Rift Valley, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
GPS: -1.3715443778812, 34.938486829541
Located in the south-west of Kenya, in the illustrious Great Rift Valley, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is the natural extension of the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), in its northern part. Covering an area of 1,500 km², it has no borders or fences and offers one of the best areas for observing African fauna.
The central part of the Maasai Mara National Reserve is made up of large grassy areas and has very few trees. It revolves around the Mara Triangle in its north-west part (between the Oloololo escarpment and the Mara river), the Siria escarpment to the west (long ridge forming the western border of the reserve), the Musiara marsh area to the south (between the Mara and Talek rivers) and the natural site of Ngama Hills to the east (2,000 meters high). This legendary land of East Africa houses the most typical animals of the savannah: large Felidae species (lions, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, leopards…), mammals (elephants, giraffes, rhinos, Hippopotamuses…), reptiles (Nile crocodiles, pythons, monitor lizards…) and hundreds of varieties of birds. Each year, nearly 2 million wildebeest (a species of antelope) and several hundred thousand zebras and gazelles migrate from Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara National Reserve according to the rains. This impressive natural phenomenon, called the Great Migration, gives rise to an entirely exceptional concentration of wild animals. The epic of large herbivores over more than 800 kilometres away is motivated by the rarity of food during the dry season within the Serengeti. It gives rise to ruthless fights between animals, prey and predators, thus perpetuating the cycle of life and the harsh law of nature. Each day that passes through the reserve presents itself as a new survival experience for many wild species.
The great plain of Masai Mara is named after the semi-nomadic people who still live on these lands, the Maasai, in perfect harmony with their environment. Living mainly on their domestic cattle which they raise within the perimeter of the reserve, they participate greatly in the preservation of fauna. Dressed in their characteristic red outfits, the Maasai people move freely according to the seasons between the border of Tanzania and Kenya. With its hilly plains and its abundant fauna, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is the ultimate destination of all safari in the Maasai country.