Exciting Facts About Masai Mara That Every Tourist Should Know
Travelling to Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve for a holiday should be on everyone's bucket list.
The park is part of the savannah wilderness and is located in southwestern Kenya, specifically in Narok County.
Data from the Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism indicates that the park attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually from across the world.
Below are some facts about the Masai Mara that will have you rushing to witness its magnificence first-hand, as told by Jane Kinyanjui, the Marketing Manager of PrideInn Mara Camp.
The Wildebeest migration
The Masai Mara is famous for many things, but the Wildebeest Migration is probably one of the things that make it so memorable.
The year-round event involves the movement of about two million animals across the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya's Masai Mara.
It involves the movement of millions of wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras from Serengeti. The animals, which are forced to face hungry crocodiles, cross rivers such as the Mara River to get into Kenya's Masai Mara.
The movement of animals is driven by seasonal rains and the search for green grass.
The Masai Mara is also famous for having one of the world's finest collections of wild animals.
At the Masai Mara, tourists can see the members of the big five: lions, African bush elephants, black rhinos, leopards and African buffaloes.
For instance, tourists will see lions hunt down their prey, elephants displaying their family values, and African buffaloes showing their volatile and unpredictable nature.
Other big animals
Aside from the big five, the Masai Mara is also home to other big animals. These include cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and hippos.
Tourists will therefore see the cheetah, an iconic animal famous for being the fastest land animal, and the giraffe, the tallest living terrestrial animal.
This list would be incomplete without the mention of the Masai people.
The tribe, arguably Africa's most iconic community, features nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the region around the Masai Mara.
In fact, the park is named after the Maasai people to honour them.
Apart from their nomadic culture, the Maasai people are famous for their traditional dress of red or bright-coloured "shukas".
Lodges and camps
To cater to the thousands of people who jet into Kenya to go to the Masai Mara, the park hosts dozens of accommodation options.
These range from luxury camps to designer lodges and tented camps to cater to different classes of tourists.
Tourists should consider staying at camps such as PrideInn Mara Camp.
The camp boasts 31 spacious and tastefully designed river view cottages and tents. Each cottage is approximately 1000sqft. The deluxe cottages are made for couples, friends, or family.
The camp's spacious, luxurious safari tents are nestled under canvas, each with a private verandah, en-suite bathroom, flush toilet, and solar-heated safari showers.
In addition to cottages and tents, PrideInn Mara Camp has stylish indoor and outdoor decks, a crystal clear outdoor swimming pool and a large organic garden.