The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world. The reserve is home to the eighth wonder of the world, the wildebeest migration. The reserve has an abundance of wildlife including a wide range of bird species, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, rhino, buffalos, hyenas, crocodiles and many more, the list can go on and on trying to enumerate the kind of animals that have made this reserve their home. Here the animals are governed by the rule of the jungle with no human interference what so ever.
What makes the Mara Unique?
At a glance the Masai Mara looks like any other animal reserve until you get to see the spectacle that is the eighth wonder! Each year the wildebeest cross over from the neighboring Serengeti to the Masai Mara and again from the Mara to Serengeti. It is always interesting to watch these animals in their millions raise their heads, sniffing the air around them and start the long walk to the Tanzanian side of the border to the Serengeti, 960 kilometers away. As the animals cross the swirling Mara River that is crocodile infested, some of the wildebeests are caught by the crocodiles while others simply drown. The Migration from the Mara takes place in October-November and they get back to the Mara from Serengeti in July.
If you are the sort of person who loves adventure then here you will get to experience exactly that. You will wake in the morning and head to the departure site of hot air balloons. You will experience a balloon safari like no other.
How to Get There
The Masai Mara National Reserve is located 270 Kilometers from the Capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. To get there it will take you about 4 hours by road. There are also flights that take off from the Wilson Airport in Nairobi to the Mara. The scheduled flights are two in number and it takes 40 to 45 minutes to get to Mara by air. Whichever you may opt for, you will get to see some physical features and terrains that beautify this great country and leave every visitor wanting to explore more of the country.
Accommodation at the Mara
The Masai Mara has some of the best hotels and camp sites. The hotels are located in strategic places that permit you to view the activities of the wildlife at the comfort of your hotel room. You also get to taste the African cuisines that are only found in Africa. Alternatively you can choose to have special meal benefiting your tastes.
You will definitely enjoy a guided tour around the expansive wonderland that is the Mara.