A Visit To Maasai Mara National Park : Maasai Mara national park is located in the Southwestern region of Kenya, it was first gazette as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948, and then later it was established as a national park in 1961. This national park covers a total surface area of about 1510 square kilometers and it shares boarders with Serengeti national park in Tanzania hence the two combining make up a great destination where one can spot many wildlife species.
A visit to Maasai Mara national park blesses you with a good calm environment for relaxation whereby it is surrounded with a good open flat grassland, dense forest that is occupied with acacia trees among others. this national park is also a good destination to travel to while planning for an adventurous safari in Kenya because it noted to be a home to over 95 mammal species such as; leopards, hippos, hyenas, rhinos, topi, crocodiles, zebras, cheetahs, elephants, wild beasts, impala, jackals and many others. In addition, more so it is a perfect place for bird lovers to visit because it harbours around 570 bird species. Touring around Maasai Mara National park gives you chances to explore through areas like; the Musaira swamp, the Narok Museum, private Masai conservancies, the Mara River, and the Mara triangle and many others.
Activities done in Maasai Mara National park.
Tourists who opt to visit Maasai Mara national park always get chances to participate in many interesting activities where they gain new experiences and remarkable memories. Therefore, some of these activities are;
Maasai Mara national park is considered to be a birders paradise and a visit for people happen to be bird lovers within this park is always worth it because it is a home to over 500 bird species which gives a lot of chances to the tourists to sight see as many birds as they can. And some of these beautiful birds include; pelicans, vultures, giant ostriches, geese, hornbills, egrets, storks, spoonbills, herons, the marital eagle which is well known to be one of the strong birds and it is feasts on the other younger birds such as; impala, dik dik, the grey-headed kingfisher, the red throated wryneck, abdim’s stork, turaco, bustard, bee-eater, African wood owl, hamerkop and many others. In addition, the best areas where to spot these bird species is along the edges of the escarpments and while they are nesting their thickets.
Horseback riding is one of the most interesting activities done within the park because it helps one move through many different areas. However, this horseback riding is always within the conservancies and not within the main reserve. Tourists who opt to embark on this activity are always taken deep within the Mara where they get chances to sight see very many beautiful wildlife species such as; lions, giraffes, leopards, antelopes, hartebeests, wildebeests and many others. In addition, during this activity, tourists are always accompanied with local Maasai or park ranger because they well familiar with many parts of the park or the owners of the conservancies who have a major responsibility of leading and guiding individuals through different trails and they ensure the safety of both the animals and the people.
The Great wildebeest migration.
Maasai Mara national park is also known to be hosting large numbers of wildlife spectacles compared to the other national parks in the whole world with a population of over 1.5 million wildebeests and the migration of these animals is noticed to always happen between months of June to November. And some of these wildlife species include; the thomason’s Gazelles which are usually seen moving from Seregenti national park to Mara river while they move from one place to another while searching for food in the green pasture and other animals like; zebras, African predators. More so, tourists get chances to watch the battles that are always go on between the predators and their prey during the calving season.
However, apart from the above mentioned activities, there are many other other exciting activities that tourists can engage themselves in during their visit in the park and these include; Sundowners/ bush breakfast or dinners that are always served within the bush, camping, game drives that are always done within different sessions like in the morning, afternoon and in the evening, hot air balloon safaris, visiting the Masai villages, Maasai cultural encounters, wildlife viewing and many others.
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