The world famous Masai Mara National Reserve is part of an enormous conservation area which includes the Serengeti National Park in Kenya and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in neighbouring Tanzania. This renowned reserve derives its name from the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and the Mara River, which flows through it.
An essential stop on any trip to Kenya or Tanzania, the Masai Mara is the epitome of the classic African wildlife safari. With no fences or man-made boundaries, wildlife can move freely throughout the reserve, preserving the ageless natural cycle. Immortalised through famed tales of safaris of another era, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the richest and most diverse wildlife areas in the world. Referred to as the ‘spotted land’ by the indigenous people, the Masai Mara is home to an immense number of resident wildlife and plays host to the annual phenomenon of the Great Migration, in which two million animals participate. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, thomson’s gazelle, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah in the Mara. Leopard and serval are also frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets.
The Mara River is also renowned for its crocodiles, which lay in wait for the wildebeest and zebra during the chaos and drama of the migration. Six species of primates and over 450 birds add to the Mara’s incredible natural diversity, making it a prime destination for those seeking the idealised African travel experience.