The Mara Plains

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve and is one of the most popular destinations for a Kenya safari holiday. The Mara comprises 200 sq miles of open l plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Seregeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life.2

The Masai Mara is a location where many documentaries have been filmed the ‘Big Cat Diaries’ with Simon King and ‘Planet Earth Live’  with Richard Hammond being some of the most recent.

In fact we understand the cast for ‘Planet Earth Live’ stayed at the fabulous Governors Camp one of our most requested camps for a Kenya safari holiday.

The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of grazing animals such as Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi, the Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp and the Mara and Talek Rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.

Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti.

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 border into the Masai Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon – a spectacle that must be witnessed in one’s lifetime. 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 hungry 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 Masai Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. If you would like to see pride of lions on safari, the Masai Mara should definitely be on your wish list. Cheetah are also a common sight on a safari holiday in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals.

The Mara can be reached by road or by scheduled flights on light aircraft from Nairobi’s Domestic Wilson Airport. There are several airstrips around and even inside the Mara, where the planes can land. Luggage allowance is usually restricted to around 15kg per person in soft sided cases. On arrival guests are met by a vehicle from the Masai Mara Safari Lodge where they are staying. We offer a range of Escorted Safari Tours in Kenya that encompass a few nights safari in the Masai Mara.

Accommodation is available in tented camps or safari lodges, either inside the Masai Mara or on one of the wildlife conservancies which border the reserve but with no dividing fences. Game viewing on the conservancies is restricted to guests from the lodges which are located on the conservancy, making it less crowded. Guests staying at a lodge on a conservancy are also allowed to traverse the Masai Mara, and your stay will include the park fees for at least one game drive into the MaThe Masai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve and is one of the most popular destinations for a Kenya safari holiday. The Mara comprises 200 sq miles of open l plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Seregeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life.

The Masai Mara is a location where many documentaries have been filmed the ‘Big Cat Diaries’ with Simon King and ‘Planet Earth Live’  with Richard Hammond being some of the most recent.

In fact we understand the cast for ‘Planet Earth Live’ stayed at the fabulous Governors Camp one of our most requested camps for a Kenya safari holiday.

The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of grazing animals such as Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi, the Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp and the Mara and Talek Rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.

Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti.

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 border into the Masai Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon – a spectacle that must be witnessed in one’s lifetime. 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 hungry 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 Masai Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. If you would like to see pride of lions on safari, the Masai Mara should definitely be on your wish list. Cheetah are also a common sight on a safari holiday in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals.

The Mara can be reached by road or by scheduled flights on light aircraft from Nairobi’s Domestic Wilson Airport. There are several airstrips around and even inside the Mara, where the planes can land. Luggage allowance is usually restricted to around 15kg per person in soft sided cases. On arrival guests are met by a vehicle from the Masai Mara Safari Lodge where they are staying. We offer a range of Escorted Safari Tours in Kenya that encompass a few nights safari in the Masai Mara.

Accommodation is available in tented camps or safari lodges, either inside the Masai Mara or on one of the wildlife conservancies which border the reserve but with no dividing fences. Game viewing on the conservancies is restricted to guests from the lodges which are located on the conservancy, making it less crowded. Guests staying at a lodge on a conservancy are also allowed to traverse the Masai Mara, and your stay will include the park fees for at least one game drive into the Mara.

Extract from http://www.visionsofafrica.co.uk/masai-mara/

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