The Masai Mara
The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birdlife is also prolific. Over 450 bird species have been recorded, among them 57 species of birds of prey. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life.
Administered by the local county council, it is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (seen in the film ‘Out of Africa’, much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the ‘Big Five’ and many varieties of plains game.
An impressive feature is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s lush grassland from late June. Apart from the seasonal migration, gameviewing is excellent year round. Game includes: leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, Black Rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, roan antelope in small numbers, white-bearded gnu, Oribi, warthog, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, and hartebeest; the rivers are home to large numbers of hippo and crocodiles. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling Elephant browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered Rhino.
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