Activities and attractions in Masai Mara National Reserve
Activities and attractions in Masai Mara National Reserve: Masai Mara National Reserve thrills with plenty of tourist activities and attractions that make it one of the best savanna park to visit in Kenya. Masai Mara national reserve is located far in the southwestern part of Kenya near Serengeti national park in Tanzania which both make a memorable experience for wildlife viewing and especially the thrilling annual wildebeest migration that sees about 1.5 millions of wildebeests, thousands of Zebras, Gazelles, Elands and other mammals that join the movement making an entire experience fascinating with birds flying over the sky.
Things to do and attractions in Masai Mara National Reserve,
Masai Mara National Reserve as mentioned earlier thrills with a lot of things to do while on a Kenya safari. Masai Mara national reserve can be explores on a short Kenya safari within 3 days, 4 days, 5 days and many more depending on one’s wish.
Let’s have a look at the major top things to do while in Masai Mara national reserve Kenya and they include;
Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve,
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the top destinations visited in Kenya for most especially for game drive safari. There are both morning game drives and afternoon game drives conducted in the stunning eco system of Masai Mara with a golden opportunity to spot as many wildlife as possible as they spread throughout the savanna of this park. Morning game drives in Masai Mara usually start as early as 6:00pm with a golden opportunity of spotting several wildlife including early risers that are seen grazing in the savanna including the wildebeests, Buffaloes, Elephants, Elands, Zebras, and many other animals including hunters that are seen returning from their night hunts including Leopards, Lions, Hyenas and lots of birdlife among others. Afternoon game drive starts at 2:00pm and it offers a chance to spot animals as they congest along the water bodies to quench their thirst. By the end of the day, tourists are in position to spot all the big 5 games that thrill in Masai Mara National Reserve.
Masai Mara as well offers night game drives under the stars as tourist search for the nocturnal mammals and hunters that are only seen at night and tend keep in their hideouts during day time. Night game drive in Masai Mara start at 6:00pm. During this game drive look out for Leopards, Lions, Hyenas, Night jars, Bush babies, and many more.
Birding in Masai Mara National Reserve,
Apart from being the best place for game drive safaris in Kenya, Masai Mara is as well a top birding destination that thrills with over 500 species of birds. The best way to enjoy birding in Masai Mara is by hiring an experienced birder who will take you to the best birding spots. Though it’s also possible to combine birding with other park activities like game drives, walking safari and many more. Some of the bird species to look out for in Masai Mara national Reserve include; vultures, egrets, herons, pelicans, eagles and many more.
Wildebeest migration in Masai Mara National Reserve,
This is one of the top things to do in Masai Mara and it is enjoyed by a huge population of travelers from different parts of the world to watch the great migration of wildebeests as they migrate from between Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National park. The most fascinating experience of wildebeest migration is witness during the river crossing where several animals are grabbed by the hungry crocodiles. The best season to visit Masi Mara national reserve for wildebeest migration experience is between the months of June, July, August, September and October though depending on rain patterns, the time can change.
Walking safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve,
Walking is yet another fascinating way to explore the best of Masai Mara National Reserve on foot. This can be done after game drive or independently. It offers stunning views of the beautiful landscape with plenty of fauna and flora species that call this park their home. Experienced rangers will be available to available to take you on this breath taking walk.
Hot Air Balloon in Masai Mara National Park,
This is yet a fascinating activity enjoyed in Masai Mara National Reserve. This is one of the best ways to explore the Mara plains on an aerial view. His can be even more fascinating as one watches a great migration of wildebeests from above. During this hot air balloon, you will be able to view other attractions including mammals, birds, butterflies, forest and many more. Hot air balloon lasts about 1 hour and it comes with bush breakfast as picnic breakfast plus a bottle of champagne for morning/ am hot air balloon and the evening hot air balloon offers a stunning sundowner as you watch a sun going down.
Camping in Masai Mara National Reserve,
For travelers who love spending time in the wilderness surrounded by the wild, Masai Mara is the best place to go for this adventure as you will be able to relax and refresh in the wilderness as Masai Mara National Reserve has lots of Campsites where tourist can spend the nights.
Cultural Encounter in Masai Mara National Reserve,
To fully experience the best of Masai Mara, opt for a Cultural tour with in the reserve and the surrounding areas. You will be able to meet and interact with the local Masai people are famous for cattle keeping. While on a cultural tour in Masai Mara, head to the Masai Bomas where you will get an opportunity of closely interacting with the local Masai people about their lifestyle, and enjoy breath taking traditional performance of music, dance and drama.
When to visit Masai Mara: Masai Mara National Reserve can be visited at any given period of time depending on what one intends to do since the reserve is always stunning with abundant of fauna and flora species making a beautiful place to visit any time while on a Kenya safari. However, for those interested in watching the Great migration of wildebeests, the months of July, August, September and Octobers offers the best season for watching the wildebeests on a migration. Also, dry months are usually considered best for wildlife viewing as the park trails are passable and the vegetation cover is minimal for easy wildlife viewing.
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