Activities to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve; Maasai Mara is a world popular safari destination because it hosts annual natural wonders of great wildebeest event that attracts millions of visitors all over the world to flock in here for this fabulous event. More so, this park is one of the best places to adventure high concentration of wild animals, on visit you can tour around the Mara River, the Musiara swamp, the Narok Museum, Maasai Village, the Mara triangle and touring around the private Maasai conservancies.
Below are the major tourist activities to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve;
Game drive ‘’both morning and afternoon’’;
Maasai Mara is one of the famous African safari destination for best game viewing since it offers rewarding eco-system that supports diversity of wildlife and a great place to take photos and videos. This activity can be done throughout the year and just know it is worth to do your game drive in area with largest number of wildlife. However, a typical game drive is carried out in standard tour vehicle with a pop roof vehicle.
The morning game drives starts at 6 am, a best time to spot most of animals are active and large in numbers as they head out to eat.
Afternoon game drive starts at 2pm and goes on up to 6:30pm. The best way to enjoy this session of activity is to visit the waterholes where you can be able to view high number of wildlife as they come to link for water for their thirst. Whether morning or afternoon game drive, expect to explore all the big five animals and other species like zebras, hyena’s elands, gazelles among others. There are high chances of seeing cheetahs as well as seeing black rhino. More so, Maasai Mara national reserve is the best place to observe cheetah in Africa. The most highlight of game drive adventure is one of the big cats come along the zebras or wildebeest. If it is a full day game drive, an arrangement can be made tourists to enjoy their picnic lunch in the middle of the African wilderness.
Night Game Drive
Take part in night game drive where you can be able to see nocturnal wildlife species in the clear night skies, though your recommended to go with strong touch to help you in lightening out species as they run after tourist vehicle. This activity starts at 6:00pm and ends in the dark hours of the night. Along night game drive, you’re able to observe lions, leopard and hyenas hunting their prey. You can also adventure to see nocturnal mammals and birds . In Maasai Mara –night game drive can be done in the private conservancies, accompanied with the guide who knows the historical information about the park.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is not only a popular safari destination to adventure high concentration of wildlife species but also a great location for birding paradise with over 500 bird species such as Rosy-throated longclawa ,Rufous –bellied heron, Hildebrandt’s starling ,Lazy cisticola ,Jackson’s widowbird ,Ostrich ,Denham’s bustard ,Cinnamon-breasted bun ring ,Ross’s turaco ,Purple grenadier ,Yellow-throated sandgrouse ,Woolly-necked stork ,Trilling cisticola , Temmminck’s courser , Swahili sparrow ,Southern ground hornbill among others. Birding is best done on foots and here can be done with help of knowledgeable naturalists. The birding guides know all the different bird species, plants and wildlife you’re to encounter.
Great Wildebeest Migration
Between June and November, it is well known worldwide that the park hosts one of the greatest wildlife spectacles. Like over millions of wildebeest species, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles cross the Mara River from the Serengeti in Tanzania in search of greener pasture. Though the adventure may challenge along the way, meeting up with stalking predators when crossing some don’t make it because they can be eaten by crocodiles. Above all, the best way to enjoy this event is to take a Hot air balloon safari, Activities to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Walking Safari-Nature walk
Besides using safari vehicle to tour the park’s treasure, it is more gainful to take a tour of Maasai Mara plains on foot guided with park ranger army. The walking experience offers to visitors a great opportunity of watching notable birds , animals and also get amazed of the scenery landscape. The guide will teach you how to track animals while on foot, also to let you know what to do in case you meet any danger.
This is a private own activity which can be arranged in the conservancies and not within the main reserve itself. This fantastic experience is done in open plains of the Mara as you unwind the fresh breathtaking air, where you can be able to view animals like wildebeest, leopards, hartebeests, giraffes, elephants, leopards and lions. This is the best way to tour the reserve without emitting sounds and fumes. Horseback ride in Maasai Mara is led by park ranger, owner of the conservancies and the local Maasai guides.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
This the best experience one should try out while on visit unlike the viewing game using safari vehicle which is good but when it comes to balloon safaris you will enjoy more of the beauty of the park with an aerial view of vast Mara plains as you take your breath away most especially during the great migration. This activity is done in interesting route of the Mara River where you can have aerial view of the forests ,birds and aquatic animals before going deep into the savannah to enjoy the thrilling views of the scenic landscape. The balloon safari can be done within one hour and after come back for a picnic lunch or breakfasts with champagne in the midst of savannah plains and as a participate you will be given a certificate. The balloon safaris are best enjoyed with families and couples on a honeymoon.
Sundowners and Bush breakfast
Honeymooners visit –Maasai Mara destination for your romantic life time experience, enjoy your life together in the midst of the savannah with delicious meals and drinks. Just notice, nothing better than experiencing the beautiful sunset in the wilderness, while in the arms of your partner.
Travelers who love camping visit Maasai Mara to experience life in middle of wilderness when even wild animals are not far away. On visit, you can use public campsite within the park or carry your own camping tent, use to enjoy it with friends and family. During your stay you will get amazed of beautiful landscape, wildlife and flora. All you need to be a good photographer with your clear camera to enjoy more of the nature beauty and wildlife of the park.
Along your visit to Maasai Mara, you will go visit the Maasai tribe’s men who are one of the Africa’s most intriguing ethnic groups.
The Mara River
This river originates its water from the Kenyan highlands and drains into Lake Victoria. More so, it is the main water hole in the reserve where the wildebeest cross as they migrate from the Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Best game drive in the park is carried out around the River because it attacks various species of birds, crocodiles and hippos.
What is the best time to visit Maasai Mari National Reserve’?
The best time to visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve is between July to October and December to February. Best time to watch the world’s migration event starts from June to October.
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