A wildebeest stampede kicks up a cloud of dust in the Maasai Mara.
Known The World Over
The Maasai Mara is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (seen in the film ‘Out of Africa’, much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the “Big Five” and a wide variety of plains animals.
The Great Wildebeest Migration
Each year, beginning in June, millions of wildebeest, flanked by zebra and gazelle and followed by predators, journey from the Serengeti across the Mara River and into the Maasai Mara in search of tender grass. The dramatic river crossing by the greatest concentration of wildebeest can be witnessed in the Maasai Mara in July and August.
The Big Five & More
Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round in the Mara. Animals that call these plains and savannahs home include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, zebra, roan antelope in small numbers, white-bearded gnu, oribi, warthog, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, hartebeest, crocodiles and hippo. Cheetah and leopard slink through the tall grasses and the reserve proudly boasts the largest lion populations in the country.
Birds Of A Feather
Birdlife is as profuse as the four-legged wildlife. Red winged schalow's turaco, white-tipped crest, ross turaco, orange buff pel's fishing owl, wary guinea fowl are only a few of the species that call the area home. The open plains birds include Jackson's bustard and black-bellied hartlaubs bustard. 53 species of birds of prey have been recorded here. Secretary birds, so named for the thin spiky feathers on the tops of their heads that resemble hair pins, are a common and entertaining sight.
The Mara’s status as a reserve rather than a national park enables it to accommodate visitors directly within its borders. Accommodation ranges from stone lodges to luxury tented camps, all of which are situated in pristine locations with incredible views. Many offer game viewing directly from the property or even from your tent.