Masai Mara Game Reserve Things to Do

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    Safari for wildebeest migration

    by Durfun Written Aug 11, 2010

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    "If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in the Mara between October and November. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti.

    The precise timing of the Wildebeest Migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event. The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June.

    The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River."

    *** The best option is a hot balloon ride during the migration to take it all in!

    I won't say Serengeti is necessarily better, but it certainly is a lot bigger. The Grumeti is in Serengeti, with it's associated giant Kirawira crocs!!

    If you have to go to Nairobi, I'd suggest you go to Tsavo too, a taste of what the Mara will offer...

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    Never Enough Zebra Pictures

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 3, 2010

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    There is something wonderful about Zebras. The guides seemed to be much less excited about them than I was and I have to admit a lion or a cheetah is probably more elusive but I love to photograh Zebra.

    They seemed to pose as well which can make for an interesting picture!!

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    Afternoon Game Drive

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 3, 2010

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    We really enjoy our late afternoon game drive . It’s amazing what a three hour break can do .We see lots of animals including lions, zebra ,baboon and cape buffalo. Even though we’ve seen these animlas many times by now , we just can’t get enough. There aren’t as many elephants here but we do see a few in the distance as the sun is setting.

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    THe Lions of the Masai Mara

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 3, 2010

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    We learn the Mara has a large concentration of lions and we see several on our evening drive. For me they are probably the most exciting animal to see , so I take many more pictures .The Mara reminds us of the Serengeti with huge open plains and tall golden grass.

    There are many more vehicles here however and when we spot a lion they all show up. I can’t help but wonder how disturbing this is to the animals and to think this isn’t even high season.

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    Where the Animals Cross the River

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 2, 2010

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    We continue to the place where the animals cross the river. It is here where many famous documentaries are filmed. It’s a narrow rockey section of the Mara but is so treacherous as crocs gather to grab as many animals as they can.
    When we finish our hike we stop and have our picnic lunch.. There are very famous and popular for tourism this area is it is surprising how truly neglected it is.

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    The Nile Croc

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 2, 2010

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    We continue our hike along the banks stopping to look at a couple of huge Nle Crocs. They can go for months without eating…these guys still look fat from their feast at the great migration from last month

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    A New Born Hippo

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 2, 2010

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    Our first stop is at the river to look at the hippos. We see several including a Mom and her very new baby. I learn,even hippos look cute as babies. I was interested to learn the Mara flows to Lake Victoria and then empties into to the Nile.

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    Take A hike

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 2, 2010

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    We are amazed at how many lion we see. They are easy to spot and all seem to be lounging near short shrubby trees.

    Finally we arrive at the Mara. We are invited to take a hike with an armed ranger to see the hippos , crocs and of course the place in the river where the animals cross during the migration.I have to admit I am a bit hesitant to start out on the hike as only minutes beforehand and very nearby I took pictures of three large lions under some shrubbery. I trusted our guide however and went along with the plan but made sure I kept up with the ranger.

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    Where are the Cheetahs?

    by Waxbag Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    One of the reasons we came to Masai Mara and East Africa in general besides the wildebeest migration was to see cheetahs. After two trips to game parks in southern Africa I still had not seen a single cheetah. They are everywhere in Masai Mara! After the first 10 minutes in the park we saw a pair of cheetahs right on the side of the road. We found though, that they highest concentration of these cats are in the western part of the park north of the Mara River and west of the Talek River. There are many termite mounds in this section and lots of good open plains. In one day we saw a cheetah eating a gazelle, a cheetah chilling on a mount, and a mother and cub, and then the mother running down a gazelle and killing it. Spectacular! If cheetah is on your list you must come to the Mara.

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    Carcasses Galore

    by Waxbag Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    If you find yourself in Masai Mara during the wildebeest migration you will see carcasses littered all over the plains. The rains in the Mara and the drought in the Serengeti causes millions of hoofed animals to enter the Mara. They bring prides of lions with them. These lions eat so often because of the sheer number of wildebeest and because of the fact that they are incredibly stupid animals. The lions eat the best parts of the wildebeest and then leave much of the carcass for hyenas, jackals, and vultures. We saw at least four or five carcasses a day getting chewed on or picked at by some animal.

