The Masai Mara at a Glance
- February 7, 2012
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- Category: Masai Mara Game Reserve
History Of the Masai Mara
It started out as a small Wildlife Sanctuary about 520 square kilometres (200 sq miles), established in 1948. It was only extended eastwards in 1961 and went through a number of size variations before settling on its current game reserve status at 1,510 square kilometres (583 sq miles).
The Maasai community are unmistakably the most recognized people of Africa, characterized by their bright red garments and their beautiful bead-work which plays an essential element in the ornamentation of the body. Young men often cover their bodies in ochre and cultivate ornate hairstyles to enhance their appearance.
What’s in a name?
The Reserve got its name from the local people who called the land “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa. Maa is the name given to the Masai language. This is exactly what the area looks like from afar. It is dispersed or “spotted” with Umbrella Acacia trees, bushes and animals, even the shadows created by cloud cover add to the spots. Add to this, thousands of animals and you have one very large speckled African wonderland.
How to get there
Some travellers decide to avoid driving and will fly from Nairobi or the Kenyan coast to one of the airstrips in or near the Reserve. Daily scheduled flights and private charters use the Mara Serena, Musiara or Keekorok airports located within the Reserve or Mara Shikar, Kichwa Tembo or Ngerende airports located within the Conservation area of the Mara.
Driving alternatives are with a hired car or with a Kenya safari tour operator. Access to the Mara is via the Narok region which is a 3 hour drive from Nairobi. Roads and tracks in the Mara are well established.
Best time to go
one of the most famous events on the Mara calendar is the annual wildebeest migration that occurs between July and October. Naturally this is the peak season for visiting the Reserve; however it is never disappointing to visit year round. Most of the rain will fall from November to April but Kenya is mostly arid with a wetter coastal belt and therefore rain is seldom an influencing factor to a safari in the Mara.
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