Kenya’s hallmark nature reserve and one of Africa’s best safari attractions are the Masai Mara National Park and its neighboring conservation areas. All safari enthusiasts should visit the Masai Mara at least once in their life.
Take an exciting jeep adventure among some of Masai Mara’s lions, elephants, and other animals. You’ll be able to have a one-on-one encounter with all the animals that you’d been only seeing on television up till now!
The Masai Mara National Reserve and conservancies never cease to fascinate and enthrall visitors. The Masai Mara is noted for having the world’s highest proportion of wildlife. This area is home to more than 40% of Africa’s bigger mammals.
So if you’re a true wildlife enthusiast looking for a chance to see animals like the Big Five and some stunning and remarkable flora, this is the place you need to turn to!
Wildlife in Masai Mara:
Because of its beautiful landscapes, large expanses, moderate climate, and rich diversity of indigenous animals, wildlife watching in the Masai Mara are good throughout the year. The heaviest safari animals like big cats and elephants, and buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hyena, rhinoceros, eland, and gazelle, call the grasslands and plains of Masai Marai their home.
African large cats come alive during the migratory season. The never-ending influx of migratory prey provides the lions, cheetahs, and tigers with almost limitless nourishment. Throughout this time of year, lions, leopards, and other canine big cats gain strength and are capable of having strong cubs with enough nourishment.
The Great Migration: Masai Mara’s Main Event:
The Wildebeest Migration is indeed a spectacular large-scale immigration of about two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. This mind-blowing massive migration occurs in a yearly cycle triggered by rain. The wildebeest must endure spectacular river crossings to get to Mara’s new pasture from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, where they face gigantic crocodiles.
It’s nearly unfathomable to see that many creatures are strewn across the grasslands. This is actually the main reason why Serengeti and Masai Mara are so popular. Hundreds of tourists visit with the hope of getting a chance to witness this spectacle. More than 1.5 million zebra, wildebeest, and antelopes migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of better and more nutritious pastures and freshwater in the undulating savannah’s grasslands.
The Masai Mara Tribes:
Engaging and meeting with the Masai people, the stewards of this magnificent landscape, is a must-do when touring the Masai Mara. The Masai possess privately owned land that they lease to safari firms around the Masai Mara National Reserve. This implies they can continue to maintain livestock and follow customs on their family grounds while earning money. So visiting their lands and spending money here is fruitful for their economy.
You can stay in hotels and campsites here. In fact, you can learn a lot about Masai culture and heritage and go on Masai traditional village tours, and go on a jeep safari and hikes with the Tribesmen.
The Masai have their own rangers who police the property, and the reserve has succeeded in providing a safe refuge for animals. Thanks to these strong rangers, they’ve nearly eliminated poaching while also generating long-term, local jobs.
Take a visit to Masai Mara to be bewildered by its culture and diversity of both humans and animals!