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Kenya Travel Guide

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Masai Mara

The legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve ranks right up there with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and South Africa's Kruger National Park in terms of the world's finest wildlife sanctuaries.

Established in 1961, some 275 km (171 miles) southwest of Nairobi, the Mara covers an area of 1,800 square km (702 square miles) and includes part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends

from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya. This ecosystem of well-watered plains supports one of the largest populations of numerous animal groups on earth. There are more than 2 million wildebeest; 250,000 Thomson's gazelle; 500,000 zebra; 70,000 impala; 30,000 Grant's gazelle; and a huge number of predators including lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, and hyena. There are also more than 450 species of birds, including 57 species of raptors. Every January the wildebeests start to move in a time-honored clockwise movement around the Serengeti toward the new fresh grazing in the Masai Mara. It's an unforgettable experience.

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