Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve for Wildebeest Migration
This is a large reserve situated in the south-western parts of Kenya in Narok County bordering Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Wildebeests traverse the reserve’s plains during the great migration which occurs in July, August, September and October of each year (annually). The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of the Maasai people.
The Park covers a total area of 1,510 square kilometers of which it is attached to Serengeti and both Parks lie under the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The famous annual Wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara is due to its proximity to Serengeti thus allowing animals to move from Serengeti when the pastures are exhausted and look for the fresh ones in Maasai Mara and during this migration, visitors to the Park will view a wide range of animals.
The notable wildlife species during the annual migration include; over 1.5 million Wildebeests, half a million of Thomson’s gazelles and over 200,000 of zebras plus thousands of elands and topis.
The plains between Mara river and Esoit Siria escarpment are definitely the best areas in the Park for viewing its wildlife more especially the Cheetahs and Lions however all Africa’s big five such as African Lions, Elephants, leopards, rhinos and Cape buffaloes can all be seen in the Park during your game viewing.
Many amazing activities exist in the Park which tourists will get involved in and these include balloon safaris, game viewing, bird watching, night game drives and Maasai cultural encounters all which make this Park to be the most ideal for safaris in Kenya evidenced by the large number of visitors it receives annually.
The Park is also a habitant to Masai giraffes, Grant’s gazelles, Servals, Jackals, Impalas, Reedbucks, Cheetahs, Hyenas, bat-eared foxes, duikers and Coke’s hartebeests among others and over 500 bird species.
Mara River and Talek River protect huge populations of Nile Crocodiles and Hippos. The Park is surrounded by many good accommodations which include Mara Serena lodge, Mara River lodge, Little Governors’ camp, Porini Lion camp, and many more.