Masai Mara National Park

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  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 at the gate of Masai Mara

Is Masai Mara in Kenya or South Africa ?

Masai Mara or Masai Mara is in the southern part of Kenya, it is one of the most famous and beautiful to visit in Africa. It is the most visited place in Kenya, this national park is famous for the migration of wildebeest from July to November every year.  Most visitors in this national park are those who would love to have a family Safari, those who love to travel in groups and even individual Many famous people in the world have spent some quality time in the Masai Mara, they include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, businessman Richard Branson who has also invested heavily in the Masai Mara where he has invested in the tourism industry.

Where does it get its name from?   Masai Mara means spotted bushes in the Masai Language, the Masai people of Kenya live near the National Park.

A Masai dancer in Masai Mara national reserve

Masai Mara is a home of many wildlife Lions, elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses, it also has the highest population of cheetahs in Kenya, and annual the wildebeest migration takes place around July to October each year.

 Probably you could be asking how big the Masai Mara is.? Masai Mara national reserve is not a very big reserve when you compare it with national parks like Tsavo East, It is ten times small than the Tsavo East  National Park which is also a home of big five wildlife which include Elephants, lions, buffaloes, and leopards.

    Masai Mara covers one thousand five hundred and ten squire kilometres; it was established as a national reserve in 1966, Unlike the Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park which are governed by the National government through the Kenya wildlife service, the Masai Mara is run by two county governments which are Narok County and Trans Mara county. 

Which tribes live near Masai Mara during migration period?

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 have a culture that even Me from Taita Tribe can’t understand because they live a very humble and simple lifestyle.  They are not materialistic Africans. However they believe that all cows belong to them which makes some of the castle rustlers sometimes, I have never heard of Masai being hunters like some people of my tribe who had been hunters before Tsavo National Park was gazetted a national park in 1948.

Zebras and wildebeests crossing the Mara river

What are the two rivers in Masai Mara game reserve

There are two rivers in the Masai Mara, 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 with sixty-five percent (65%) of the river in Kenya and thirty-five percent (35%) 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?

Zebras and wildebeest crossing the Mara river

You may wonder why famous people like Bill Gates of Microsoft, and other prominent people in the world would come to visit the Masai Mara Reserve.  It is because it has very unique things that can’t be found elsewhere except the Masai Mara, other businessmen like Richard Branson have also invested heavily in the hotel industry, and Masai Mara is the Africans greatest national, it was voted as the eighth wonder of the world in the year 2007. The three big cats that are found in the Masai Mara are the lions, cheetahs, and leopards, and are also found in the Amboseli National park.  Many people don’t easily differentiate between a leopard and a cheetah, cheetahs are easily found on the ground they are white with dark spots, while the leopards are mostly found on trees, they look smaller with a shorter tail.  It is also home to wildlife like big cats, lions, cheetahs, it is said that Masai Mara has the second population of Cheetahs after the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  The elephants and buffalos are also found in the Masai Mara, Unfortunately in the Mara the rhinoceros are not easily found, If you book for this safari probably you may not see the rhinos unless you travel to Nairobi National Park, Tsavo West National Park, or Tsavo West National Park in the Ngulia rhino sanctuary,  Wildebeest migration or migration safari takes place during July to October, it is the best time you can visit the Masai Mara because you will be able to see over two millions of 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 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, they use their sixth sense to water and new fresh foliage in the Masai Mara, 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; it is very emotional especially when you see some of the animals being caught in the Mara River. 

What happens in the Mara River in Masai Mara during Zebra,wilbeests and Gazzel migration ?

Some people say life is not fair, in this river, you will the saying is true because much wildlife will be looking for water and green pastures on the other side of the river, but inside the river, the danger is waiting.  Hundreds of crocodiles will be waiting for this opportunity to feast on wildlife. It is a golden opportunity for the crocodiles but on the herbivores, it is a survival for the fittest It is the only season crocodiles will have plenty of food to eat, they will wait for another year for a season like this if they don’t use it accordingly.  The mammals have to cross because if they don’t cross they will die of hunger and starvation. The mammals have no choice, as they move across the river with their young ones the crocodiles will make their Trojan and start to catch one by one.  When one of the mammals is caught in the river all other crocodiles will surround the victim and devour the mammal and drawn the mammal in it in the river.  Once all crocodiles have surrounded one of the herbivores you will see a lot of blood on the water as the crocodiles will be busy eating the victim, other herbivores will have an opportunity to cross because the crocodiles are very busy eating the victim.

Once they have completely eaten the victim they will now look for another victim if other animals would not have crossed.

If animals have got a chance to cross the river, this does not mean it is the end of the story No, big cats will also be waiting to catch one of the survivors after crossing the river.  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.

Lion eating a Zebra during migration season
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