The Maasai Mara, one of the wonders of the world, is the most popular wildlife reserve in Kenya and offers some of the best animal viewing experiences in the world. It is an extension of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania. On these wide-open rolling grasslands you can often see an amazing variety of animals. Perhaps a cheetah mother sits on a termite mound with her rambunctious cubs, while beyond, gazelle, antelope, and zebra graze peacefully. Giraffe might peer curiously through the trees; elephants pass majestically and vultures circle above. Every year millions of wildebeest migrate north from the Serengeti to the green grass of the Mara. This exciting spectacle usually occurs sometime between July and August.
Even when animals are not seen, the views alone are worth the trip. Bright oblique rays of evening light slant through blue-black storm clouds. The rich golden expanses of waving grass are brilliant in this light, and the solitary flat-topped acacia tree is dramatically spotlighted on the crest of a hill. Beyond rise the smoky blues of the Oloololo Escarpment.
- See all the members of The Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino)
- Spot 95 other species of mammals and 550 species of birds
- See the annual migration of over one-and-a-half-million wildebeest.