The Maasai Mara National Reserve is for many people not just the highlight of their Kenyan adventure but the very reason they came in the first place. This huge expanse of gently rolling grassland specked with flat-topped acacia trees and trampled by massive herds of zebras and wildebeest offers the best wildlife viewing in the world. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Maasai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. This migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 97,000 Topi, 18,000 elands, and 200,000 zebras.
These migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by predators, most notably lions and hyena. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. African Elephants, antelopes, Maasai giraffe, hyenas, Cape buffalo, black rhinos, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve. This is an experience not to be missed! Travelling further to the world famous Maasai Mara you will require at least three days.