Masai Mara Game Reserve Things to Do

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    View from the top

    by harshwardhan Written Oct 14, 2013

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    Floating in the sky on a hot air balloon & shooting the animals in Maasai Mara was a dream sequence actually happening!!! They picked us from our hotel at 4 Am & we were up in the sky before sunrise. Rising sun never looked so enchanting & beautiful. Maasai Mara grass lands were full of animals both local residents & the migrated ones. We could spot a lion pride, Hyena, Giraffes, elephants & millions of Wildebeests & Zebras. Many Wildebeest were assembling on the Serengeti plains to cross the Mara River over to Savannah plains. Crocodile in the river was engaged with a young buffalo who was struggling to negotiate the steep path along the river & then there was a big Hippopotamus having a morning bath.
    We were dropped in the middle of the wilderness for some snacks. It was great having a delicious Champagne breakfast with millions of animal around us. Cost of the ride was a bit obscene but worth every penny.

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  • Masai Mara Tip

    by bob362 Written Sep 16, 2012

    Homer is right, it would be very hard to find a safari for 1000/2 people. Especially one that's going to be legitimate and enjoyable. We went with Best Camping Safaris Kenya and it was amazing. Great drivers, good food and at about the best value on the budget options. This includes everything, you wont pay a cent more and you'll be out for 4 nights 5 days. The one we went on included a lake trip but i found this website before we went that we found very helpful. It helped us get an idea of what to expect. http://goatsontheroad.com/masai-mara-our-quest-for-the-big-5-nick/ . Theres also good info on other parts of Kenya and Africa. Hope you have a great trip.
    Cheers!

    Bob

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    In Search of Hippos : Masai Mara

    by samitbabu Updated Nov 22, 2011

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    Mother and Baby Hippo : Masai Mara
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    The third morning we still had not seen any Hippopotamuses and Aishani, my girl was now bugging Kuntaai, our Masai Guide.

    SO after getting nipped a couple of times in different hideouts we ultimately found them here...A large family of them.

    They were having a gala time,Their sounds and calls filling up the air.

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    Tit bits

    by samitbabu Updated Nov 21, 2011
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    Always keep water and tit bits with you while you are on safari.
    There are a few market areas inside the Mara Forest reserve in case you have forgotten to pick up any from Nairobi.

    Reason is that you never know when your vehicle is going to get stuck or develop a problem and you need to wait or help.

    As shown in Pic, ours got stuck in the treacherous mud and even me had to get down and push.
    It took about an hour for us to really get going again.

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    Maasai Tribe Visit

    by MLW20 Written Nov 11, 2011

    We got to visit a Maasai tribe before going on game drives on the Maasai Mara. The tribe visit is not so authentic but still interesting and worth going to.

    More info at -
    http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/2011/10/maasai-woman-with-stretched-earlobes.html

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  • Use the Maasai as guides

    by kenyadude Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The many times I visited Masai Mara, we always used the Maasai as our guides. They know all about the nature and the animals there and are excellent spotters. Maasais are also very friendly (as are most other people in Kenya too) and helpful in all situations. They also make great guards on the campsites if you're camping. Cheers!

    www.easygoingkenya.com

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    Mara Lions.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 26, 2010
    All he needs is a crown......
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    More majestic than a Lion, doesn't exist..... From the way he holds his head, to the way he, I think the word would be, strolls along, never worrying what's around, he is the master of the plains. The Lion is the only large cat to have a social system based on teamwork and a division of labour, although the main part of that division lies heavily with the Lioness. The male can sleep or rest up to 16/20 hours a day, but then will go hunting, protecting the territory of the pride and also courting. Mating will take place over 4 or 5 days and occur about 200 times !!!!! Within a pride there can be more than 1 male, although others will probably be related, and there is quite a lot of social activity such as rubbing, licking and purring. In fact within a pride the only real trouble happens is when there is food around when it's practically every man for himself. Lions will generally hunt in a pack and pick out an animal that is young, very old or injured to give themselves more chance, even going for young Elephant or Rhino. On the other hand mice and lizards are also part of their diet.

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    Cheetah, cub and the Hare.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 24, 2010

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    It was really like watching the house cat playing with a mouse in the back garden as the mother stood guard and the cub played with the dead hare. This of course may seem cruel but it is all part of the learning process and a question of survival.

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    Mara Cheetah chase and kill.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    Mother and cub searching for game.
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    This was a strange moment of adrenaline-filled wonder when we saw the mother Cheetah tear away from her cub at high speed. It took us a couple of seconds to spot the hare 20 metres in front. The chase didn't last long, perhaps 10 seconds before the Cheetah caught up with the hare. I had a lot of trouble keeping my lens fixed on the animals as they were moving away from us (my excuse for the poor quality of the photos). It was then another extraordinary moment as the mother brought the kill back to the cub that had been patiently waiting.

