Safari tour with wildebeests in Masai Mara, Kenya. Safari tour with wildebeests in Masai Mara, Kenya.

The Allure of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya!

Are you an animal lover? Well, if your answer is yes or even no, I think your mind will be blown even when you look at one of the videos from Masai Mara National Reserve, located in Kenya along the Tanzanian border.

What is this place, why is it so famous and what are the major attractions it can offer us. Let’s get to know all of that in the article below.

1. About the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

The Masai Mara National Reserve is basically in the southwest of Kenya, a gigantic African savannah landscape. These plains are spread over an area of 1500 square kilometers, and on the south, they border the Serengeti National Park, which is located in Tanzania.

Due to the ease of traveling and people’s ever-increasing interest in vacationing more in nature, the footfall to Masai Mara has increased exponentially and now, people actually term it as the new addition to the “Seven Wonders of the World.”

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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Masai Mara is a name that can actually be anatomically broken into Masai and Mara. Masaai is the native tribe of the region that inhabits this area, although they are nomadic.

Mara literally means spotted, and the significance of that refers to the vegetation in the area. The region is covered with acacia trees, bushes, and shrubs, which are flat-topped and in such abundance that it look like spots in the whole area.

2. Is Masai Mara Worth the Hype?

Well, if you ask anyone why they feel like Africa is a dream, you will actually feel their face lighten up while they explain.

So, yes, it is a dream place because what you get to observe is unreal. Imagine watching lions sprawl after their morning breakfast and coming right next to your gypsy and taking a nap.

Or imagine the kind of adrenaline rush you would experience when you actually saw a real hunt, the predator chasing and hunting the prey, all in front of your bare eyes and not staged.

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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Do you not think you will be able to hear your heart thumping when you can actually feed a giraffe his afternoon meal from your hotel window? So, if this is what you can experience in Masai Mara, then is it not wrong to call it an animal paradise?

3. The Masai Mara Safari Experience

The Masai Mara reserve offers you opportunities to stay inside the forest. So, you can wake up and have breakfast in the bushes where, just at some distance from you, you might spot a zebra doing the same.

Now, this is just the land or a part of the stay in the forest; you will get on safaris that will take you deep into the forests, where you will see the best and the most beautiful flora and fauna.

There are rolling hills and breathtaking views of the river flowing in this endless wilderness.

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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Suppose you game up and step into the hot air balloon safari. In that case, you will feel like you are out of this world, with a beautiful backdrop of hot air balloons and the entire savannahs below you.

You enjoy watching the extreme wilderness from up top with the very professional and practiced pilots who take you for an hour-long ride, which starts at dawn. You can have champagne in the balloon as well.

4. History of the Masai Mara

It is not an ancient space; the savannahs of Masai Mara are only 50 years old, give or take ten. A significant part of the land belonged to the Masaai people and was even returned to them when the reserve land was extended.

They have lived there from the beginning, fed their animals, made a living, and happily provided for their families.

They have kept Masai Mara in a  beautiful state since the beginning, which is why it was later converted into conservancies, as flora and fauna were completely protected.

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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The area of the conservancies has completely unfenced animals that can roam freely in their natural habitats.

The lodges that you get to stay in are basic properties of the Masaai people, which they leverage to make some money for the education and other growth and development of their families and the whole tribe as a whole.

This is a very beneficial move, even from the environmental protection angle. These people consider this land sacred and take care of it just like their family, so the land is protected and preserved.

Plus, when they lend it as stay facilities, they actually make money out of it.

Is it just the safaris? Well, for the most part, yes, because Masai Mara claims to have the highest concentration of animals in the world. So, what you will watch here you can watch nowhere.

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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Secondly, almost 50% of the large African mammals can be seen here. But it is not just limited to the animal life, as the scenic beauty and the eccentric greenery are a sight to behold too.

Along with that, the Masaai tribe’s life and culture are really unique and a hard miss. If you’re actually planning to visit during the great migration, then it is what we call the tourist time of the place.

So, during the months of July to October, you can see the best show or the view of the animals, they migrate and what you can experience here is unmatched.

 

  1. Being a proud Kenyan, the Masai Mara National Reserve holds a special place in our hearts as one of the country’s most significant natural treasures. Despite residing in Kenya, I have yet to experience the wonders of this reserve. Details about the reserve have sparked an interest to explore it firsthand. The recommendation to plan a visit between July and October during the animal migration is a valuable tip for planning.

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