Masai Mara Kenya for Wildebeest migration

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Masai Mara Kenya is one of the most visited national parks in Kenya. It is a place for adventure safaris because you thousands of animals looking for an opportunity to survive during migration. The Masai Mara is a large national reserve in Kenya

  1. Where is Masai Mara
  2. Which tribes lives in Masai Mara
  3. What is famous in Masai Mara
  4. What are the rivers in Masai Mara
  5. What happens in Masai Mara rivers.
A visitor in Masai mara in Kenya
A visitor at the gate of Masai Mara

Masai Mara Kenya a home for adventures

It is one of the most famous national reserves in Kenya. It is the most visited national reserve. Each year between July to November we have the highest number of tourists visiting because of the wildebeest migration. It is a good place for solo travel and group safaris.

  

Masai people of Kenya live near Masai Mara in Kenya
A Masai dancer in Masai Mara national reserve

Masai Mara Kenya is a home for the big five wildlife: Lions, elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses and buffaloes. It has the highest number of cheetahs. Cheetahs are the big nine wildlife. The annual wildebeest migration in Masai mara takes place between July to November.

  Mara national reserve is not a very big reserve when you compare it with national parks like Tsavo East National Park.

    This park covers one thousand five hundred and ten squire kilometres. It was established as a national reserve in 1966. The national park is owned by two county governments. The Narok County government and Transmara county government. Masai Mara is run by two county governments which are Narok County and Trans Mara county.

Tribes around the game reserve

Masai people who originated from Sudan live around the national Park, Masai people are mostly nomads and they have been keeping their culture of wearing red clothes, slippers made of old tires with a stick. They are not materialistic Africans. However, they believe that all cows belong to them which makes some of the castle rustlers sometimes.

Zebras and wildebeest migration in Masai Mara
Zebras and wildebeests crossing the Mara river

What are the two rivers in Mara game reserve

There are two rivers in the Masai Mara in Kenya, Mara, and Talek.   The Mara River is found in Kenya and Tanzania. The Mara River covers approximately thirteen thousand kilometres five hundred and four squire kilometres. sixty-five percent (65%) of the river is in Kenya and thirty-five percent (35%) is in Tanzania.  It flows from Mau Escapement and drains in Lake Victoria.  The other river found in Masai Mara is the Talek River. It is a seasonal river.


Why is Masai Mara game reserve so famous?
Wildebeests about to cross a river
Zebras and wildebeest crossing the Mara river

People come to this national park for adventures. Each year the wildebeests, zebras and impalas migrate from Tanzania Serengeti to Kenya. The best time to visit the Park is during the dry months. There is no food and water in Serengeti National reserve. In Masai Mara, animals have to cross the Mara river which has so many crocodiles waiting for the opportunity to catch the prey. Many of this wildlife die in the river. Sometimes the water turns red because of the dead carcasses in the water

Big cats of Masai Mara

People don’t easily differentiate between a leopard and a cheetah. Cheetahs are The difference Cheetahs are easily found on the ground. Cheetahs are white with dark spots. Leopards are mostly found on trees. Leopards look smaller with shorter tails. There are elephants and buffalos are also found in the park. Wildebeest migration takes place from July to October. It is the best time you can visit the Masai Mara because you will be able to see over two million wildebeest crossing the Mara River from Serengeti National park in Tanzania.  However, we don’t discourage you from a visit in this national park at any time of the year.

a dead wildebeest
A vulture eating a carcass of a wildebeest during the dry season

You may wonder why the wildebeest have to cross to the Mara River Kenya.   Wildebeest needs water and grass for them to survive. The wildebeest use their sixth sense to water and new fresh foliage across the Mara River. during late July most places in the Serengeti national park are very dry and so the wildebeest will have to move from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and migrate to Masai Mara. This migration will not be of the wildebeest alone, gazelles and zebras will also be in the migration.    It is a dangerous move for the herbivores because of the crocodiles which live in the Mara River.  Many herbivores like zebras, gazelles and the wildebeest will lose their lives.

What happens in the Mara River during wilbeests migration ?

Some people say life is not fair, in this river. This statement is practically true in Masai Mara. The herbivores will be very hangry and thirsty on one side of the Mara River. Inside the river, the danger will be waiting. Hundreds of crocodiles are also very hungry waiting to catch prey. The crocodiles have spent many months without enough food. When the herbivores start to cross the river. The crocodiles will start to kill each one of them one by one. First, the crocodiles target a victim and they strike killing the victim by drowning in the river. Sometimes the crocodile misses the target and attacks the hippopotamuses. If the crocodiles attacked the hippopotamuses, the crocodile will be devoured in a minute.

If animals get a chance to come out of the river. It has to run from other predators on land like lions and leopards.

It is a common thing to see many carcasses floating on the Mara River during the migration period.

As many of these mammals continue to cross on the other side of the river big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards will also be waiting to catch their prey.

A lion eating a zebra
Lion eating a Zebra during migration season
See wildebeast migration

Masai Mara being one of the most visited national reserves in Africa has adventures that you will never forget in your lifetime. If you book this safari for yourself or for your loved ones you will never regret it. Talk to us today About Masai Mara Safari

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