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The famous home of the Great Migration
Home to the Great Migration, where every year millions of wildebeest thunder across the plains in search of fresh pasture, Kenya‘s Maasai Mara is one of the most famous game reserves in the world.
At some point between July and October, the herds pour into the Maasai Mara from the dry plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The wildebeest must cross the Mara River on the border, marking the most treacherous point in the journey, with hungry crocodiles waiting patiently beneath the surface. The sound of millions of clattering hooves and the spray of the water as they crash through the river is an incredible sight and one of Africa’s premier wildlife experiences.
It must not be forgotten, however, that the Maasai Mara has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife year-round. The big five can all be ticked off your list on a visit here, and you’ll also get to see huge pods of hippos basking in the rivers, cheetahs racing across the savannah and giraffes ambling between the acacia trees.
The Maasai Mara is located in the south west of Kenya on the border with Tanzania, forming part of what is known as the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The reserve is named after the Maasai people, who inhabit the area, and the Mara River which courses it way through the plains.
The distinctive red shawls of the Maasai tribe are a common sight while on safari here. Originally from what is now South Sudan, the Maasai have been grazing their cattle on these lands for hundreds of years and is still common practice for many. You’ll have the opportunity to learn all about their culture while in the Maasai Mari, adding another dimension to a trip in this incredible region.
Visit during the period of the Great Migration to see millions of wildebeest run through the Maasai Mara, in search of fresh land
Tick off each of the Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo
Learn about the Maasai people and their culture
Seeing the Great Migration, one of natures most epic displays, is something I can't quite put into words. Pair this with the brilliant opportunity to see the Big Five, and it's clear to see why Maasai Mara is known as one of the best locations for spotting wildlife. It's a place that feels truly electric.
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Solio Private Reserve
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Meru National Park
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When to Visit Kenya
The best time to visit Kenya depends on what you’re after.
If you’re in search of the Great Wildebeest Migration, July to October is the best time to go. If you’re looking to spot some rare migratory birds, go between October and April. December to March is the warmest time to visit, and it’s a great time to go in search of the Big Five.
The Great Migration
July - October
Rare Migratory Birds
October - April
The Big Five
December - March
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