Masai mara is “the” park of all parks in Kenya. The grass-carpeted smooth hills, the chocolate Mara river waters having mithful hippos, and the rich variety of fauna, fulfil the anticipations of any tourist looking African landscape displayed in motion pictures for example, “Out of Africa” or “Mogambo”. Save specific tastes and needs, this is the park leading the “must” list in the country: no Kenya Vacations would be considered complete without a safari to Masai Mara. It is true that it is not graded best for bird lovers and also true that some species are rare to find. But leopards and rhinos are plenty, Kenya Holiday and with over 450 bird species, the reserve should not envy Samburu or the great Kenyan bird places. Though, Kenya Tours in a region just a bit smaller than the state of Rhode Island and with changed and complicated geography, getting lost is far quicker compared to finding a leopard or viewing a certain bird group in its various woods.

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The reserve created in 1961, is found west of the Rift valley and is naturally part of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. The Mara river, the reserve’s backbone crosses north south lading to its westbound way into Victoria lake, via the Tanzanian park. This course is the natural obstacle harvested yearly by the many moving herds including wild beets and zebra which move through the two parks. As elaborated below, over one million wild beasts and 200,000 zebras wonder while looking for the green pastures, meeting the crocodile crowded river on the way. When the herds cross the steam, multiple animals die flattened or drowned, leaving their bones at the ground at the ledge of Mara river. Masai mara is at its peak, with the seasoned tourists inhabiting the huge grasslands from July to October.

Masai mara’s place of location and height above sea level is 1500m, yield climate that is more mild and more damp compared to other places. The grassy landscape and the nutrient wealth for the big herds are supported by the adequate rains, which here fall from November to June, as a fusion of the two rain seasons (long and short) found in other Kenya places. Night storms are often in the hells and plains. Grasslands are scattered with acacia woods and bush. The grounds at the edge of river Mara and of the many tributary streams are defined by dense riverine forests with a good opportunity to get some of the reserve’s bird groups.

The long distance of the country’s recognized urban centres poses a difference that allows this reserve to maintain one of the characteristics which is currently becoming a strange event in African safari parks: wildlife wanders in total freedom, with no limits or other barriers around. Animals do not notice the limits drawn on the papers, not only those which separate Kenya from Tanzania, but also the boundaries of the reserved area.
The protected re is surrounded north and east by the so-called dispersal area, populated by the Maasai but in other words, similar to the province within the with exact or even more chances to view wildlife than at the reserve itself, often crowded by visitors arriving and moving around by car, minibus, airplane, balloon or micro light.

Since it is kept as reserve and not as national park, Masai mara is not controlled by Kenya wildlife service but rather by the local authorities, called District Councils. The problem comes with the administrative decisions, defined by river Mara. The eastern side is under Narok District, while the western sector is under Transmara District. This information, currently not important, is infact something one should have in mind in theory, the amount of money paid at the entrance is used to cater for touring the side belonging to the jurisdiction of the district through which the tourist has accessed. In practice, this condition is always overlooked, but just in case, its better you leave the park using the same district you used while entering.

And in this wildlife webwork, where do Maasai pit?. The normad pastoral tribe, which was feared in the past due to their warrior behaviour, populates these lands since the olden days. When Chief Lenana signed an agreement in 1911 with the colonial government, he agreed to sell the Maasai provinces and moving southward, in a bid to develop Nairobi’s urban centers. But the Masai mara area had been left already over the 19th Century, when epidemics and tribal warfare put to death the Maasai people and put them to a lower level, which they are still anticipating to recover from. Therefore, the ancient Maasai foretelling, which forecasted the coming of the colonialists also prophesied a future that would bring back the old magnificence days.

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