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Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve which encompassing 1510 square km of endless plains, wonderful views and wildlife. The Maasai Mara is named after the Maasai people who live in the area. It shares a common border with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The Maasai Mara Reserve is home to the world’s greatest wildlife phenomenon, the Wildebeest Migration, which crosses its rolling grasslands from August to October each year. Several million animals take part in this epic journey through the Serengeti-Mara eco system, surging over the flood-swollen Mara River, attempting crocodile-infected crossing points, and shadowed by their padded foot predators. The Mara can be visited year round and has one of the highest concentrations of predator to prey ratio in Africa.

Best time to visit Maasai Mara

The best time to visit The Maasai Mara is during the driest months, from late June to October. These are the best months for wildlife viewing because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around rivers and water holes. It does offer good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rainy months (March, April, November and December) make some of the roads difficult to navigate. The wildebeest migration and the river crossings in particular are difficult to time, but your best chance to witness this spectacle is in late September and October.

Weather and climate in Maasai Mara

Due to the altitude, the climate in the Maasai Mara is slightly colder and wetter than might be expected this close to the equator. Daytime is pleasant with temperatures in the mid to upper twenties, while it cools off significantly at night.

Dry season this is an enjoyable time to be in the park with lovely weather. Typically, there are sunny days and it’s rarely very hot. Don’t forget to pack winter clothing for early morning game drives.

How to get to Maasai Mara

It’s about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. There is a section from Narok town to Sekenani Gate that is dirt road but fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is not good at all and very bumpy.

It is also possible to drive from Lake Nakuru National Park. The distance is about 235km/150mi and the driving time is roughly six hours.

Getting to Nairobi is easy, as the city is a major African transport hub. International arrivals usually land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. From Nairobi it’s easy to catch a domestic flight to Masai Mara.