Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley and set in primarily open grassland. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem and is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs. It is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The Great wildebeest Migration alone involves over 1.5 million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomson’s gazelle arriving from the Serengeti in July and departing in November. This amazing spectacle is ranked as the 8th wonder of the world.
Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).