Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, situated in southwest Kenya. Famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress, it is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination.
Masai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometres and raises 1,500-2,170 metres above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is grassland and riverine forest with clumps of the distinctive acacia trees. It’s about 270 kilometres from the capital city Nairobi and takes 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by light aircraft.
This spectacular ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.
The Masai Mara is the place to visit in Kenya if you want to spot the Big Five and stay in some excellent camps and lodges within a quintessential East African landscape of endless open savannah grasslands. There is a myriad of accommodation in the Masai Mara to choose from – luxury to budget lodges, remote bush camps to mobile adventure camping safaris.