by Seth BUTERA April 20, 2021
The Maasai Mara is perhaps the most popular and commonly visited Game Park in Kenya. It has an amazing array of savannah wildlife, ranging from lion, zebra, elephant and cheetah.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT MAASAI MARA?
As well as the wonderful variety of wildlife, the Mara is also famous for the beautiful nomadic tribe’s people. Here you will see the Masai “people” in their traditional bright red blankets and multicolored beaded jewelry. You can see inside their traditional homes and learn what it’s like to live in harmony with nature. Between July and October, don’t miss one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, when over a million wildebeest, migrate into the Maasai Mara from Tanzania as they leap and swim across the Mara River desperately trying to avoid the snapping jaws of crocodiles that lay in wait!
The amazing variety of animals in the Mara roams free in the wild. The big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) are all here, as are a whole host of incredible creatures including giraffe, zebra, antelopes of all shapes and sizes, aardvark, hyena, ostrich, hyrax, wild dog, warthog and so many more. There are hundreds of species of birds from tiny sunbirds to crested cranes, secretary birds and ostriches.
LOCATION & LANDSCAPE
The Maasai Mara is a grassland savannah and many of the camps found within the Mara are found along the famous Mara River. There are various other terrains within this vast expanse of wilderness including woodland, hills and scrubland.
WHERE TO STAY
RECOMMENDED: HIGH END
• Mara Explorer
• Mara Intrepids
• Mara Timbo
• Mara Serena Safari Lodge
• Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp
• Elephant Pepper Camp
• Siana Springs
It’s also possible to camp at the KWS Special campsites. Be aware though that you will be staying in an area where there are wild animals roaming freely!