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    Mara Cheetah.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 21, 2010

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    Our first view of a Cheetah was this solitary female, out hunting. She had probably left her cub(s) in hiding somewhere. The Cheetah was always my favourite of the cats when I was young, fascinated by the way they are built for speed, the elegant and graceful way of walking. Although the fastest of all animals they, like most other big cats can only hold top speed of just over 100/110 kph for a short period otherwise they have a tendency to overheat. So because of this they stalk their prey, getting as close as possible before unleashing the power.

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    The Mara Leopard.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 20, 2010

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    Getting quite late in the afternoon when the truck in front came to a sliding halt. After much searching with binoculars and lenses we finally found this leopard hiding in the long grass. According to the guide, he was probably off to hunt, as it is very rare to see leopards down on the ground. They much prefer to be up in the acacia treetops where they hide their kill and knowing that the Lions can't get to it.
    Was a real pleasure seeing this animal, the only Leopard we saw that week.

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    Spot the animals ....

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 18, 2010

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    A Topi Antelope.
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    It doesn't take very long here in the Mara to start having sightings. We had only just left the lodge when we spied the first animals, beginning with the strange coloured Topi Antelope and a couple of Warthogs. These strange beasts have to bend their knees to forage as their necks are too short for really short-grass grazing. They, like camels have a very good internal cooling system that allows them to go for long periods without drinking. The Topi can often be seen with other Antelopes and Zebra being very gregarious by nature. Unlike most animals the males don't urinate for marking their territory, but rub their faces in the dirt as they have facial glands for this purpose.
    The Ostrich, sometimes known as the Maasai Ostrich is the worlds largest living bird, weighing in at up to 150 kgs. Having Lion and Leopard as its main predator it helps also that it can get up to speeds of 75 kph and can keep up a steady rate of 50 kph.

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    The Maasai women.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 17, 2010

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    Even if they are or can be nuisances, try to have some sort of contact with these women that normally wait around the entrance gates to the Mara trying to sell their wares to the tourists. We had to wait for our second truck to arrive so got down for a pee. After a little bit of hassle and then a few biscuits and sweets I managed to get them to pose for a photo or two. Not easy but worth it in the end. It's true also that the Maasai are weaned on the fact that you have money and it is normal that they would like a piece of it, but after showing pics of grandchildren and laughing the atmosphere was a lot better and apart from some biscuits it cost me nothing. And I bought nothing. These were at the Sekenani Gate.
    If you notice all genuine Maasai have one tooth pulled, those that have a full set of teeth proclaiming they are Maasai are false. The reason for the pulled tooth is : That working with animals and coming into contact with manure, that manure carrying bacteria and getting into cuts causes tetanus (lockjaw), affecting the muscles of the jaw and neck. The only way these people could be treated with their jaws locked was by pulling a tooth and forcing the medication through the gap. The Maasai still have a tooth pulled in case of.....

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  • MASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI

    by Risan2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS MASAI MARA CAMPING SAFARI, KENYA .

    SAFARI ITINERARY

    Day 1: Nairobi / Masai Mara

    10.00 hrs: Leave Nairobi via the Great Rift Valley for Masai Mara Game Reserve, picnic lunch en route. On arrival, proceed for a game drive in search of black maned lion, elephants, leopard and cheetah, buffalo and other plains games. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. {HB}

    Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve

    06.30 hrs: Proceed for an early morning pre-breakfast game drive. Return to the camp for breakfast.
    10.30 hrs: After breakfast proceed for a further game drive. Lunch at the campsite.
    15.30 hrs: After lunch a further game drive. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. {FB}

    Day 3: Masai Mara / Nairobi

    08.30 hrs: After breakfast leave Masai Mara for Nairobi arriving around 16.00 hrs. {HB}

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    Local Masai Culture

    by chrissyms Written Sep 2, 2010

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    Can you jump this high
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    We were given the oportunity to visit a local Masai village to learn and understand a little of their culture. Our driver from Polmans arranged the visit and I thought it could become very touristy. I was pleasantly supprised that this was not the case. First the cost we were quoted by Frank our driver was indeed what the chief of the village was paid. He even went to the trouble to explain why the charge and where the money would go. He reasured us that they did not view such visits as intrusive and genuinely wanted to explain their history and culture. There was the expected dancing but the people certainly appeared to enjoy their performance as much as we did. The whole visit was extremely informative and I thank everyone who made our visit so enjoyable. I am not sure which village we visited but I am sure most trips will be organised in the same respectfull manner so take advantage if you get the chance.

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