Much of Kenya’s land area is devoted to wildlife habitats, including the Maasai Mara, famous around the world for its magnificent population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as other game.
The vast grassland plains of the Maasai Mara are scattered with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle and topi. The Acacia forests teem with bird life and monkeys, while the swamps and rivers are home to elephant, buffalo, hippos and crocodiles.
The Mara, as it is called by locals, is also the site of the Great Migration which occurs each year from July to October, when zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest migrate here from Tanzania’s Serengeti.
During this great migration, more than 11 million wildebeest traverse a distance of 1 800 miles, searching for food and water. Hundreds of thousands perish along the way.
Kenya is the land of the safari, and there are many exceptional wildlife reserves and national parks to choose from, including the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Aberdares National Park, among many others.