Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the greatest and most popular tourist destinations in Kenya, East Africa, and Africa. Located in the Great Rift valley, The Mara is famously known for wildebeest migration. It is also considered as one of the finest, yet incredible, diverse and most spectacular wildlife destinations in the World. Visiting the Mara is a Safari worth planning for, as from here you stand an excellent chance of witnessing the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros) in-action under one roof.
Distance, Location & how to get there
Maasai Mara is located about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. there is a section from Narok town to Sekenani Gate that is dirt road but fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is not good at all and very bumpy.
Best Time To Visit
Although Maasai Mara is an all year-round tourist destination, there are two main seasons that host the main shows.
July – October
During this period, Mara hosts the 7th wonder the world: Wildebeest migration. Apart from Wildbeast, Topi, Zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle also migrate from the Serengeti plains into Kenya and occupy the Mara reserve.
December – February
During this period, the Mara is dry and the Big Cats offer a spectacular game viewing.
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