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Maasai Mara Kenya with My Global Attitude

Maasai Mara Kenya: The Big 5 in One Day

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Maasai Mara is a National Reserve in the South West region of Kenya bordering Tanzania. This park lies in the Mara Triangle and is regarded as one of the finest safari destinations in the world giving an excellent chance to see the Big Five.

Maasai Mara is the most famous of the 40 National Parks and Reserves in Kenya and home to the Big Five game animals namely; The Elephant, African Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo.

As if that’s not enough, Maasai Mara National Reserve is host to the annual Wildebeest Migration which involves over 1.5 Million wildebeest crossing the Mara River from Tanzania in July and departing in September.

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the spectacular events that one must witness before kicking the bucket.

 

Maasai Mara Kenya with My Global Attitude

 

Best Time To Visit Maasai Mara

 

The best time to visit Maasai Mara is obviously July to October which is the Peak season as visitors flock in to witness the Biggest event of the wild world- The Great Wildebeest Migration.

If you wish to go against crowds (classy crowds), November or late January to March is also a good time, avoiding the rainy season that could render access to the park impassable.

 

Wildlife To Be Seen

 

  • The Big 5
  • Cheetah
  • Loads of hippos
  • Thomson’s and Grant Gazelles
  • Hyenas
  • Crocodiles
  • Baboons
  • Monkeys
  • Elands
  • Impala
  • Water bucks
  • Wild Dog

 

 

 

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Activities

 

  • Game viewing
  • Bush dinners
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Night Game Drives
  • Wildlife photography
  • Visit Maasai Village and watch the Maasai people go on their day to day life.

Tip: If at the Maasai village in the morning and they offer you tea, drink it with humility. When I visited, an old man told me it’s considered rude to say no when offered tea.

 

 

Maasai Mara Kenya with My Global Attitude

 

 

Getting There

 

By air

Maasai Mara National Reserve is serviced by two airstrips; Kichwa Tembo and Mara Serena. Local airlines like Safarilink, Air Kenya, and Fly-Sax operate daily flights to the Mara.

 

By Road

The Main road leading to Maasai Mara is the Narok road. My best advice is to avoid going by road if it rains lest you get stuck inside the park. The road is terrible towards the park. Last time I visited, the road was under construction though.

Tip: If you prefer flying to travelling by road, look for an all-inclusive tour package with flying options. It’ll be cheaper than booking a flight separate from accommodation and other activities.

 

 

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Weather

 

Most parts of Kenya have two main rainy seasons; November – January and April – May.

Maasai Mara Triangle can get really cold at night, therefore, pack appropriately. Day temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius while night temperatures can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius.

 

 

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Bush breakfast. Photo courtesy of Mara Explorer

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Choice of Accommodation

 

In Maasai Mara, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation choices. Choose from luxury lodges to mid-range hotels to Tented camps, all depending on your pocket size.

One thing I must caution you though, be careful on which tented camp to stay in. In one of my camp stays, we did not have warm water two of the three cold nights we spent there. And on the first night, we had to survive on a torch as the bulb holder was broken when we checked in.

 

My first time in Maasai Mara and I got to see the coveted Big Five!! We however only managed to see the Rhino on our final game drive.

 

Maasai Mara Kenya with My Global Attitude

 

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The leopard is known for hiding during the day and one is lucky to spot one while on Safari. For a good chance to see this member of the Big Five, it’s advisable to spend at least three days in Maasai Mara.

 

Maasai Mara Kenya with My Global Attitude

 

Also Read: Lake Nakuru National Park Safari Experience

 

Thank you for reading. I love hearing from you. Have you been to Maasai Mara or any other Kenyan park? Which African game animals did you see? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

Happy Safari!

Carolina

Comments (11)

  1. To see those animals in their natural habitat is a great thing.
    I remember when I was a child, my parents took me to a circus here in Romania and I saw and also rode for the first time an elephant.

    Now, I’m very reluctant when hearing about circuses, as most of them don’t treat the animals very well.

    I would love to make a safari one day and see the big 5!

    Julia
    https://egodiary.com

    1. Thank you Julia. It’s priceless to see wild animals in their natural habitats.
      Hope you make a trip to Maasai Mara some day for a safari.

  2. What a great post! Love all your photos. The wild is indeed beautiful. Hope to visit here one day. Thank you for sharing this informative article 🙂

    1. The wild is so beautiful Mary. I love watching wild animals in their natural habitat just wandering by.
      Thanks for stopping by xx

  3. I would love to go to a safari one day! Thank you for the tips! That safari looks wonderful!

  4. This is quite informative! Thank you for this post. Maasai Mara is definitely on my bucket list so I am hoping to be traveling there soon.

  5. I just did a safari at Maasai Mara in July and it was amazing! We missed seeing the Great Migration itself (wildebeests crossing) by a mere 5 minutes! But we saw so many animals and it was so different from our safari at Kruger Park!

  6. Very informative article, in the next year’s I also want to make a Safari tour to see some wild animals in nature 🌏🤗

  7. It is one of my dreams to see the wildlife there 🙂

  8. You cannot imagine how jealous I am. I have been wanted to visit a real African natural reserve for years, but I have never had the proper combination of time and money. And about the latter, was the entrance to the park very expensive?
    Thanks!

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