Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara (Maasai Mara) is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves and it is one of the best-known and most popular reserves. Masai Mara and the Serengeti National Park form Africa’s most diverse, incredible, and most spectacular ecosystems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing ecosystem. Safaris are without a doubt some of the best you ever get.
Considered the greatest reserve in Africa, Masai Mara prides on the breathtaking spectacle of the greatest wildlife show on earth known as Wildebeest migration between the Mara and Serengeti ecosystems. It is the most visited protected area.
The ecosystem hosts over 95 animal species and they include large herds of elephants and buffaloes meandering the plains, the hippo pools in the Mara brown rivers, Masai giraffes, topis, grant and Thompson’s gazelles, zebras, plenty of Nile crocodiles, blue- and red-tailed monkeys and tree hyraxes. An abundance of herbivores definitely makes it an ideal hunting ground for predators - and therefore a comfy home of Kenya's famous big cats. The lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and jackals can be seen easily.
Millions of wildebeests and zebras leave Serengeti plains and make a spectacular migration into Mara. As they trek across the plains they come to cross the Mara and Talek rivers, where hippos and crocodiles abound. In droves, they plunge into the rivers with currents and have to fight with the lurking crocodiles and hippos. Only the strong successfully make it to the other side while others fall prey.
The Reserve, is home to 53 species of raptors, augur buzzard, black-shouldered kite, bateleur eagle, and six species of vulture inclusive. It happens to be the only place in Kenya where you can see the rare Schalow's turaco. There is a variety of vegetation in Mara creating a botanical marvel home.