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MAASAI MARA

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The Maasai Mara goes beyond description since it is not just tourist attraction, it is the reason to be in Kenya. The big game in Maasai Mara is unforgettable. Maasai Mara is only a fraction of the great Mara ecosystem. It is located in the great Rift Valley in southern Kenya bordering the Serengeti in Tanzania. It covers 1500sq km. Mara is in south west of Nairobi which is 247km away. Rainfall Mara is bimodal with the main dry period in mid-June to mid-October and short dry season in January and February. Long rains from March to June and short rains in November and December. Mara has about 95 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians and 400 birds that have been spotted. In the reserve there various airstrips serving different safari lodges and tented camps, the main airstrips being Musiara, Keekorok and Olkiombo.

The reserve can be visited all year round with emphasis on July through October when the great wildebeest migration. Annually 1.5-1.7million wildebeest in migration. During this period, vast plains are filled, as far as the eyes can see with wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, tope and hartebeest as well as normal resident herds such as buffalos, giraffes and elephants. Naturally these are followed by great pride of lions, hyena, cheetah and various other predators and scavengers. Most of animals don’t survive the annual migration due to exhaustion river crossings, where some of the world largest crocodiles await their feast.

Other than all the highlights of the MARA also it includes the early morning balloon safaris, walking in the community areas adjoining the main park and some of the lodges’ programmes oriented towards children wildlife education and on environment conservation.