Masai Mara

Situated near Narok in Kenya, Masai Mara is arguably the most famous game reserve on the planet. It forms the most spectacular ecosystem of Africa and is named in the honour of Maasai people who are original inhabitants of the area. The word ‘mara’ means spotted denoting trees, savanna and cloud shadows that characterize the area.

The park is situated on a rift valley. It is bounded by the Serengeti Park to the south, the Siria escarpment to the west, and Masai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west. The reserve is characterized by open grassland dotted by seasonally rivulets. The Sand, Talek and Mara River meander through the reserve. In the periphery of national reserve, there are many private conservancies. These are privately owned lands which also have wildlife, and these conservancies have their own set of properties. Colloquially by “Masai Mara” people mean the National reserve. Olgatuni camp is located inside the national reserve, right in the heart of the reserve, which is possibly the richest patch of wildlife in the Mara ecosystem with territories of two Lion prides overlapping with the camp, a pool of Hippopotami adjacent to the camp and our own resident Leopard Bahati which is often seen across the camp on a particular tree. The river crossing points and two famous Cheetah family territories are 10-15 minutes away, and so is Olkiambo airstrip.

The park shelters unique fauna including lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, and zebra. Hippopotamus and crocodiles are found in Mara and Talek Rivers. About 470 species of birds have been identified at the park such as vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller
Being at an average elevation of 1500-1800 metres, the Mara has a pleasant climate all-round the year, with temperatures ranging from 12 Degrees to 27 Degrees for most days of the year. No camp including ourselves have Air Conditioners as we do not need them here in the Mara. However the being near the equator the Sunrays can be strong so come with Sun screen lotions.
The best way to see the wildlife of this amazing eco-system is by game drives in 4×4 land cruiser vehicles, accompanied by our silver-rated Masai guides for whom the park is their backyard. Spend at least a few days in this unique wilderness hotspot and let the savannahs reveal their secrets to you. Seeing the big cats and most common animals is easy, it is only when you spend some time with our expert naturalist guiding you, you get to experience the rare animal instincts of survival, rivalry, love, etc. These are moments to be cherished for a lifetime.
Another interesting way to see the savannahs is from the skies, on a balloon safari. Typically these are 45 minute ride in a hot air balloon shared between 8-15 people, and the balloon cruises gently over the great plains of the Mara. The ride is followed by a champagne bush breakfast and a certificate for all participants.

Best time to visit

The great wildebeest migration is touted as the 8th wonder of the world and it is the greatest natural spectacle known to mankind. Words cannot describe the feeling when one sees tens and thousands of wildebeests and zebras thumping together and crossing the rivers while tackling predators like Lions and Wildebeests. Typically July to September are touted as the best months to see the great migration, though each year the starting and ending time varies. However visiting Mara during migration has both its pros and cons. During the migration while you have the best chances to see this grand spectacle of nature, but the Mara is relatively filled with tourists during the migration time. During the non-migration months of October to June, there are relatively less crowds, prices are less, and Big Cat activity is equally good or better. Many photographers these days choose the non-migration months to shoot the Big Cats and other animals due to relatively less tourist pressure. However we leave it upto you to decide when do you wish to come, we are always ready to welcome you with a smile whichever month you decide to come. Also be rest assured that the Mara has something special to offer every single day of the year, and just like us the Mara is always ready to welcome you and surprise you, whenever you decide to set feet on this magical land.

Following is a mammal checklist for the Mara

SWINE
Warthog Phacochoerus africanus
GIRAFFE
Masai Giraffe Giraffe camelopardalis tippelskirchi
HIPPOPOTAMUSES
Common Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius
DWARF ANTELOPES
Kirk’s Dik-Dik Madoqua kirkii
Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus
Oribi Ourebia ourebi
GAZELLES
Thomson’s Gazelle Gazella thomsonii
Grant’s Gazelle Gazella granti
REEDBUCKS AND KOBS
Common Reedbuck Redunca arundinum
Defassa Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
HORSE ANTELOPES
Coke’s Hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus cokii
Topi Damaliscus lunatus jimela
White-bearded Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus
IMPALA
Impala Aepyceros melampus
SPIRAL-HORNED ANTELOPES
Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus
Common Eland Tragelaphus (Taurotragus) oryx
WILD CATTLE
African Buffalo Syncerus caffer
RHINOCEROSES
Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis
ZEBRAS AND ASSES
Common Zebra Equus burchellii
ELEPHANTS
African Elephant Loxodonta africana
HYRAXES
Bush Hyrax Heterohyrax brucei
AARDVARK
Aardvark Orycteropus afer
PANGOLINS
Cape Pangolin Manis temminckii
GENETS AND CIVETS
Common Genet Genetta genetta
MONGOOSES
Slender Mongoose Herpestes sanguineus
Egyptian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon
Marsh Mongoose Atilax paludinosus
White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda
Dwarf Mongoose Helpgale parvula
Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo
HYENAS
Spotted Hyena Hyaena hyaena
Aardwolf Proteles cristatus
CATS
African Wildcat Felis libyca
Serval Felis (Leptaillurus) serval
Caracal Felis (Caracal) caracal
Leopard Panthera pardus
Lion Panthera leo
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
FOXES, JACKALS AND DOGS
Bat-eared Fox Otocyon magalotis
Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas
Side-striped Jackal Canis adustus
African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus
WEASELS
Striped Polecat / Zorilla Ictonyx striatus
Honey Badger / Ratel Mellivora capensis
BUSHBABIES
cLesser Bushbaby Galago senegalensis
MONKEYS AND BABOONS
Syke’s Monkey / Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis
Copper-tailed Monkey / Red-tailed Monkey Cercopithecus ascanius
Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops
Olive Baboon Papio cynocephalus anubis
BATS
Straw-colored Fruit Bat Eidolon helvum
Yellow-winged Bat Eidolon helvum
HARES AND RABBITS
African Hare Lepus capensis
SQUIRRELS
Kenyan Tree Squirrel Paraxerus ochraceus
SPRINGHARE
Springhare Pedetes capensis
OLD WORLD PORCUPINE
Southern African Crested Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis
RATS AND MICE
Four-striped Grass Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Savanna Giant Pouched Rate Cricetomys gambianus
Greater Cane Rat Thryonomys swinderianus

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Masai Mara National Reserve,
Narok County, Kenya

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