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Maasai Mara

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The most visited of Kenya’s National Reserves, the Maasai Mara lies adjacent to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in the south west corner of Kenya.  It covers over 1500 sq km and is 1500 to 2000 metres above sea level. It has a high rainfall due to the altitude and its proximity to Lake Victoria. The Mara River runs from north to south through the park. The landscape is mainly gently rolling grassland and is home to the highest concentration of wildlife of any Kenyan reserve. 

In particular, the Mara is home to the spectacular annual migration of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle which arrive in the Maasai Mara, from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania, in July and August and return south to the Serengeti around October when the grass is becoming sparse in the Maasai Mara.

It is also home to the long-running BBC TV series 'Big Cat Diary', although you should not necessarily expect to encounter the sort of scenes that you have seen on screen.