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There are 6 gates into the Masai Mara game reserve. It is a large wildlife reserve measuring 1,510 km2 located in Narok County, Kenya. The game reserve is the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem that covers 25,000 km2 (9,700 sq mi) in Tanzania and Kenya combined. It is bounded by the Serengeti park to the south, Siria escarpment to the west, and Maasai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland with seasonal rivers such as mara river. All members of the big five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black rhino are found here. The Great Migration from July to October each year is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving around 1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelles, 97,000 Topi, 18,000 elands, and 200,000 zebras you must witness.
Note: Accommodation in this park can be BOOKED individually or with a Safari. (see All safaris | Saf K.01 | Saf K.05 | Saf K.06 | Saf K.07 | Saf K.08 | Saf K.11 | Saf K.12 | Saf K.15 | Saf K.16 | Saf K.17 )
All members of the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino are found here. For animals, landscape and sheer beauty, the Maasai Mara is the most spectacular of all Kenyan parks and reserves. Witness the migration of about 1.5million animals embarking on the most trying trek from Serengeti into Mara from July to October. The crocodiles in the Mara river and the big cats have a feast. An early morning game drive will be provided before breakfast to give you more chance to explore this game reserve. This is the time you could spot the Lions basking in the morning sun. You could also choose to see these animals in the morning sun by flying in a hot air balloon followed by a champagne breakfast in the still dewy savannah plains.
Wild animals found in large numbers in this area include: Wildebeests, zebras, topi, elands, hippo, crocodiles, lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, Thompson's gazelles, bushbucks, waterbucks, buffalos, jackal, duiker, baboons, black rhino and bat-eared foxes.
Birds: More than 470 bird species have been spotted in this game reserve. Some of the birds are migratory while others are resident within the area. Resident birds include: vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller.
• Why not take time to sample this wildlife.
• There is strict control over vehicle numbers during the great migration season so you must book a "Masai Mara safari" early to allow for a better experience when out on a game drive.
Visitors to the game reserve can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include:
• Keekorok lodge - offers comfortable shaded chalets for guest-accommodation.
• Mara Serena lodge - offers 74 non-smoking rooms of which 5 are family rooms.
• Mara Safari club - offer are 51 luxury tents.
• Mara Leisure camp - a choice of canvas tents or permant structures are available as cottages.
• Has a choice of over 20 lodge tented camps.
• Many picnic sites.
Most hotels provide a hot-air balloon safari in the early morning booked seperately as an excursion. It is an ever popular activity so it is advisable that you book it early to avoid disappointment when you arrive.
• Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp • Angama Mara • Ashnil Mara Camp • Basecamp Eagle View • Basecamp Wilderness Camp • Camping and Outdoor Gear • Cottars 1920s Safari Camp • Elephant Pepper Camp • Encounter Mara Safari Camp • Enkewa Mara Camp • Fairmont Mara Safari Club • Governors Camp • Kandili Camp • Kicheche Bush Camp • Kicheche Mara Camp • Kilima Camp • Mahali Mzuri • Maji Moto Eco Camp • Mara Bush Houses • Mara Bushtops • Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge • Mara Plains Camp • Mara Siria Camp • Naboisho Camp • Ngenche Safari Camp • Ol Seki Hemingways Mara • Olare Mara Kempinski • Rekero Camp • Royal Mara Safari Lodge • Sekenani Camp Maasai Mara • Siana Springs • Spirit of the Masai Mara • Tipilikwani Mara Camp • Olonana.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
Masai Mara game reserve is known for one natural wonder - Wildebeest migration from Serengeti park in Tanzania to Mara on the Kenyan side in July each year and their return to Tanzania in October. The terrain of the reserve is mainly open grasslands with seasonal rivers such as the mara river. During the migration the mara river is full of water infested with crocodiles. The wildebeests must cross this crocodile infested river to the other side green with grasslands. It is a wonder why they must cross this river! Zebras, gazelles, topi and elands are usually in tow. The park is therefore a haven for the big cats since there is abundance of food. Hyenas, wild dogs, jackals foxes are also found in this reserve.
• Big Cat Diary: The BBC TV documentary "Big Cat Diary" was filmed in Maasai Mara. It helps us understand the life, hardships and good times some of big cats families endure. We can then understand their behaviour better. You can take a big cat safari and follow-up the life of one big cat within the conservancy.
• Balloon safari: An early morning balloon safari provided before breakfast gives you more chance to explore this game reserve.
(Note – Hot air balloon is an excursion booked separately. It is advisable that you book it early to avoid disappointment.)
• Game drive: 2 game drives will be provided for: 1 in the morning after breakfast and the other in the afternoon after lunch. You will have a chance to interact with the local Maasai community like courageous morans known to kill a lion single handed to become a respectable young man in their community. Things to do include nature walks, swimming and evening entertainment.
• Walking Safaris include nature trails along the Talek and Mara rivers where you will discover the abundant plant life, birds, reptiles and insects.
• By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac through Narok and Sekenani Gate.
• By Air: The Mara Triangle is serviced by two all-weather airstrips – Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo.
Other airstrips include: Musiara, Keekorok, Mara Shikar and Ngerende located in the Conservation area of the Maasai Mara.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Narok County government tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. Please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on Narok County Tarrifs.
• The whole Mara Triangle ecosystem is protected from human pressures through strict access by safari vehicles. It prevents unneccessary human-wildlife encounters and as a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If you are on game drive or walking safari, it is your responsibility to ensure that you stand at a safe distance from wild animals.
• The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
• Entry to the park is by smart card obtained and loaded at the main gates.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo among others are available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport.