Maasai Mara is a large national reserve found in the Narok County in Kenya and it is an extended park of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania of which Serengeti National Park extends to the North thus forming Maasai Mara National Reserve/Park and the park is one of the best African destinations for the bespoke tours in Kenya, Africa. The Park is named so as a honor to its ancestral inhabitants within the area who are called the ‘’Maasai people’’ and is globally popular for its exceptional population of Lions, Leopards and cheetahs together with the yearly migration of Zebras, Thomson’s gazelle and the Wildebeests to and from Serengeti National Park the southern part of the Park located in Kenya’s neighborhood country Tanzania thus these two parks are on the same conservation area shared between Kenya and Tanzania.
One of the most and best months to explore Maasai Mara is between July to late October or even later beyond that, during the migration of the Wildebeests which move from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai Mara when they are looking for pastures of which this migration is known as ‘’the great migration’’.
The park is a habitant to all Africa’s big five species of which they are viewed in a very large quantity thus attracting many tourists to visit this Park more than any other African Park since they view a huge number of wildlife. Lions, Elephants, Cape buffaloes, Leopards are all viewed in this Park in plenty plus the Rhinos which were in large number during the recent years but fortunately the numbers have been increasing slowly and the best thing about them is that they are always stable in the Park and can be viewed by the Park’s tourists.
Hippos and Crocodiles are also viewed in a very large quantity in the Mara and Talek Rivers which are also resided in the Park and other wildlife in the Park include Jackals, Warthogs, Cheetahs, bat-eared foxes and the hyenas plus many others which are also seen in plenty however in the plains between Mara River and Esoiti Siria escarpment are absolutely the best places for game viewing especially for the viewing of Lions and Cheetahs.
Similar to Tanzania’s Serengeti, the Wildebeests are the major and dominant inhabitants of Ma of which their numbers are estimated to be between 1.5 million to 2 millions. The Park is more interesting during the migration of over 1.5 million Wildebeests, 97,000 Topis, 18,000 elands, 200,000 Zebras and 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles which always come from the southern part of the Park (Serengeti National Park). The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox which are rarely seen elsewhere in Kenya but very common in this Park, other antelopes in the Park include; Grant’s gazelle, duikers, impalas and Coke’s hartebeests.
The Masai giraffes are also resided in the Park and the Park also boosts over 470 bird species which include the national bird of Kenya called ‘’the Lilac breasted roller’’ and others include; crowned cranes, horn bills, marabou storks, secretary birds, African pygmy-falcons, Long-crested eagles, Ostriches and Vultures among others.
The Park is definitely the best African destination for African safari tours and the Park’s entry fee is US$ 80 of which the Park consists of many lodges and exclusive camps which include; Entumoto camp, Little governors camp, Mara bush houses, Mara expedition camp, Mara Serena lodge, Naibor camp, Olarro lodge and many more.
A safari to Amboseli National Park:
It is Kenya’s second best destination for safari tours after Maasai Mara and the park is made up of a very unique ecosystem which makes it the best destination in the world to view the free-fringing elephants. The park also has scenic views of the highest free-standing Mountain in the world called Mountain Kilimanjaro and also famous for offering opportunities to see a variety of African wildlife species such as Cape buffaloes, African bush elephants, African Lions, Cheetahs, Impalas, Spotted-hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s Zebras and blue Wildebeests pus many others.
The Park is also home to over 400 bird species including; Kingfishers, Pelicans, hammerkops, crakes and many more. Some of the best places to live in while in the Park include; Kibo safari camp, Ol Tukai safari lodge, Amboseli Serena safari lodge, Amboseli sopa lodge, Campi ya Kanzi, Tawi lodge, Sentrim Amboseli Safari lodge and many others.
Therefore, indeed of a safari in Africa and Kenya, the best places you should not miss to go to are the Maasai Mara National Reserve/Park and Amboseli National Park for you will get a great experience ever however you should consider consulting the best tour agencies such as the Eco Tours Kenya to do all your bookings and the agency offers accurate and immediate services to its clients thus making it one of the best in Africa and the best in East Africa where Kenya and its Parks lie.