Maasai Mara, also known as Masai mara, is one of the world’s leading wildlife reserves that is situated in the south western parts of Kenya. It lies to the north of Serengeti National park.It is about 270 kilometers from Nairobi – Kenya’s Capital city. A flight from the capital will take you 45 minutes to reach the wild life conservancy while travelling by road will require about 5 hours.
Why visit Maasai Mara?
Basically, there are countless reasons why you should visit this place. A part from the fact that it is the home of various wild animals and birds, it is also important to understand that Maasai Mara has several other things which will add value to your visit. They include:
1. 1. The ecosystem
It has one of the most interesting ecosystems in the world. Actually, it is the home of a vast number of wild animals. One of the world’s wonders is found here too – the wild beast migration. This occurs between July and October and it is characterized by the migration of about 2 million wild beasts, zebras as well as Thomson’s gazelles.
2. 2. The best accommodation
Accommodation is never taken for granted in Maasai Mara. Being one of the world’s leading tourist attraction sites, the government of Kenya together with several other agencies ( both local and international) have invested a lot in the reserve in order to ensure that the visitors get the best out of their visits. Don’t also forget that tourism is one of the country’s leading source foreign exchange. The following are some of the best places to stay that have been created in Maasai Mara.
- · Mara serena safari lodge
- · Mara intrepids club
- · Mara explorer
- · Porini mara camp
- · Kichwa tembo bateleur camp
- · Little governors camp
- · Sarova mara camp and
- · Governors’ IL Moran camp among others.
3. 3. Affordable park entry fees and accommodation charges
The charges that should be surrendered in order to be allowed to enter the pack are minimal. In 2012, an adult was required to pay $80 per day. This is comparatively cheaper when compared to what you will experience while in the park. Similarly, accommodation charges at the park are reasonable and pocket friendly
Which is the ideal time to visit the park?
First of all, it should be remembered that Kenya has a friendly climate all year round. In this regard, visiting Masai Mara can be done at any time. However, there are slight considerations that you may need to consider. For instance, if you want to experience the great wild beast migration, it is advisable to arrange your visit and fix it between July and October. Similarly, December to February will enable you to get a view of the big cats such as lions and cheetahs.
Which is the recommended number of days?
There is a lot to see in the park and therefore a day will never be enough. 3 to 4 days will be good but if you love photography and clubbing, it is advisable to allocate more days. Moreover, more days will enable you to learn more about the Maasai community – A community that values its culture and traditions.