Crossed by Mara and Talek rivers, the Masaai Mara National Reserve is considered the most spectacular safari game viewing ecosystem of the world. Straddling a colossal 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and perched 1,500-2,170 meters above the sea level the park is home to over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of avifauna.
Teeming with wildlife around the year , and with the grasslands framed by rolling hills and riverlets, the park is a compendium of breathtaking vistas and a photographer's and naturalist’s paradise. Lions, leopards, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, antelopes, gnus etc can be observed in their natural habitat during the game drives. You can visit the villages and interact with the Masaai people, watch them sing and dance in their vibrant attires. Ride in a hot air balloon to get a once in a lifetime experience of the magnificent aerial view of the terrain, the flora, and the fauna and the never-ending horizon. If you are visiting in July or August, you can witness one of the world's most spectacular and perilous wildlife events, the game of life and death! Over a million wildebeests, thousands of zebras, gazelles etc migrate from Serengeti to Masaai following the beat of nature's cycle attempting to cross the Mara river swarming with crocodiles. It's an awe-inspiring sight and only nature decides who survives. Stay at a camp close to the river crossing for maximum viewing time.
Though it offers pleasant climate and game viewing throughout the year, the best time to visit Masaai Mara would be the cool and dry season from July to October when the vegetation is less, enabling better spotting and viewing of the fauna, as the animals traverse from the interiors to the open areas in search of food and water sources; the Mara and Talek rivers. The daytime temperature ranges from about 25°C to 28°C and at night it drops down to around 10°C to 15°C.
Apart from the Great Migration, you can go on walking tours or safari tours or game views and see herbivores like topis, elephants, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, buffaloes, zebras, predators like leopards, lions, cheetahs, crocodiles etc, and around 450 species of birds including 57 species of birds of prey. Hot air balloon ride, village tours, bush walks to observe micro-ecosystems etc are the other activities that you can do to get a wholesome experience that you ll remember for life.
Once you reach Nairobi, you can either drive down the bumpy dirt road from Nairobi or from Lake Nakuru NP to Masaai Mara. It takes about 5-6 hours from either place. You can also take the flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Mara Masaai Serena Airport which takes about 45mins.
takes about 5-6 hours from Lake Nakuru NP to Masaai Mara.
You can also take the flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Mara Masaai Serena Airport which takes about 45mins.