The 1’510km2 reserve ranges between 1’500m and 2’100m above sea level. The reserve receives high rainfall as a result of the altitude and humidity of nearby Lake Victoria, 160 km west. It lies 275 km southwest of Nairobi, and the journey takes five hour by road. It is an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a small part of the Serengeti ecosystem covering some 40’000km2 between the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria.
It is the most popular of Kenya’s parks, with very good reason. One of the unique, spectacular and most memorable sights is the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests (estimated at 500’000 animals), gazelles and zebras as they move from the Serengeti Plains in January, having exhausted the grazing there, on their way northwards, arriving in the Masai Mara by about July – August. Among the rare antelopes found here are the Roan antelopes in the southwest sector, and the thousands of topi only found here and in the Tsavo National Park. Another shy mammal is the bat – eared fox sometimes seen peering out of their burrows.
Besides the wildebeests, the reserve is teeming with other herbivores – numbering around 2’500’000 including Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, zebras, buffalos, impalas, topi, hartebeests, giraffes, elands, elephants, dik – diks, klipspringers, steinboks, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, warthogs and bushpigs. There are also large numbers of lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs and jackals, as well as smaller mammals and reptiles. In the Mara River, hippopotamuses and apparently sleepy crocodiles can be seen. In addition to the numerous mammals, over 450 species of birds have been recorded, including 57 species of birds of prey.
Visits to the Masai manyatta (homes) are on offer as well as game drives.
How to get there:
Air: There are a number of daily flights, including return flights from Wilson Airport in Nairobi which usually take about 45 minutes. There are also daily flights from Mombasa which usually take 2 hours
Road: The main access to the Mara Reserve is through Narok town, 141km to the west of Nairobi, and the last stop for buying food, water and petrol. The journey to the Masai Mara is fascinating in itself, crossing through the Rift Valley over dry range lands. From Narok to the park is 100km, part of which is along unsurfaced roads. The other route is from Kisii, the road to the park being just about okay in a 4WD outside of the rainy season.
Maasai Mara Adventure -
DAY 1. MASAI MARA
0730 Hrs. Pick up from Nairobi hotel and drive through the Great Rift Valley to Maasai Mara National reserve.
Arrive in time for lunch at your Lodge.
1230 Hrs. Lunch will be provided and afternoon at Leisure
1600 Hrs. Afternoon game drive in the reserve till late in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge.
Meals: Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Mara Sentrim|Mara Sopa|Ilkeliani Camp|Keekorok Lodge|Mara Ashnil Tipilikwani Tented Lodge
DAY 2. MASAI MARA
0600 Hrs. (Optional Balloon ride at an Extra cost). Followed by Balloon Bush breakfast.
0630 Hrs. Early morning game drive in the reserve
0830 Hrs. Return to lodge for breakfast and relax at Leisure.
1300 Hrs. Lunch will be served at your Lodge.
1600 Hrs. Afternoon game drive in the reserve to return in the evening. All meals at your Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation:Mara Sentrim | Mara Sopa | Ilkeliani Camp | Keekorok Lodge | Mara Ashnil Tipilikwani Tented Lodge
DAY 3. NAIROBI
0700 Hrs. After breakfast check out and drive to Nairobi.
Arrive Nairobi mid day and transfer to your Nairobi Hotel.
US$ 707 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax
COST INCLUSIVE OF: -
Masai Mara Game Reserve
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