Considered one of Kenya’s premiere wildlife preserves, the famous Masai Mara covers an area of roughly 575 square miles. The area is also famous for its annual migration of two million herbivores referred to as the Great Migration. It is definitely a great destination for any Kenya safari. The reserve is a mosaic of all kinds of terrain. There is acacia woodland, long rolling grassland, bush covered hills and forest. All of which is home to all sorts of African wild life. Lake Victoria is less than a day’s journey away and is a recommended must see.
If you can spend your safari holidays in Masai Mara during the Great Migration then you will have the rare opportunity to see more than two million wildebeests and thousands and thousands of zebra, Impala and Thomson’s gazelles not to mention antelope; Topi and Coke’s hartebeest. That is a sight to behold for sure. It would be something to remember for a lifetime.
You can in fact also see the Roan antelope and bat eared fox rarely seen anywhere else in Kenya. In all of Kenya this park is one of the best places to view big game of all types. You can see hippopotami, black rhinoceros, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffes and of course the famous lion prides of which there are well over 20. All the big five can be found here!
In addition to the big game Masai Mara is also home to more than 450 species of birds. For the bird lover this Africa safari is sure to astound and impress. There are all sorts of land birds and water fowl to be seen all over the park in the many different types of terrain. You will see vultures, hornbills, cranes, ostrich, long crested eagles, African pygmy falcons and Marabou storks. You can also see in the park the famous, interesting and spectacularly beautiful secretary bird. The latter is a very agile hunter, and feeds on snakes of all shapes and sizes!
There is much to see in Masai Mara and time spent there could certainly be the highpoint of any travel safari. With the great migration, big game viewing opportunities and amazing bird life to be seen, this African getaway will certainly be a memorable one. It is easy to see why Kenya is called the land of the safari when you visit the park. This is true African wild life in its natural habitat roaming free and living life for the whole world to see and witness!