Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Home to the annual Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest and zebras go in search of greener pastures.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to the famous annual great migration. This is where millions of wildebeest and zebras travel between Kenya and Tanzania’s national parks. The great migration is a dramatic mass movement of animals – millions of wildebeest and zebras driven by seasonal rainfall, striving to reach fresh grazing grounds. The great migration also attracts a great predator population – big cats taking advantage of the sheer number of animals.

Situated in the southwest of Kenya, bordering the Serengeti National Park and covering 1510 km sq, it is the country’s most popular park. Wildlife sightings of four out of the big five can be seen all year round. Masai giraffes, antelope, Thomson’s gazelle, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and cheetah freely roam the plains.

The culture of the area adds a rich character to the park. The semi-nomadic Masai Mara Tribe are welcoming to tourists. Their history and culture are fascinating – bold and colourful in both tradition and clothing, maintaining the authenticity of their ways.