Masai Mara National Reserve

Nowhere else in the world will you experience the cycle of life more real than the Mara.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Located in the vales of The Great Rift Valley and bordering Tanzania, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a  Jewel of Wildlife viewing in Kenya.

Nowhere else in the world will you experience the cycle of life more real than the Masai Mara. Here, the dramatic contrast between life and death is astonishingly electrifying. It’s a life of sacrifice, hope, and strives for happy endings.

The Park Topography

Perhaps the cause of her serenity and charms, Masai Mara is composed of four unique terrains. First, the Sandy and leafy Ngama Hills are favoured by rhinos. Second, the Oloololo plateau Escarpment to the west. Third,  the Central Plains with scattered bushes and open grasslands that support herbivore game.  Fourth, is the Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River. With lush grassland, acacia woodlands, and slimy slopes the Triangle host the action and excitement of the Great Wildebeest Migration.


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A pride of Lions spotted at Masai Mara National Reserve

Wildebeest Migration at the Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve is reputed worldwide for the annual wildebeest migrations. From July every year, over 1.5 million wildebeest, antelopes and zebra arrive in Kenya from Serengeti National Park.  The slimy leap into the crocodile-infested Mara River is their only ticket to greener pastures. Faced with death, turning back is never an option. Their very survival is fated to the Mara Reserve.

In December, the animals wander back to Serengeti National Park in preparation for the calving season which comes in February.  This multi-species migration is one of the world’s natural wonders.

Bewilderingly, Mara’s lives are a true reflection of the circle of life. The Wildebeest escapades shape the lives of most other species in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Their arrival marks a time of feasting and prosperity for the reserve predators. The dramatic contrast between life and death, sacrifice and survival witnessed during the migration make this the best time to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Wildebeests crossing the Mara River to Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve

Unique Game Drive Experiences

Favourably, the open savannah and sandy terrains make the park excellent for game drives. In just one trip, you have a high chance of sighting the big five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) in their own free-range habitats.  Nowhere will you find wildlife more abundant.

When it comes to wildlife destinations, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a spectacular haven.

Fact File

Activities:  Game drives, camping, bird watching, ballooning, bush dinner, visits to nearby Maasai cultural villages and photography.  With unbelievably affordable safari packages, escorted by expert tour guides, Shanjoy Tours will ensure your Safari is forever memorable.

Accommodation: In the Mara Triangle; Mara Serena and Little Governors’ Camp offer excellent accommodation. Lodging along the Triangle suburbs is available at the Kichwa Tembo, Mara Siria, Olonana, Mpata Club, and Kilima Camp.

Access: On the road, you can enter the Triangle through Narok and Sekenani Gate. Availability of all-weather airstrips- Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo.

Shanjoy Tours and Safari will coordinate all your transfers to make sure you have a seamless experience and enjoy every bit of your trip.

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