The Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of. The most famous reserve in the world has rolling grasslands and wide open savannah where big cats and the Big Five roam. This is the place to see the incredible annual wildebeest migration between June and October – as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Mara has mass appeal all year-round. A magical hot-air balloon safari is a must; gently drift over the plains at sunrise as wildlife roams below you.
The eighth natural wonder of the world - the Maasai Mara, lies 270kms north west of Nairobi. 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest is a stunning backdrop for the world’s greatest natural spectacle - The Wildebeest Migration.
From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the Tanzanian border into the Masai 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 frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles.
The wildebeest bring new life to the Mara, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators that follow the herds.
The Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life year round. The Savannah plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests abound with over 450 bird species of birdlife. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.
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The Mara has been called the 'Kingdom of Lions' and is home to the BBC's Big Cat Diaries and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetahs are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals.
The Mara area is well serviced with a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and offers a assortment of activities for the whole family from walking safaris to flying by balloon over the Mara.
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