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The Great Migration

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve.The maasai mara game reserve is rated the 4th (forth) best tourist destination in the world and lately named the 7th (seventh) wonder of the world by the ABC.It is located in the South Western part of Kenya.The maasai Mara and the Serengeti plains covers 10,000 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Maasai Mara is usually referred to as "The Mara"which in the Maasai word means patchy landscape.The spelling of "Masai" and "Maasai"are both acceptable,the latter refers to the people.The Masai Mara is both referred to as a Game Reserve and a National Reserve. It is also treated as a National Park.This is because Masai Mara is managed both by the local authority and the Kenya Wildlife Service. Reserves allow camp sites, lodges and the settlement of local tribes people with their cattle, while the National Parks are normally managed centrally and do not allow human inhabitation apart from people on safari and park rangers in the parks.Both management co-exist in the Mara. The Mara is an awesome natural wonder, a place where Maasai warriors share the plains with hunting lions, a place of mighty herds and timeless cycles of life, death and regeneration. It spreads into the plains of Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania.The Loita Hills and the Nguruman Escarpment, both considered sacred to the Maasai, offer high forest trekking opportunities for the adventurous traveler.

Maasai People
Morans at Dance
Wilderbeest Migration
Mating Lions

The Maasai
These are a semi-nomadic cattle rearing community who still practice their culture which is fascinating.They are divided into several sub-tribes spread within Kenya and Tanzania,some of whom share the Mara Region. Being nomads,their life-style depend entirely on cattle thus their special relationship with cattle.The Maasai are a strongly independent people who still value tradition and ritual as an integral part of their everyday lives. They regard themselves not just as residents of this area but that they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives .Traditionally, the Maasai rarely hunt and living alongside wildlife in harmony is an important part of their beliefs. Lions and Wildebeest play as important a role in their cultural beliefs as their own herds of cattle. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes this Maasai land one of the world’s most unique wilderness regions.The Maasai have survived a troubled history but are under increasing pressure to conform with modern society which they are slowly accepting due to climate change.

Maasai Mara - 4th Preferred Tourist Destination in the world
Maasai Mara is rated the fourth preferred tourist destination in the world due to its uniqueness of the area and preservation it provides to so many species living in harmony among the maasai tries men.It has over 1.5 million wildebeests,more than 500,000 gazelles and more than 200,000 zebras constantly in the move for search of grass and water.In addition to these are the Lions,leopards,cheetahs,hyenas and other smaller predators such as the Jackals and the vultures who are constantly in the move hunting for the other animals.The annual animal ritual in search of lush grass-The annual migration is the spectacle activity which makes Maasai Mara one of the most preferred tourist destinations of the world. Visitor population during the months of july to october outstretch the accommodation available in the Maasai Mara. Visitors are therefore requested to book and confirm there arrivals way long enough to secure accommodation availability. You have not seen wildlife game in africa until you visit the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Maasai Mara - 7th wonder of the world
Maasai Mara and Serengeti and the wildebeest migration has lately been declared the 7Th (seventh) New wonder of the world by ABC.This has been decided by a panel of experts which included an oceanographer- M/s silvia Earlier,range and wildlife management expert,astrophysicist-Neil de Grasse Tyson and a tour expert invited by ABC after six days rigorous selection and classification exercise which ended on 17th November 2006 with a breakfast TV show "Good Morning America" televising a live interview with the Kenya wildlife director.

The New wonders are separate from the conventional Seven Wonders of the world known for centuries and which are classified by UNESCO. These are classified by ABC and they include the following in chronological order;"Tibet's Potala Palace,selected for the hope it provides to exiled Tibetans that one day they will return to their homeland;the Old Jerusalem CIty,which is holy to both Muslims and Christians;the Polar Ice Caps in Iceland for the mixture of cold frozen glaciers and volcanoes;the under wetter Hawaiian Island's Monument,a protected underwater coral reef;the Internet-described as a world where anything is possible and the Mayan Pyramids in Cancun,Mexico,whose site was described as breathing;then followed with the Maasai Mara and Serengeti and the wildebeest migration,for its uniqueness of the area and the preservation it provides to so many species living in harmony."

Maasai Mara and the "Big Nine"
Masai mara is the best place to see wildlife in Kenya.It is at the mara that you will see "The Big Nine".The so-called "Big Five" are Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros. The "Big Nine" extends this to include Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippo. The vast grassland plains of Maasai mara are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles. All these and more will definitely be seen at the Masai Mara without any hastle.The Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys. Masai Mara has over 500 wildlife species thus making it the most preferred tourist destination by those who want to take close photographs of wildlife.

The Annual Great Wildebeest Migration in Maasai Mara
This is the most tourist attraction within the years. Every year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle; The Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. From the months of July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.5 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They converge across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.The miracle of the Great Migration is that the animals mysteriously find their way.

Wildebeest in the Maasai MaraMara

The wildebeests bring balance to the fragile ecosystem.They are the heart and soul of the Great Migration-which is lush with new grass.There's even a pattern to the way they eat grass; First, the zebras come. "The zebra seems to be eating top grass, the wildebeest go for the middle then the herd beasts,the gazelles go for the lowest part". At Grumeti and Mara Rivers they mass together on the banks before finally plunging wildly forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles which start feasting on them.

Even though some are devoured by the reptiles and others trampled upon, thousands make it across and,after three to five months of feeding and fattening,they start the journey back in late november,depending on how green the grass is on the other side of the river. The migration of the wildebeest and other animals 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 has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetah are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals.

Where can you stay - Lodges, Luxury Tented Camps and campsites in the Maasai Mara
There are a number of Lodges within the Masai Mara.These include among others; Keekorok, Mara Serena, Mara Sopa and Camps which include; Fig Tree, Governor's, Kichwa Tembo, Mara Buffalo, Siana Intrepids, Mara Safari Club, Mara River, Mara Sarova, plus other campsites on the Talek River and near some of the Gates to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.


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Victoria Safaris takes You to the Maasai Mara
Victoria Safaris makes all traveling (Road & Air), Tours, Lodge and camping bookings for visitors intending to visit the mara at a discounted Rate. The point of road access to Masai Mara is Narok, a 3 hour drive from Nairobi. Some people choose to Fly to the Mara, which is serviced by a number of airstrips. There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi, and the coast. Private Charters also use these strips. Accessing the Mara area is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come to Maasai Mara as part of a Safari package from Nairobi. The park has well established internal roads and tracks. Victoria Safaris can arrange specialized tours, treks or hikes.

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