The Masai Mara National Park is much looked upon as the most magnificent wildlife reserve in Africa besides being the cradle of all humankind.
This is one park you should visit at least once in your lifetime. If you do, You will love the park and return often.
The name ‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ in the Maasai Language and is believed to originate from the speckled wave of Wildebeest.
Apart from the Wildebeests, there are hundreds of other herbivores that are spotted during their relocation.
The Mara reserve attracts thousands of international and local visitors and has been voted as the best safari destination.
In the year 2007, the Wildebeest migration that happens annually at the Masai Mara National Park was ranked as the 8th wonder of the world.
At the Mara, you will definitely relax and create some nostalgic and great memories.
Well, kindly remember that we have well-curated safari packages that will suit all your needs and your budget as well.
We welcome you to engage our specialists by contacting us. With us, be assured that your Masai Mara safari will be a beautiful experience.
Read through to the end and learn more about this amazing park…
Masai Mara National Park Location
Ecotourism in East Africa is successful due to the diverse wildlife in the region and Narok County in Kenya hosts the Mara – one of the best eco-tourism hubs.
Home to the Masai Mara, Narok is located approximately 280 Kilometers from the country’s capital city, Nairobi.
The Mara ecosystem covers the Masai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania and occupies an area of 25,000 square kilometers.
In addition, the Masai Mara National Park occupies an area of 1510 square Kilometers.
The reserve is accessible via road and is approximately 300 Kilometers from Nairobi.
If you have a great company, a drive to the Mara is one drive you will not forget. It is breathtaking.
I have been there and, on several occasions, I drive. The route stops, and the community is amazing.
Moreover, you can take a flight from Nairobi to the Mara Serena Airport in Narok County.
Additionally, the park is served by several airstrips within and around the park and which depend on the specific place where you intend to spend your days.
The Mara Serena Airport is 225 kilometers from JKIA in the southwest direction and takes less than an hour…
Escarpments of Esoit Oloololo delineate it in the west, the Loita Hills in the East, the long hills in the North, and the Serengeti National Park in the South.
Kenya and Tanzania share the massive Serengeti plains extending from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya.
While at the Mara, kindly remember to observe the laid down rules and regulations on the dos and don’ts…
There are six entrances to the park; Oloololo gates, Sekenani, Sand River, Maria, Talek, and Ollolaimutiek.
Security at the Maasai Mara National Park
The Maasai are the original inhabitants of Narok County and they are known for their courage and no-fear mantra.
The Morans (fresh initiates) have to undertake some nerve-wracking activities to graduate – and all these to test their courage.
Because of the wildlife present in the game reserve, the Maasai people in conjunction with the Kenya Wildlife Service personnel have resorted to fostering security within the game reserve.
Security personnel is strategically deployed at various points in the game reserve to oversee the security of the park and visitors as well.
Currently, the reserve is one of the safest tourist destinations in Kenya.
Wildlife at the Maasai Mara National Park
The Masai Mara National Park is a worldwide respected reserve for its affluence in wildlife and is composed of open plains, riverine forests, and woodlands.
In addition, there are giant Acacia trees and other plants making it a beautiful scenery.
The Great Wildebeest Migration also happens in this park as well as the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Aside from wildebeests, the Masai Mara National Park provides a home for:
- Serval Cats
- Bat-eared Foxes
- Coke’s Hartebeests
- Masai Giraffes
- Impalas among others
Crocodiles and Hippos are found at the Mara and Talek Rivers while Buffaloes and Elephants graze within the Musiara Swamps.
Furthermore, The Mara hosts over 470 bird species including Ostriches, Falcons, Vultures, and the Lila-breasted Roller.
Over 50 species of these birds are migratory and move thousands of miles between continents.
Among the migratory birds are Vultures, Hornbills, Ostriches, Secretary birds, Crowned Cranes, among others.
The scene of scattered herds of Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, and monkeys is one to watch and behold.
Nowhere in entire Africa is wildlife richer than the Maasai Mara game reserve and for this reason, tourists hardly miss to view the big five.
Activities to conduct at the Masai Mara National Park
Some of the activities that you can engage in while at the Masai Mara National Parks include:
Masai Mara – Hot Air Balloon Rides
Another spectacular event in the early morning is the outstanding hot air balloon ride. Well, the lift-off is done during sunrise.
The balloon flies over the game reserve and culminates in a champagne breakfast in the bush identified as ‘Out of Africa Breakfast’
The breakfast is served as guests rest at a table under the shade of an ideal umbrella tree and is laid with King’s silver cutlery and Bone china.
It feels cool sometimes getting out of the norm and riding on a horseback instead of a vehicle, thus experiencing the wilderness as you get nearer to the wildlife.
There are also early morning and afternoon game drives or rather have an entire day game drive with a fantastic picnic lunch.
Others may prefer an adventurous trek in reserve, as this gives them a higher chance of seeing the animals more closely.
Maasai tour guides know more of the Maasai Culture, Animal sounds, Tracks, and much more.
The Maasai are semi-nomadic people famous for their colorful dress and unique customs.
This visit is habitually incorporated in a safari package to the Mara reserve.
- Bird watching safaris
- Camping among others
This magnificent and amazing park may also provide a perfect wedding site and a honeymoon later.
Hotels, Camps and Park Fees
There are several hotels and camps near the Mara Reserve and you are guaranteed the most luxurious lodges such as the Olare Mara Kempinski and Cottar’s 1920.
Furthermore there are amenities and facilities that include Wi-Fi, Television, Satellite, Laundry, and Dry Cleaning.
Camps such as Fig Tree Camp and Basecamp Maasai Mara are near the crossing point, thus giving you a close and spectacular view of the Wildebeest Migration.
The park entry for non-residents is currently $80 per adult and $45 per child for 24 hrs. and
For the residents, the fee is KSH 300 per child and KSH 1200 per adult.
Additionally, for every vehicle with six seats or below the fee is KES 400, and for those containing 6-12 seats, the fee is KSH 1000 per 24hrs.
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