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Masai Mara

elephants in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Best time to visit: July, August, September

Safaris: Art Safari, Action Packed Adventure Safari, Professional Photography Safari, Women's Perspective Safari, Village Immersion, Kenya Luxury Safari and some others

Activities: Game Walking, Cultural Visits, Wildebeest Migration

Accommodation: Adventure Camping, Rekero, Base Camp Explorer, Mobile Camping

Temperatures:
Day: 20-35° C, 68-95° F
Night: 10-20° C, 50-68° F

Located south of Nairobi on the Tanzania border, the Masai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti eco-system. The Mara spreads over 1510 square km of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops and green winding rivers.

Not only is the Mara blessed with this stunning landscape, but also its animal diversity is one of the greatest in Africa. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, the Mara is a sanctuary for all of the "Big Five" animals: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The sweet grasses and abundant water ensure a full compliment of plains game such as the impala and Thompsons gazelle. The deep river pools provide homes for hippo and crocodiles.

Each year, generally in August and September, the Mara is host to the spectacular Wildebeest Migration, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Literally millions of these awkwardly shaped ungulates move across the open plains in an endless stream stretching from horizon to horizon. The movement of this vast herd is fascinating; it is seldom that a day goes by without the added bonus of watching the predators that follow the herd.

A herd of wildebeest o n the move in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs rely on the herd for food. Spotting one of these magnificent predators is more or less guaranteed at this time.

The breath-taking beauty of the Masai Mara and its astonishing diversity ensure that the Mara is one of the most popular stops on a Kenyan safari.

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