Have you heard about the eighth wonder of the world? Visit Maasai Mara national reserve, and that will no longer be a fairy tale. It is the annual wildebeest migration as they move to Kenya in July. That is a phenomenon that is still unexplainable until now how such a massive number of animals can move and at a specific time every year.
Maasai Mara national reserve is categorized among the Greatest Wildlife Reserves in Africa. Located in the Rift Valley to the south-west of the country, this reserve offers tourists spectacular ecosystems and diverse wildlife animals to see. The tourist destination is among the frequently visited reserves in the country as it is less than an hour flight from the country’s capital.
The majority of the land here is covered with open dry grassland, and therefore it is straightforward to spot wild animals even from afar. On the western slope of the reserve is where you can be lucky to see almost all the animals in the park. The big five can be seen in this reserve, including the graceful elephants which are not found in other parks.
Maasai Mara national reserve is the only reserve in Kenya that covers an extensive land that expands into Tanzania and receives the highest number of visitors from July to September. It is during that time when more than 1.5 million animals are coming into the reserve from Serengeti. The animals will again depart in November in search of greener pastures and adequate food to the south of the park.
There are over 95 species of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals in Maasai Mara. More than 400 species of birds have also been recorded to live here. There is no other place in the continent where tourists can experience the big five wild animals easily except Maasai Mara. It is the reason why it is referred to as the gem of Kenya’s wildlife.
Maasai Mara national reserve got its name from the Maasai community of Kenya. The word Mara means spotted. That is what the sanctuary appears to look like as there are vast plains that appear spotted with bushes, animals, and umbrella acacia trees.
To the east of the reserve lay the sandy Ngama Hills. The hills are usually covered in thick bush, and the area is fancied so much by the black rhino. It is where you head to if you want to see the sensational black rhino in its natural habitat.
To the western side of the Maasai Mara national reserve is the Oloololo Escarpment. At the Musiara swamp, which is located to the north of the sanctuary, is where visitors can watch leopards, lions, elephants, and cheetahs as they come to quench their thirst.
Found in this stunning tourist destination is the Mara Triangle, where there are lush grasslands that attract a large number of wildebeests and zebras during the migration period. Mara River is an attraction you shouldn’t miss, especially during the wildebeest migration. It is where all the action is; drama-filled crossing as crocodiles feast on easy prey.
Many tourists flock the Maasai Mara national reserve because of the scenic ecosystem it has to offer. The abundance of wildlife also contributes a lot, so visit Maasai Mara and experience one of the wonders of the world right before your eyes.