Masai Mara NR

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About Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous parks. The wildlife viewing is superb throughout the year. The park’s abundant vegetation and regular rainfall supports a huge population of herbivores, in turn attracting many predators. All three big cats are extremely easy to see. The yearly wildebeest migration coming through the park is one of the world’s most amazing wildlife spectacles. Just outside the Masai Mara NR are a number of conservancies and private reserves run in partnership with local Masai communities.

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1,510km² / 583mi²
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1,431-2,201m / 4,695-7,221ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year
  • Annual wildebeest migration (September and October)
  • Open savannah makes for easy wildlife spotting
  • Wide variety of accommodation for different budgets
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • The park gets busy, especially during high season
  • Access road is bad so a fly-in is recommended

The Wildebeest Migration

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is home to the annual wildebeest migration where 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles follow the rains in search of new grass. They make their way from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara somewhere around July and August, and usually arrive in September. The crossing of the Mara River along the way is one of the highlights of this spectacular event. They slowly head back into the Serengeti again around October.


The Masai Mara is one of the best parks in Africa for seeing big cats. Even leopards are generally relaxed, and their behavior can easily be observed. Of the other Big Five, elephant and buffalo are plentiful, but black rhino is trickier and can only be found in certain areas.
More about Masai Mara's wildlife


The Masai Mara’s scenery is dominated by grassland savannah, but pockets of acacia woodland, riparian forest and rocky hills intersperse the plains. The Masai word 'Mara', meaning spotted, refers to these dots in the landscape.

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By Justin Porter from United StatesUS

The Masai Mara was absolutely amazing. The scenery was breathtaking and the wildlife incredible. I can't wait to go back!

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