The Maasai Mara is one of the largest national reserves in Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai language. The Maasai are the traditional inhabitants of this land. The word Mara means spot. This is true because you will find a wide variety of vegetation and animals in the area. The predominant animal in the region is the wildebeest, estimated to number in the millions. Other herbivores are antelope, buffalo, gazelle, impala, zebra and giraffe. These make up a large portion of the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment in the Great Rift Valley, where tourists usually have a good time.
Carnival animals found here include all members of the five major communities. Although endangered, black rhinos can still be found in protected areas. Hippos are found in abundance in the Maasai Mara and Talek rivers. Cheetahs are also threatened, mainly because tourists interfere with daytime activities there. As mentioned, the best place to watch the game is between the Mara River and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment. Here you will find lions and cheetahs patiently preying on wildebeest and zebra.
The Great Migration, now a wonder of the world, takes place every year from June to October. As weather conditions change, wildebeest, zebra and antelope try to cross the Mara River in and out of the Mara to the Serengeti and vice versa. This is followed by predators such as crocodiles, lions and hyenas. This is a spectacular site that attracts millions of people all over the world.