    The migration varies from year to year. It usually starts in July. The wildebeest stay until around November before they head back into Tanzania.

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    The Spectacular Wildebeest Migration

    by Waxbag Updated Jan 11, 2010

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    The wildebeest migration is one of the few large movements of game in the world. It’s the only migration that moves circuitously. The wildebeest give birth to their calves in the South East Serengeti then move into the Western Serengeti before heading north to Masai Mara in July. They feed on the lush grasses of the Mara until October as the Serengeti plains are too dry. In December, the rains return to the Serengeti as does the migration. There are 1.3 million wildebeest; 200,000 zebra; and 350,000 gazelles estimated in the migration. Of course all the lions follow these animals making the Mara the most predator-packed reserve in the world. Wildebeest can’t pass up the opportunity to drink as they cannot go longer than 5 days without water. They will risk life and limb to do so. In the morning they might cross the croc- infested river only to re-cross the same river later in the afternoon. It’s an all you can eat buffet for the lions and crocs!

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    Game Drives

    by Suet Written Jan 8, 2010
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    Game drives are essential if you are going to see the animals. You have to get up at about 5am to wash, get awake and squeeze in a cup of tea. YOU MUST DRESS WARMLY. Your vehicles will be open sided or open topped and it is extremely chilly out on the plains of the Mara. The wind and the low temperatures in the morning will quickly chill you and you will be hugging yourselves instead of getting good pics.

    Birds (hornbill) and all the small ones are having their breakfast. Hyenas are up and about ready to feast on the kills of last night. The vultures are in the trees waiting for the land to heat up and the thermals to happen so that they can take off and soar, also looking for last night's kills. The insects start buzzing around in the morning so the bee eaters are getting ready for some serious eating. It is all go go go.

    The afternoon game drives are amazing. The lions are up and around and getting ready to hunt that night. The late afternoon light is brilliant for taking pictures. This is the wind down and the last hunting for food before nightfall as well as the wakening of predators.

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    Mara river

    by georeiser Updated Dec 29, 2009
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    The Mara River originates from the Napuiyapi swamp in Kenya at 3,000 meter, then the river flows through Masai Mara and into the Serengeti. The river lies across the migration path of the wilderbeests, and is a source to many wild animals. During the dry season (August/September/October) the river appear shallow (see photos). The size will be twice as big after heavy rainfall.

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    Safari

    by Nicckie Written Nov 11, 2009

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    Hello...if you're on a game reserve, you gotta go check out the game! The "Big 5" in Masai Mara include the: lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. We saw 4 out of 5, which is pretty cool!! The leopard is primarily an evening dweller and since our drives were during the day, we didn't get a glimpse of this feline friend, but we did see some cheetahs that were a good replacement. The black rhino is actually a rarity to see in Masai Mara due to poaching over the last few decades, so it was amazing to catch up with this beast. And then there's the wildebeest! We were visiting in July and wow, when they say migration, they mean it. These animals migrate north from the Serengeti plains around this time and then return to the south around October. And there are thousands, as far as the eye can see - little dots across the plain - all wildebeest and they're kind of ugly too, so while interesting, not the best for photos :-)

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    Hot Air Balloon Ride

    by Nicckie Written Nov 11, 2009

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    We did not ultimately take the balloon ride because we we already booked with a group, but we heard great things about this activity. The balloon takes off around dawn, so be prepared for an early morning!

    It is also pricey, so if you are willing to take a chance, I recommend waiting until you get there and then bargain with them. 450 USD is the going rate, but our friends asked for a 2 for 1 special and they agreed to it...there are only a few balloons in the area and they try to convince you they will sell out, but there were plenty of options for us in July this year and with the poor economy, I think you would be able to get a deal like this...

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