Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is considered one of Kenya’s best. The gently rolling grass lands ensure that the abundant wildlife is never out of view. The Mara climate is also nearly perfect, rarely becoming too hot and often when the rains fall, it is in the late afternoon or during the night. Many are drawn to the Mara in search of the Big 5, which can often be found within miles of each other. The 450 species of birds are a barometer for the diversity you will find here. From July until early October, Masai Mara plays host to the 1.5 million wildebeest and over 200,000 zebra during the annual Great Migration from the Serengeti.
Visiting the Mara outside of the Migration period is also spectacular. The year round wildlife, which often are not easy to find during the migration, consists of Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Warthog, Hippo, Crocodile, Topi, Hartebeest, Gazelle, Impala, Baboons, Elephants, Buffalo, Oryx, Eland, Waterbuck, and Hyena to name a few.
The 580 sq. miles that make up Masai Mara National Reserve can be found 170 miles from Nairobi along Kenya’s Southern border. The reserve is accessible by car (4 to 5 hours from Nairobi) or by scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.