Masai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve, popularly known by locals as the Mara, is a wildlife-stuffed savannah that was established in 1948. It lies next to Tanzania’s Serengeti and is among Kenya’s most prominent tourist destination. The national reserve is home to many species of birds and wildlife. These are not the only attractions as the reserve is full of aesthetically pleasing scenery.
If you’ve watched any National Geographic wildlife documentary, then you’ve probably heard of the Wildebeest migration. It is among the wonders of the world and occurs on both the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti. This world-renown phenomenon occurs anytime from mid-year ( June - October ) each year. Since it is a reserve, the savannah is unfenced and is run by the local administration rather than the country’s.
The Mara is located approximately two hundred and fifty kilometers from Nairobi and the reserve lies on the borders of the country next to Tanzania. The closest town to the reserve is Narok which survives on a tourism-based economic ecosystem. From the town, you can get souvenirs to commemorate your visit to this beautiful place.
The reserve is easily accessible by road through its four main gates. They are Musiara, Ololomutiek, Talek and Sekenani. It is important to note that the local administration has chosen to leave the roads to each of these gates un-tarmacked rough roads so as not to interfere with the ecosystem within the reserve.
What can I expect to see in the Maasai Mara?
When you visit the Mara you will be welcomed by the local Maasai people. You will experience them in their true element as their large herds of cattle usually accompany them. You will also interact with wildlife like never before as they are free to roam back and forth from the Reserve. The abundant birdlife and Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Black Rhino) will also amuse you during your visit. What are you waiting for?