Masai Mara national reserve is one of the most visited reserves in Kenya. Here you’ll find things to know about Masai Mara, a reserve famous for its wealth in wildlife both predators and plain grazers. It is one tourist destination in Kenya that will always have a surprise for you and no matter how many times you visit, you’ll never get enough of what this natural theater of wildlife has to offer. The reserve boasts of a vast savannah wilderness dotted with bushes and isolated trees and a riverine forest along the Mara river that gives life to this expansive reserve. Masai Mara national reserve has acquired a high flier status having been named “the seventh wonder of the world”. The seventh wonder of the world is the spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration between Masai Mara and Serengeti. This famous reserve is found on the south western part of Kenya, sharing not only a border with our neighbor Tanzania but also a diverse and incredibly massive number of wild animals forming the world’s best wildlife safari destination.
‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ in the Masai language, which is spoken by the ancestral residents, the Maasai people. It refers to how the Mara is dotted with balanite trees, isolated forests and craters when looked from afar.
The Masai Mara national reserve stretching over an area of 1,510 km². On crossing the main bridge from the reserve you get to the Mara Triangle. The Mara Triangle is one third of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, with an area of 510 km². The greater Masai Mara ecosystem also consists of several conservancies that border the reserve. These conservancies are privately owned by several Maasai families. Lodges and camps lease the land from the Maasai which gives these Maasai families the chance to invest in their communities by funding conservation initiatives.
Some of the conservancies in Masai Mara that offer authentic adventure experiences include: Olkinyei Conservancy, Mara North Conservancy, Naibosho Conservancy, Lemek Conservancy, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Siana Mara Conservancy and Olarro Conservancy.