Masai Mara is located in Kenya, Rift Valley Province with an Area of approximately 1,510 km².It was established in 1974 and is governed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Though With an area of 1510 km² the Masai Mara is not the largest game park in Kenya, but it most probably the most famous having featured in many wildlife documentaries and at most having the credit of having the Big Cat Diary The BBC Television show filmed at the site showcasing the natural beauty of the reserve.
Masai Mara Park is divided by the Mara River and is a continuation of the Tanzanians Serengeti National Park game reserve separated by the border of the two countries. It’s named after the traditional inhabitants of the area the Maasai community who are pastoralists.
Masai Mara is famed for the numerous herds of wildebeests that dominate the Mara and their wonderful natural and impressing great migration each year from the Serengeti plains in search for pastures across the Mara river and their return to the south at around October every year.
The Masai Mara Park is about 224 Km from Nairobi city the capital of Kenya and about 234 Km from the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi. The park is easily accessible by road or private charter planes which can land at any of the airports in the park like the Mara Serena Airport, Musiara Airport and Keekorok Airport are located in the Reserve area of the Masai Mara. Mara Shikar Airport, Kichwa Tembo Airport and Ngerende Airport are located in the Conservation area of the Masai Mara.
Transport by road to the Masai Mara gives one an opportunity to view the Great Rift Valley enroute from Nairobi through theMai-Mahiu road branching to the left to Narok on the floor of Rift valley. The Masai Mara Reserve area is administered by Narok County Council and the Mara Conservancy by the Trans-Mara county council with a number of anti-poaching units. The Masai Mara Conservation area is administered by the Group Ranch Trusts of the Maasai community who also have their own rangers who patrol the park .
Accommodation at the Masai Mara park is diverse to suite all visitors depending on their preferred tastes with Lodges and Tented Camps in the Reserve and others in the outer limits. Lodges and camps inside the Reserve include Mara Serena, Governor’s camp, Keekorok, and Sarova Mara. In the Conservation area are Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Siana Springs tented camp, Mara Sopa, Elephant Pepper, Mara Simba.If traveling with a tour agency accommodation is arranged and game drives are offered usually in mornings and late evenings, however customized drives can be arranged with tour operators and guides.
Welcome to the Masai Mara Park, the undisputed paradise for the sheer quantity and variety of wildlife in Africa. Plan to see the beauty of Mara and the annual wildebeests’ migration!