Masai Mara Safari, Kenya, Africa
Masai Mara Safari Adventure, Kenya, Africa
The Masai Mara is the natural extensions of the Serengeti in Tanzania and is located in the Lake Victoria Basin. Far preliminary endless savannahs, rolling grasslands, gallery forests along the Mara River and gentle, long island mountains dominate the fascinating picture, These animals rich parks covers an area of 1700kmq. There is hardly any area in Africa that has to offer such a wide variety of animals. The large animals are particularly & numerously represented. Also a big part of the former forests was destroyed by the elephants.
The Masai Mara (also Maasai Mara) is one of the most important and famous animal sanctuaries in Africa. Its name comes from the park to the people of the Masai nomads who live here and the river passing through it - the Mara. Large areas of the park are dominated by open rolling grassland dotted with acacia and thus offer a safari-perfect for observing the abundant wildlife. In Masai Mara National Reserve you can find the Big Five - the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, cheetah and other predators such as jackals, large herds of zebra and various antelope.The Masai Mara is famous for its black-maned lions. Seeing the lions only few meters away is like an art masterpiece. Even the usually shy hyenas can be seen here. Giraffes in herds of twenty or more are common in Masai Mara. The fast Giparde can be found here as a dangerous companion of the gazelles and impalas, often barely visible hidden in the grass. With a little luck and the trained eye of the driver, one will find the rare leopard. Rhinos are sadly missed only a few of the savages. The Masai Mara is rich in large birds, and vultures where food is abundant. Here also live bastards, secretary birds, marabou ostrich, touracos, guinea fowls, beautiful canopy cranes. The Masai River and its tributary river Talek are populated by enormous crocodiles and hippos. On the game drives one can encounter again and again the tall Maasai, who had given as the only human inhabitants of this area its name.
A big attraction is the annual spectacle of the Great Migration - the great migration - when the huge wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and antelopes in search of better pastures in the southern Serengeti to the Masai Mara. Up to 2 million wildebeest, in endless caravans on the way and are currently being followed by their hunters, lions and other big cats. Mara River crocodiles are waiting for the wildebeest as they cross the river another danger and risk of losing their lives.
The Masai Mara is a National Reserve and not a National Park The main difference is that the traditional Masai who live here are allowed to graze their cattle in parts of the park herds. In contrast, national parks enjoy the wildlife priority.Conflicts remain between the Masai and the predators who live here - especially the many lions - and the shepherds will get a compensation from the park headquarters from their torn cattle.
Distance Nairobi - Masai Mara: 260 km (4 to 5 hours).
There are very luxurious accommodations available for Safari tourists in the Masai Mara. The lodges or camps in the wilderness offer all amenities and close proximity to wild animals. Some of the rooms are fully equipped:
- Mara Explorer
- Mara Intrepids
- Mara Safari Club
- Mara Serena Lodge
- Mara Sopa Lodge
- Mara Timbo Camp
- Siana Springs Intrepids Camp
- Cottars 1920s Camp
- Fig Tree Camp
- Governors' Camp
- Keekorok Lodge
National Parks of Kenya
Other National Parks To Visit
Coast of Kenya
In addition to the wildlife of the National Parks, Kenya coast offers beautiful beaches, reefs and islands, another attraction of the country. Especially south and north of Mombasa has developed a stronghold of the international seaside tourism - with year round stable weather conditions. Cruises also run to the port of Mombasa and connect with the dream of islands in the Indian Ocean like Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles.
The south coast
Perfect beach vacation: south of Mombasa, the endless stretch of sandy beaches from Shelly Beach, Tiwi Beach, Diani Beach on the gorgeous turquoise blue Indian Ocean. Boat trips to the island invites Wasini Iceland and wildlife viewing Located just off thecoast of the Shimba Hills National Park.
The North Coast
Also north of Mombasa beach holidays extend centers like Nyali Beach and Bamburi Beach. In the Watamu Marine National Parkcan you can admire the most beautiful coral reefs in Kenya. Very close to Malindi is the oldest tourist Zentum in Kenya. Further north you can visit the island of Lamu -Muslim-dominated, developing a unique Arab-African mixed culture.
Kenya is characterized by its two largest cities in the central highlands, situated capital Nairobi and the port and commercialcity of Mombasa.
While the history of Mombasa last centuries distant, Nairobi is a relatively young African metropolis. The railway was once led to the founding of Nairobi and still is the connection by rail between two cities is an important lifeline of the country.
