A natural extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Masai Mara Reserve is one of the most famous in this part of Africa, notably due to its number of felidae (wild cats and big cats). The Masai Mara is also a place of migration (twice a year) during which close to 1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebras move in large herds from one area of the park to the other. Contrary to other Kenyan parks, off-road driving is authorised here and two safaris per day are organised to observe the park's wildlife, such as hippopotamuses and crocodiles, as well as the famous 'big five' game: the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the Black rhinoceros. During your stay, it is also possible to enter an 'imanyat' (warrior village) to discover the lifestyle of Masai warriors (for a fee). Well, even the proud Masai warriors have understood the logic behind tourism!
The Great Migration takes place every year between July and October, with a stampede of creatures such as wildebeest and the zebras crossing the Serengeti.© andreanita
Even though they are less well-known than those of Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara also is also home to many pink flamingos.© David Tyrer / 123RF
More than 3,000 elephants live in the park and are a wondrous sight to see up close.© Mhgallery / 123RF
Hippos are aquatic animals.© EASYVOYAGE
A pair of cheetahs bask in the sunshine.© Roland Brack / age fotostock