THE MAASAI MARA
At the heart of these lands is the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 sq. miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Tope. The Acacia forests abound with Birdlife and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Mascara Swamp. The Mara and Talk rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.<br />
Each year the Maasai Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration. Beginning from July, millions of these awkward beasts barrage their way from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures. The promise of rain, and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.