When you are planning a visit to Africa, no doubt you’ve already done your research into the best places to go and Masai Mara has likely popped up into your list. It’s no wonder. It is one of the most visited places on the continent and it’s easy to see why – the grassy plains, the wildlife, the waterholes; not to mention the sunsets are some of the most amazing you’ll ever experience.
If you don’t have Masai Mara on your itinerary yet, here are 5 things you need to know that might change your mind.
1. The flora and fauna is in abundance in the Masai Mara Reserve, from elephant and buffalo, to hippos and crocodiles; lion and leopard, to birds and wildebeest – you’re going to see the best Africa has to offer.
2. The Mara River runs through the reserve and is a great place to see animals, particularly crocodiles waiting for their pray, and hippo enjoying the escape from the heat. The river itself is around 395km in length and flows through Kenya and Tanzania. You can enjoy cruises on the river, or you might take a hot air balloon to see the views from above. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.
3. You will get to meet the locals. One of the world’s most fascinating tribes, the Masai people are extremely friendly and you’ll have the opportunity to explore their mud and stick manyattas (homes) and introduced to their traditions which have continued for thousands of years.
4. It’s a great place to visit all year round, though July to October is most popular as it’s when the Great Migration takes place (see point 5). There are short rain months from late September to November where you can enjoy light showers in the morning or late at night; or your best chance of seeing wildlife around waterholes is between December to March. If you don’t mind getting wet, the rainy season is March to June (but just be wary as some roads can close in this time).
5. The Masai Mara is one of the ideal vantage points for viewing the Great Migration, where you can see around 1.7 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of other game – including around 470,000 gazelles, and over 250,000 zebra as they make their way across the plains. There are some great places to stay along the path. One of the most popular is the Mara Bushtops in Kenya, which is where you will stay if you decide to go on our Great Migration & Masai Mara tour!
If you want to find out more about how you can best experience the Great Migration in the Masai Mara, give us a call!
Contact E|Habla Luxury Travel Agency on 1800 990 998 for our safari tours and holiday packages.
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