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Kenya's Best Known Park

Below find a summary of facts and figures about Masai Mara:

Size: 1510 km˛

Location: on the border with Tanzania. Masai Mara forms one big eco-system with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Driving time from Nairobi is 5 to 6 hours.

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The gates which are used the most are the Sekenani Gate (on the east side of the park), the Oloololo Gate (in the north) and the Talek Gate, which is more or less in between the two previously mentioned gates. Masai Mara is above 1500 m above sea level.

Landscape: open grasslands with a lot of rivers and small seasonal creeks. The best known rivers are the Mara and the Talek River.

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Mammals: Apart from the big five (= elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffaloes) common sightings are of topi antelopes, wildebeests, hippos, hyenas, jackals, foxes, Burchell zebras, hartebeests...

The range of mammals is too long to mention all of them. In Masai Mara it is possible to see loads of animals in the shortest time.

The migration of the wildebeests over the Mara River is a spectacle you will never forget.

Bird species: Over 470 different species have been recorded in the park, making Masai Mara a top destination for bird watchers and general nature lovers.

Visitors: the park is often quite busy during the European school holidays.

Activities: game drives, hiking outside the park boundaries, ballooning, bird watching, photography

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Many visitors staying in Masai Mara take the time to go and experience the way Masais still live in their homesteads (= manyattas) the way they have been doing this for the past many centuries.

Accommodation: in and around the park the accommodation ranges from top end to very basic. There's accommodation for all budgets.

We often book the Mara Leisure Camp, which is along the Talek River or the Ashnil tented camp, in the centre of the park.

Good to know: the park is accessible by plane from Nairobi.

Masai Mara is the place to be for taking pictures of the sunset with the silhouettes of the big game.

Our driver-guides know better than anyone else how to position the 4WD to enable you to take the picture of a lifetime.