Thursday, January 17, 2008

Masai Mara Safari Kenya - Masai Mara Safari Vacation tour Kenya

Southern Kenya Safaris-Masai Mara and beyond South of Nairobi, along the southern border of Kenya, lies some of the most amazing and majestic land in the world. It includes Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s most famous mountain, the southern end of the rift valley, and three major wildlife reserves: Tsavo National Park: Amboseli National Park, and the Masai Mara game reserve, which is part of the world-renowned Serengeti ecosystem. Masai Mara National Reserve The Masai mara Kenya reserve is 1510 km squared of incredible open vistas and verdant riverine forests following the looping bends of the Mara and Talek Rivers. It is bounded on the south by the Tanzanian border and is the Kenyan extension of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Ranging in height from 1500 to 2170meters, the Mara also has some spectacular outcrops and ridge tops. The never-ending views across grasslands are wonderful, and from Masai Mara Kenya ridges and escarpments you see range after range of distant mountains. Looking down on the grasslands marked by thickets and clumps of tree, the land seems spotted or dappled, which is Masai Mara in maa, the Masai language. Masai mara wildlife The quantity and variety of wildlife in the Masai Mara is unequalled in Kenya. This is partly due to increased human usage of the Masai mara grasslands around the reserve. Beginning in 1949, these human pressures gradually encouraged the animals to find their way into the Masai Mara. Another reason for this movement of animals was the natural increase in elephants in the scrub thickets to the south of the Masai mara By about 1950, when elephant herds became large enough, they opened up the woodlands along the Tanzanian border into the Masai mara. Grazing animals were lured there by the new elephant-created grasslands. Predators followed. The result: millions of animals protected and drawing tourists, especially during the great wildebeest Migration in the Masai mara Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania. Masai Mara Tour Attractions Between the Masai Mara and Amboseli lies the southern end of the rift valley with a moonscape beauty of lave rock, arid undulating plains, and the frothy pink of lake magadi and its Tanzanian cousin Lake Natron. Both are rich soda lakes and home to interesting birdlife, including flamingo. Lake Magadi is second in world production of sodium sesqui carbonate, or trona. From the lake, it is possible to cross the Rift. Masai mara safari Kenya However, it takes a fourâ€"wheel drive to mount the extremely rough dirt tracks of the Nguruman Escarpment, which forms the rift’s western wall. Since maps are sketchy and the bush tracks are often very faint, it is wise to include an experienced guide in your safari group. Through the changing bush and forests, it is possible to reach fantastic viewpoints with the Loita Hills, then the Masai Mara, beyond. All this is Masai people land which literally stretches from Tanzania through the southern regions of Nairobi stretching North Eastwards to the Masai Mara. The large savannah expanse in these areas and the bountiful animals makes the region one of the most visited in the east African region. All the big five can be found here and in plenty. It’s always a guarantee to see a lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalos and possibly the shy rhino. Kenya mara Masai reserve vacation Masai Mara in Kenya is about 4-5 hours south west of Nairobi depending on the road condition. Masai Mara accommodation is mostly in tented camps although there are some beautiful lodges in the Masai Mara national reserve. Robert is a tour operator in East Africa Kenya with Landmark safaris ltd. Where Kenya Masai Mara adventures are tailored for you. Get free info on your Kenya Masai mara safari

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