Masai Mara National game Reserve is one of the most popular destinations not only in Kenya but Africa at large. The reserve is very unique on its own with the support of the local community that has leaved with the wildlife at the reserve anonymously, they always celebrate Masai day on every 15th September annually. They day marks the return or saying bye bye to the wildebeest in the great migration back to Serengeti.
The park has four main sections those are:
Oloololo Escarpment which forms the Western raising plateau
Ngama Hills located in the East where most of the Black Rhinos are found due to good sandy soil and leafy bushes.
Mara Triangle: Found around the Mara River with ever green grassland and dotted wooden acacia trees which supports the wide range of animals, this is a point with high concentration of wildlife especially during the great migration.
Central Plains: This covers the largest part of the park
Below are some of the facts of Masai Mara national Reserve
- Big cat Diary
Masai Mara has the highest concentration of the big predators in the world, the lion population has been increasing year in year out with the current population estimated over 600 lions remaining in the ecosystem.
- Big Number of bird species
The reserve registers over 500 bird species with more migratory and predator birds like different types of Eagles, Vultures, the park has over 50 different predator birds, secretary birds, Ostrich, Kori Bustard and others.
- Hyena research center
With its high concentration of Hyenas in Kenya, Masai mara has been considered as a research center for Hyenas.
- Administered by local Community
Its only Masai Mara unlike most of the parks in Kenya are administered by Kenya wildlife Services, Masai mara is administered by Narok county Government.
- Wildebeest migration
In July annually, millions of the wildebeest, 1000’s of Zebras cross the Mara river from Serengeti plains to Masai Mara national reserve in search for green pasture and fresh water and return from late September to October depending on the climatic conditions of the year. This is one of the great wonders of the world in tourism history which attracts 100’s of visitors to witness this migration.
- Big five
Masai Mara national reserve is among the few parks in Africa where one can see easily the big five members within a short period of time. This makes visitors of short time to have an African experience in one area.
- Increasing Elephant Population
Thanks go to the Maasai community for their continued support to the wildlife and this has made it easy for Masai Mara to achieve the goal of increasing Elephant Population from 20,000 in 1990 to 30,000 by 2015.