The Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most prestigious tourist destinations in the world. Spanning thousands of square kilometers is acreage; this vast reserve is arguably among the largest natural habitats for wild animals in the world. The Masai Mara National Reserve is located some two hundred and fifty miles South West of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It was established over forty years ago even before Kenya attained independence from the British colonialists.
The fact that the Masai Mara National Reserve has been listed by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world heritage site is sheer testament to its pedigree as a premier tourist destination.Accessing the national reserve is highly flexible; for instance, there is a fully equipped airstrip inside that has the capacity to accommodate a substantial number of small aircrafts.
The reserve is also accessible via an exemplary tarmac network which is free from potholes or other impediments and as such, a smooth cruise is always a guarantee. There are numerous attractions at the Masai Mara National Reserve but the wildlife is undoubtedly the most eye-catching of them all. All the ‘big-five’ of leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros are available at the Masai Mara National Reserve in their natural habitats.
Apart from the ‘big-five’, this extensive reserve is also home to numerous other wildlife species such as the Marabou Stalk, warthogs, cheetahs, baboons, gazelles, antelopes, elands, wildebeests and giraffes just but to mention a few.The close interaction and correlation between these wild animals is a sight to behold for all the visitors. For instance, the giraffes browse, herbivorous zebras grazing on grass or other vegetation, the vultures feasting on left-over and the carnivores predating on antelopes and gazelles.
The elephants also play an active role in modifying the ecosystem of Masai Mara National Reserve; they render extensive damage upon vegetation and thus expose the small prey to their predators. In addition to this, the hippopotamus are in plenty at the famous hippo pools which are located along the banks of the Mara River.It is almost impossible to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve and fail to spot ostriches running at breathtaking speed in order to protect their eggs from being eaten by predators. The captivating runs made by lions in search of predators also stand out as an exemplary attraction of this massive game reserve.
Towards the south of Masai Mara National Reserve is the expansive Serengeti National Park in the neighboring Tanzania. Wildebeests and zebras migrate to and fro the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve; this takes place on an annual basis and it has been recognized as one of the new wonders of the world.
The mammoth crocodiles at the Mara River are also important for the Masai Mara National Reserve ecosystem since they play an active predatory role.There are ample accommodation lodges all over this game reserve and these include the famous Keekorock lodge which offers world class standards for visitors.
Towards the peripherals of the Masai Mara National Reserve is the famous Base Camp which also hosted the current US President Barack Obama when he visited Kenya during his tenure as the senator of Illinois. The Base Camp has exquisite facilities that include state of the art eco-friendly toilets that enhance environmental sustainability. Book your spot at the Masai Mara National Reserve today and enjoy nature’s finest resources.