Summer Wilms' rating:
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. ... read more
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.