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.
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
- Loads of hippos
- Thomson’s and Grant Gazelles
- Water bucks
- Wild Dog
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also Read: Lake Nakuru National Park Safari Experience
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