Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya
Masai Mara National Reserve lies about 270 kilometers from Nairobi, and takes about 4 to 5 hours by road. There are scheduled flights, twice daily from Wilson Airport Nairobi, which take about 40-45 minutes. The reserve covers about 1,812 square kilometers (700 sq miles) of its total area. The reserve is inhabited by the Masai communities and its inner park of 518 sq km has been developed for the national park purposes living the rest of the area for the local Masai dwelling with their cattle. Masai warriors live within the dispersal area with their stock but a century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another.
Mara possesses the largest population of lions to be found in any other part of Kenya national parks, large herbs of Topi as well as relative population of Roan Antelope, animal not found in many other parks of Kenya. The panorama of wild continuous by boasting Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, Eland, Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Common Zebra, Coke's Hartebeest, White-bearded Gnu, Warthog, Oribi, predators such as leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippo and crocodile are enjoying the rhythm of the riverbanks.
Mara has abundant of birds around the park including the resident, bird of prey as well as migratory from different parts of the world. These birds includes the famous secretary birds, vultures, European hobby, Lesser kestrel, Masai ostrich, little egret and sacred Ibis just a few to mention as not less than 55 different species have so far been recorded.
It's in Masai Mara (Kenya) and Serengeti (Tanzania) National Parks were each year the drama of greatest animal kingdom migration occurs. These two contiguous parks at the border of Tanzania and Kenya separated by stream of river have common to share when the great migration of wildebeest more than 1 million, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. On the other hand migration does depend much on the rain seasons which basically aren't stable. Normally between July and October the migration is in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
As its sister Serengeti National Park the Masai Mara has a well worth and we recommended attempting game view using the balloon safari. This is an hour excursion of wildlife using a hot air balloon.