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Maasai Mara National Reserve

South Western Kenya is the heartland of the Maasai. The Maasai are strongly independent natives who still value tradition and ritual as an integral part of their everyday lives. The Maasai rarely hunt and living alongside wildlife in harmony is an important part of their beliefs. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes this Maasai land one of the world’s most unique wilderness regions.

At the heart of these lands is the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breath taking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests flourish with Bird life and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp.

Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.


At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. The wildebeest bring new life to the Mara, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators that follow the herds.

The Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetahs are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals.

The reserve is ideal for game drives, and some lodges and camps offer walks and balloon safaris. Wildlife moves freely in and out of the reserve and through neighbouring Maasai lands. Outside the boundaries of the reserve there are many other small camps and lodges, some of which offer walking, horse riding and other safari options. The Loita Hills and the Nguruman Escarpment, both considered sacred to the Maasai, offer high forest trekking opportunities for the adventurous traveler

 

Royal Mara Lodge *****

The Royal Mara Safari Lodge is situated directly on the wildebeest "Great Migration" route, near the two world famous wildebeest migratory MaraRiver crossing points and near Leopard Gorge, all made internationally known by the BBC's Big Cat Diary television program. The Lodge is located on the popular Hippo Bend Lagoon of the MaraRiver, amongst several elephant, buffalo and giraffe heards...

Saruni Lodge

Situated in a remote valley on a hill side at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, Saruni lodge is a deluxe, intimate designed lodge set in a conservation area bordering the MaasaiMaraNational Park. The Saruni Lodge is an intimately designed lodge in the conservation area adjacent to the Masai Mara. It accommodates 12 guests in 6 cottages, each uniquely furnished with colonial antiques, Persian carpets and African art work...

Mara Explorer Luxury Camp *****

Mara Explorer has elevated the art of the African safari to magnificent new heights. This exclusive five-star camp, situated on a thickly forested river in the middle of the Maasai Mara Reserve offering guests the ultimate wilderness retreat, where you can watch elephants or giraffes drinking from the privacy of your verandah or from your own outdoor Victorian bathtub...

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