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Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

The Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains. Watered by the Mara River and its tributary the Talek, the park here comprises 1510 km² of open grassland tucked away in the southwest corner of the country. Concentrations of wildlife are highest on the western edge of the reserve, around the spectacular Esoit Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment; however, driving here can be tricky after the rains, and the eastern side sees the greatest numbers of tourists, as Oloolaimutiek and Talek gates are easily accessible from Nairobi. This park is the most visited park in Kenya.

Wherever you go in the Mara, you will see an astonishing amount of wildlife. Of the big cats lions are found in large prides everywhere. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers.

Of the antelopes, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles are found in huge numbers, while impalas, topis, hartebeests and of course wildebeests are also profuse. Other common animals include Maasai giraffes, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals and matriarchal clans of spotted hyenas. About 37 black rhinos live in the park but are rarely seen.

The ultimate attraction here is without doubt the annual wilderbeest migration in July and August, when literally millions of these ungainly beasts move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again around October. It’s a staggering experience to be in the reserve at these times.


Photos of Masai Mara National Park

 
Lioness drinking from the river
(photo by pickledimages)
Lioness drinking from the river
 
Safari in Masai Mara
(photo by Mara Timbo Camp)
Safari in Masai Mara
 
Balloon Safari in Masai Mara National Park
(photo by Mara Timbo Camp)
Balloon Safari in Masai Mara National Park

Tours and Safaris to Masai Mara National Park

Masai Mara
days from $915 per person
Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,135 per person
Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
days from $1,320 per person
Aberdare, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
days from $1,579 per person
Mount Kenya, Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,469 per person
Mount Kenya, Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,759 per person
Mount Kenya, Nakuru, Naivasha, Masai
days from $1,885 per person
Best of Kenya in One Week
days from $2,229 per person
Best of Kenya in Two Weeks
days from $3,669 per person
Kenya & Tanzania
days from $3,999 per person
Safari and Malindi Honeymoon
days from $3,039 per person
Safari and Diani Beach Honeymoon
days from $4,619 per person
Bush and Beach
days from $2,229 per person
Classic Kenyan Family Safari
days from $2,609 per person
Luxury Kenyan Honeymoon Retreat
days from $5,369 per person

Hotels in (or near to) Masai Mara National Park

Bushtops
Masai Mara
Keekorok Lodge
Masai Mara
Siana Springs
Masai Mara

Wildlife you can see in Masai Mara National Park

Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
Aardvark
Aardvark
African Hunting Dog
African Hunting Dog
Augur Buzzard
Augur Buzzard
Banded Mongoose
Banded Mongoose
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crowned Eagle
Crowned Eagle
Crowned Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
Dikdik
Dik-dik
Duiker
Duiker
Eland
Eland
Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great Egret
Great Egret
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
greyheaded-kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Ground Hornbill
Ground Hornbill
Hamerkop
Hamerkop
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
Klpispringer
Klipspringer
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Masai Ostrich
Masai Ostrich
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Porcupine
Porcupine
Rothschild's Giraffe
Rothschild's Giraffe
Rueppell's Vulture
Rueppell's Vulture
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Serval
Serval Cats
Steenbok
Steenbok
Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Sykes' Monkey
Sykes' Monkey
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Topi
Topi
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
White Rhino
White Rhino
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
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