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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

What YAS members think of Masai Mara National Reserve

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Most-visited month: October
Top animal sighting: Zebra

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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: Kenya Safari Deals

Se the big cats and the rhino on your safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Parks

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Tour by: Joyland Safaris & Tours

This safaris is an highlight of the kenya tanzania combined safari,price shown is based on 4 pax being the lowes...

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Tour by: Rockwood Specialist Tours

Enjoy excellent game viewing in Amboseli with the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the range of habitats in L...

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Tour by: YHA Kenya Travel Tours & Safaris

7 Nights 8 Days Maasai Mara/ Lake Nakuru / Amboseli /Tsavo West & Tsavo East Safari.

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Tour by: Seasons Tours & Travels

having to get a week with the animals, gives one the adrenaline and spirit to finish this with high energy. havi...

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Tour by: CKC Tours & Travel

This driving holiday visits Kenya's prime game viewing spots of Amboseli,Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mar...

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Tour by: Mbugani East Africa Safaris

This is a 3-Night road safari that takes you to the maasai mara game reserve. Experience the great wildebeest mi...

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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: Big Time Safaris

This tour cover the Rift Valley with visit to two lakes

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Tour by: Dancom Tours

This budget masai mara safari features three days and two nights from Nairobi to Masai mara. You will visit the ...

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