Masai Mara 

The Maasai Mara

The Mara ecosystem spans around 3,000 sq km. All that space makes for some pretty awe-inspiring sunsets. This spectacular area is the site of the world’s greatest wildlife migration. Every year, almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle travel from the Serengeti up to the Maasai Mara (and back again), feeding on the lush grass that springs up after seasonal rains. The rich and fertile Mara river basin boasts some of the biggest wildlife populations in Africa and the Serengeti National Park is arguably the best-known wildlife sanctuary on the planet. 

This is one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth. The Mara-Serengeti landscape has the highest concentration of large predators in the world, including the iconic African lion. Kenya is considered one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world and well over a thousand species of our feathered friends call the country home. 

There is no specific migration 'route' and the wildebeest move towards the greener grass, following each other's footprints and huge numbers willcross the Mara River in Tanzania and head north into the Maasai Mara National Reserve (In the Mara Triangle area) and from here they may turn right and cross back over the Mara into the other areas of the reserve.

 For the famous river crossing (not to be mistake witht the migration) Wildebeest (also known as Gnus) and Zebras head north into the larget Maasai Mara area and across the shallow Sands and Mara Rivers, The herds swim far into the north where they spread out across the conservancies and they cross and re-cross the rivers, drawn by fresh pasture and driven by herd instinct and the threat of predators, especially to young and weaker animals.

Mara Conservancies

There are various Mara conservancies that have evolved independently, though each operate a similar model: leasing land from the Maasai landowners, investing tourist revenues back into the communities and ecosystems, and creating successful tourism products. The conservancy model of conservation was adopted in Kenya’s wildlife protection areas in order to create co-existence between wildlife and livestock of communities living near tourism attractions. 

The Mara North Conservancy

Mara North Conservancy (MNC) is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 25,000 hectares (~61,000 acres) and is well known for its prolific wildlife and beautiful landscape with hills and plains. The wildlife includes several much-studied lion prides, such as the Acacia pride and the Gorge pride, named after the iconic Leopard Gorge, 5km north-east of Musiara Gate.This is one of the largest community and private sector owned conservancies in the world

The Naboisho Conservancy

Naboisho Conservancy is the newest conservancy in the the Masai Mara region. It hosts a big populations of elephants and giraffes, and the largest Lion pride in the Mara region and lots of the other plains game species, including wild dogs. The high population of predators is mainly due to the huge number of grazers in the conservancy as there is plenty to eat and this makes it a popular area for game viewing. 

Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Olare Motorogi Conservancy borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including all the big cats for which the Mara is famous. With an astounding volume and variety of wildlife, the Conservancy offers some of East Africa’s finest, year-round wildlife viewing. The area boasts one of the highest concentrations of big cats in Africa and over 300 bird species, including 50 different species of raptors.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the World. There is an excellent chance of seeing the Big Five Every year, between late-June and early August, the wildebeest start to arrive in search of pasture from the dry plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania. They pour into the reserve and stream across the rivers, where crocodiles and other predators lurk in waiting. This is the famous Annual Migration – now known as one of the natural wonders of the world.
The Mara Triangle
he Mara Triangle covers 510 km², about one-third of the total area of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The unique feature of Mara Triangle is the Oloololo Escapement, The Mara River and the International boundary which forms a triangular shape. Mara Triangle has one of the highest densities of wild life in the world and on a lucky day you will be able to view all the big five in less than 2km2. The reserve is also a home of cheetah, Wildebeest, Zebra, giraffe, rock hyrax and many more.   

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