Located in the heartland of the Masai in southwest Kenya the Masai Mara National Park, covering over 1,000 square miles, is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest and most infamous reserves, offering great concentration of wild game. Opportunities for first-timers to Africa to view the ‘Big Five’ and the big cats remain some of the best on the African continent. The park is also centre stage for one of the world’s greatest animal spectacles, the Great Migration, where herds of in excess of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle and more begin their epic journey from the Serengeti plains to the lush grasslands of the Mara, under the watchful eye of hungry predators, from crocodiles to lions. This is a sight to behold for any safari-goer, seasoned or not, as these wild animals sprawl the plains and cross dangerous rivers on their 500km round trip between the Southern Serengeti and north edge of the Masai Mara.
The tribal culture of the Masai is another highlight of a Kenya safari. Mainly situated in the southwest of the country, the Masai are characterised by their distinctive red robe costume, jewellery and beading. Their traditional life as nomadic cattle herders, who shun the modern world and live a much more primal existence, is a fascinating insight to any inquisitive traveller. Relying on animals for food, the men herd cattle whilst the women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and building the home.
They are traditionally a proud and independent tribe and the sense of community and togetherness you feel when around them is awe-inspiring to say the least. Joining in with their dances and singing is a privilege and not to be missed by anyone with an interest in other cultures and lifestyles.
The Masai Mara is home to some of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the face of planet Earth.