Maasai Mara National Park

The Migration in Maasai Mara The Migration in Maasai Mara
Leopard in Maasai Mara along the road Leopard in Maasai Mara along the road
Packed lunch for on the way Packed lunch for on the way


The Maasai Mara reserve is named after the Masai who still live there to this day. They are in charge of the area and often refer to the reserve as ‘The Mara’. The Maasai Mara reserve is known as one of Africa's biggest wildlife reserves, covering around 1510 square meters of land. The reserve is situated in the southwest of Kenya and also belongs to the northern part of Serengeti National Park. You surely won't miss the lions, leopards and cheetahs in this wondrous region! 

The Big Five

During your safari in the Maasai Mara reserve, it will be very likely that you will meet ‘The Big Five’. The Big Five includes elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and the buffalo. Out of all the parks in the world, the biggest number of lions live in the Maasai reserve. However, there are also more than 95 different mammals to be found, like cheetahs, giraffes, impalas, zebras, gnus, buffoons, warthogs and many more. There have also been spotted more than 570 different bird species. The Mara river stretches from the North to the South, right through the park, and a lot of hippos and crocodiles can be found here. The crocodiles are in their best shape in the months of July and November, when the annual migration of the gnus takes place.

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Biggest spectacle: Annual migration

In this spectacular area, the ecosystem makes sure the world gets to see the most unique migration in the world: the migration of more than 2 million gnus (wildebeests), zebras and gazelles! A huge number of animals migrate from the dry plains of Tanzania to the fertile soil of Kenya. While being followed by various predators, they cross the Mara river. This is not without danger, because the river is filled with hungry crocodiles. The trampling of their hooves makes a roaring sound and makes the earth tremble!

Climate and the best time to visit

The Maasai Mara Reserve is known for its rolling hills, grasslands and areas with more dense vegetation. Because the reserve is located around 1500 to 2000 meters above sea level, the climate is a lot gentler compared to other similar areas. During the day, the temperatures will reach around 30 degrees Celsius while during the night, it will hardly get any colder than 15 degrees Celsius.

The Maasai Mara reserve can be visited all-year round. You will be able to see the big migration between July and October. December and January are the driest and warmest months which makes it more likely to see the bigger cats.

The wet season is in April, May and November. Certain areas can be unaccessible during these months because of the amount of mud.

Nairobi City is less than 300 kilometers away and it takes about 5 to 6 hours to drive to the park, and around 40-45 minutes to fly there.