MAASAI NATIONAL PARK /MASAI MARA
RESERVE/ Maasai Mara Migration
The Maasai (Masai) Mara national park and reserve, once
described as "Kenya's Jewel never to
be lost", is in a class
of its own. The best known wildlife sanctuary in the
World Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve has acquired a high flier
status having been named "the seventh wonder of the world".
The seventh wonder of the world is the
spectacle of the
annual wildebeest migration between Maasai (Masai) Mara and
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The Richness Of
Maasai ( Masai) Mara National Park
"With an area of 1500 Km2, the Masai (Maasai) Mara reserve is an
extension of Serengeti National Park of Northern Tanzania.
The Masai (Maasai) Mara ecosystem has one of the richest assemblages
of wildlife in the world and supports about 237 herbivores per km2
, making it one of the most productive natural terrestrial
ecosystems. It maintains the greatest and most spectacular large
mammal migration on earth and is the most highly visited tourist
area in the East African region.
Mara National Reserve came into being in 1961"
The Masai (Maasai) Mara magic is attributed to its panorama.
From the vantage of rounded hills, the large expanses grassy
plains teaming with herds of animals resemble a canvas painting. The
overwhelming population and the rich species presentation makes Mara
the best destination for any serious wildlife observer.
All the 'Big Five' of
Africa: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard are represented
in Maasai (Masai) Mara.
Bird life is exceptional in Masai (Maasai) Mara with large number of
raptors and scavengers.
The permanent Mara River with its tributaries, the Sand and
Talek Rivers, ensures a continuous supply of water making Masai
(Maasai) Mara a permanent sanctuary of many animals throughout the
Activities in Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve
January, February- it is
usually dry with the grass cropped short.
Physical Features of
Masai (Maasai) Mara National Reserve:
The Western boundary of Maasai (Masai) Mara is marked by the Olololo/Sirisi escarpment.
A major feature is the Mara River and its
tributaries Taleki and Sand Rivers. The park is has large
plains dotted with
hills including Loita hills.
National Reserve Gates
Remember you must enter
the reserve through the official gates: These are, Olololo
Gate, Sand River Gate (closed), Sekanani,Taleki, Musiara and
Ololaimutieki Gate. Always enter the park through the official
Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara>><<Serengeti
wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara National Park
Every year, in the
months of July August and September, over 1.7 million wildebeests
accompanied by about 800,000 gazelles and Zebras migrate from
Serengeti into Maasai (Masai) Mara and back. The river
crossings are particularly dangerous as large crocodile lie in wait
of unsuspecting animals, killing and maiming thousands of them.
Besides predation, migrating herds have to contend with flooded
rivers and disease outbreaks. The wildebeest mate in Maasai Mara and
Calve in Serengeti.
migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its
influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including
human beings. Picture a never ending milling of over 2.5
million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests,
and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas,
leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add
thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals,
the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile
invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical
wonder of nature.
A Safari Land-cruiser with
Where are the
The Migration Cycle:-
The migration follows a
clockwise direction dictated by the rain patterns in the
Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The Migration has been going on for
as long as our ancestors can remember and where it started is
debatable. The best times to view migration in Serengeti is
December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August
to November. Between
December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti
Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over
half a million calves annually. April
and May still in Serengeti the calves matures and gets ready
for migration. June is the month of crossing Grumeti River
along the Northern Corridor towards Maasai Mara. In
July/August, the herds cross the Mara River into Maasai (Masai)
Mara, where mating takes place. By November the succulent
grass in Mara is finished and the migrating herds heads for
Serengeti where curving will take place and the entire cycle starts
all over again.
Accommodation In Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve:
"A major environmental concern in Maasai
(Masai) Mara is the proliferation of unplanned development in the adjacent
community/ group ranches. Currently there are approximately 108 properties
in greater Mara with a bed capacity of 4000. A large proportion of the
properties are in the community group ranches. Game lodges, tented camps,
private houses and campsites are all found in Mara."
Maasai Mara has the largest number of lodges and tented camps in any
park of East Africa. Lodges in Masai Mara include Mara
Serena Lodge-Serena Hotels and Lodges, Mara Olkuruk Lodge,
Mara Sopa Lodge-Sopa Elewana Lodges,
Keekorok Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Base Camp
Mpata Safari Club.
Tented Camps in Maasai (Masai) Mara
luxury tented camps in Mara offer highest degree of comfort.
Budget Camping and Camp sites
Mara offers good opportunities for camping. The following
campsites have permanent tents offering basic accommodation with hot
showers and meals at affordable prices.
Aruba Camp & Safaris