Fun Things to do at Masai Mara National Reserve

The famous Masai Mara National Reserve needs no introduction. It is one of the most visited parks by both international and local visitors. Its wildlife is familiar to everyone who has had a chance to not only visit, but also watch it on TV. Most African safari documentaries are shot from this location, making it famous across the globe. The Mara, as it is commonly known is home to Africa’s big five animals as well as other animals in their natural habitat. Whoever gets a chance to visit the Mara experiences the feeling of communing with wild animals in their home.

The wildebeest, zebras, impalas, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs and lions are just but some of the animals found in the Mara. This vast concentration of game is courtesy of the reliable rains and plenty of vegetation that supports the animals within. The Masai Mara National Reserve is the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania.

Top 6 things to do at Masai Mara National Reserve

If you need to connect with nature in the best way possible, then the place to be is Masai Mara National reserve. You can experience something profound when you visit the Mara. Something that you will be able to write about, or a story that you will narrate to your grandchildren someday. There are, however, a lot of things that you can do when you visit the Mara. Below are top 5:

#1 Daytime Game Drives

The key focus to most safaris in the Masai Mara National Reserve are the actual game drives. The visitors have the option of choosing a full day game drive or two shorter ones during the day. Whatever you choose, the guides will give it to you. There are always trained game guides at your disposal to take you round and answer your questions and concerns.

safaris in Masai Mara

#2 Night Game Drives

Who said game drives should only be conducted during the day? No one did. You can actually take a night drive if you are that adventurous individual who would like to experience the nocturnal life of the game reserve. Just like the daytime drive, there will be guides with you all the time to ensure the safety of both the visitor and the animals.

night game drive masai mara

It is, however, not for the faint hearted since the reflection of a predator’s eye in the torch light can send chills down your spine. However, the experience of being in the wild at night is in itself so exciting, so go ahead and take the chance.

#3 Take a nature walk instead

Visiting the Mara is not just about jumping onto the truck and taking a ride around the park. Sometimes it helps to go another way. You can take a walk, with guards in tow of course, and experience a whole new level of the Mara’s ecosystem.

Masai Mara National Reserve Nature Walks

Taking this walk not only helps you stretch your legs, but also, you get to see some of the smaller habitats that are rarely seen from the height of the game vehicles. You get to be in tune with the nature more closely while on foot than while in the vehicle. A briefing is always conducted to tell you how to react when you meet the bigger animals, but then again, such incidences rarely occur and when they do, the guides are always available and they know what to do.

#4 Bush Camping

This is mainly for the highly adventurous and risk taking individuals. You can set up camp and organize a party with your friends and family in the wild. Although spending the night in a campsite is not as comfortable as a hotel room, but the experience is magical.

Safari Camping in Masai Mara

The thought of preparing meals in the wild and sleeping and waking up to the sounds of elephants splashing in the rivers or hearing buffalos walking around is just thrilling. This is the ultimate definition of an authentic African safari experience and the memories made are unforgettable.

#5 Enjoy the Maasai culture

So you came to the Mara but taking a game drive, long walks or bush camping is not your kind of fun? Well, there is something else that you can do to keep you busy and kick boredom away. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the rich Masai culture.

Masai Culture Masai Mara

Since Masai Mara is in the land of the Maasai group in Kenya, most of the guides are definitely from this community. Your guide can take you to the Maasai village where you get to experience the culture. Their villages are yet to be interrupted by commercialism, therefore, while there you get exposed to the reality of how the Maasai live and operate daily.

#6 Balloon Safaris in Masai Mara

This is safaris as you have never experienced before. Balloon safaris are very thrilling as visitors are kept afloat on hot air balloons of the expansive Masai Mara National Reserve. You get a rare chance to see all the animals from the bird’s eye view and also the beautiful Masai Mara flora and the terrain.  Masai Mara is such a beauty from the air and you will get great photos from up there.

Balloon Safaris in Masai Mara

Well, there you have it. A million reasons to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve. The experience you get there will give you magical memories that will last a lifetime.

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