Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Holidays in Kenya
Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the open grasslands of the Great Rift Valley. It is among the top must-visit tourist destinations in Kenya for many reasons, varying from the diverse and rich Wildlife, vast landscapes, ease of accessibility, posh lodging facilities to picturesque surrounding sceneries. Its ever praised wildlife is mostly concentrated on the western escarpment.
The reserve is home to 95 species of mammals, 400 bird species, reptiles and amphibians. In no other Park in Africa, you can see the greatest concentration of Wildlife like it is in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
Maasai Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the World, that’s why it is hard to miss while on an ultimate African Wildlife Safari. On your Safari to Maasai Mara, you have a chance of seeing the Big 5, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, and zebra.
Masai Mara National Reserve is hidden about 241 km southeast of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Visitors can reach this reserve by air and road. By road, you can use a bus, taxi or private means of transport from Nairobi to Masai Mara and it takes about five hours to arrive at this Wildlife packed locality in Kenya. For tourists, it’s advised you arrange all the transportation with a local tour operator. Travelers are encouraged to use 4×4 safari cars that can navigate through the muddy routes to the reserve. For visitors who opt for flights, there are several scheduled flights arranged from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Keekorok, Olkiombo and Musiara airstrip.
Masai Mara is feasible for visit all year round but there are those exceptional periods liked by most travelers, especially that time when the annual migration occurs. If you are after Wildebeest migration, time your safari in the peak season, from July to October. Early November and February as well offer breathtaking views of Wildlife and the Wilderness.
Masai Mara National Reserve boasts a wide range of captivating pursuits that can leave you just hoping for more. Whether you are after adventure, culture or Wildlife viewing, Masai Mara National Reserve has you covered for your Safari in Kenya. Activities to be part of include game viewing, camping, and visit the Masai cultural villages, hot air ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast, sunset/rise viewing and night game drives.
Without a doubt, Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the main motives for most tailor-made Safaris to Kenya in the Eastern part of Africa. Travellers refer to it as the turning point for Wildlife viewing and most famed with its annual great Wildebeest’s migration. On this migration, you see over 1.5 million animals arriving in July from Serengeti National Park and depart in November
Maasai Mara sits at an altitude approximated to 5300 feet and experiences two rainy seasons. High rates of rainfall drops are recorded from December to January and April to May. Then low rainfall rates are experienced from June to November. Maximum temperatures rise up to 30°C and minimum raise up to 20°C.