Masai Mara Game Reserve also called the Maasai Mara by the local tribe people of Maa community means the spotted was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary. It’s an extension of the Serengeti National Park ecosystem which borders the park to the Southeastern part. The Mara River divides the park into two parts namely the Narok and Mara Triangle.
The park is home to the famous Big five animals and offers the best viewing site for more than 1.5 million wildebeest migration as they cross the Mara River which occurs between the months of July to October depending on the weather pattern. Masai Mara Game Reserve group ranches which are part ecosystem includes; Mara North Conservancy, Lemek Conservancy, Ol Chorro Conservancy, Enonkishu, Olare Orok Conservancy, Naboisho Conservancy, Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Siana Conservancy etc.
Masai Mara Distance from Nairobi
The distance from Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve is approximately 51/2 hours driving equivalent to 270 km (168 m) driving via A 104 towards Naivasha, then turn into B3 which is the old Naivasha road and then turn again into B3 to Narok Town.
Some of the major towns you drive along include; Westland, Limuru town slightly offs the road, Mai Mahiu town, Duka-Moja, Ntulele, Sayabei and then finally Narok Town. From Narok, we have different roads to Masai Mara Game Reserve which you can take.
Daily flights operate from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to several airstrips within Masai Mara Game Reserve and flying time is approximately 45 Minutes. Masai Mara Park gates include; Ololoolo gate, Musiara gate, Talek gate, Ololomutiek gate, Sekenani gate.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Weather
Masai Mara climate is pleasantly warm especially during the daytime. The park annual rainfall is approximately 83mm/month with a temperature range of 12-30 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall is around 1400mm.
Temperatures vary from 30 degrees Celsius/86 degrees Fahrenheit to 14 degrees Celsius/58 degrees Fahrenheit at night hence warm clothes are recommended for early game drives and late evenings. The wettest months are April and December while the driest months are July, August, and September.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Location
Masai Mara Game Reserve is located within the Great Rift Valley within Narok County coving an area of approximately 1510 square km equivalent to 583 square miles which are almost five times the size of Amboseli National Park.
The park altitude varies from 1500 meters to 1900 meters above the sea level and its location coordinates are -1.416667 and the longitude is 34.916667.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Hotel
Accommodations are available in different categories ranging from budget, standard, and superior to premium luxury camps and lodges. Some are inside the game reserve while others are located within the group ranches.
Contact us for guidance on which lodge or camp to booking depending on the season of travel and your travel expectations. Some are child-friendly while others have an age limitation.
Some safari lodges and superior luxury camps includes; Ashnil Mara Tented Camp, Mara Neptune Camp, Mara River Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Entim Mara Camp, Karen Blixen Tented Camp, Ngerende island Lodge, Olare Mara Kemphisk.
Best Time to Visit Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Masai Mara Game Reserve is known as an excellent all year round tourist destination for game drives through some camps close down in the months of April and May due to long rains and renovation. July to October is the climax because of the annual wildebeest migration.
You can as well visit the park in January to March, the park is less crowded, it’s the calving period for most wild animals after the December rains and the cats are seriously hunting because of the scarcity of prey.
Masai Mara has got two seasons, the low season which is November to June and the peak season which is July to October. Accommodation within Masai Mara keeps on changing the rates with seasons. Travel during the low season to save some money.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Safaris
DK Grand Safaris offers several safari packages to Masai Mara Game Reserve which can be customized as family safari, honeymoon safari, private safaris, group safari, and photographic safari etc. Pick up can be from your Nairobi city hotel or direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport depending on your arrival time.
The safari packages include accommodation, safari in land cruisers, game drives, park fees, professional guides, Masai Mara park Entry fee etc making your dream safari come true.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Animals
The big five animals can be sighted in a single game drive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve if you are lucky though that cannot be guaranteed. For travelers looking for the big cats (Lions, Leopard, Cheetahs etc.), Masai Mara is the destination though again no guarantee.
Approximately 95 different species of mammals have been recorded at Masai Mara Game Reserve which includes; Africa elephants, lions, leopard, rhino, cheetahs, cape buffaloes, bat-eared fox, Thomson Gazelles, Warthogs, Topi, Giraffe, Caracals, Impala, Zebras, wildebeest, hippopotamus, mongoose, baboons, spotted hyenas, grants gazelles, crocodiles, Sykes monkeys etc.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Birds
More than 500 different species of birds occur in the park which includes Palearctic migrants and endemic. Common birds at the Masai Mara Game Reserve include , Ostrich, plovers, jacanas, rollers, vultures, bustards, egrets, pelicans, cuckoo, trogons, ibises, cranes, turacos, pigeons, falcons, storks, kingfishers, kites etc.
Masai Mara Tourists Attractions
- Big Five Animals,
- Wildebeest Migration
- Bird Watching
- Balloon Safaris
- Maasai Culture Tours
- Walking Tours
- Bush Dinners
- Night Game Drives
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Narok County Headquarters
Landline Contact: 254(50) 22551/22220
P.O Box 898 – 20500
NAROK – Kenya