Masai Mara National Reserve Travel Guide
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- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4Mar 05, 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveOct 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
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveOct 18, 2013
The balloon ride over the Maasai Mara was well worth the money! Here is a video of our experience on youtube:
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!
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Oct 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 2Aug 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!Recommended for:Adventure Travelers
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Aug 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveJul 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Mar 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.
- Masai Mara National ReserveMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 09, 2013
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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