The Masai Mara Game Reserve, located on the floor of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the world. This reserve is popularly known for its exceptional wildlife, which includes high densities of lion prides, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as the great annual migration of wildebeest, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles from the Serengeti between July and October.
With that being said, here are some interesting activities to take part in while at the Masai Mara:
1. Experience the Masai Mara on Game Drives
A game drive is an adventure that involves viewing wildlife from the comfort of a 4×4 open-sided safari vehicle that seats 4 to 6 people, giving you that authentic safari experience. One of the most popular ways to see wildlife in the Masai Mara is on a safari game drive. Game drives in Masai Mara are typically conducted in the early mornings, late afternoons, or at night because these are the coolest times of the day when most animals are very active. As you drive into the wilderness, you will be accompanied by experienced tour guides who will introduce you to life in the savanna and share their infinite knowledge about African wildlife.
2. Explore the Open Savanna on a Walking Safaris.
A walking safari refers to an exciting activity that requires guests to embark on slow-paced, guided walks with the primary goal of exploring various wildlife species throughout the bush. Most walking safaris within the Masai Mara are usually led by experienced and professional Maasai guides. Rather than simply observing the bush, guests gain an authentic understanding of it by walking with the Maasai. The duration of an African walking safari varies according to the guest’s preferences, ranging from 2 hours to several days of walking at a leisurely pace while exploring the open plains and the bush.
3. Celebrate the African Sundowner.
A sundowner is simply a ‘happy hour’ in the African bush at sunset. As your afternoon game drive comes to an end, you will be taken to a special African sundowner spot within the Masai Mara to enjoy this beautiful moment. During a sundowner, guests simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere while listening to and watching the savanna’s wildlife. Most sundowner spots also serve drinks, cocktails, and delectable bites against the unforgettable backdrop of an African sunset.
4. Experience Bush Dining.
A bush dinner is considered dining under the African stars. The majority of bush dinners take place in scenic locations within the Mara plains. This dining experience is quite exciting, whether it is by the river’s edge with the hippos grunting or on the plains with unlimited views of the big game. In most cases, the bush dinner will begin with the setting of the sun. And to make it, even more, an unforgettable African dining experience, a group of Maasai men and women sing and dance in the background, blending with the sounds of the untamed bush.
5. Meet the Maasai on a Community Visit.
A community visit is a cultural tour in which guests can meet locals and enjoy cross-cultural interaction. No journey to the Masai Mara would be complete without an authentic cultural experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the fascinating Maasai people. They will welcome you into their humble mud-and-stick manyattas (homesteads) and reveal their pastoral world and ancient, time-honored traditions. You’ll also learn about ancient traditions as well as contemporary struggles and adaptations to modern life.
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