The Masai Mara is in southwestern Kenya on the border of Tanzania. The reserve is situated in the Rift Valley and is contagious with Tanzania's Serengeti Plains running along its southern end. Named after the Masai - the people who occupy the land and the Mara River which runs through the reserve (north to south), the Masai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 to protect wildlife and it's eco-system.
Masai Mara Game Reserve is the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. An impressive feature of the Masai Mara National reserve is the annual migration of the Wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzania border and rivers to reach the Mara lush grassland from late June, hunted by the predators Lion, Hyena and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds. Their dramatic river crossings are a reality for tourists visiting in July-August.
Wildlife in Masai Mara National Reserve includes Elephant, Black Rhino, Buffalo, the big cats and virtually every animal found in Kenya. The rivers are a home to hippo and Crocodiles. 452 bird species are recorded including 53 Raptors, Buzzards, Vultures and Eagles.