Things to do/activities done in Masai Mara National Reserve
Things to do/activities done in Masai Mara National Reserve: Activities done Masai Mara National Reserve are truly humbling in day today life experience. Therefore, the reserve offers quite a wide arrange of activities and since the reserve has the largest land for conservation and this ranges for spectacular game viewing where travelers can be able to view the big five mammals and not only the big five but the reserve hosts over 95 mammal species. However, Masai Mara is one of the most outstanding wildlife conservation and wilderness area in the entire Africa and in the world is famously known for its exceptional great migration of the blue wildebeest which is known as the world natural event that happens annually and its wide number of lions, leopards, cheetah, African bush elephants many more. Furthermore, is a home for over 500 bird species. All these species have attracted millions of tourists to visit Kenya safari destinations in Masai Mara probably to enjoy a wide range of stunning activities.
N.B Masai Mara National Reserve sits in southwestern part of Nairobi city in country of Kenya, covering a total land of about 1,510 square kilometers.
Below are the amazing activities done in Masai Mara National Reserve.
Game drive viewing
Masai Mara being the largest protected conservation area composed with open savannah grassland which are inhabitant for variety of species and the game drive viewing is quite rewarding in here. Game drive is the famously done activity on African safaris which is more enjoyed or adventured in 4×4 open roof safari vehicle in order to have a close clear view of wild animals as you observe the regulations. Game drive is usually done in three session that is Morning which starts at 6:30 am to 10:30 am and this is the best time to catch up with African sun rise and rewarding time to see animals active looking for food or hunting in an open savannah grass land as well as seeing cats and leopards going back from there hid outs, you can also be able to see wide range of animals quench their thirsty near river banks ,evening game drive starts at 4pm till 6:30 pm this is the final time to catch them coming out from their hide outs ,resting under the tree shades as they graze in groups and Night game drive which starts at 6:00pm till 7:30pm this is final time to see nocturnal animals in the park ,enjoy cheetahs ,cats has they hunt their follow animals. The reserve has eco system which is supportive to wide range of animal’s species with the most famous big cats such as Lions, Leopards, Elephants, buffaloes, black and white rhinos. Other species include Gazelles, Giraffes, Oribis, hartebeest, zebras, hippos, crocodiles many more. Note that, all sessions are strictly done by the armed guide never go to the park without escort and we recommend our travelers to always pack their clear cameras to film this incredible experience in life time.
Guided nature walk
The national reserve is naturally gifted with variety of species to encounter and this can be done on free time during your stay at Masai Mara. Guided nature walk can be enjoyed on foot by the help of the local guide and the armed guide who leds you to walking trails which are less used by predators for you to be able to enjoy close view of wild animals such as Elephants, Giraffes, Antelopes, Buffaloes, and many others around the park. This activity is more enjoyable when you carry it out by the researchers and learn more about different vegetation zoning of the reserve, behaviors of the animals and since it is a walking safari you can as well meet the local people known as the Masai people and learn more about their interesting culture, as can still reach to Masai River and be able to sight see water animals such as crocodile, hippos, water birds many more.
Masai Mara is surrounded by local community famously known as the Masai people/culture is one of the African greatest culture you shouldn’t miss to visit on your safari to Mara. Masai people who are pastoralists and leave alone being cattle keep, they have unique culture which cannot be seen elsewhere in the world. This people leave around the reserve and they have been here for years so they have interesting traditional norms and customs. Visit the masai community on your safari to Masai Mara and discover the unique traditional houses, learn about their life style and get to know how to get fresh blood from animals, milking their indigenous cows, get excited about their dancing style as they jump up and down to the iconic and much more, note that, it is good to support sustainable tourism.
Masai Mara is one of the famous place in Africa where one can explore the park in open air horseback riding experience as you ride through open savannah grass land enjoying the scenery of the land scape as you pass through wide range of animals while enjoying the fresh breeze nature. Most travelers prefer horseback riding than game drive since it is an open done activity as you even get closer to animals. This experience is recommended to be done with well-trained game ranger who is charge in case you meet one of the big cats.
Maasai Mara is also known as a haven for birders with over 500 bird species of which more than 60 species of birds are raptors .The reserve boosts with large number of Ostrich known as Maasai Ostrich’ ’.The bird life of reserve can be encountered in different eco system areas that form the reserve such as open savannah ,river banks ,great rift valley escarpment and rock sides .Bird watching activity can be done throughout the year in Maasai Mara and some of the list to see include ;Cattle Egret ,Rufous bellied Heron ,Hamerkop ,Sacred Ibis ,Secretary bird ,Sooty chat ,African Fish Eagle ,Tawny Eagle ,Long tailed Cormorant ,Ostrich ,Sooty chats ,Kori bustard and many more to see.
Great migration wildebeest viewing
This is the most famous done activity one shouldn’t miss to experience in life time because millions of travelers come to engage in this truly wonderful moment annually on Kenya safari destination .Most travelers call it nature event safaris where you can discover with your own eyes millions of blue wildebeest crossing to Maasai Mara from Serengeti national park just for breeding purposes and looking for fresh green pastures and then migrate back thus making a great movie experience once in life time .This unbeatable experience usually occurs in July to October every year. In order to enjoy this great nature event which is famously known worldwide, you need to book as early as possible because during this period of the year the park overflows with many tourists who flocks in Maasai Mara purposely to adventure alive a great movie of wildebeest migration. This is not only reading the content but advise one to reach the Maasai Mara safari destination and take it to another level experience in life time.
Hot air balloon safari
This is also once a lifetime experience one can never forget that involves in waking up early in the morning to catch up with the sun set as you enjoy flying the plains of Maasai Mara while in the sky. Meanwhile, a traveler can have a great aerial view of herds of wildebeest which migrates into and occupy the reserve from Palins of Serengeti, you can also view herds of buffaloes, elephants, birds of the air like eagle and end up with truly privileged experience in life.
Honey money safari
Maasai Mara National Reserve is a unique place for honey moneys as you can enjoy the fresh breeze air around your decorated table under the tree in the middle of the reserve while being guided with the local guide, get amazed about close animals to your sleeping accommodation.
Boat tour, water sports
Travelers can still engage in boat tour experience which is one of the best way to explore Maasai Mara National Reserve while sailing on waters of lake Naivasha as you can be able to view water animals and bird species.
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Lastly, Maasai Mara National Reserve can be visited throughout the year for the above mention activities and end up with quite a number of unforgettable memories in life time to tell rest.