|Maasai Mara National Reserve|
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s
greatest wildlife reserve. The reserve comprises 200 sq miles
of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest.|
Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti Game Reserve. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than one million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.
At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. But not only the wilderbeest are an great attraction. The Mara has been called also the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these area. Cheetah are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals. It is one of the best places to see the "big Five".
The Mara is an awesome natural wonder, a place where Maasai warriors share the plains with hunting lions, a place of mighty herds and timeless cycles of life, death and regeneration. The Mara is probably the best serviced of all Kenyan Parks and Reserves with a wide range of Accommodation. The reserve is ideal for game drives, and some lodges and camps offer walks and balloon safaris. Wildlife moves freely in and out of the reserve, and through neighbouring Maasai lands. Outside the boundaries of the reserve there are many other small camps and lodges, some of which offer walking, horse riding and other safari options.
South Western Kenya is the heartland of the Maasai. The Maasai are a strongly independent people who still value tradition and ritual as an integral part of their everyday lives. They regard themselves not just as residents of this area but that they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives. Traditionally, the Maasai rarely hunt and living alongside wildlife in harmony is an important part of their beliefs. Lions and Wildebeest play as important a role in their cultural beliefs as their own herds of cattle. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes this Maasai land one of the world’s most unique wilderness regions.