Masai Mara Game Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa, and is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands which act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area.
The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Masai Mara's grasslands.
The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles (5,600km) long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor.
The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Masai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife.
Historically, the Mara forms part of the traditional tribal lands of the Maasai people. A proud and nomadic people the Maasai tribe have lived in harmony with nature for centuries.
Ol Chorro Oiroua Conservancy
The Ol Chorro Oiroua Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area of 17,400 acres that borders the most famous wildlife highlight, the Masai Mara Game Reserve, best known for the wildebeest migration and big cats. Guests staying at Ngerende Island Lodge within the Conservancy enjoy a truly exclusive and private safari experience with a low vehicle density. Within the conservancy is the Rhino Sanctuary where the rhinos have been given a new lease of life and are guarded and monitored by their keepers. Visitors will enjoy seeing the rhinos just a few feet away and the rangers are happy to share their knowledge about the land, people and the animals.
Reason for visiting Masai Mara Game Reserve
The Masai Mara is an all year round destination for both exceptional game viewing and spectacular scenery. The highlight is the annual migration for the wildebeest between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. This spectacular wildlife event takes place between July and September. High season is from January to March when it is most comfortable for traveling during these warm and dry months. The wildlife is generally found around the seasonal water holes, so game viewing is good. The rainy seasons are from April to June and October to December with lower number of visitors so the traveling experience is more exclusive and the rains will not hinder game viewing.
Green Season Safari at Ngerende Island Lodge in the Masai Mara
The months of March to June are the most exciting for game viewing in the Masai Mara. The landscape is green with warm days between showers which occurs in the afternoon or at night. Expect lot of game with remarkable bird-life and plants. Clean air, plains full of wildlife, the conservancy empty of vehicles together with competitive prices makes traveling in the green season a highlight for the safari enthusiast staying at Ngerende in the Wild and Ngerende Island Lodge.