THE MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE|
The Masai Mara located in the south east of Kenya, is the best known and most popular reserve of wildlife in Africa, opened in 1974, with the objective to protect wildlife from hunters, it is not a National Park, but rather National Reserve.
Nowadays the park occupies an area of 320 square kilometre and is managed by the Masai tribe, who has choose to live in harmony with the wildlife grazing in the area, the Masai people also offer cultural tours which is a really enriching experience.
Each year thousands of visitors come to watch this natural wonderland and the different wildlife species of animals including lions, elephants, cheetahs, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, black rhinos among many more (all of Africa's big game animals can be found in the park). Is a wonderful place for birdwatching too.
the particular attraction of the Park has been the incredible migration in search of water of millions of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra, the herds move from Serengeti to Masai Mara in May or June, the return usually begins in the middle of October, Accompanying the herds are their natural predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, crocodile.
There are a larger number of lodges and campsites from stone built lodges to luxury tented camps, inside the reserve campsites include: Keekorok, Mara Serena, Mara Simba, Sarova Mara and Siana Springs tented camp, outside the reserve are Elephant Pepper, Mara Sopa, Royal Mara Safari Lodge and Sekenani camp.
Mara Conservancy, PO Box 63457, Muthaiga 00619
Tel: (02) 3749 632/6, 3749655/1/4/6/8
Other important national parks in Kenya
Lake Nakuru is an alkaline and shallow lake, this park shows one of the most fabulous bird sights in the world.
This imposing extinct volcano is the highest Mountain in Kenya and the second in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro.
It is home to more than 50 species of mammal including baboons, lions, leopard, cheetah, Buffalo, black rhino, wildebeest, hippo, gazelles and more.
Aberdares National Park has a large range of landscapes, from mountain peaks to densely forested valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and lovely waterfalls.
Nairobi National Park has a rich bird-life with over 400 species recorded, however all species are seasonal and they are not always present.
The beautiful marine habitat, which marine life includes the Giant Groupers, fish urchins, sea slugs, crabs, among others.
The entire park is in shallow water, its coral reefs form complex and important Eco-systems.