Apart from its delightful scenery, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is renowned for the annual great migration of millions of wildebeest and other herbivores such as Zebras and Gazelles. More than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in a huge circular swing every year through Tanzania to Kenya in search of greener pastures. Maasai Mara Game Reserve has incredible views of the open plains, and it’s known for its exotic and enchanting beauty, one of the reasons it’s recognized as a leading safari destination in East Africa. Maasai Mara is one of the best wildlife destinations in Kenya and Africa. The reserve is famous for its phenomenal wildlife. Maasai Mara is not just an interesting tourist destination in East Africa; It is the most visited game reserve in Africa. Maasai Mara ecosystem hosts the highest concentration of wild animals per square kilometer of any other park in Africa. The Mara-dotted plains offer the best game viewing opportunities in the world. Maasai Mara is home to the famous Maasai tribesmen, Africa’s most celebrated tribe. The best time to visit Maasai Mara Game Reserve is between the months of June to October which coincides with the wildebeest migration.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya offers one of the most breathtaking destinations for birdwatching safaris in the wild. Maasai Mara has over 470 species of birds recorded, which includes a spectacular 46 distinct birds of prey. These birds range from the World’s largest bird the Maasai Ostrich to the petite Eremomela. It is possibly the birds of prey that command the Mara, ranging in size from the tremendous Martial Eagle down to the tiny Pygmy Falcon. The most admirable has to be the Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle which preys on small mammals such as young Impala and Dik-dik and birds as large as the Kori Bustard. In the Maasai Mara game reserve, they appear to specialize in hunting Helmeted Guineafowl and the young of Impala, Grant’s, and Thompson’s Gazelle.
Welcome to Kenya! We will depart Nairobi city in the early morning to the tranquil Maasai Mara Reserve with a brief stopover at the visitor center in the Great Rift Valley, will spend a few minutes at the viewpoint, and take photos. The Great Rift Valley is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from Syria, down through Africa, stretching as far as Mozambique. The spellbinding views are beyond belief. Proceed to Maasai Mara Reserve via Narok town driving through the endless savannah plains dotted with acacias, arrive shortly after noon and check into your lodge/camp, have hot lunch. Later an afternoon game drive, starting from 4 o’clock when the sun is not hot, and the wildlife is active. Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a year-round excellent wildlife viewing, for birdwatchers the Mara ecosystem has over 500 bird species, and you are bound to see many special feathered friends on the tour, such as the splendid Martial Eagle, Kori Bustard, Bateleur Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, Wattled Lapwing, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Tawny Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork, Coqui Francolin, Magpie Shrike, African Quail Finch, Lilac-breasted Roller, African Marsh Harrier, Woolly-necked Stork, Melodious Lark, Black-backed Cisticola, Karamoja Apalis
The safari drive in Maasai Mara is unforgettable due to the abundance of wildlife and the spectacular scenery. We use 4×4 Landcruiser Jeeps which is the recommended mode of transport in our Maasai Mara tour so that clients can have a chance to explore much of the vast reserve
Early morning breakfast followed by a full day of game drives within the reserve. Journeying into Maasai Mara Game Reserve our jaws will drop at the number of different mammals in the vast plains. There is no shortage of magical scenes in Maasai Mara which is famous for its black mane lions and the annual wildebeest migration which normally happens between the months of July and October. Maasai Mara provides unprecedented game-viewing opportunities. This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited reserves, with an astonishing mass of animals including the big five and other arrays of plain wildlife. The Mara River cuts through the Mara and Serengeti ecosystems giving life to both reserves before finally pouring out into Lake Victoria. The most notable is the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle instinct led to the migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya, which happens every year, between the months of July and October. Every year, over two million wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivores move from the southern Serengeti to the flourishing green grasses of the Maasai Mara. The Migration is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the great migration is a historic compelling safari. The herds travel 800 kilometers clockwise in a circle through the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems in search of greener, mineral-rich pastures and water. The animals spend most of the cycle in the Serengeti in Tanzania but also spend several months feeding in the immense plains of the Maasai Mara. This journey is coupled with various impediments which makes it even more magnificent. You will have a picnic lunch and continue with the game drives arriving at the lodge in the evening for a well-deserved rest and a hot relaxing shower.
On this day wake up early in the morning and after breakfast, check out of the camp and proceed to Mara reserve for a game drive around 7:00 am. Continue with the game drive till around 11:00 am and then head back to Nairobi to reach late afternoon. On reaching Nairobi, you will be dropped off at the airport or your hotel.