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  • Masai Mara National ReservePro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Jul 04, 2014

    I went on safari for 4 days in the Masai Mara, and it was one of the most magical and memorable experiences in my life. Saw lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, the works over several days. There are a lot of different camps that you can stay in - you can book in Nairobi and fly on a bush plane to get there.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Apr 18, 2014

    Come here during the low season and be rewarded by practically having the whole place to yourself. The great migration is a popular season to visit and also the high season, but come during the low season and get up close and personal with some of the wildlife without having to elbow a spot in the jeep. Either way, it is just wonderful to see life (wild or not) doing their thing in their natural habitats.

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    Anisha Shah
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    5 Mar 18, 2014

    Africa’s most popular safari destination boasts effortless vistas and dramatic
    game viewing. Masai Mara Reserve remains most visited, with rolling grasslands
    and scattered acacia woodland home to the Big 5. Initiatives are training local Masai tribespeople as guides to give them jobs in their home land and to teach them the importance of conservation. This bides well for Masai Mara's future. July – October is a Mara
    highlight – annual migration, where a stampede of millions of wildebeest makes
    the ground vibrate. Naibor is a luxury-tented camp of contemporary comforts,
    tucked away within riverine woodland on Talek River.

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    Albert Otieno
    5 Oct 27, 2013

    This is the place in my country where the community is still practicing purely African culture and also their are some animals which are wild like lion but to them they fight with them to the point of killing them and they are not using guns but their traditional ways of fighting with them

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    Baxter Jackson
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    5 Oct 25, 2013

    Masai Mara is where your African safari fantasies come true. The big five, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion all hang out here seemingly in the open just waiting for photogs to come snap their picture. You'll definitely spot zebras, giraffes, maybe a black rhino - ostrich, hyena, hippos for sure and cheetahs even if you're there at the right time 'cause you're definitely in the right place when you're in the Masai Mara.

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    Kake
    5 Oct 18, 2013

    The balloon ride over the Maasai Mara was well worth the money! Here is a video of our experience on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGlIOfOmboA

    Be ready to move at the break of dawn though. I remember we had to get up at 4:30 AM! Again well worth it though!

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    Summer Wilms
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    4 Oct 17, 2013

    It is the quintessential safari destination. If you're looking for vast migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra, massive prides of lions, and a human culture virtually unchanged for hundreds of generations, you want to head to Kenya's most famous national park. The downside of this... So does everyone else. While I love the Mara, it would not be my first choice of national parks on Kenya to see wildlife. Probably third, after Nakuru and Samburu. Still, the infrastructure here is unrivaled by other parks in the country. You'll find the largest selection of lodges here and you can do things like hot air ballooning. This is also where you *may* see that famous river crossing, where wildebeest come within inches of death at the hands (or jaws) of hungry crocodiles. This only happens a few days every year, though, usually sometime between August and October. If you just HAVE to see this, give yourself a generous window of time, check out where the herds are by visiting http://www.wildwatch.com/great_migration, and find an excellent guide who understands your wildlife-watching goals.

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    john mulhall
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    5 Aug 13, 2013

    Incredible experience on Safari here - they have all the big 5 animals although Rhino's are becoming more and more scarce with poaching still an issue. July and August is the annual Migration which brings millions of Wildebeest from Tanzania and virtually daily river crossings which are spectacular to see in person. The Lions and Leopards are very active during this season - we even saw a Leopard carry an adult wildebeest up a tree at dusk. I would highly recommend staying in the reserve itself at one of the mobile camps by the Mara river, otherwise the permanent camps outside the reserve are a 2-3 hour drive into the reserve itself to see the animals in action. We stayed at the Serian mobile camp on the Mara river which I highly recommend. It's a small camp with only 5 tents for guests which gives it a very intimate feel. It's hosted by the local Massai tribe and the tents are very comfortable with showers and bathrooms even though there are no permanent structures. The guides are very knowledgeable and the best part is you have your own guide and vehicle at your disposal to take game drives whenever you would like to on your own schedule. Overall, if you are going to do a Safari in Africa this is one of the absolute best places and times of year to do it!

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  • Masai Mara National ReservePro 2014
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    5 Aug 13, 2013

    Just incredible. Something that should be on everyone's "to do list". The high seasons for tourism are in July/August to see the great migration of the wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti, and in December/January when the western world is on vacation.

    During these times book well in advance, especially if you want to stay within the park. Also understand that it is about a five hour drive minimum from Nairobi, and the last portion of the journey is on dirt road. There are airports all over the Mara so some circumvent this with a short flight.

    GO!

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    Tropical Wild E.
    5 Jul 30, 2013

    This is one of the best game reserves in the world. Every year between June & October you'll witness the annual Wildebeests migration. Don't miss out on this place. Tropical Wild Expeditions will organize everything for you from accommodation to transport.

