MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Masai Mara Game Reserve also called the Maasai Mara by the local people of Maa community means the spotted and it was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary.
It’s an extension of the Serengeti National Park ecosystem which boarders the park to the south eastern part. The Mara River divides the park in to two parts namely the 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.
Several group ranches which form part of the Masai Mara ecosystem includes; Mara North Conservancy, Siana Conservancy, Koiyaki Conservancy, Lemek Conservancy, Olchorro 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 driving via A 104 towards Naivasha, then turn into B3 which is the old Naivasha road then turn to B3 to Narok Town.
Some of the major towns you will drive through include; Westland, Limuru Town slightly offs the road, Mai Mahiu Town, DukaMoja, Ntulele, Sayabei and then finally Narok Town. From Narok we have different roads to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Daily flights operate from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to several airstrips within Masai Mara Game Reserve and flying time is approximately 45 Minutes.
The park can be accessed via Ololoolo Gate, Musiara Gate, Talek Gate, Ololomutiek Gate, Sekenani Gate
Masai Mara Game Reserve Weather
Masai Mara climate is pleasantly warm especially during the day time. The park annual rainfall is approximately 83mm/month with temperature range of 12-30 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall is around 1400mm.
The 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 in Narok county covering an area of approximately 1510 square km equivalent to 583 square miles which is almost five times the size of Amboseli National Park.
The park altitude varies from 1500 meters to 1900 meters above the sea level. The coordinates are -1.416667 and the longitude is: 34.916667.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Map
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 book depending on the season of travel and your expectations. Some are child friendly while others have age limited.
They include safari lodges; Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Serena Lodge and several superior and luxury camps Ashnil Mara Tented Camp, Karen Blixen Tented Camp, Ngerende island Lodge, Olare Mara Kempinski
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 though some camps close down in April and May due to long rains in April. July to October is the climax because the annual wildebeest migration.
Other months are good to visit the park because they are less crowded and cats are more active because of scarcity of prey. January to March is mostly the calving months for most herbivores.
Masai Mara has got two seasons, the low season which is November to June and the peak season which is July to October. The accommodation with the Mara rates changes with season. Travel during the low season to save some money.
Masai Mara Safari
DK Grand Safaris offers several Safari packages to Masai Mara Game Reserve; we customize family safari, honeymoon safari, private safaris, group safari and photographic safari.
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 hence making your dream safari come true at Masai Mara Game Reserve.
- 4 Days/3 Nights Masai Mara Safari
- 7 Days/6 Nights Amboseli/Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara Safari
- 12 Days/11 Nights Photographic Safari
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 and Skyes Monkeys etc.
Masai Mara Game Reserve Birds
More than 500 different species of birdsoccur in the parkboth Palearctic migrants and endemic. Common Birds in the Masai Mara Game Reserve includes: Ostrich, plovers, jacanas, rollers, vultures, bustards, egrets, pelicans, cuckoo, trogons, ibises, cranes, turacos, pigeons, falcons, storks, kingfishers, coursers, 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
Masai Mara Game Reserve Contact
DK Grand Safaris
Narok County Headquarters
Landline Contact: 254(50) 22551/22220
P.O Box 898 – 20500
NAROK – Kenya