Masai Mara Safari – Why The Mara Is One Of Kenya’s Top Tourist Destinations

A Masai Mara safari is an adventure not to be missed. It offers you the opportunity to see African lions close-up, witness the great wildebeest migration, take a hot-air balloon safari, visit the famous Masai tribesmen, camp under the African sky and much more.

The Mara, as the Masai Mara National Reserve is often called is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. In the Reserve you will be able to see all the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), numerous plain animals including wildebeests, giraffes, gazelles, zebras, antelopes, topis, hyenas, cheetahs, warthogs etc, and more than 500 species of birds.

Here are some of the features that make The Mara one of the top tourist destinations in Kenya.

African Lions Spotting
The Masai Mara National Reserve is dubbed the Kingdom of the Lion. There are more than 30 prides of African lions that roam in the Mara grasslands. A Masai Mara safari is therefore the perfect way to get up close and personal with the King of the Beasts.

The Great Wildebeest Migration
Each year between July and October, more than a million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles trek from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania right through The Mara. It is a spectacle to behold as the herd crosses the Mara River and encounters hungry crocodiles.

Other predators of The Mara such as lions, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals and vultures prey on the young, injured and weary migrants.

Hot Air Balloon Safari
A Masai Mara safari on board a hot-air balloon is an unforgettable experience. Balloon safaris in The Mara normally take place early in the morning and last for roughly an hour. The view of the endless savanna grassland, the spectacular sunrise and the wild animals below is unrivaled.

Visit The Maasai Tribesmen
The Maasai people are held in awe for their tall elegant features, proud bearing and fearsome reputation. Much of their traditional land has been lost to modern Kenya, but in the lands around the Masai Mara National Reserve they continue their traditional way of life in symbiosis with the flora and fauna. To get to know more about the fascinating Masai tribesmen, be sure to embark on a Masai Mara cultural safari.

Camp Under The African Sky
For the real bush experience, you can camp under the African night sky separated from the sights, sounds and smells of the wild by a mere canvas. Never fear, camping safari-style is a luxurious affair so you needn’t be afraid of roughing it.

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