Imagine an open savannah with constellations of acacia trees, meandering Mara and Talek rivers, and a wide expanse of small hills with gentle slopes all packed with wildlife. Well renowned for its unmatched plains scenery, abundant safari activities, and a remarkably diverse wildlife, Masai Mara in Kenya is among the most exceptional reserves in Africa and an outstanding option for African adventure holidays. While the land only comprises a meager 0.1% of the continent, it has one of the highest wildlife density regions when it comes to predatory animals. Nearly forty percent of the larger mammals thrive here.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is top notch location for wildlife viewing all year round. Those who visit are able to observe not only The Big Five—elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo—in their natural habitats but also zebras, antelope, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, warthogs, hartebeests, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and more. The birdlife is also bountiful with over four hundred different bird species that call Masai Mara home.
The reserve generally has a damp climate and features a more moderate temperature than the vast majority of Kenya. At most, you can get a 30°C temperature in the mornings. The temperature can drop to 15°C in the evenings though.
Watch out for the months of March to May and November to December when frequent rainfalls occur which could make navigation difficult during these times. The best time to visit the Masai Mara reserve in the months of July to October and December to March.
Masai Mara is the best location to witness The Great Migration—the largest and only surviving multispecies migration all throughout the world.
During the months of July to September, the Savannah is dotted brown and black as more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes migrate from Serengeti to Mara for sustenance. The movement is centred on the wildebeest migration. During the dry period in Tanzania, these creatures travel far and wide along with zebras and antelopes in search for food and water. These creatures travel back in the month of December.
The Great Wildebeest Migration undoubtedly belongs to the list of astonishing natural spectacles around the globe. It makes the already magnificent Masai Mara even more wonderful.
Travellers can choose from a wide array of accommodation options depending on their safari budget and personal preference. There are accommodations in various parks, reserves, and wildernesses across the Northern, Eastern Southern, Western, and Central regions of the Masai Mara Reserve.
Safari holidays can be quite expensive so plenty of lodges and camps cater to the more upscale travellers. The popular eco-lodges Base Camp Masai Mara and Ilkeliani Luxury Tented Camp are great locations to stay for high-end visitors.
For budget travellers and those who are seeking a more traditional lodging, there are campsites all throughout the park including Olpert Elongo Camp, Mara Springs Camp, Simba Camp, Olpert Riverside Camp, and Oloolaimutiek Campsite.
Staying outside the camp means that you will spend less and only spend on days that you actually visit the safari. This is a great option if you are on a more moderate budget. If you were in this part of the world to observe wildlife and explore everything Masai Mara has to offer, then you would not be spending much time in your indoors anyway.
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Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.