One-day visitors took a chartered flight to the remote country side area of Kenya, they were a amazed to see tall lean and decorated man holding a spear in one hand with his red cloth wrapped around his waist. “Who are those people? They asked” it was all over at last, the handsome looking Masai. The Masai are warrior tribe in Kenya who lives center around herding cattle. The believe The creator entrusted his cattle to them; consequently, their wealth is measured by the number of animals they have in their homes. The heads of most women have been decorated by breads as they spend most of their time doing bead work. They decorate animal hides, gourds and make beaded jewellery’s for the arms, leg bracelets and amulets.
This tribe have created a tourist attraction in the most scenic areas of Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It’s therefore the only region in Kenya where the visitors may see animals in its abundances as centuries ago.
The Masai Mara National Reserve simply known “The Mara” which word means “Mottled” – a reference to the patchy landscape, both spellings “Masai” and “Masai” are acceptable although the latter is more usual when referring to the people; The Masai Mara is a Game Reserve (sometimes called a National Reserve) although the area in the reserve is called the National Park. Reserves are normally managed by local authorities and allow lodges, camp sites and the settling of this tribe with their cattle. National Parks are normally managed centrally and do not allow any human inhabitation other than for Park Rangers and people on safari.
The Location of this reserve has created the general location of animal communities depends on the habitat. Vegetation varies according to the type of soil and drainage but is also influenced by fire, rain and grazing animals (including destructive elephants). “Grassland” is most common, especially in areas of poor drainage, frequent fires or heavy grazing – supporting a wide range of herbivores which all prefer different grasses and shoots. “Bushland” is particularly vulnerable to fire and foraging elephants – the favorite place of rhino. “Woodland” is often populated with acacia trees (with rich edible leaves) – where you might find monkey and giraffe. The Rivers are home of hippo and crocodile.
At the heart of these lands is the Masai Mara Game Reserve, widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and reverie forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.
Every year this park plays a very great and interesting to world’s greatest natural spectacle, of the Wildebeest Migration from Serengeti in the month of July to October; this is in the search of green grass in the north bringing more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon. They cross the river after massing in number on a waiting crocodiles of the Mara River as they move forward creating frenzy fight against the swift currents.
This park is called the Kingdom of Lion which is always on hunt dominating the others in the grasslands. Cheetahs are some of the common sights in the Mara, as well as Hyena and smaller predators such as Jackals. This animals share the hunt with the Masai’s who also happen to be searching for the same for their meat.
The Mara reserve is an Ideal place for game drives, game walks, and balloon safaris with good range of accommodation facilities for the tourist ranging from high class to budget friendly. Wildlife moves freely in and out of the reserve and through neighboring Masai lands. Outside the boundaries of the reserve there are many other small camps and lodges.