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The Masai Mara National Reserve is perhaps one of the most well-known wildlife regions in the world and delivers the most diverse game viewing within Kenya. Such a reputation is with good cause as the Masai Mara plays host to the world’s largest mass land migration, with around 2 million animals making the long and arduous journey from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Around this time the reserve is awash with wildebeest, zebra and the big cat predators that they attract.
Even outside of the migration season wildlife watching is still magnificent, with the Mara supporting substantial resident wildlife populations including the Big Five. A fascinating array of around 550 species of resident and migratory birds is also present within the Masai Mara.
On the Western borders of the park the Siria Escarpment named Oloololo-marks the edge of the Great Rift Valley within Kenya while the Mara River provides this area of the park with luxurious forests and marshlands -giraffe, buffalo and elephants are particularly prevalent in these areas along with prides of lion. In addition the Sand and Talek Rivers water the east and the south of the reserve providing havens for thirsty wildlife during the dry seasons consequently also offering great game viewing chances.
The Masai Mara is a remote part of south western Kenya and welfares from a surprisingly varied landscape. The Eastern Ngama Hills are covered with acacia bush and numerous forested riverines. Valley and plains bushland is one of the few remaining black rhino habitats within the reserve. Vast grassy savannah plains dominate the central region and are interspersed with the odd thicket and bushland. It is this scattered cover of trees and shrubs that gave the Masai Mara its name -mara meaning spotted.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is indissolubly connected with its traditional inhabitants, the cattle herding Maasai people. Factually cattle once provided all their daily needs -milk and blood for food, hides for leather and meat for ritual occasions. Now locally-owned conservation areas surrounding the National Reserve attempt to enable the communities to maintain their traditional way of life while also appreciating the positive impact that their environment can bring