Kenya: Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. You can also meet the local tribe, the masaai, and learn about their way of living and survival in this dangerous world.
The reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including the more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration. The reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah, amongst many other species. Leopards are frequently encountered, as well as the endangered black rhino. Large rafts of hippos and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.
With the wildebeest migration from July to October, this is one of the best times to visit the reserve. Visiting from December to February is also recommended as it is dryer and therefore good for viewing the Big Cats.
Due the amount to be seen in the reserve, a three to four day safari is suitable for just the Maasai Mara. If you are interested in photography, the longer you stay the more chance of getting the ultimate photos.
It’s about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.