About Masai Mara
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Covering an area 1510 square km in size, it is not Kenya's largest game park, but it is considered the most famous. The reserve is named after the Maasai, a traditional tribe from the region, and from the Mara River, that divides the reserve.
The reserve is divided into distinct regions, from open grassland to clusters of acacia trees, the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment, and some swampy areas.
Aside from safari trips that are offered in the region, hot air balloon rides are a popular way to view the reserve. The eastern region is the most visited by tourists.
From Nairobi, it is a 3 hour drive to Narok
It is possible to schedule private charters. Masai Mara offers two different airstrips.
Oct 31, 2008
What a great spot! We saw lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, zebra, hippo etc. We stayed at fig tree - great for food, camp, monkeys, baloon trips, masai village nearby etc. The drive from nairobi is slow but great to cath some authentic african roads and countryside.
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Aug 15, 2009
The Masai Mara is phenomenal. Top of the line safari experience!! Nature and the circle of life at it's finest. The landscape is breathtaking, the wildlife is fascinating. Like IN National Geographic.
We stayed at Hippo Lodge in the middle of the Mara and were well taken care of. We were very comfortable in the tents, that included a hot shower, flushing toilet and sink. Electricity runs from a generator during specific times of day.
The Masai were generally friendly and still have very deep seeded roots in their tribal customs and history. But be sure to ask permission before taking their picture.
We were there during late July and wore long sleeves most of the time. The mornings and evenings are very cool, temperature wise. Hat sunglasses were useful to have.
Our driver was very knowledgeable during the game drives and knew his way around the endless unpaved roadways.
The roadways are a bit bumpy - so prepare to be bounced around a little bit.
Nov 1, 2010
Truly amazing! We got there just before the Wildebeest migration. Got to see so much. 2 fully grown male lions, one very amusing moment of one lion marking his territory beside his pride of lionesses and cubs, and a cub playing with his father. Nearly got chased by an elephant. Also got to see giraffe, zebra, rhino, hippo, warthog, buffalo, etc. and a tour of the Masai people's village.