Maasai Mara National Reserve
The physical beauty of the Maasai Mara National Reserve might have something to do with the inner beauty of its people. The Maasai people have great respect for their land. Their belief is that their land is important in their lives; but the life on the land is also important to them.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961. It is 580 square miles, or 1510 square kilometers of safeguarded and protected land that is 4875 ’- 7052’ above sea level, extending all the way out south of the Serengeti National Park. There are approximately 100 different species of mammals which include the “Big 5.” The Big 5 are akin to the Brat Pack of wildlife in Africa, which includes the elephant, leopard, buffalo, lion and the rhino.
Some of the other species found in the reserve include gazelles, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, crocodiles, hippos, and of course the wildebeests. This is the perfect segue to talk about the Great Wildebeest Migration. The most popular time is between July and October, especially in October when the great migration happens. You can witness millions of wildebeests as well as other species to make the trek from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
The Maasai Mara people rarely hunt, if at all, but they make sure that they live in harmony with everyone as well as all the existing wildlife. As it is in humans, when beauty starts on the inside, this just makes the exterior even more beautiful. This is certainly true at the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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