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Masai Mara National Reserve

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About Masai Mara National Reserve

Country found in: Kenya
Parks total area: 1,510 km² (583 mi² )
Year established: 1974
Park wildlife: 37 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

What YAS members think of Masai Mara National Reserve

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Most-visited month: October
# days visited: 1
Top animal sighting: Zebra

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Originally established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948, and as a national park in 1974 the Masai Mara (also sometimes spelled Maasai Mara) is the most visited park in Kenya and also one of the most well-known game parks in Africa. The park is approximately 1,510 km² (583 mi²) in size and is located just north of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. In fact, the Serengeti and Masai Mara parks are contiguous parks separated only by a country border.

The Masai Mara has a high concentration of game-viewing for its small size and, unlike the Serengeti, it is possible to drive off-road here to view game. The smaller size also means the Masai Mara tends to be more crowded than its neighbor, particularly during the peak migration times.
The Masai Mara is a well-established reserve with an excellent concentration of wildlife. It has a wide-range of lodging options and offers visitors the opportunity to do driving, walking and even mountain biking safaris. It is recommended for travelers of all levels.

When is the best time to visit Masai Mara National Reserve?

Masai Mara offers excellent game viewing opportunities at any time of year, but it is particularly popular during the months of July through October. It is during these months that the annual herbivore migration passes up through Kenya, up from Tanzania. During these months it is possible to witness one of the greatest spectacles on earth. Over two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope pass through the Masai Mara on their endless pursuit of lush, green grass. It is interesting to note that most of the female wildebeest passing through the Masai Mara will be pregnant. The calving season for wildebeest is mid-January through February and the gestational period of the wildebeest is 8.5 months.

The Masai Mara is home to the big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, although the number of black rhinos has significantly decreased in the last 50 years.

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Tour by: Jalini Nature Dreams Safaris

3 days Masai Mara expedition

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Tour by: Transtrek Safaris

8-day safari visiting, Meru, Menangai, the Rift Valley Lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha & the classic Maasai Mara.

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Tour by: Beyond World Explorers

Kenya Safaris, Trip and Tour Package Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Tsavo West combined with Beach Holiday i...

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Tour by: Budget Holiday Safaris

Explore the remote wilds of the Kenyan bush in private game reserves

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Tour by: Estleon Adventures Tours Travel and Safaris Ltd

This tour brings you close to wildlife and get a chance to explore our ethnic diversity

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Tour by: Urbema Safaris

The tour offers lots of scopes to include optional activities which really ensure that you get the most out of y...

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Tour by: Seasons Tours & Travels

This safari starts at the heart of Kenya and entails one of the most vigorous and long safari to do in Kenya Pla...

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Tour by: Mbugani East Africa Safaris

An 11-day tour taking you to Ol Pejeta, Meru, Samburu, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and Maasai mara. Meru is well know...

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Tour by: African Breeze Tours

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Rift Valley is its lakes. In the eastern rift are a dozen or more l...

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Tour by: Kenya Tanzania Trips

11 Days Kenya Tanzania Tours accommodating at Standard/Mid - Range Tented Camps at Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Ambo...

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