5 Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Activities

5 Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Activities : Masai Mara National Reserve is a jewel of Kenya’s tourism located in south west Kenya, the reserve referred to as “The World Cup of Wildlife Viewing” and is also listed among the top safari destinations in Africa.

Masai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometers and lies in the altitude range of 1,500 – 2,170 meters above the see level, the reserve is part of the Great Mara – Serengeti Ecosystem and together with Serengeti national park, they form the most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems in the world.

Masai Mara National Reserve is home to over 95 mammal species including the Big Five – lions, leopards, cape buffaloes, rhinos and elephants and over 570 recorded bird species. The reserve is also a great site to see the Great Wildebeest Migration, the world’s large migration of land mammals ever witnessed. The migration can be witnessed in Masai Mara National Reserve in July – October.

Masai Mara National Reserve is a wonderful African safari destination offering a number of activities which will make your safari a memorable one and these include

Game Viewing

Masai Mara National Reserve is ranked as the best and top destination in Kenya and Africa as well for game viewing safaris which is the highlight Kenya safari to do, in Masai Mara National Reserve game viewing safaris are offered as morning, afternoon and full day game drives.

Morning game drives rewards visitors with an opportunity to see nocturnal animals of Masai Mara as they return from their hunting sprees, morning game drives start as early 06:00 am and some of the animals to lookout for include lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs among others.

Afternoon game drives start at 2 pm after lunch offering visitors an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals as they are out of hiding and they drinking water.

Night game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve are offered in the Naboisho Conservancy not in the main reserve, during the game drives you will have a chance to spot nocturnal animals such as jackals, night jars, bush babies among others.

During game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, expect to see abundant wildlife including leopards, lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs, giraffes, hippos, zebras, Aardvark, Aardwolf, klipspringers, oribis, Thomson gazelles, topis among others.

Witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration and Mara River Crossing

The Great Wildebeest Migration is the most spectacular wildlife event ever witnessed, this spectacular event consists of over 2 million wildebeests and over ten thousands of gazelles and zebras embarking on an annual migration across the Mara – Serengeti ecosystem following an old route in search for water and green pasture.

The migration arrives in the plains of Masai Mara National reserve from July all through October, the migration cross over to Masai Mara with Mara River Crossing which is the deadliest event in the whole migration as the herds faceoff with the Nile crocodiles and some are washed away by the high speed waters of the river. Mara River Crossing is not an event for the faint hearted.

5 Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Activities
Witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration and Mara River Crossing

Bird watching

Masai Mara national reserve is among these best birding destinations in Kenya and listed among the Important Birding Areas, the reserve is home to over 500 bird species including endangered and endemic species.

Some of the birds you will enjoy spotting in Masai Mara National reserve in birding safari include Abdim’s Stork, African finfoot, African wood owl, Ayres’s hawk eagle, Cinnamon-breasted bunting, Denham’s bustard, Giant kingfisher, Grey-crested helmet-shrik, Grey penduline tit, Hildebrandt’s starling, Jackson’s widowbird, Lazy cisticola, Ostrich, Purple grenadier, Red-throated tit, Ross’s turaco, Rosy-throated longclaw, Rufous-bellied heron, Rufous-throated wryneck, Saddle-billed stork, Schalow’s turaco, Secretary bird, Silverbird, Southern ground hornbill, Swahili sparrow, Tabora cisticola, Temminck’s courser, Trilling cisticola, Usambiro barbet, White-bellied go-away bird, Woolly-necked stork, Yellow-mantled widowbird and Yellow-throated sandgrouse among others

5 Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Activities : Guided Walking Safaris

Masai Mara National Reserve is among the best sites to do guided walking safaris offering visitors with a close up viewing of the animals and also explore the parts of the reserve which cannot be reached by a vehicle.

This activity is done in presence of an armed ranger guide for protection against wild animals, during the walk you will appreciate the breathtaking landscapes in the reserve and spot many animals such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, elands among others.

5 Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Activities : Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Hot air balloon safari offers a unique way of exploring the endless plains of Masai Mara plains and is one of the must do – top 5 activities in the reserve, on this experience you will enjoy mind-blowing aerial views of the reserve and animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes among others.

Hot air balloon safaris last for about 2 hours and after the experience you are treated to a Bush champagne breakfast.

Other animals you will enjoy in Maasai Mara national reserve during your Kenya safari include horseback riding, camping and picnicking among others.

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