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Masai Mara National Reserve

The Best Guide of Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve Tourist Guide

Masai Mara National Reserve is known to be one of the most popular safari destinations in Kenya. Due to the abundance of wildlife sightings and great views of the great savannah, this land is a dream to many. Masai Mara National Reserve offers endless safari experiences and activities that one has while on a Kenya Safari.

Situated in the southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1,510 square km, Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking views of endless plains. The reserve is home to the Maasai People who are known to co-exist with the wildlife for a long time. 

The vegetation cover of Masai Mara National Reserve is majorly filled with savanna grassland and natural resources such as rivers crossing through making it a perfect destination to watch plenty of wildlife species, stunning sightings, and beautiful views of the plain. The Masai Mara National Reserve as well consists of over 100 species of acacia trees, birds, and wildlife.

The Masai Mara is just one part of the Serengeti-Mara eco-system (or Greater Serengeti eco-system) that stretches from the Mau Escarpment above Kenya’s Rift Valley to the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. In Kenya, the Maasai Mara National Reserve itself is split into three areas, divided by the Mara and Talek rivers: the Mara Triangle, between the Oloololo Escarpment and the Mara River; the Musiara sector, between the Mara and Talek rivers; and the Sekenani sector south-east of the Talek and Mara. 

Location of Masai Mara National Reserve

How to access Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the southwest of Nairobi, approximately 7 hour’s drive and 45 minutes flight from Nairobi. The reserve is located in an open field grassland plain that connects with the Serengeti National Park. They share the same ecosystem, wildlife species, climate, and weather patterns too. 

Masai Mara is 5 known entry gates, commonly known as, Talek Gate, Oloolaimutiek Gate, Oloolo Gate, Musiara Gate, and Sekenani Gate. The most used gate and also known as the main gate is the Sekakni Gate. You can drive at any time but note the reserve opens at 6.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm in the evening.

You can as well fly from Nairobi using known airlines such as AirKenya and Safarilink, that land at the various Mara Airstrip, such as Keekorok, Ol Kiombo, and Musiara just to mention a few of them. The reserve has many airstrips some noted as private and can be used for charters and helicopter landings. You also fly from Mombasa direct to Masai Mara easily with a 1.30 hours flight. 

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Masai Mara National Reserve Wildlife

Wildlife to See in Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is home to so many wildlife, birds and vegetation species. The reserve offers extensive options to get amazing sightings of wildlife, such as big cats, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and others, and also birds of all kinds including the common vultures in Masai Mara.

The BBC Wildlife, Natgeo, and other documentary channels, all bring the best sightings of wildlife in Masai Mara National Reserve. A lot of guests visit the reserve to just live as they hunt and others live their best lives in the endless plains. Instead of just seeing them on TV, they fly here in Kenya to see them live in their natural habitat.

Another phenomenal sighting that puts the Masai Mara National Reserve on the map is the great wildebeest migration. It attracts a lot of guests from all over the world,  to just come and see the wildebeests cross the infested Mara river, jumping on high river cliffs, making a phenomenal scene to always remember. 

Wildlife To See in Masai Mara National Reserve

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Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara was made famous due to its big cats and the great wildebeest migration. The wildebeest migration is one phenomenal wildlife event where millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate from the South of Serengeti to Masai Mara every year in search of food and water. 

The most interesting sightings of the wildebeest migration are during the month of July to October when they cross the infested Mara rivers in Serengeti and Masai Mara. The Mara hosts the wildebeests and zebras during these months as they extend their biological functions such as mating. 

Best Time to Visit Masai Mara

Jan To March

January to March is one of the best recommended season to visit the Masai Mara for big cats sightings such as the lions, cheetahs and leopards.

April to June

The reserve park receives lots of rain and becomes so beautiful and lush green. Making it easy to spot wildlife. The roads are easily passable due to regular maintenance.

July to October

The best time to visit Masai Mara National Reserve for the wildebeest migration is between July and October. Best time to spot wildlife species. 

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