Maasai Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. “Mara” means “spotted” in the local Maasai Language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the Landscape. Maasai Mara has four main sections that make it more unique:-
- Oloololo Escarpment-which forms the western raising plateau.
- Central Plains-this covers the largest part of the park.
- Mara Triangle-found around the Mara River with ever green grassland and dotted wooden acacia trees which support the wide range of animals, this is a point with high concentration of wildlife especially during the great migration.
- Ngama Hills-located in the east where most of the black Rhinos are found due to good sandy soil and leafy bushes.
Here’s the need to know on the magnificent Maasai Mara and its features:
- Epic Landscape.
The Maasai Mara ecosystem spans around 3000sq km. All that space makes for some pretty awesome inspiring sunsets.
- Elephant numbers increasing.
Elephant numbers in Kenya are on the rise. The elephant population declined in 1973 till 1990 due to the massive poaching activities but since 2012 numbers have increased and are still increasing.
- Endangered Species.
Elephant’s numbers may be rising, but the African elephant remains vulnerable and there are more than 100 endangered species found in Kenya e.g. the black Rhino, wild dog and Cheetah.
- Big Five.
Maasai Mara national reserve is among the few parks in Africa where one can see easily the big five animals within a short period of time. This makes visitors of short time to have an African experience in one area.
- Wildebeest Migration.
In July annually wildebeest migration occurs with millions of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River from Serengeti plains to Maasai Mara National Reserve in search for green pastures, fresh water and return from late September to October depending on the climate conditions of the year.
- Administered by local Community.
It’s only Maasai Mara unlike most of the parks of Kenya are administered by Kenya Wildlife Services. Maasai Mara is administered by Narok county Government.