Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the key popular tourism points in Kenya, its located in South-western Kenya along the Great Rift Valley area in Narok county Kenya adjacent to Serengeti national park of Tanzania all around Mara Region.
The Reserve was named in honor of the ancestral inhabitants the Maasai people who described the area as Mara meaning spotted circles of trees, savanna, scrub and cloud shadows of the area. Maasai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary covering a small area of only 520 square kilometers of the current Mara Triangle. In the same year, the reserve was extended to the East to cover around 1,821 square Kilometers, it’s at this point that it was converted into a game reserve under the new management of the local community of Narok County Council. Maasai mara in 1974 then acquired national reserve status and some part of the land measuring 159 km2 was returned to the locals, in 1976 more deduction was done to the park totaling to 162 square kilometers reducing the total area of the park to 1510 square kilometers by 1984.
In 1994, Trans Mara County Council was formed and this leads to the division of the management of the park between Narok County Council and the new council. To further complicate but a good move that in 2001, another not-for-profit Mara Conservancy was formed and took over the management of the reserve. Maasai Mara National Reserve is bordered by Siria escarpment in the West, Serengeti in the south and Maasai pastoral ranches on the North, East, and West.
The park has the Maasai Mara River and Talek River as key draining rivers for the park. The vegetation of the park is mostly open savannah grassland with some seasonal rivulets, some doted acacia trees. The reserve is most popular for the annually great migration where millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River under the survival of the fittest besides the big Nile crocodiles, predators like Lions, leopards, and others. You can see all the big five in Masai Mara those are Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Buffalos and Rhinos with the highest number of black rhinos in Africa.
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Ol Kinyei Conservation is one of the busiest and great What to see / Attractions in Masai Mara. popular ecosystems in Maasai Mara located around Serengeti and Maasai Mara eco-system
Mara Triangle is of the conservancies of Maasai Mara National Reserve that highlights What to see / Attractions in Masai Mara,
Olare Ork Conservancy
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is located in the Northern side of Maasai Mara National Reserve, formed through immerging two sub conservancies of Olare Orok Conservancy and Motorongi Conservancy covering around 33,000 acres of land.
Mara North Conservancy
Mara North Conservancy was established in 2009 by collaborative efforts of 12 key strong member accommodation and more than 800 Maasai locals who own the land.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy is famous for its large pride of lions with an estimated number of 100 lions present in the conservancy, Elephants, wildebeest, Giraffes, Serval Cat, Aardwolf, Caracal.
Ol Choro Oiroua
Ol Choro Oiroua conservancy has worked hard to ensure proper management of waste by providing opportunities to the Maasai locals for income-generating projects through cultural conservation and self-dependent through community income-generating projects, for example, the women project that makes handcrafts like handbags, sculptures, Jewelry and others using local materials from the community.
Lemek Conservancy is the best game viewing areas in Maasai Mara, located on the Northen sector of the game reserve with an area of approximately 19,000 acres of land with the aim of maximizing sustainable Mara ecosystem.