The Beauty of Masai Mara in Kenya
Kenya is such a beautiful country when it comes to holidays. Kenya has a lot to offer to both foreigners and the locals as well. From the white sandy beaches in Mombasa to the adventurous wild Masai Mara, Kenya offers holiday seekers the complete fun package.
Well, around the world, there are many sandy beaches, many mountains and rivers but there is only one Masai Mara. Masai Mara is very unique and offers holiday seekers a serene environment that is ideal for a quiet holiday and can be as adventurous as well.
Masai Mara in Kenya is situated in the Rift Valley province of Kenya and it takes about 5 hours to drive there from the country’s capital, Nairobi. The Masai Mara is solely famous because of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular national reserves that tourists frequently visit for Safaris in Africa. Masai Mara borders the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania which is equally famous for safaris in Tanzania.
What is Masai Mara Famous for?
Before visiting a place for holidays or safaris, it is important that you know all about the place and what it has to offer that will make your holiday experience unique or different. You will have to be sure that you will get what interests you there.
This is not any different when we consider safaris in Masai Mara. In my opinion, the beauty of Masai Mara is in its diversity. Masai Mara has so much to offer to tourists that visit the area and it is unlikely that you will fail to find something that will spice up your holiday.
Below we will look into the things that make Masai Mara what it is today and why Masai Mara is known all across the world. These are the basic things but of course the Mara has so much more to offer.
Wildlife in Masai Mara Kenya
Wildlife in the Masai Mara is the number one attraction that drives tourist to the Mara. Masai Mara is very rich when it comes to wildlife in their natural habitat. From the big five to the birds in the trees to the crocodiles and hippos in the Mara River, there is no limit to what you can find in the Mara.
The Masai Mara National reserve is home to the world renowned big five. The big 5 family comprises of the elephant, the buffalo, the rhino, the leopard and the lion. When you visit Masai Mara for safaris, you will easily find the big 5 in their natural home. Apart from the big five, there are other many animals that are common in the African jungles. These include the cheetah, giraffe, zebras, hyenas and other animals.
Masai Mara was initially famous in Kenya and Africa only. However, what put the Mara on the global scope is the great wildebeest migration. Each year, Masai Mara experiences the great wildebeest migration which sees wildebeest and other animals migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara without fail.
Tourists each year visit Masai Mara around July through to October to experience the 7th world wonder. There is so much adventure that comes with the great wildebeest migration that makes it such as spectacle. As the wildebeest migration is in progress, there are always a number of predators that are hungry for some catch. The wildebeests, zebras and gazelles provide security to each other by numbers, as lions, leopards, hyenas and other predators follow close by.
However, the greatest spectacle is when the wildebeests are forced to cross the Mara River. The Mara River is a crocodile infested river and as the wildebeest cross the river in their numbers, hungry crocodiles wait to get a bite each year. This is usually the height of the wildebeest migration. As harsh as it is to watch the crocodiles tear the wildebeests apart, it is still an act of nature and a completion of the food chain.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is mainly made up of the Savannah vegetation. It makes it an ideal place to see various acts of nature including hunting and animal mating. There are various seasons for such activities as mating for certain animals and if this is particularly your interest, it is important that you research on the best period to visit the Masai Mara for it. However, hunting happens throughout the year and it is something that you can visit the Mara for such spectacle any time of the year.
Activities in Masai Mara Kenya
There are various activities that tourists can engage in the Masai Mara. One of them is the game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve. This is the primary activity and tourists have a lot to see as explained above.
However, there are different types of safaris in the Mara that can spice up the experience of safaris in Kenya. Tourists have different options available for them when visiting Masai Mara.
One of the most famous safaris in Masai Mara is the balloon safaris. This is where tourists go on safaris using hot air balloons. This is usually a great experience especially if you have never been on a hot air balloon before. It is usually best during the late hours of the day when the sun goes down and what an experience it is to experience sundowners from the balloon.
You can also experience safaris on boat in the Mara River. Many animals are known to visit the Masai Mara River for water in various times of the day. When going through the Mara River, you will see various animals including the big five and other interesting animals.
In the Masai Mara, you can also go on nature walks. This means that tourists can go through parts of the Mara on foot with a guide. This gives a unique opportunity to get very close to non aggressive animals including the giraffe among others. You get an opportunity to get very close to other tiny members of the Masai Mara that you would not otherwise see when you are on a 4×4 truck or on a hot air balloon. This also gives the tourist a unique chance to interact with the flora in the Masai Mara especially to those who are interested in the flora part of nature.
The Culture of the Indigenous Masai People in Masai Mara
Masai Mara is home to the Masai people of Kenya. Culturally, this is one of the most interesting tribes in Africa. This is mainly because they have stood the test of time and refused to abandon their culture to follow the western culture as most tribes have.
The Masai tribe of Kenya is known to hold practices such as hunting in the Masai Mara among others. Tourists often visit the Masai villages to learn a few things about their culture and how they go about their daily lives. They mode of dressing is quite unique and they have different accessories that you can carry home as souvenirs.
There is a lot to learn from the Masai culture and it is an experience that you can carry home whether you are a foreign or local tourist.
These are among the things that make Masai Mara a very unique holiday destination in Kenya. There is much more that you can experience there and once you have a taste of the Masai Mara, you will always want to come back. This is because each time you visit Masai Mara Kenya, you will find something new to that will make you fall in love with the Masai Mara over and over again.