Facts About Maasai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara is the largest and most popular game reserve not only in Kenya but Africa at large, it shares a common border with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Below are some facts about the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
- Masai Mara got its name from the local people who call it “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa. Maa is the name given to the Masai language.
- This Reserve covers 1,510 km2 in south-western Kenya, it is the northernmost section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which covers some 25,000 km2 in Tanzania and Kenya.
- Masai Mara was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary which only covered 520 km2 of the current area, including the Mara Triangle.
- More than 470 species of birds can be found in this wildlife reserve, many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors.
- The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,00 zebra and a host of other antelope traveling cross country.
- You can find all members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros) in Mara.
- You will find large groups Hippopotamus and crocodiles in the Mara and Talek rivers.
- Unlike other National Parks in Kenya, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is not administered by the Kenya Wildlife Service, but by Narok County government.
- The BBC Television show “Big Cat Diary” was filmed in both the Reserve and Maasai Conservancy areas of the Mara.
- December to March and July to October are the best months to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve because of the pleasant weather.
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