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Masai Mara

Kenya Narok Nature Reserve

About Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is a Nature Reserve in Kenya in the provinces of Narok. The park was established on 01.01.1961 and covers an area of 1.51 km². The Masai Mara offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

Masai Mara is one of the most famous parks in Africa, part of the Serengeti and bordering the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the southwest. Wildlife viewing is great all year round. The grassy plains and regular rains support a large population of herbivores, which in turn attract many predators. All three big cats are relatively easy to see. The annual wildebeest migration that passes through the park is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles in the world.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high High
  • 450Mammals
  • 500Bird species
  • 0Reptile
  • 0Fish specie
  • 0Amphibians
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Official Name

Masai Mara

Provinces

Narok

Area

1.51 km2

Foundation

1961-01-01

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Grassland savannah

Big Five-reserves

No

Self-drive-reserve

No

Entrance gates

6

Highlights

Masai Mara is one of the most famous parks in Africa, part of the Serengeti and bordering the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the southwest. Wildlife viewing is great all year round. The grassy plains and regular rains support a large population of herbivores, which in turn attract many predators. All three big cats are relatively easy to see. The annual wildebeest migration that passes through the park is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles in the world.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Masai Mara is the Grassland savannah.

The Masai word "Mara", means "spotted/dotted" and refers to the trees in the landscape that look like dots from above. Vast bush and tree savannahs as well as gallery forests along the Mara River create a unique backdrop.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Oloololo North
Musiara North
Talek East
Sekenani East
Oloolamutiek South East
Sand River South
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high High
  • 450Mammals
  • 500Bird species
The best travel time for Masai Mara
The best travel time

Overview
Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Best tavel time

June (Beginning) - October (End)


Dry time

June (Beginning) - September (End)

Climate

cool-warm


Tavel time

November (Beginning) - May (End)

Climate

cool-hot


High season

June (Beginning) - October (End)

December (Beginning) - March (End)


Low season

June (Beginning) - October (End)


Risk of Malaria

January - May

The climate in Masai Mara is mild. The rainy season takes place from Beginning November to End May The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning June to End September inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning June End October.

The temperature fluctuations are mainly due to the altitude differences in the park, with conditions getting cooler the higher you climb. The rainy season consists of a shorter and a longer rainy season, alternating with a short dry season. During the day it is pleasant with temperatures in the mid to upper twenties, while at night it cools down considerably.

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Top animal species

The Masai Mara is home to 450 mammals such as Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe as well as 500 bird species, 0 reptile species, 0 fish species and 0 amphibian species. The Masai Mara provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing.

Big Five

Elephant

Big Five

Leopard

Big Five

Cape Buffalo

Cheetah

Giraffe

Zebra

Spotted hyena

Wildebeest

Hippopotamus

Baboon

African Wild Dog

Serval

Mountain zebra

Crocodile

Ostrich

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