Abode of Maasai & African Lion
The large African Game Reserve Kenya is contiguous with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This makes migration of beasts possible and provides a grand spectacle or the visiting tourists. The park is famous for its big five species namely the African elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah and the buffalo. These are the animals that are the core focus of International filmmakers like the National Geographic, Discovery etc.
Africa attracts thousands of tourists from all over the Globe and Masai Mara is the most popular game reserve. Apart from the big five other wild animals seen here are the zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, wild dogs, hippopotamus, spotted hyena, topi, wildebeest and many more.
The bird species are found in large number and the prominence of raptors is noteworthy. Crowned cranes, vultures, marabou, long crested eagles, pygmy falcons can be seen at Masai Mara with ease.
The great migration a spectacle that draws large number of tourists is the movement of millions of wildebeest, zebra, Thompson’s gazelle and eland, topi etc from the plains of Serengeti to Masai Mara starting July and the back in October. The beasts create an interesting spectacle as they move across, the plains, grasslands or savannahs, rocky outcrops; hills, forests, streams and rivers. The encounters with the Nile crocodiles are the most interesting events and these have been filmed many times. This is the greatest wildlife happenings in the wild World.
The open grassland terrains are fed by seasonal streams and rivulets, scattered along the eastern side are the acacia trees. The swampy grounds in the western offer ideal refuge to wildlife and they inhabit this region in large numbers. But it is the eastern region which is most visited by the tourists due to its proximity to Nairobi. The rivers that act as lifeline of this ecosystem are the Mara, Talek and Sand.
Core Area: 1510.00 sq. km
Buffer: 2002.42 sq km
Climate: Temperature ranges from 12 to 30 deg C
How to Reach?
- Flight from Nairobi is about 45 minutes by light aircraft. A number of lift aircraft flights operate from the capital.
- The road distance is 280 km and it takes about six hours to reach Masai Mara from Nairobi.
For Indian flights operating from New Delhi to Nairobi from here, the option of aviation or road travel is available.