Masai Mara

The eighth natural wonder of the world – the Masai Mara, lies 270 km north west of Nairobi. 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest is a stunning backdrop for the world’s greatest natural spectacle – The Wildebeest Migration.

From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the Tanzanian border into the Masai Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.

At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles.

The wildebeest bring new life to the Mara, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators who follow the herds.

The Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life year-round. The savannah plains are scattered with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and topi. The acacia forests abound with bird life and monkeys. Elephants and buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with hippos and crocodiles. Over 450 bird species have been identified in the Mara.

The Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and is home to the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries. These regal and powerful hunters dominate the grasslands. Cheetah are also a common sight in the Mara, as are hyena and smaller predators such as jackals.

The Mara area is well serviced with a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and offers an assortment of activities for the whole family, from walking safaris to sunrise balloon safaris.