Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Masai Mara Reserve

The Masai Mara is a undoubtedly on the top list of many travelers as game rich area in Africa. The Mara is a land of 'big skies'. It is the most spectacular African Savannah only ruled by the Lion. Its abundant wildlife, the diverse habitats, the ideal climate, the wildebeest migration and the Maasai people keep visitors from coming back without fail. It is here that the greatest wildlife spectacles takes place. The wildebeest migration which originate in Tanzania's Serengeti around July consists of about two million animal.

The Masai Mara is also the best place to observe prides of lion. Leopards and cheetah are also present but infrequent. The rhino population has also increased steadily after a dramatic fall. Elephant and Buffalo are also plenty. The Masai Mara's grassland also supports an abundance of other plains game such as the topi, kongoni, gazelle, eland, zebra and impala.

Lodges inside the Masai Mara game reserve are: Keekorok Lodge, Mara Serena Lodge, Governors Camp and Little Governors' Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Intrepids Club and Mara Sarova. It is also possible to stay outside the reserve at Kichwa Tembo, Fig Tree Camp, Mara River Camp, Mara Buffalo, Mara Safari, Mara paradise lodge, Sekenani Camp, Siana Springs, Ol Kurruk Lodge and Oseur Camp.

One fabulous way to see wildlife in the Masai Mara is from huge hot-air balloons. Hot air balloons are popular and balloon companies exist in the Masai Mara and Taita Hills. Rides take place early in the morning with lift off occurring just before sunrise. The experience of floating over the animals is unforgettable and worth doing at least once. After an hour of divine lightness, you land among whatever game happens to be standing there, and commence a champagne breakfast while the animals stare at you.
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