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Travel Masai Mara: Your Photo Safari

Updated on March 10, 2012

Male Lion in Masai Mara

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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.

Masai Hosts

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Photo Safari

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.

Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle | Source

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.

African Elephant
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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.

Giraffe in Masai Mara
Giraffe in Masai Mara | Source

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.

Nile Crocs basking in the Mara River

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Hippopotami
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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.

Wildabeest on Migration in Masai Mara
Wildabeest on Migration in Masai Mara | Source
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird | Source

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

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      Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      DrMark1961,

      Thank you for sharing my hub on Twitter. I appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed it. Lenzy

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I doubt I will get there so it is nice to see the photos are read about your trip. I will share this on twitter!

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      Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Snowdrop. Your comment is very encouraging. Lenzy

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow! this is really awesome!

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      Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks again Angela. Lenzy

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      Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Kashmir56,

      Thank you for your kind words regarding my Hub and photos. I really loved taking this trip. I particularly appreciate you sharing my article. Lenzy

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This article has been shared on facebook, stumble, googe+, reddick, and twitter, and my hub following.

      Via: http://angelabrummer.hubpages.com/hub/Hubber-Alert

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very awesome well written hub about your wonderful trip. Love all the beautiful photos you took, love the lion he is so beautiful !

      Vote Up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This maybe the closet I will get to the real thing. I truely enjoyed this and shared on g+

      You can also list this to be shared at http://angelabrummer.hubpages.com/hub/Hubber-Alert... I just started this today with the intent of everyone sharing one another's articles, to reach many reader!

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Aviannovoice. I appreciate the great comments. Being able to see the animals in the wilds of Africa is an amazing experience. I am blessed to have been able to be a part of it long term. Lenzy

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up, awesome and will be following you for your adventures, past and present. Excellent material, and definitely recommended for the animal lover and adventurer.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      AfricaResource, Thank you for your comment. I agree that the Mara is a wonderful place to visit. For anyone who has not had the opportunity to visit in person, I hope this hub gives you a taste of what it is like. Lenzy

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      AfricaResource 5 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      Everyone should give themselves the opportunity to travel to the Masai Mara, many consider it to be one of the best wildlife reserves in all of Africa, although it's fair to say that the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Okavango Delta in Tanzania certainly give it a run for it's money!

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      It is beautiful. I'm glad that you could see some of its beauty through my eyes. Those crocs are huge. I couldn't believe how big their bellies were. I have to go to work but will try to catch your hubs later. Lenzy

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thank you for giving us a glimpse of this beautiful place, Lenzy.

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      Those crocs are pretty scary.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you so much for the kind comments Peggy. I hope that you get a chance to look at part two as well. I loved going on Safari to Masai Mara. Lenzy

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I will probably never get to do a safari in Africa but surely loved seeing it through your writing and photos. Will look forward to more! Thanks! Useful, interesting and beautiful votes and will tweet.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks Caveman, I hope that you are able to travel there someday as well. You certainly have the interest. By the way you might enjoy checking out A Rocha, Kenya.

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      Caveman Etris 5 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Great article. I like the photo you have placed with it. That always helps people to get interested in helping the wildlife. I wish I had traveled there and stayed.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Sky. I loved that secretary bird as well. It is so cool looking. I do thank you for thoughts on the question I asked as well.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      A very nice account of what seems to be a beautiful trip. I enjoyed reading am taken back by that secretary bird must go look it up. lol.

      Thanks for sharing .

      Bless and welcome.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I will. Thank you for the encouragement. It is nice to have a community that appreciates the travel commentary and photos.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Please continue to tell us of your travels.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you so much bdegiulio,

      I love photography, safaris and Kenya. That makes for an enjoyable writing theme. Lenzy

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Loved the Hub and the photos, just beautiful. I hope to go on a safari someday.

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