Maasai Mara is a national reserve/park found on the borders of Kenya and Tanzania. The Park extends from its southern counter Park in Tanzania called SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK which is permanently attached to it. The Serengeti in Tanzania lies in the same ecosystem (Maasai ecosystem) with Kenya’s Maasai Mara of which the Masai ecosystem is so big in that it is shared between two countries. Since these two Parks are situated on the same conservation area, they can therefore be accessed from any of the two to thus allowing animals to also enjoy all the pastures in both Parks unconditionally.
In most cases, the two Parks tend to share the species during their search for good pastures after the ones in their original habitant being exhausted. Many wildlife species migrate from the Tanzania’s Serengeti to look for good pastures in Kenya’s Maasai Mara of which during that time of migration, Maasai Mara receives and resides a very large number of wildlife. Therefore, due to the migration and the large number of wildlife in the Park, the Park is then most suitable for the wildlife safaris during that period since tourists will view a variety of wildlife species and in huge quantities.
The best time to visit Maasai Mara National Park is in the months of July, August, September and October during the migration of different wildlife species into the Park. During this migration, over 1.5 million Wildebeests, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 200,000 Zebras, 97,000 Elands and 18,000 Topis access the Park from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. This huge number of wildlife being added to the permanent residents in the Park makes it to be the most ideal destination for wildlife safari tours in Kenya. The migration in the Park takes places in every year of which the most vantage point in the Park to view this migration of wildlife is at the Masai River where they cross to access the Park and still at the River, a traveler will view the hugest population of crocodiles in Africa which are seen at the shores of Masai River. At the shores of the River, a traveler will also view a huge number of giant hippos.
During that period, a traveler will view all the big five wildlife species in Africa (Africa’s big five) such as; African elephants, African Lions, Cape buffaloes, Rhinos and African Leopards which are resided in the Park in high numbers. Still in the Park, travelers will a view a myriad of over 500 bird species including Vultures, Ostriches, Marabou storks and Horn bills thus being a best place too for birders to view a variety of bird species. At that time, travelers will view a variety of wildlife and in large amounts of which they include; Coke’s hartebeests, Nocturnal bat-eared foxes, Distinctive Masai giraffes, Huge roan antelopes, Grant’s gazelles, Duikers, Impalas, Cheetahs and Hyenas plus many others.
More interesting especially to travelers who like viewing the African Rhinos, they will view all sorts of Rhinos including the White and black Rhinos which are all resided in the Park. Travelers will also have a great chance to meet the Masai tribe (people) who believe that God gave them all rights on all cattle resided on earth. The Masai people keep a large number of cattle thus travelers will enjoy all the products from cattle such as Milk, Beef (meat) and many others. Enjoying the culture of the Maasai people is also memorable because you will get to enjoy a lot of amazing things such as their dances, songs, dressing styles and many more.
Therefore, the most ideal time to visit Maasai Mara is from July to October and a lot of activities are offered while in the Park including; an excellent game viewing, game drives, cultural encounters, bird viewing and many others.