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Address: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if...

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.

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This park has everything

This was the last of 4 parks, and by far the best. We saw everything, including a leopard, 4-cheetahs, 3 rhinos, 50-lions, hundreds of elephants and probably thousands of zebras... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the last of 4 parks, and by far the best. We saw everything, including a leopard, 4-cheetahs, 3 rhinos, 50-lions, hundreds of elephants and probably thousands of zebras and various antelope, as well as hippos and crocs. UNBELIEVABLE is the only word to describe this park.

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adams, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent 2 days in the Maasai Mara. We saw all 5 of the Big 5, as well as cheetahs, a leopard, and so much more. It was an amazing two days.

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have already provided review in MARA RIVER & MARA SERENA LODGE post. The Mara Triangle is a 'must see place in one's lifetime'.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful safari! We saw the big 5, plus cheetah, crocodiles, hippos, Nile monitors, and gorgeous birds. If you can name an animal known to be in the Mara, we saw it.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drive in, fly in, it doesn't matter; there is so much to see and do before heading off to the sanctuary of one of the many game lodges in the Mara Triangle. Within minutes of touch-down, we witnessed a bodged attempt by 4 lionesses to ambush and kill a lone warthog. We saw the male of the (lion) species relaxing... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rhino sightings. Hyenas, giraffes, elephants, a leopard chasing a baby wart hog till the mother wart hog routes the leopard. Leopard quickly refuging in first available tree. A camera buff's paradise. Dry savannas. Wilder beasts by the thousands. Zebras innumerable too. Euphoria by nature!

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there for 3 days during the last week of January 2017. This is the low season, the animals have migrated to Tanzania, however, there was still sufficient wildlife on offer during the game drives. We say enough lions, leopard and other wildlife. Unfortunately, Rhinos played hide & seek with us and we were not able to see them... More 

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Straubing, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although many lodges and camps have been established in the expended Mara Territory during the last decade, I still prefer Mara Triangle because of landscape(Musiara Swamp, Olololo - Siria Escarpement,Mara River) and variety of game. Recommended : Mara Serena Lodge on a hilltop with amazing view overlooking the Reserve and the Great Migration in sight.Don"t forgett to charge your KWS-... More 

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Waterford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our safari in the Masai Mara! I have watched documentaries on tv about safaris, but they don't do justice to the beauty of the area, and the animals, that you see. I was in heaven! Just looking out over the area gave you goosebumps. We were hoping to see lions, and we were lucky enough to see both... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travelled here in October just after the migration. Many animals to view and plenty of lions including the marsh pride, paradise and double cross. Excellent experience

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