is simply guaranteed unique and exciting game viewing. If one wants to see the big cats, I would certainly recommend the Mara Game Reserve as it has some of the best leopard and lion sightings in the world.
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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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