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  • Masai Mara National ReservePro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Mar 01, 2013

    The wildebeest migration. Staying in a tent camp run by Maasai tribesmen. Coming across a recent lion kill. Looking into the eyes of an elephant.

    There really are few experiences that beat going on a safari in Africa, and the Maasai Mara is one of the best spots in Africa in which to do so. If you go with a local outfitter, you can save a bundle, too.

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    Prateek Bajaj
    5 Aug 31, 2012

    This is where you are the pawn and the animals are the kings. I had been here during the month of Aug but wasn't lucky to see the Wildebeest Migration happening at the Mara river. But I managed to see thousands of wildebeests, zebras, wild buffaloes and other animals just strolling around in the reserve. It was an awesome experience. I happened to visit the Masai village and met the Masai locals which was an overwhelming experience in itself.

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    4 Aug 16, 2012

    they share thier secret life style for 40$, even they do believe when their photoshas been taken, the souls been taken too.

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    Louise Lomax
    5 Jul 20, 2012

    To see animals in their own habitat is an awe inspiring experience. We saw the big 5 in 3 days and more zebras/giraffes/wildebeast than you could shake a stick at.

    We took an early morning balloon ride over the Mara. Although, it was quite expensive, it was a fantastic experience as you see animals roaming freely without disturbing them. Then stopping off for a champagne breakfast whilst surrounded by zebras is something extraordinary.

    I would hate to say it was a once in a life time experience as I wouldn't like to think I would never do this again.

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    Alex Gibson
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I recommend Ngerende Island Lodge in the Masai Mara. The hosting of weddings at Ngerende Island Lodge is inspired by the natural wilderness which provides the perfect location. Be it at the swimming pool, traditional bandas, on a balloon ride or in the middle of the national park where Lions, Zebras, Giraffes will be the witnesses. Contact my travel consultant Mariawa at info@xplorato.com

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  • Masai Mara National Reserve
    Onesmus Nthusi
    1 Jul 05, 2012

    Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon flight over Kenya's Masai Mara which is just a continuation of Tanzania's more famous Serengeti. The tranquility of floating over the plains, seeing the sunrise, truly being closer to heaven. Animals abound, hippos, elephants, Zebras, wildebeests & more! The flight ends with a champagne breakfast on the Mara plains.For your honey moon suite during this years spectacular migration event, a not to be missed experience if ever the opportunity presents itself !

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    Lucille Davis
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to the great Wildebeast migration that takes place annually between July to October annually. My husband and two of our travalling buddies went on a 3 day safari through the Serengetti to witness one of the most popular crossings of the Mara River. Our guide brought us to water's edge to witness first-hand the Hippo's and Crocs waiting for herds of Zebra's, Wildebeast, and their predator's to cross. Seeing nature in such it's raw beauty created a lasting memory for us all.

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    Monarchs Adventures
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Masai Mara Game Reserve is perhaps most famous for its lions. All other members of the "Big Five" are to be found in the Maasai Mara, although the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000. Hippopotami are found in large groups in the Masai Mara and Talek Rivers. Cheetah are also to be found, although their numbers are also threatened, chiefly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting. As mentioned above, the plains between the Mara river and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.
    Like in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Around July of each year these ungainly animals migrate in a vast ensemble north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of herbivores: some 1,300,000 Wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson's Gazelle, and 191,000 Zebra. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by a block of hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena.
    Numerous other antelope can be found, including Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, impala, topi and Coke's hartebeest. Large herds of zebra are found through the reserve. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe. The large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. The Maasai Mara is a major research centre for the spotted hyena. Additionally, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park, including vulture, marabou, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle, and pygmy falcon. We offer Kenya Safari to Kenya Lodge Safari to Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya Luxury Lodge Safari staying at The Ark Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and Sarova Mara Camp, Luxury Lodge Safaris to Aberdare, Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Kenya Wildlife Lodge Safaris: 7 Days Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu to Ark Lodge, Sarova Shaba Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge & Sarova Mara Camp in Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu Game Reserve & Masai Mara Game Reserve.

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    Jaimie Collins
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I had the time of my life on Safari in this reserve. I saw an amazing range of wildlife in their natural habitat and observed the Masai people up close. Truly a life changing experience.

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    Celeny Da Silva
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    One of the most beautiful and vast wildlife reserves in Africa. The park, with its perfect climate and grasslands is a fantastic setting to observe its 450 recorded species. The reserve is home to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros) which can be spotted in almost every game drive. A safari is the best during high season, July to October, as it allows visitors to experience the greatest natural spectacle on earth — the “The Wildebeast Migration”. A balloon ride over the Masai Mara is an unforgettable treat.

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Just north of the famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Masai Mara is Kenya's continuation. Some of the best chances in Africa to see 'the big five' are here. Lions, Cape Buffalos, elephants, rhinos and leopards are now targets of photo rather than hunting safaris. You'll also find cheetahs, zebras, baboons, hyenas, and dozens of other animals.

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