In southwestern Kenya’s middle of the Lake Victoria Basin and at the same time a natural offshoot of the underlying Serengeti in Tanzania. The reserve covers an area of 1792 km2 was made in May 1961, state protection and is officially a game reserve, where shepherds graze their flocks and may be tolerated human activities. The core area of 512 km2 in the most wild lives, is declared as a National Park and is not intended to be built with a few exceptions. The average altitude is between 1500 m and 1650 m above sea level.
The varied landscape of rolling hills, sparse acacia forests, vast savannahs with endless rolling grasslands, gallery forests along the meandering bed of the Mara River and its tributary the Talek, is of unforgettable beauty.
Virtually all animals are to be observed elsewhere here in large numbers.
On the seasonal movements huge herds of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti come forth in this park
Many lions and cheetahs. Small, well-sheltered rhino population. The Masai Mara is full of large birds such as bustards, secretaries, Masai ostrich, hood cranes, raptors and vultures. The Mara River and its tributary the Talek are inhabited by crocodiles and massive hippos.
A very special and fascinating experience a balloon ride. Just before sunrise the balloon rising into the air for 1 hour, and unique and can enjoy wonderful views. The direction and the amount is determined by the wind. After landing a delicious champagne breakfast is served in the middle of the savannah. No discount, for a unique experience!
Every year from July to September, the Maasai Mara transformed into a giant outdoor stage, which takes place on an unforgettable spectacle of nature. The main actors are the wild animals that form the backdrop of seemingly endless grassland plains, the hill ranges to the east and west, and the life-giving water veins. Over a million wildebeest, followed by zebras, gazelles and their predators, the lions go in search of lush grass of the southern Serengeti to Maasai Mara where it turning green after the rains and blooming.
However, the reserve is outside the migration as one of the most scenic and most diverse of nature reserves in East Africa. Here you have the best chance to meet the “Big Five” even with only two or three days visit. A must for any first-time visitor to Kenya.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is located in approximately 1,700 m on one level and comprises an area of 1800 km2, of which 518 km2 in the interior have the status of a national park and the external reserve can be used to some degree by the local Maasai for grazing . Here you can also go off the beaten track, but one should remember that destroys any new tire track on the turf. We therefore recommend as much as possible to stay on the slopes and especially to make in the rainy season with a road vehicle game drives in order to not get stuck in the loamy black soil and also penetrate even into the areas of the reserve can, which of the safari buses can not be driven.
The Maasai Mara can be divided into three areas:
In the East Hills Ngama limit the Reserve, whose highest peak rises to 2080 m. Here rhinos are more frequently sighted. The middle part extends to the west of the Keekorok Lodge Mara – river which crosses the park from north to south. West of the Mara, the so-called Mara Triangle, the rolling hills of Esoit Oloololo Siria Escarpment extends to limit the reserve in the West. From the hill you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the vast grassland plains.
There are numerous accommodation options for every budget. Starting from simple tented camps to lodges (small hotels) and luxury tented camps here every category. The driving time from Nairobi is 4-6 hours depending on the chosen accommodation. Due to the diversity of species the Maasai Mara is also a popular destination for photographers, who are incredibly nice shots here. Of course it is also possible to visit once a Maasai village and get an insight into the culture of these proud people or to take a balloon ride over the steppe. There are many ways to make a safari and explore the Maasai Mara.