THINGS TO DO IN MAASAI MARA IN 2022
Things to do in Maasai Mara in 2022 : Maasai Mara national reserve is the prime wildlife safari destination in Kenya and a world famous safari destination, the reserve offers a range of thrilling and exciting safari activities.
Maasai Mara national reserve is a classic Kenya tour destination and one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves situated in South – West Kenya and bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti national park. Maasai Mara national reserve stretches for 1,510 square kilometers and raises 1,500 – 2,170 above the sea level.
Maasai Mara national reserve is a fascinating Kenya safari destination and some of the activities to do in 2020 while on your Kenya Tour are as follows
Game drives are the highlight Kenya safari activity to do in Maasai Mara national reserve, this experience takes you out and into the endless plains of the reserve in search for several iconic animals such as the big 5 and big cats. On the game drives you are accompanied by experienced safari guides and drivers and are done in custom designed 4X4 vehicles with open roofs and windows for incredible game viewing.
Game drives in Maasai Mara national reserve are done as morning game drives, afternoon game drives and night game drives. During these game drives you will be able to see a variety of wildlife such as lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, rhinoceros, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, Nile crocodiles, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, cheetahs, leopards, elands, African wild dogs among others.
In Maasai Mara national reserve, the night game drives are only done in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and during this game drive you will be able to see predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and African wild dogs as they hurt for their prey.
Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration
If you are looking for wildlife safari experience which will blow your mind, then visiting Maasai Mara national reserve to witness the great wildebeest migration is your perfect activity. Witnessing the Great Wildebeest migration is a breathtaking experience offering a chance to see millions of wildebeests and thousands of gazelles and zebras on their annual movement in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. You also get an opportunity to witness the mind blowing Mara river crossing as the animals step into the crocodile infested Mara River, wildebeests take the first steps in to the river and then they are followed by herds of other wildebeests, zebras and gazelles.
Maasai Mara national reserve is a great place for Kenya bird watching safari with over 470 bird species, among the diverse species of birds in the reserve you can get to find Ostriches, the world’s largest bird, 46 different birds of prey and various tiny sunbirds. Birds in Maasai Mara national reserve inhabit in various habitats of the reserve in the grasslands there are Kori bustards, secretary birds, plovers and white stalks and in the swampy areas you will find different storks and cranes such as saddle-billed storks
Other birds to look out for during bird watching in Maasai Mara national reserve include Abdim’s stork, African finfoot, African wood owl, Ayres’s hawk eagle, Cinnamon-breasted bunting, Denham’s bustard, Giant kingfisher, Grey-crested helmet-shrike, Grey penduline tit, Hildebrandt’s starling, Jackson’s widowbird, Lazy cisticola, Ostrich, Purple grenadier, Red-throated tit, Ross’s turaco, Rosy-throated longclaw, Rufous-bellied heron, Rufous-throated wryneck, Saddle-billed stork, Schalow’s turaco, Secretary bird, Silverbird, Southern ground hornbill, Swahili sparrow, Tabora cisticola, Temminck’s courser, Trilling cisticola, Usambiro barbet, White-bellied go-away bird, Woolly-necked stork, Yellow-mantled widowbird and Yellow-throated sand grouse among others.
Maasai Mara national reserve is a birder’s haven and as a birder you should put bird watching on your bucket list of to do Kenya safari activities in Maasai Mara national reserve in 2022.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Hot Air Balloon safaris is a thrilling and romantic once in a lifetime experience/ Kenya safari activity to do in Maasai Mara national reserve in 2022, this activity offers aerial views of Maasai Mara national reserve giving you a better perspective of the area and admire the reserve from the sky.
Hot air balloon departs from Little Governors Camp before dawn with the balloon rising as the first sunlight lights the Mara, during the experience you will be able to see various animals such as lions, elephants, leopards, elands, wildebeests among others. If you visit the reserve in the period between July – October, you will be able witness large columns of the migrating herds.
Maasai Village Visit
Your visit to Maasai Mara national reserve can never be complete without a visit to the Maasai Village, the Maasai community is situated along the borders of the reserve and they consists of 48 traditional houses surrounding an area for the Masai’s cattle. During your visit you will enjoy traditions and customs of the Maasai people, witness the construction of the manyattas (circular huts) built using local materials such as mud and visit local schools and market centers.
Walking Safaris & Nature Hikes
Walking safari is one of the great safari activities to do in Maasai Mara national reserve in 2022 if you want to explore the reserve on foot and get close to nature, this activity is done in accompaniment of highly trained guides for guidance and protection purposes. Along the way, you will be able to learn about game tracking and lookout for the unusual bugs and wildlife which are rare to spot from the car.
Walking safari in Maasai Mara national reserve are permitted and arranged in Naboisho Conservancy.
Horseback safaris is a romantic and charming experience to do in Maasai Mara national reserve in 2022, this activity is eco-friendly activity to explore the reserve without polluting the environment from the back of a horse.
Bush Meals & Sundowners
After a full day of exploring Maasai Mara national reserve as you engage in various exciting activities such as wildlife viewing and bird watching, the perfect way to round off the day is with a sundowners’ experience. During this experience you will be able to watch as the sun dip below the horizon with the sights of sounds of birds and animals giving the true African sundowner experience.
Bush meals are also offered in Maasai Mara national reserve served after morning game drives.
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