Named after the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from a viewpoint - "Mara", which is Maa (Maasai language) for spotted: an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area.It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.
It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.
The principle players are the wildebeest, whose numbers appear to have settled at just under 1.5 million, with supporting roles from some 350,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 200,000 zebra and 12,000 eland. These are the main migrators and they cross the ranges of over a quarter of a million other resident herbivores and, of course, carnivores. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.
In reality there is no such single entity as ‘the migration’. The wildebeest are the migration – there is neither start nor finish to their endless search for food and water, as they circle the Serengeti- Mara ecosystem in a relentless sequence of life and death.
Day 1: NAIROBI – MAASAI MARA
You will be met by our representative at the Airport or around Nairobi later set off for the highlight of your trip to the world famous Maasai Mara Game reserve; after brief stopover at the view point, arrive in time for lunch at the lodge later proceed for an afternoon game drive in Kenya's most popular game reserve. Maasai Mara rated Seventh wonder of the world because of the migration of the wildlife which you will most likely witness. Over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 500,000 Thompson’s gazelles migrate followed closely by Africa’s great predators such as the lions, cheetahs, hyenas etc. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds too are prolific. Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, Topi and Eland and many more species of plains' game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippo submerges at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and boast their presence. Seemingly, the drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouth agape, and waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness. Overnight at the lodge: Full Board
Day 2: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Early morning breakfast, spend a full day with a Morning and afternoon game drive. We can arrange for a visit to a local Maasai Village if you like at an extra cost. The Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in the country; in many cases it is the reason why people come to visit Kenya. This is a classic African savannah, and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Watered by the Mara River and its tributary the Talek, the park here compromises 1510 sq kilometres of open grassland tucked away in the south west corner of the country. In the Mara you will see an astonishing amount of wild life, including the big cats, where lions are found in large prides. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but are still fairly common. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers. Overnight at Mara Serena lodge: Full Board
Day 3: Departure
Early morning game drive, breakfast at the hotel then check out and return back to Nairobi and be dropped at your place of interest around Nairobi or at the Airport.