Mara Kenya, also known as Maasai Mara is a Game park in Kenya


Masai Mara Kenya

The Mara Kenya also known as Maasai Mara is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. Named for the Maasai people, the traditional inhabitants of the area and the Mara River, which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and the wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration of Mara Kenya. Its twenty or more lion prides are an attraction.


Mara Kenya is not the largest game park in Kenya but it is probably the most famous. It has an area of 1510 km2.the entire of Mara Kenya is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. It is at the bottom of the Siria Escarpment. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with seasonal riverlets. In the south-east region are clups of the distinctive acacia tree.

The western border is the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife has a propensity to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and tourist disruption is minimal. The easternmost border of Mara Kenya is 224 km from Nairobi, and hence it is the eastern regions which are most visited by tourists.

Mara Kenya is mostly famous for its lions and the other “Big Five” members. Other animals in the Mara Kenya include hippopotami which are found in groups, cheetahs whose population is being threatened by poachers and slightly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting.

There are also the wildebeests which are the most dominant inhabitants of the Mara Kenya. Their number is estimated to be millions. These beasts migrate in a vast en masse north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by a block of hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena. The Great Migration in Mara Kenya is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide. It so great, that it has been named as one of the wonders of the world.

Mara Kenya is also home to the antelopes, Thomson’s and grant’s gazelles, impala, topi, coke’s hartebeest, zebras, giraffes, bat-eared fox, and spotted hyenas. As well as, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park, including vultures, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested Eagle, and African pygmy-falcon.

As mentioned above, the plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah

There are a number of lodges and tented camps for tourists inside the Reserve of Mara Kenya and the Conservation area borders. Lodges and camps inside the Reserve include Mara Serena, Governor's camp, Keekorok, and Sarova Mara. In the Conservation area are Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Siana Springs tented camp, Mara Sopa, Elephant Pepper, Mara Simba, and Sekenani camp.Mara Serena Airport, Musiara Airport and Keekorok Airport are located in the Reserve area of the Mara Kenya. Mara Shikar Airport, Kichwa Tembo Airport and Ngerende Airport are located in the Conservation area of the Mara Kenya. This entirely means that both accommodations and transport are not a problem in Mara Kenya and one can expect an experience of a life time.

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