The Maasai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserve in the whole of Africa. It lies in the Great Rift Valley. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor. The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as “dispersal areas”. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Maasai villages are located in the “dispersal areas” and have over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife.
Attractions are hot air ballooning, huge savannahs of golden grasslands, big skies, rift valley escarpment, lion sightings, and wildebeest migration which is a huge tourist attraction that brings droves of tourists to the mara in the rainy seasons. Every July or sometimes August, the animals travel over 960km from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, northwards to the maasai mara and the mara river is the final obstacle. In October or November, once gone, they turn around and go back to the Serengeti plains.
The animals involved in the great migration are:- wildebeests, Thomson gazelles, zebras, topi and elands. The herds are ruthlessly preyed upon by prides of lions that track them across the wilderness and crocodiles that lie in wait as the animals across the mara river.