Things to do on a Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari
Nestled on the South Western Kenya, The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the most popular wildlife viewing destination in Africa – if not the whole world. It is named after the Native owners of the ancestral land on which it sits - the Maasai people or colloquially the ‘Maa’ Community. Here, you will get to experience what a real African jungle is all about. From the tropical rainforest vegetation to savanna grassland, you will not be disappointed. The activities below are some of the most popular in Maasai Mara.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
You can catch a glimpse of this expansive reserve and all its contents from the air. A hot air balloon ride in Africa is a fun filled activity. You can enjoy the local popular beer 'tusker' as you sport hordes of zebras, giraffes, antelopes and the like.
Wildebeest Migration Tour
This has been named a world wonder by United Nations Scientific, Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The more than 1 million wildebeest migrate to Serengeti National Park in search of pastures by crossing the crocodile infested Mara River. Unfortunately, they will have to make this journey once more before the year is over when the long rains fall and the Maasai Mara is lush again.
General Wildlife Tour
Have you ever seen a lion in its natural habitat? Well get to see the 'big five' including the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo in their natural habitats. Other animals that you will see include giraffes, monkeys, gazelles, zebra, antelopes, crocodiles, baboons, snakes, and many more.
Camp in the Bushes
This is one of the best places to camp. In the open savanna grassland under the watchful eye of the African night you can have game meat and drink beer till dawn. The local Maasai people can entertain you with their traditional dances as you learn how to step to the African beat.
Catch up with the National Geographic or the Big Cat Diaries
It is not uncommon to find these two wildlife screening crews helping each other catch the best sights of the African predators.
There are probably a million things to do in Maasai Mara. Hopefully you will find time and money to get the joys of being in the tropics!