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Masai Mara Game Reserve Travel Guide: 548 reviews and 1,646 photos

A safari paradise!

A journey through the magnificent game park of Masai Mara is an experience that leaves no-one unchanged. This jewel of a park offers diverse and complex geography with grass-carpeted hills disappearing into the hazy distance, an abundance of game and a profusion of winged beauty. This is a place of natural drama with the timeless cycle of life, death and regeneration being played out before your very eyes. The fabled Mara offers endless photographic opportunities by way of its rich and varied wildlife which roams in complete freedom in this pristine landscape.

Masai Mara is named for the local tribe who have resided in this area for hundreds of years, the Maasai, and the Mara, the river that runs through the reserve. The reserve is affectionately referred to as the ‘Mara’. Having the official designation as a park reserve, rather than national park status, means that the local population are permitted to graze their animals and shoot game if they are attacked. This unique co-existence of man and animal does not appear to significantly disturb the untouched fragility of the wilderness.

The Mara is a 200 square mile national reserve on the edge of the Great Rift Valley and border with Tanzania. As home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth it is widely recognised as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. The park is the northern annexe to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. This is an overwhelming place of breathtaking vistas, endless plains and the most abundant variety of wildlife remaining anywhere in the world. The landscape is made up of rolling savannahs dotted with sporadic shrubs and bush thickets. The name Mara, does in fact mean “spotted” in the local language.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Animals galore on the beautiful African plains
  • Cons:Many safari vehicles vie for space
  • In a nutshell:A perfect safari destination
  • Last visit to Masai Mara Game Reserve: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    I love this Masai Jumping pic - I have friends who already jumped with them - I hope to jump with them someday :)))))

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    We leave for our safar in 2 weeks !! Just reading your wonderful pages again.

  • bigjayuk's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    Hi Grets. Thank you for a very full and interesting view of the Mara. I will be visiting the region in July 2009 Hope my wife likes camping.lol.

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Wish I'd seen so much of kenya!I only got to Nairobi National Park, as my friend was visiting her mother -it took up nearly all the time we had!D. xx

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 6:30 AM

    Nice for you - but not for the animals. Hardly a thing to tell. Shame on you.

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    This is a very compehensive view of the Safari. I enjoy seeing David making a point to those Massais. They thought he couldnt jump that high..lol.

  • raytor's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    Hola amiga

  • wakuria's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 11:09 AM

    "docile but aggressive" as a decription for hippos is a bit of an oxymoron. They may look docile but they are very dangerous. Stay away from hippos, they won't eat you but they will surely kill you given a chance.

  • nigelw6443's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2006 at 6:55 AM

    Thank you for the Kenyan safari! I will be back for more... Nigel

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 9:58 AM

    Fantastic page... thanks for all this information...


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