The Road to Maasai Mara / by Steven Kitoto

So I am sure we all know about the Maasai Mara (also known as Masai Mara). a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania.

What better time to head down to the Mara than go during the Great Wildebeest Migration, which is rated as one of the world's most spectacular natural events. No where in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October.

Driving will take you about 5-6 hours. Nairobi to Narok will take you about 2-2.5 hours, the road is absolutely beautiful and smooth. 

Leaving Narok to Sekenani Gate will take you about 2-3.5 hours depending on the vehicle you are travelling with. The road has really broken up and is NOT good at all while on the tar road. It has a lot of pot holes and special attention is needed. At the end of the tar road the road you drive on a dirt road. This has been graded but of course with time and the rains it is also not in good shape and quite rough and lots of dust.

“End? No, the journey doesn't end here..." J.R.R. Tolkien

“End? No, the journey doesn't end here..." J.R.R. Tolkien

There are numerous places to stay in the Mara it all depends on your preference and budget, but of course I would recommend you to stay at a camp  within the park for obvious reasons of course :) That way you ensure you have an early start to your game drives and retreat back to your camp at your own leisure without pressure to leave the park the time the gates close.

A typical morning in the Mara involves loads of hot air balloons up in the sky and big cats.

A nice spot for lunch

A nice spot for lunch

The main mission on this trip I made was to witness the migration which I must say was quite a sight to behold. If anything I learnt on this trip is, patience is a virtue when going to view the migration. After 3 failed attempts, just as we were about to give up we managed to view some wildebeest migrating.

Calm after the chaos

Calm after the chaos

That had to be one of the most painstaking moments, these wildebeests crossing takes a lot of patience seeing as they keep coming close to the river then retreating back from time to time. 

One morning we were lucky enough to stumble upon this lioness eating a buffalo she had just killed. Her male partner, had already had his fill and was chilling on the sidelines as hyenas watched closely for them to be down to pounce in.

That is just a little snippet from my trip to the Mara of which I shall be visiting again very soon. Thank you or visiting this blog feel free to like & share and if you haven't subscribed ... please do so!