Masai Mara

With three rivers passing through, the Masai Mara National Reserve is known for its large populations of lions, leopards and cheetahs, apart from the stunning Great Migration. Locally called The Mara, these plains are a part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem, which majorly constitutes  vast savannah grasslands, along with acacia and bush vegetation. This landscape is home to a diverse selection of magnificent species, and the landscape offers unhindered views stretched to the horizon. The clouds create magic in the sky, and the ‘golden hour’ in the Masai emerges twice everyday, with ample opportunities to photograph stunning scenery and wildlife in their natural habitat. The light on the horizon creates magical hues and perfect backdrops for breathtaking imagery.

Each year, millions of grazing herds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and other antelopes embark on a clockwise migration through the African plains. This mass passage is known as the Great Migration, and witnessing the scale of this movement is not only a great experience, it also creates abundant photographic opportunities packed with incredible action. As the herds cross the Mara river, crocodiles lie in wait for an easy meal. On the plains, predators, especially lion prides, have been seen hunting the migrating herds in synchronized movements.

All the members which make up the ‘Big Five,’ namely African Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo and the Black Rhinoceros, are found in the Masai Mara. Apart from these, Cheetahs are another favorite for photographers in this park. Hyenas, Jackals, and Foxes are the other predator species in the plains. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in the river bodies in large groups. The distinct Masai Giraffe, and as many as five different kinds of Antelopes, also call the Masai home. Close to 500 species of birds make up the diverse fauna spread.

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