Tarangire National Park
Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve has been named one of the new Seventh Wonders of the World in a poll of experts conducted by ABC Television’s Good Morning America. The incredible annual migration of over a million Wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the Mara has been described as being one of the most awe inspiring sights on earth, and a broadcast on US morning television took this spectacle into millions of American homes.
Tarangire National Park
Area – 1510 sq km
Distance from Nairobi – 310 km – 5 hrs by road
Distance from Nakuru – 365 km – 6 hrs by road
Masai Mara National Reserve offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Telek, full of crocodiles and hippos, which carry water the whole year round. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest, which gradually makes way for bush and grassland. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuance of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is no place where more of these may be seen than in Masai Mara. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes and gazelles all of which can be observed in their natural habitat.
There is a particularly dramatic spectacle from July to September, the annual migration of huge herds of wildebeest and zebras followed. Close to 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra followed by their predators migrate from Serengeti to Masai Mara in search of pasture. You will have the opportunity to see the migration crossing Mara River battling crocodiles and resisting being swept down by the river.
Safari to Kenya is incomplete without visiting Masai Mara. The people and the views are extraordinary. Naturally the Masai Village is a must, where you will find some of the tallest people you’ve seen at one place. But nothing beats the experience of seeing elephants, cheetahs, warthogs, giraffes, lions, and many more face to face, in their natural environment. The landscape is enormous and the safari vibe gets to everyone. Never in your life will you be so overwhelmed by the safari thrill as in Kenya.
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 Thompson’s gazelle. The deep river pools provide homes for hippo and crocodiles. For a totally unique experience, enjoy a game-viewing adventure from the hot air balloon. The adventure begins just before dawn, float above the plains in absolute stillness. At the finish, enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon’s burners. Hot air balloon is an optional extra that you should not miss.