For anyone who appreciates awe inspiring scenery, magnificent animals, and a real sense of peace and tranquillity, then a visit to the Masai Mara National Reserve is an absolute must. Spanning an area of some 1510 square kilometres in South Western Kenya, it’s regularly touted as one of the most pristine nature reserves in the world.
With just over a four-hour transfer from the bustling metropolis of Nairobi, you will be given a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic and beautiful animals on the planet.
Where to Stay
One of the great things about the Masai Mara is that it remains unspoilt, but at the same time you don’t have to rough it. Instead, luxury tented camps blend effortlessly in with the surroundings and can cater to your every whim.
Authentic lodges and campsites also give you the feeling of a real authentic African experience, but with the added luxuries of comfort, style, and elegance.
There are also a number of luxury hotels that are only a short commute away.
What to See
The gentle savannahs and rolling grasslands make it exceptionally easy to spot wildlife. Leopards, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and of course lions all make the Masai Mara their home. Just imagine a beautiful sunset as the backdrop to a rare rhino drinking from a watering hole or imagine witnessing a pride of lions stalking their prey.
The Great Migration
If you arrive between July and October then you could witness the so-called great migration. This is where over 2 million wildebeest make their way from the vast plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of food and water.
Accompanying the wildebeest are often zebra and gazelle and wherever they are there’s sure to be carnivores such as leopards and lions, all of which get rich pickings to see them through the leaner months of the dry spell. It’s a great balance in a delicate eco-system of life and you can get the latest migration update here.
The Masai People
Although no longer allowed to make their homes in the reserve itself, the Masai are a colourful and elegant race of people who live a nomadic existence. For centuries they have lived in harmony with this amazing place and are still a huge presence in the area. Nowadays, rather than hunting the game for food, many now work within the flourishing tourist trade and the many villages that are dotted around the Masai Mara are now open to visitors.
With an abundant array of flora, fauna, wildlife and people, the Masai Mara is truly an enticing place and one in which will leave you with a plethora of stunning memories which will stay with you for many years to come.