Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Masai Mara Game Reserve

(gate to seven wonders of the world.)

Billed as Kenya’s grandest reserve, the 1530km2 Masai Mara Game Reserve is located on the South Western part of Kenya in Rift Valley. The reserve is shared by the Maasai community, prey and predators; and embodies cycles of life, death and regeneration.
Its famed for its open plains, diverse wildlife and the Great Migration. This Great Wildebeest Migration sees nearly two million browsers migrate from Serengeti to Masai Mara from July to October for pastures. Due to the migration’s natural thrill, this riotous spectacle has been named the 7th World Wonder.
The game reserve’s terrain of rolling open grasslands, acacia trees and shrubs ensures game viewing is clear as possible to tourists. Its vastness, wildlife diversity and vegetation have made it be dubbed the haven where tourists can live the Discovery Channel experience.
The all year climate is visitors’ favourable not too hot, cold or rainy making the reserve ideal for visiting any time. It mostly rains late afternoon or at night and is an ideal honeymoon destination.

(king of the jungle,main tourist attraction resting.)

The Masai Mara national reserve is a vibrant birding habitat with over 450 bird species. Also all of Africa Big Five wild comprising of Lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and leopard plus other small reptiles and mammals are there. Along the Mara River there are game viewing points like the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment where lions and cheetahs frequent.
Mara and Talek rivers are habitats for hippos and crocodiles that stalk thirsty oblivious browsers watering on the river. Tourists keen on intensive exploration to experience Masai Mara, can organise with tour companies and lodges there to facilitate explorations. They include day and night game drives, hiking and foot safaris, hot air balloon excursions and cultural tours to neighbouring Maasai community.
Mostly a morning hot balloon safari ride is recommended to all visitors. Tourists soar over Masai Mara plains while watching the morning sunrise unfold between mountains dotting the magnificent landscape. Other safari forays see tourists witness lions taking down prey like a wildebeest, encounter a pack of hyenas and vultures engaged in a messy scavenging or different wild animals brawling at watering holes.
Such unexpected activities make Masai Mara national reserve safaris a photographer’s paradise. One such photogenic gem is the Maasai Mara sunset one of the most beautiful natural site. Keen tourists make a point of watching sunrises and sunsets unfold from lodge balconies religiously due to its near divine aura.

(tourists enjoying their trip.)

Nature lovers, animal researchers, and wildlife film makers love Maasai Mara for filming due to its diverse ecosystem and wildlife. The famed BBC’s Television program Big Cat Diary was shot there. It’s also a major world research hub for the spotted hyena.
The reserve has lodges and camps for accommodating tourists and offers them the best view of wildlife, migration and the plains. Some lodges there are Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Elephant Pepper and Sekenani Camps, Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge, Keekorok Lodge and Royal Mara Safari lodge.
There are daily or charter flights operated from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Masai Mara Game Reserve.
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