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Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya

The Masai Mara -- A Guide to Kenya's Premier National Park

"Annual migration of millons of widlebeest in east africa, crossing the Marra River"

Annual migration of millons of widlebeest in east africa, crossing the Mara River

The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's premier wildlife park. It was established in 1961 to protect wildlife from hunters. The Masai Mara is the reason many visitors come to Kenya and its beauty and abundant wildlife won't disappoint. This guide to the Masai Mara will tell you what animals you can expect to see, the topography of the area, where to stay, how to get there, and what there is to do beyond the game drives.

Where is the Masai Mara National Reserve?
The Masai Mara is in southwestern Kenya on the border of Tanzania. The reserve is situated in the Rift Valley with Tanzania's Serengeti Plains running along its southern end. The Mara River runs through the reserve (north to south) hosting plenty of hippos and crocodiles and making the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras an extremely dangerous undertaking.

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    • The best time to go is between July and October when the wildebeest and zebra are attheir highest number and offer plenty of food for lions, cheetahs, and leopards. The besttime to view animals is either at dawn or dusk. For more tips on spotting wildlife see mytips for a successful safari.Because the reserve has no fences you can actually see as much wildlife within itsboundaries as outside in the areas inhabited by the Maasai tribes. Some of these areas arealso not so crowded. Within the reserve, its not unusual to see 5 or 6 safari vehicles fullof tourists taking photos of one lion with its kill.For more details about the mammals and birdlife in the reserve see Kenyaologys pageabout the Maras wildlife.Things to Do in and around the Masai Mara Reserve Game Drives. If you have flown straight to the Masai Mara Reserve then your safaripackage will usually include several daily game drives. If youve rented your own vehiclethen it is recommended you find a map of the reserve or take an askari (guard) with you. Walking Safaris. If you enjoy a little adventure try a walking safari with a Maasaiguide. The best ones are outside the reserve boundaries. Cultural Tours with the Maasai. Visiting a traditional Maasai village or enkang isfrequently included in a safari package to the Masai Mara. While not really an authenticexperience you may learn something about the Maasai. You can also take some excellentcultural tours to learn more about the Maasai. Hot Air Ballooning is a popular pastime that provides an expensive but uniqueexperience. Every lodge and camp will be able to set up a flight for you. The balloonsusually fly at dawn and last about an hour. Upon landing most balloon companies offer achampagne breakfast.How to get to the Masai MaraThe Masai Mara Reserve lies 168 miles from the capital city of Nairobi. The trip takes atleast 6 hours by car because the roads are quite poor and should not be attempted unlessyou have a 4WD vehicle. If you do plan to drive, avoid the rainy season since many ofthe roads become totally impassable. For further information on road routes seeKenyaologys very comprehensive guide to driving to the Masai Mara Reserve.Many tourist choose to fly into the Masai Mara National Reserve because of the poorquality roads. But flying makes your safari quite a bit more expensive (since you have tothen add the game drives to your tour) and you miss out on some of the adventure oftraveling in one of Africas more remote areas.
    • Many safari packages include air but you can also purchase a ticket locally. KenyaAirways offers two scheduled flights a day from Wilson Airport; the flight takes 45minutes.Park Entry FeesIn 2005/6 the entry fee for the Masai Mara Reserve was $30 per adult and $10 per studentand child per day. If you dont enter the Reserve and view the wildlife from outside youmay still get charged a fee for staying on Maasai land by Maasai tribesmen.Click here to contact us about this safariWebsite: www.eyesonnatureexpeditions.comEMAIL: info@eyesonnatureexpeditions.comRead more testimonial about usherehttp://www.beouthere.com/travelreviews/view_travel_operators_review.php?toid=18249&rpa=5