What to do at the Masai Mara National Reserve

The wildebeest migration is a wildlife spectacle that makes the Masai Mara National Reserve one of the most popular parks in the world. Being one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world, the Mara is packed with prides of lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos, baboons, hyenas. Elephants, leopards, just to mention a few.

During the migration, millions of wildebeests move into the Mara to cross the famous Mara River. The temperatures at the reserve can go up to 30°C so expect to enjoy sunny mornings and some rains in the afternoons and evenings. You will have to access the Mara Triangle in order to enter the reserve. You can get to the reserve through Narok or the Sekenani Gate.

Top Experiences to have at Masai Mara National Reserve

With that said, travelling to the Masai Mara National Reserve is going to be a great experience considering the wealth of activities that can be enjoyed in this part of the world. Here are a couple of things to do at the reserve to get the most of your trip.

#1 Experience adventure in a night game drive

If you’ve never been to a night game drive, then the Masai Mara National Reserve will give you the experience of your life. There are some spots that can be perfect for wildlife viewing at night. However, you’ll have to go with an experienced guide for the drive. You not only get to witness some of the most endangered species of wildlife in the world, but also experience a game drive in a whole new way.

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Night game drives are particularly enjoyable because the weather is cool and there’s no discomfort because of hot weather like it happened during the day. Furthermore, you’ll get to experience the dramatic bush at night, which is a dream come true for many vacationers.

#2 Stay in a tented safari camp

Forget about living in a hotel like all the trips you take to different cities. Travelling to the Mara National Reserve will welcome you to a different kind of living. There are a good number of tented safari camps that have been designed for the vacationer who wants a little spoiling. The tented camps come fully equipped with all you need to relax and enjoy your holiday.

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You just need to make your bookings early enough because most of the camps are fully booked during the peak season. Start planning for your trip in advance if you want the best selection of tented camps at the Mara.

#3 Balloon Safaris in Masai Mara

Floating in the sky on a hot air balloon to see the animals at the reserve is likely going to be a phenomenal experience. You can even get to spot the animals assembled at the Mara River ready to face their attackers. It’s going to be amazing to watch the beautiful sunrise and enjoy a delicious meal, viewing millions of animals in the park.

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Plan on getting a view from the top if you want to appreciate the true beauty of the Masai Mara National Reserve.

#4 Enjoy a bush breakfast, lunch and dinner

Imagine waking up to take your first meal with millions of animals around you? Many camps in the Masai offer bush meals where you can enjoy local dishes in the middle of the forest and in a serene environment.

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You’d be surprised to know that many of the tented safari camps at the Mara also serve some British and European cuisines that are far better than any other five star hotel in the world. You only get to enjoy this and much more at the reserve.

#5 Visit Masai cultural villages

Make sure you don’t leave the Masai Mara National Reserve without interacting with the locals. You can have your guide take you to the Masai cultural villages and learn some little history about the way of life of the Masais. You will meet the local women at the Sekenani Gate trying to sell items to tourists. Take time to interact with these locals and take pictures with them.

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One unique thing about Masai men is that they have one tooth pulled out. It’s hard to come across a genuine Masai at the Mara with a full set of teeth. Visiting the Masai village will help you to understand a little of their culture. You get to dance with the Masai women and enjoy some performances from them. The visit is likely to be extremely informative so make sure you step into the village when visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve.








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