Masai Mara National Park – Wildlife Safari, Wildebeest Migration
Masa Mara National Park is located in Narok County of Kenya and it’s contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania which can also be visited on a Self-drive holiday to East Africa on one-way car rental from Kenya to Tanzania that can be offered by Self-drive Kenya. The next stop after this park is Amboseli national park & Lake Nakuru national park.
The name Masai was derived from the local people that live around the park its self known as the Masai People (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara” means “spotted” in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape hence the name Masai Mara National Park the dream of every traveler that has tried to explore great Magic Kenya for wildlife safari holiday.
The Management of the Park
Maasai Mara is administered by the Narok County government. The more visited eastern part of the park known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve is managed by the Narok County Council. The Mara Triangle in the western part is managed by the Trans-Mara county council, which has contracted management to the Mara Conservancy.
What to See in Masai Mara National Park.
The exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year is known as the Great Migration.
The Greater Mara Ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani.
The terrain of Masai Mara National Park
The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland with seasonal rivers. In the south-east region are clumps of the distinctive acacia tree. The western border is the Esoit (Siria) Escarpment of the East African Rift, which is a system of rifts some 5,600 km (3,500 mi). Wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good, while tourist disruption is minimal.
Wildlife Safari to Maasai Mara National Park
All Kenya Safaris can’t be complete without a visit to Masai Mara National Park which is a popular destination for the big five in Kenya with the rare and the seasonal Wildebeest migration from Tanzania to Kenya on Visaless travel for wildlife. ( the Kenya Safari guide offers reliable information about the Wildebeest migration on a free visa from Masai Mara to Serengeti Tanzania.)
All members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros) others include Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti Plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve.
Price of Masai Mara
Game parks are a major source of foreign currency for Kenya. Entry fees are currently US$80 for adult non-East African Residents and $30 for children. There are a number of lodges and tented camps catering for tourists inside or bordering the Reserve and within the Conservancy borders.
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