The Great Migration at Maasai Mara

22nd June, 2015 | Article By ADKA Kenya Safaris

I am writing from the second-largest and second-most-populous continent, Africa, and in particular from Kenya,  located in the eastern part of Africa.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania.  It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted” is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

The Maasai Mara rivals an ever-changing landscape portrait: endless, green grasslands gradually ripen into golden waves of tall oat grass, gently parted by herds of visiting wildebeest that clear the canvas for another painting. A lack of fences allows the seamless union of the Greater Mara Ecosystem in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem. One morning you can wake up to a herd of five hundred elephant making their way slowly through the Ol Punyata swamp in the middle of the Mara Triangle, and the next day they’ve vanished. Our large swamp, streams, salt lick, meandering Mara River, and a rainfall of up to 1,500 millimetres a year, means that there is enough food and water to keep wildlife in the Mara Triangle even during the dry months.

Masai Mara Reserve offers various activities to indulge into; ranging from unlimited game drives, hot air balloon safaris, bush meals, bush walks, lion tracking, horse riding, sundowners, to mention but a few!

Anne Kaluki is my name, born and bred in Kenya, residing in the capital city, Nairobi. I run Africa’s Adventure, Kenya’s Delight (ADKA Kenya Safaris). We very much take pleasure in painting lasting memories by planning and organizing tours to travel to the Masai Mara Reserve to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration, “The 7th wonder of the world”.  Let’s go and explore!!!

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