Maasai Mara was a dream!
It had been on my list of ‘top places to visit’ for years! And it seems I crossed my fingers hard enough because I got to explore the magical Maasai Mara in September this year!
It is one of the largest game reserves in Africa; located in the South-west of Kenya and shares a border with the Serengeti Game Reserve in Tanzania –offering a wildlife, cultural and Eco-system experience.
Part of the hotel package was a full-day game drive at the world-famous Maasai Mara National Park. We had so much fun that I couldn’t wait to share my favorite pictures. Here are some photos that may inspire you to visit the Maasai Mara:
Overall, our trip was so memorable! We got to see 2 kills in one day– that’s in the morning a mother cheetah training its cub to hunt and kill its prey; and in the evening as we were heading out of the park, we spotted a lioness hunting and killing a baby wildebeest.
The Maasai Mara is also famous for the Wildebeest Great Migration- an exodus of giant herds of grazers across northern Tanzania and Kenya and it normally happens once a year from June through to August or sometimes up to end of September. We found a herd of wildebeest and Zebras about to cross the Mara River; unfortunately we didn’t get to see them cross over–probably because we had given them the ‘hurry-up‘ look 😀
Well, want to have an epic game drive at the Maasai Mara?
* Best time to start a game drive is from 6 am hence wake up early.
* Make sure your phone and camera are fully charged; this isn’t a place you can afford to miss taking photos.
* Have a bush breakfast and lunch – dining somewhere in the middle of the Game Reserve as you enjoy the beautiful scenery is absolutely spectacular!
* Carry shades, sun lotion, allowance to buy souvenirs, pay park fees & for tipping.
* I know it may be out of your control but make sure you get a tour guide who is knowledgeable–knows where all the wild animals are!- especially the ‘Big Five’ wild animals. Having a savvy tour guide saves time going round and round searching for animals. I found ‘Spirit of the Masai Mara‘ well-organised; they provided us with a safari land-cruiser and two guides.
* The Mara view: take it all in and relax. You’ll have a great time!
Well, that’s it guys! I’d love to hear from you what you think about the Maasai Mara Game Reserve? Is it a place you’d want to visit? What do you think about my visit? or have you already been there? Please leave a comment below.
Thank you xx
Photography by Cedric Mungai