Masai Mara National Reserve is widely recognized as the jewel in the crown of Kenya’s tourism industry. It plays a key role in preserving the world’s greatest migration of large mammals. The reserve is regarded as the most spectacular wildlife viewing area in Kenya with over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species. Safari in Masai Mara National Reserve will give you an opportunity to shoot great wildlife numbers including the dominant inhabitant that is the wildebeests. In July each year over 1.5 million wildebeests along with large numbers of Zebras and Thompson’s gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to search for fresh pastures in the Masai Mara before going back in October.
What is the best time to film in Masai Mara National Reserve?
The best time to visit and film in Masai Mara National reserve is during the peak season between July and October when the annual great migration takes place. Early November and February is also great time for excellent game viewing and filming in Masai Mara.
How to get to Masai Mara National Reserve
By Road: The C12 passes through Narok, Sekenani then Keekorok and on to the Mara Triangle, the C13 goes from Bomet to Narok road and on to Ngorgori Junction past Lemek the Oloololo gate and into the Mara Triangle.
What to film in Masai Mara National Reserve.
The reserve is surrounded by local community group ranches serving as dispersal areas. The communities have allowed their land to be used as wildlife conservancies to earn tourism-related revenue. This is another great area for filming in Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Mara is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the Big Five, Cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, balck backed and side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthog, topi, elands, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, oribi, reed buck and zebras. 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species have been recorded in this reserve including the annual migration of wildebeests which involves over 1.5 million animals.
Tourist activities include Game viewing, camping, night game drives, guided walking safaris, visits to Masai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast and horse riding near the boundary of the reserve.