The Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya is Africa's most favoured safari destination. One of the most spectacular annual events at the reserve is the Great Wildebeest Migration when over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle from Tanzania's Serengeti National Reserve migrate to Maasai Mara in search of greener pastures. In fact, the migration in recent years is said to be one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. Add to this a fascinating local culture and a range of Masai Mara hotel options and you have the ultimate holiday destination.
The Masai Mara is especially popular because of the easy spotting of the Big Five - the Cape buffalo, the African elephant, the leopard, the lion, and the black rhinoceros.
Other than exploring the reserve during a conventional Masai Mara game drive safari, you can experience the thrill of spotting the Big Five from the air! Go on a hot air balloon safari at dawn and get a bird's eye view of the majestic landscape and its inhabitants. Balloon safaris are extremely popular so make sure you book yours in advance. Some lodges organise Masai Mara walking tours outside the reserve boundaries too.
You can visit a Maasai village and get a first hand experience of their culture and lifestyle on a locally led Masai Mara tour. Understand their astounding synergistic relationship with the wildlife, which is just a way of life for the Maasai.
There are a range of Masai Mara accommodation options. Camps and Masai Mara lodge arrangements are available in plenty. You can even use our Masai Mara map to choose your lodge, camp or hotel in the Masai Mara based on its location. The region's traditional food is mashed beans and maize accompanied by vegetables. You have to have a rather strong stomach to eat with the Maasai for their staple food includes raw blood! Fear not, all the Masai Mara camps and lodges also serve meals that cater to the international palate.
Shops in the Masai Mara and around the reserve sell all kinds of curios which make great souvenirs. Being a tourist destination, prices are naturally a tad higher in comparison to those at Nairobi. Bargaining is an accepted practice and to get a really good deal, the smartest thing to do is to acquaint yourself with rates at Nairobi. You can drive a much harder bargain if you are armed with that information.
The Maasai Mara is not a National Park but a National Reserve and unlike a park, it is not managed by the country's wildlife department but by the local councils. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is held in trust for the local people.
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