Maasai Mara

Serengeti’s endless plains and the dotted hills of Mara together form an eco-biosphere of unparallel grandeur, an unmatched wilderness spectacle. Maasai Mara or the dotted hills in Maa along with the Serengeti is the last stand of the wilderness on earth. It is here that a human understands how insignificant he truly is. Old jungle saying, “The entire world was such a haven for God and then he made humans.” It is this eco-biosphere that gives us the great migration. Here wildebeest and zebra brave the odds and gallop in ever changing circles in their quest for graze; the pattern and the timing of their arrival and departure dependent on the rains. Though this changes every year, we can, more or less, form a conclusive opinion of the broader movement patterns of these herds.

The migration into and from the Mara is in two directions. Most animals brave the Mara River and enter Maasai Mara from the south but a few also migrate into the Loita hills to the north east. The migrating herds from the Serengeti start to arrive around May-June and depart around September.

Between its two rivers the Talek and the Mara, between its hills and vast plains separated by the Rhino Ridge the Mara remains our most favourite wildlife destinations in the world. Strategic fly camps take you into the very heart of the wildlife where the roaring of lions reverberates inside your tents at night, making you tingle with excitement, giving you but a brief glimpse of how the white hunters lived.

Lions, leopards, cheetah, buffalo and elephants (though fewer in numbers) are seen with regularity. Wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle Grant’s gazelles, impalas, topis and Coke’s hartebeests, black rhinoceros, hippopotami, Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe, the large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, spotted hyena are a few of the mammals found in this haven. Additionally, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park

The interesting thing about the Masai Mara Reserve is that it is administered by Narok County Council and the Mara Conservancy, which is a nonprofit organization formed by the local Maasai. The wildlife roams freely across both the Reserve and Conservation areas which are a continuous wildlife ecosystem. The Maasai have actually managed to save the wilderness and the sole reason for their success, as we have said before, is that they live in harmony with their wilderness only killing errant animals, much like punishing errant humans!

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