Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara Game Reserve Reviews

Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
Wild nature and wild life Jun 20, 2013
Even though it is a little expensive to travel to Africa, the Masai Mara reserve is a must if you find yourself in Africa and especially in Kenya. I got carried away taking photographs on this trip around with my husband. Since I had already entered a detailed blog, this was really not necessary, but I have written the review anyway.

Perhaps the best time to visit is July through September; the great migration, the spectacle of wildlife movement in Africa tales place at this time. The Wildebeest, zebras and other animals leave the feeding grounds of the Serengeti die to drought, seeking fresh feeding grounds across the plains. They end up in the Masai Mara and vice versa.

i highly recommend a balloon safari if you visit during the migration; the areal view, the thunder, the dust, nature, the combination is magical and out of this world. I did this safari back in 2002, this time around, my husband and I, arrived a little too early for the migration, but we had a blast nonetheless. I see us returning in the future.

The big five live right here and you can see them if you stay 3 - 5 days. We only missed the leopard, but managed to see the elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, and Lions. The entire journey was quite exciting.

Adding to the excitement was the visit to the Masai Village, and dancing with the masai.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow, what you can do today!
Game drive
Game drive in the Mara
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adrianaaaron says:
wow, u take very very nice photos
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flyer flyer
4 reviews
Masai Mara March 2011 Apr 21, 2011
Masai Mara is a must visit place in Kenya..The "Hajj" of Kenya I would say.Many tour operators operate from Nairobi,and all are reasonably competent.I paid $300 for a 2night/3days.You normally exit Nairobi by 10am in the morning have lunch on the way and reach your hut/camp by 4pm.After a quick fresh up you are taken by the same vehicle/driver to a quick round of the park for 2hours and get back before sunset.After a reasonable dinner buffet you feel like going to sleep as it has been a busy day and so will it be tomorrow! Early morning rise and after breakfast it is now SAFARI TIME!The whole afternoon is spent driving through the vast openess and seeing animals really close up!We came up to about 5feet near 8 lions..they weren't interested in us at all!(thank GOD!).At around mid noon you have your packed lunch.And now is when you start feeling tired and have seen most of the animals..and wouldn't mind getting back to the camp.Before sunset you are back at the camp and TIRED and DUSTY.You are offered to visit the Masai village then or the next morning(a little tip will have to be paid to the house incharge/host).It is morning and if you wish you can go for a quick goodbye to the park again for 2-3 hours or head straight back to Nairobi.In general I would say that more than 2 nights would make it boring..unless you are an ANIMAL freak!
npeter npeter
2 reviews
Masai Mara Game Reserve Jun 25, 2011
The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa.

during my stay i enjoyed the wildebeest migration thousands of animals, at other times there are still hundreds. The plains are full of wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle. Also regularly seen are leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance.July to October is the best time as itis dry and the grass is long and lush after the rains. This is a good time to come and see the huge herds of migratory herbivores.
Laurabob Laurabob
11 reviews
Beautiful animals and a river crossing May 19, 2011
I went to the game reserve in October last year and had an amazing time. We stayed in the heart of the reserve on the Talek river at a tented camp and were treated very well although it was very expensive. We saw Hippos, Zebra, Antelopes of all types, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Crocodiles, Giraffe and Warthog. One of the best bits was seeing a migration river crossing, thousands of animals all lined up to go and then suddenly a Zebra started to go followed by Wildebeast.

If you can afford it I would recommend staying inside the Park as you have it to yourselves for a few hours before the day trippers arrive and it gets very busy!
UCDLindsey UCDLinds…
3 reviews
Wildlife everywhere! Mar 13, 2011
I visited the Masai Mara in Jan 2010 and had a wonderful time. There is nothing like seeing these amazing animals in person; I never want to go to a zoo again! You have an excellent chance to see the "Big 5" here, and there are certainly lions everywhere. Bring plenty of sunscreen; I was not prepared for just how strong the sun is at the equator.
zajoryn zajoryn
8 reviews
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is really a great experience, from the different flora and Fauna to the Masai village and the African "feel" you breath everywhere. It is not very far from Nairobi and the road is good.
saborn61 says:
These pictures are truly amazing!!! Thank you for taking me on an amazing adventure right from home.....
Posted on: Sep 28, 2009
chrisbauer chrisbau…
11 reviews
Jun 13, 2007
The Masai Mara Game Reserve in Southern Kenya is one of Africa's premier wildlife parks, and is home to much of Africa's charasmatic megafauna, including the fabled 'big five.' The wildlife of the region is sure to have an impact on any visitor who is used to seeing these animals in zoological parks, and doesn't quite understand the feeling of having an bull elephant charge your land rover, or watching a lion devour an antelope carcass. These experiences stay with you for life. Although wildlife viewings and game drives are the main attractions here, I would highly recommend that anyone travelling to the Mara, get to know some the Masai people. Although i always try and get to know locals whenever I travel, I found it easier than normal in the Mara. The conversations I had with several of the Masai have become just as much a part of my travel experince as anything else.
A lion resting after a kill in the…
A mother elephant and calf
Two Masai women in a small village
a large Nile crocodile
brendah27 says:
Hi.. I'm considering volunteering in Maasai, Kenya. Do you know anything about this village? Would you recommend it? Thanks!! Brenda
Posted on: Oct 19, 2009
costyy2k says:
Sounds great! I would love to hear more about the conversation with the local Masai... did they have stories to tell? Message me? Im going next year and has been a dream of mine for some time!
Posted on: Jun 26, 2007

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