Maasai Mara National Reserve

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There is no doubt that Maasai Mara is one of the best destinations when you are on a safari in Kenya. Maasai Mara can offer that much needed break from the town life as you enjoy the untouched nature and all it has to offer.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve itself stretches over an area of about 1500 square metres. This simply means that you have 1500sqm of untouched nature. Everything in the ecosystem exists in its natural form.

There are very few places that you can get this and they are reducing by the day in countries that do not place enough policies to curb the invasion by humans. However, Kenya is different and Maasai Mara justifies all that. There are really no limits to what you can do in the Maasai Mara.

If you are out for adventure, then you have just landed to the best place. Visitors tour the area all through the year but other times of the year are usually packed for one reason or another. Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in south-western Kenya, along the Tanzanian border.

Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.

Game drives are designed to take you close to the wildlife rich spots in the Maasai Mara. This gives you an opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat as they go about their daily activities. Game drives are done during the day or night time. Night game drives are however not allowed in the reserve.

It is recommended that you use a driver/guide familiar with the area, able to give you lots of information about the animals and their habitat, and know where they can currently be found and how best to approach them.

However, one can opt for a Kenya luxury safari on condition that you are familiar with the rules and regulations of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The walking safaris Kenya involves an adventurous trek in the Maasai Mara ecosystem giving you a chance to see the animals in close view. This however, is not allowed in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, but is permitted in the conservancies and group ranches that border the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The walks are conducted by specially trained Maasai guides who explain the way of the Maasai culture displaying their skills in animal tracking and sharing their immense knowledge on the wildlife.

To get a bird’s eye view of the Mara and go Hot Air Ballooning, it is great fun. The Kenya trip is magical: spend about one hour silently floating over the savannah in a hot air balloon and it will fill you with enough memories to last a lifetime.

You take off in the wee hours of the morning, float in the sky, drifting with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breath-taking sunrise and catch a bird’s eye view of the reserve.

After the flight, you will be treated to a luxurious breakfast to complete the experience as you relax and absorb the moment. Expect to pay somewhere in the region of $550 per person. This includes the transfers and a bubbly breakfast.

Picnic in Maasai Mara National Reserve: Have you lunch in the game reserve itself, maybe by the Mara River. Enjoy the silent whispers of the waters as they flow and the roar of a hungry lion in the distance. It is usually fun if you can do this with your family or lover. When it comes to romance, Maasai Mara definitely has your back.

Visit a Maasai Village; Maasai People are the indigenous community of the Maasai Mara area, hence the name. They have been living in the area for years and even after the intrusion of the western culture in Kenya, they still remain faithful to their African roots and Maasai heritage.

You can visit the villages and learn a thing or two about their culture. How they build houses from mud, their clothes and accessories and they can even give you a few pointers on hunting. There are very many more activities that Maasai Mara has to offer but this are the key ones whenever you are on your tours in Kenya.

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