The Maasai Mara National Reserve spans an area of 1,800 square km and is part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya. It is the most well-known and most-visited reserve in Kenya, famed not only for the annual migration but also for the extraordinary density of big cats and resident plains game.
Witnessing an estimated 2 million, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their determined way from the plains of the Serengeti, across the Tanzanian border and rivers, to the Mara’s lush grasslands, is truly a breathtaking privilege. These migrations occur from late June, and with the antelope come the predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena snap at the heels of the fleeing herds, with vultures circling overhead and crocodiles lurking in the murky waters below. The unfolding drama is an extraordinary spectacle to behold.
In close proximity to the Masai Mara National Reserve there are several “group ranches” or ancestral wildlife areas owned collectively by the Maasai communities, which offer equally superb game viewing opportunities.