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Masai Mara National Reserve
Maybe your local zoo has lions, leopards, zebras or elephants. Maybe they even have wildebeest. But we bet they don't have 1.3 million wildebeest—never mind 1.3 million wildebeest in migration, with predators in hot pursuit. It's one of the most awesome sights in nature, and you can see it at Masai Mara in southwestern Kenya.

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Mara Triangle
Mara Triangle
Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara River, enjoying abundant vegetation, wildlife and rainfall... more Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara River, enjoying abundant vegetation, wildlife and rainfall, its ecology would appear, at first sight, to be relatively resilient. It also appears to have withstood the erosive effects of huge numbers of visiting tourists extraordinarily well. There are signs, however, that the delicate balance between tourist numbers and wildlife populations cannot be properly maintained for much longer as evidenced by the reduction in the protective vegetation cover and the emergence of a series of dust bowls. Meanwhile, the Reserve is host to 95 species of mammals, amphibians and other reptiles and 485 species of birds. During the dry season (July to October) it also hosts a major concentration of migratory herbivores including about 250,000 zebra and 1.3 million wildebeest. Amongst the list of easy-to-view species are: gazelle, elephant, topi, buffalo, lion (Kenya's largest population), black rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, leopard and mongoose. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Mara River
Mara River
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Musiara Swamp
Musiara Swamp
Excellent game-watching location to see lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe.
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Sanctuary Olonana
Sanctuary Olonana
USD 225 - 450
Mara Bush Camp
Mara Bush Camp
USD 245 (EUR 180)
Maji Moto Eco Camp
Maji Moto Eco Camp
USD 105 - 130

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Royal Mara Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5
Royal Mara Safari Lodge
USD 583 - 881
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Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp
Mahali Mzuri - Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp
USD 590 - 995
Offbeat Mara Camp
Offbeat Mara Camp
USD 330 - 460

All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
4.0 of 5
Naboisho Camp, Asilia Africa
USD 978 - 2,008
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Mara Bushtops
5.0 of 5
Mara Bushtops
USD 1,579 - 4,392
Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa
4.0 of 5
Rekero Camp, Asilia Africa
USD 828 - 1,818
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.