Parks

Aberdare National Park

Amboseli National Park

Chyulu Hills National Park

Hell's Gate National Park

Kakamega Forest

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Nakuru National Park

Longonot National Park

Marsabit National Park & Reserve

Meru National Park

Mt. Elgon National Park

Mt. Kenya National Park

Nairobi National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park

Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Park

Shimba Hills Game Reserve

Tana River Primate National Reserve

Tsavo National Park

Masai Mara Game Reserve

General Information

The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Covering an area of over 1,500 square km, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve's western escarpment...

The swampy land provides more access to water and less access to tourists. The eastern end is closest to Nairobi and hence easier to access by tourists. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya's wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeests migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November.

There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Other game include hippopotami, cheetah, Grant's gazelle, impala, topi, Coke's hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. However wildebeest are by far the dominant inhabitants of the Masai Mara.

Their numbers are estimated in the millions. The Great Migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson's Gazelle, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

Masai Mara Attractions

Wildlife 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species have been recorded including annual wildebeests migration involving over 1.5 million animals.

Getting to Masai Mara

Main roads are all weather. Game viewing trucks can only be used by four wheel drives during the rainy season. The main road from Mai mahiu to Narok is currently under construction.

Three airstrips serve the Mara:- Keekorok, Olkiombo, and Musiara all of them murramed.

Features summary

Savanna & grassland, big five, antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas

Activities

Wildlife drives, ballooning

Best time to visit

Wildebeest migration, july-October

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