Other major cities are Kisumu in Kenya, the largest port city on Lake Victoria, Nakuru, an agricultural and industrial center in the basin of the Rift Valley and Eldoret to the main traffic and railway Uganda.
Mombasa, with its coastal location and the beaches on the northcoast and south coast more of a destination for package holidays and last minute travel. To Nairobi. it attracts more business travelers, individual travelers or vacationers who here have their starting point for a safari. In trivago are over 150 hotels in Kenya.
Climate of Kenya
Kenya is located right on the equator and has different climatic zones.
On the coast where there is high humidity and temperatures throughout the year at 25 to 30 ° C. In the short rains from mid / late October until mid / late December and the rainy season in late March / early April to early or late June, the coast may experiece some heavy rain. The rainfall is often very violent, but then only a short time.
The highlands of Kenya have more moderate climate with little seasonal variation and cooler nights. High temperatures prevail in a tropical climate at Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana in the dry north of the country, where peak values can reach up to 45 ° C.
Mombasa - Nairobi - Masai Mara Retun Flight and Road Trip
An ultimate 2 nights, 3 days Mombasa Masai Mara Safari adventure.
This is a scenery and wildlife themed safari with the Masai Culture forming the background. An induction of Nairobi city and views of the Great Rift Valley are a plus on the many interests experienced.
We connect Mombasa-Nairobi-Mombasa on Kenya airways and drive via ideal African scenery to the Masai Mara game reserve from Nairobi.
Quality and variety has been packaged to give you the best of Kenya in a 3 days, 2 overnights air flight and road package from Mombasa and the Kenyan Coast.
A thrilling safari offered with luxury lodge or middle budget lodge accommodation options with diverse interests thrown in.
Ideal holiday/vacation safari for couples, families, friends and small groups. A wonderful bonding safari package.
Best booked in advance and in group of 4-6 persons.
Departs from Mombasa city, Mombasa port, Nyali beach, Bamburi Beach, Shanzu beach, Kikambala beach, Diani beach, Tiwi beach, hotels, cottages private homes Kenya.
- Views of the Kilimanjaro on board flight to Nairobi
- A brief view of Nairobi, the capital city
- Coffee, tea and subsistence farming en-route
- The Great Rift Valley
- A drive through Masai country en-route to the Mara
- Unlimited game viewing drives with exclusive group use of vehicle
Day 1: Mombasa - Nairobi - Masai Mara (Nairobi to Masai Mara 265kms)
On our 3 days, 2 nights Mombasa Masai Mara game reserve air flight and road lodge safari, we begin with an early pick up transfer from our Mombasa and coastal beach hotels to Moi airport where we connect by air/flight to Nairobi to meet our driver guide and safari transport for the 4 hour scenic road journey to the Masai Mara game reserve.......
A long and exciting day awaits us. We will be picked from our respective hotels and transferred to the Moi Airport Mombasa.0600hrs : We depart Mombasa aboard the one-hour flight to Nairobi. 0700hrs : Arrival at JKIA Airport in Nairobi. Met by our professional driver guide and safari mini bus.
Our safari journey takes us through the agriculturally rich central highlands of Kenya with views of coffee, tea and subsistence farmlands. We stop over to view the fall of the Great Rift Valley before descending to the floor of the Masai country to arrive at our luxury lodge or camp for lunch. Check in at our accommodation base; freshen up before proceeding for an afternoon game viewing drive. We return to our Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: The Masai Mara
Game viewing extravaganza! Whatever pundits say, Masai Mara remains the most exciting wildlife eco-system in the world. The reserve hosts the highest concentration of wild animals than any other park in the region. The scenic appeal of this tree studded savannah, its’ moderate climate and diversity of wild game species makes it a destination plus. We will transverse the reserve on unlimited missions of encountering the big five and more of the lesser game. Our mid-day meals will be Table’D hote or picnic.
Dinner and overnight at our base.
Day 3: Masai Mara - Nairobi - Mombasa (Masai Mara to Nairobi 265 kms)
Last day of our safari. We will start at dawn to catch the sunrise and the early hunters and grazers. We are now wrapping it up in a paced, relaxed game drive where keenness has replaced our earlier eagerness. We will return to our base for breakfast before venturing out for a final farewell game drive.
Lunch will be at our base before departing for Nairobi to arrive in the late afternoon.
Instead of returning with train to Mombasa, we prefer a flight back.
- ref: naturaltoursandsafaris.com
Other Animals Seen in Masai Mara, Amboseli
Kenya Coast - Diani Beach - White Island - Safari Beach Hotel
Mara Intrepids Camp
Kenya - Masai Mara
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