Travel Masai Mara: Your Photo Safari
Male Lion in Masai Mara
Masai Mara is one of the premier tourist destinations in Kenya. It is located in South Western Kenya, North of the Tanzanian border and is a natural extension of the Serengeti. It covers more than 550 square miles and is at an altitude between about 1500-2000 meters above sea level. There are well over 550 bird species and close to 100 types of mammals. The Mara is known for its beautiful scenery, abundance of animals, the wildebeest migration, tented camps and the colorful Masai people.
For those of you who are not able to visit the Mara due to time or financial constraints, I have collected photos of some of the animals, people and scenery in the Reserve and invite you to come on a personal safari. First meet our hosts. They are two of the Masai men at the tented camp where you are staying. It is wonderful to be able to interact with them and ask questions about their culture and traditions. At night you are invited to a traditional dance. Of course you are also invited to purchase Masai souvenirs.
Rise and Shine
We awake early in the morning to have some coffee or tea and a bite to eat. We will have a full breakfast after our sunrise tour. The animals love to be up at this time. Jumping into our safari vehicle with the pop-up roof, we very quickly begin to see what we came for, the animals. There is a Thomson's Gazelle near our camp. "Tommies" often travel in large herds. If you look carefully, you will notice them flicking their tails back and forth.
Please Look to the Right
If you look to your right you will see a beautiful African elephant. The African elephant is the world's largest land animal. It stands around 10 feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh about 6 tons. The African elephant is the elephant with the large ears that can be used for cooling himself. Both the male and females of this species have tusks. The elephant is rarely killed by any animal except for humans. . Black market ivory commands a huge price, so poaching is a major problem.
It is Hard to Miss this Giraffe in front of us.
There are several types of giraffe in Kenya. The Reticulated, Rothschild and Masai giraffe are differentiated by their spot patterns. This is a Masai giraffe. The spots are somewhat leaf shaped or blotchy rather than being sharp and defined. The giraffe is the tallest land animal, reaching about 19 feet. Its tongue is about 45 centimeters long and rough to the touch. Both of these factors help it to feed, by reaching high into the leafy branches of the acacia tree, one of its favorites. A baby giraffe is quite precocious and is able to start walking about 15 minutes after being born.
Let's travel over to the Mara River
The Mara river is home to some huge crocodiles. They are the largest crocodiles in Africa, sometimes reaching 20 feet in length. They have huge jaws and a very strong tail and are able to take down a baby hippo. The crocodiles' eyes and nose rest above the water, allowing it to sit and wait for its prey without being noticed. Check out the amazing footage of these man eaters posted on YouTube by Inzaja.
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Nile Crocs basking in the Mara River
The hippos are close by. If you are like me, you are amazed to see them in large groups after seeing one or two in the zoo. The hippo spends most of the day in the water and comes out at night to feed. The hippo is a dangerous animal. Because of its sheer size, its large jaws, huge tusks and surprising speed, it actually kills more people than any other mammal in Africa. Many are caught unawares as they picture the hippo to be a slow, docile animal.
The Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara
Since you booked your safari in July, you are able to just see the beginning of the wildebeest migrating into the Mara. These odd looking animals leave the Serengeti in Tanzania in January or February and travel to the Mara for food and water. When they arrive at the Mara River they are exhausted from the long journey. As they jump into the river in huge numbers to get to the other side, many are swept away by the current or eaten by crocodiles. It is a sad ending for many of those who put forth such a great effort. Please enjoy the YouTube link by Fizzydog below the photo.
Crossing the Mara River
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We pass by a very cool Secretary Bird on the way back to camp
We will need to return to our camp now for breakfast, but after lunch we will go out again if you would like to come along. I would be happy to hear any comments regarding your morning safari and look forward to seeing you later in the day. Thank you for being my guest. Your Safari Guide. Lenzy