The Masai Mara National Reserve has fenceless borders with a number of private conservancies, including Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. This vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, and Kenya’s flagship conservation area.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 i.e lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. It is also home to animals like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle.
From July to November one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the wildebeest migration, reaches the Mara – the sheer number of wildebeest arriving in the area is staggering.
The migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost 2-million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Mara’s fresh grazing, wildebeest make dramatic river crossings, facing enormous crocodiles to feast on the Mara plains and regain their strength. November’s short summer rains trigger the last leg of the migration, when the wildebeest move south to their Serengeti calving grounds. The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.