The Masai Mara Reserve is located in southwest Kenya about 280 km west of Nairobi and is named after the traditional inhabitants of the area, the Maasai. Covering approximately 1500km2, it is one of the most popular reserves in Africa. Strict access control over vehicle numbers around animal sightings allows for a more authentic experience for game viewers.
The terrain is primarily open savannah grassland that is in places broken up by rocky outcrops, small valleys and clusters of acacia trees and some forest around the rivers. There are three main rivers, Sand River (seasonal), the Talek and the Mara. The Talek and the Mara meet in the centre of the park and continue as the Mara River.
The game viewing in this region is spectacular with morning, afternoon and night drive offered. Expect to see animals such as zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle, hyena, rhino, hippo, elephant, lion and leopard, to name a few. The most famous sighting is the Great Migration, which takes place in July and August every year. Soar high over the plains in a hot air balloon at sunrise and take in this magnificent splendour from a whole new perspective.