Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara, Masai Mara or The Mara) is situated in the Great Rift Valley and is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania. Maasai Mara derives its name from the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River that goes through the park. The park is the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which covers 25,000 km2 (9,700 sq mi) in Tanzania and Kenya. It measures approximately 1510sq kilometers (approx. 938sq. miles) and is located about 224 kilometers (139 miles) southeast of Nairobi.
The park is made up of open savannah with clusters of acacia trees. The Mara is famous for its rich concentrations of wildlife; it is home to a large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October. The annual migration to and from the Serengeti across the Mara River is known as the Great Migration.
Maasai Mara has one of the largest concentrations of lions in Africa, including the black-maned lion. Other animals that can be seen with the park include the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo), zebras, antelope, gnus, Oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and over 400 birds species.
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