Masai Mara National Reserve
Sunset & Hot-Air Balloons © Svein-Magne Tunli
Kenya's most visited park, commonly known as the Mara, is a wildly beautiful place with rolling savannah grasslands. It's an extension of the Serengeti Plains in neighbouring Tanzania. It offers wonderful views and an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, its large grazing herds attracting many other predators such as cheetah, leopard and hyena. The annual highlight is the Great Wildebeest Migration, when an estimated two million animals leave the dry plains of Tanzania to seek greener pastures in the north, arriving in the Mara from late June. Their entrance into the Mara makes a breathtaking spectacle, as they cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River. Also within the reserve is a Masai village holding demonstrations of traditional dance and music. The proud warriors have become a symbol of tribal Kenya with their beadwork, spears and red blankets.
Address: Narok County, Kenya