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Masai Mara National Reserve

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About Masai Mara National Reserve

Country found in: Kenya
Parks total area: 1,510 km² (583 mi² )
Year established: 1974
Park wildlife: 37 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

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Masai Mara National Reserve highlights

  • 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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Tour by: Jungle Passion Tours & Travel

Wild beest Migtarion!! Maasai Mara

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Tour by: YHA Kenya Travel Tours & Safaris

8 Days Mount Kenya Trekking Sirimon Route And Masai Mara Adventure Safari Combined.

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TRUE TEMBEA KENYA SAFARI

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Tour by: Right Choice Safaris

Kenya and Tanzania safari visiting the main wildlife, scenery and tribal highlights of the East African region. ...

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Tour by: Sunworld Safaris

This safari takes you to the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara ecosystem and to Lake Naivasha.

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Tour by: Sunworld Safaris

NAIROBI – MOUNT KENYA – SAMBURU – SWEETWATERS – NAKURU- MAASAI MARA – NAIVASHA – AMBOSELI – TSAVO WEST – NAIROBI...

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Tour by: Swift Travel & Tour Management

This is a luxury three night fly in safari. Stay at the Mahali Mzuri Camp, a romantic camp offering 360 degrees ...

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Tour by: Wayfairer Travel

7 Day Luxury Kenya Safari Holiday

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Tour by: South Cape Images

This Photographic Safari takes you to the center of predator action in Kenya ... The Masai Mara. The eco-friendl...

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