Established in 1961 to protect wildlife, the Maasai Mara national reserve also known as the greater Mara, is one of Kenya’s greatest tourist destination.
If you ever dreamt of Wild Africa and longed to experience a memorable grassland safari, then the this reserve is your next destination.
Every year, between July and October, an approximate 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras uniformly make a circulate tour between the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of greener pastures. This spectacle is known as the seventh wonder of the world.
Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration. The herd has to cross the Mara river in Maasai Mara where crocodiles in the water wait to prey on them. Visitors from all over the world camp just meters away from the edge of the Mara river for several days, to catch a glimpse of the show. But then how do the animals know their way from the Serengeti to this crossing point in Kenya? According to ecologists, their journey is dictated primarily by their response to the weather. They follow the rains and the growth of new grass. Come late October, the herds start heading south again back to Tanzania when the first of the short rains are falling on the Serengeti plains. By this time, most of the female wildebeests have conceived. Come January the following year, about 600,000 to 800,000 calves are born. The annual birthing period provides a feast for predators.