The Masai Mara National Reserve is arguably one of the best wildlife destinations when you are on a safari in Kenya. It is one of the most visited parks by both local and international visitors. The park`s rock-solid stature as a must-see for any safari-goer has risen over the years and rests on two key elements: the Great Wildebeest Migration and the ease of spotting game.
However, there are really no limits to what you can do during a Masai Mara Safari. If you are out for adventure or want to take that much-needed break from town life as you enjoy the untouched nature and all it has to offer, a Masai Mara Tour will offer you all that. Below we look into the various bucket list activities you can do during a Masai Mara Safari.
1. Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Masai Mara
A balloon safari in Masai Mara is one you have not experienced before. Balloon safaris are an absolute spectacle as you are kept afloat on hot air balloons to get a view of the expansive Masai Mara Reserve. A hot air balloon safari is probably the most beautiful way to view this incredible ecosystem.
You get a rare opportunity to get a better perspective of the park and admire its beauty from the sky. You will see all the wild animals and the beautiful Masai Mara flora from the bird`s eye view. The balloon departs from the camp just before dawn so you get to start your morning with a glorious view of the Masai Mara plains. The park is such a beauty from the air and you will get beautiful photos from up there.
2. Nature Walks in Masai Mara
A Masai Mara Safari is not just about getting onto a truck and taking a ride around the reserve. You can join a guided nature walk and experience a whole new side of Mara`s ecosystem. With the help of guides, you will be able to walk into designated areas usually frequented by predators.
You will be able to reconnect with your spirit of adventure as you follow in the footstep of local herdsmen and ancient explorers on a once-in-a-lifetime Masai Mara Safari. Taking a nature walk not only helps you stretch your legs but also brings you close to beautiful animals like zebras and giraffes or the big-five animals like rhinos and elephants.
3. Take a Cultural Visit with the Maasai
So you book a Masai Mara Tour but nature walks and balloon safaris are not your kinds of fun? Well, there is so much you can do to keep you busy and kick the boredom away. You can sit back and relax as you learn a thing or two about the rich Maasai culture. They are the indigenous community of the Masai Mara. They have been residing in the area for years and even after the western culture kicked in, the Maasai still stuck to their African roots and the Maasai heritage. No Masai Mara Tour is complete without this unique cultural experience. See their day-to-day lifestyle first hand by visiting a functioning Boma, a humble and mud residence of the Maasai who warmly welcome visitors into their home.
4. Take a Game Drive in the Mara
Game drives are the main reason for a Masai Mara Tour for tourists. Game viewing in the great expanse of the reserve is a highlight for any Masai Mara Tour. Game drives take tourists to areas where they can view the world’s most impressive wildlife on this blessed veritable wildlife haven.
The Masai Mara is home to all members of the Big-five so you will have the opportunity of seeing elephants, lions, rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo, as well as hyenas, hippos, and Nile crocodiles. No one ever said game drives should only be conducted during the day. If you are that adventurous person, you may actually take a guided night drive if you want to experience the nocturnal life of Masai Mara National Reserve.
5. Witness the Famous Wildebeest Migration
The wildebeest migration is undoubtedly one of nature`s dramatic spectacles. It is an annual event where millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River as they migrate from Tanzania to Kenya`s Masai Mara in a progressive cycle. Like many things in life, the migration is down to timing.
The crossing often happens between the months of July and October. Although the thundering hooves of the great migration can be witnessed year-round, the world-famous Mara River migration (July to October) is an absolute must for every nature`s enthusiast bucket list. It is a truly delightful experience for every wildlife lover. It’s a heart-pounding experience as you watch the first wildebeest step in followed by herds of other wildebeests and carnivores like zebras and gazelles.
There are very many more things you can do during a Masai Mara Safari but these are the key ones whenever you are on safaris in Kenya. Click here to view our 3 days Masai Mara safari itinerary.
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