MASAI MARA RESERVES

In Africa Masai Mara is the wonderful most famous and popular reserve and stunning destination in Kenya. More than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes start to arrive in this reserve in July and start to leave it in December to migrate to Serengeti reserve of Tanzania. There is 1,000 miles trek they have to travel. It is the biggest migration of the world. It is very dangerous migration because a large number of predators waiting them in the way so this migration is the guarantee of life of large number other species. Kenya does not have sufficient reserves and national parks to cover the wildlife and Masai Mara reserve covers only 25% wildlife while 70% wildlife is out of national parks and reserves. Some 70% of the world’s ecology is under stress. Damage of environment is the key reason for this decimation. 500 bird species have been recorded in Masai Mara.

LOCATION

The Maasai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley which is stretching from Ethiopia’s Red Sea through south-west Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and into Mozambique which is about 3,500 miles (5,600km) long. Animals move freely out of the park which is called ‘dispersal areas’. People of the villages situated in the ‘dispersal areas’ have managed them to live wildlife.

WILDLIFE AND MIGRATION

Search of food and water are the main reasons of migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes. They move from the Serengeti to the Mara from July to September and in these months the yellow savannah is dotted black by these migrants. Masai mara is the heaven of wildlife. When dry season starts in Tanzania the world’s largest migration takes place.

THE GREAT MIGRATION SEASON

Dry season in Tanzania starts  in July. Due to the deficiency of water and grass wild life of Serengeti reserves of Tanzania moves in search of food and water. Masai Mara reserves are their best destination in these dry months so more than 1.5 million wildebeest with large number of zebra and antelopes start to move toward the masai mara reserves of Kenya and till December this wildlife stay in Masai mara. In December when rainy season starts these animals move back to the Serengeti reserves of Tanzania so as a result of their travelling the world’s largest migration takes place. This migration is very dangerous because a large number of predators are waiting these animals in the way. A large number of migrants become the victims of lions, cheetah, leopards and crocodiles. In search of food a large number migrants become food of other species. The journey is actually a year-long circuit, which means the animals are usually moving about someplace.



Kenya 
                                             


 Botswana



Namibia 
                                                                  


Uganda

Zambia


Zimbabwe



                                                     

Seychelles


Neelum Valley 
                                                         



Hunza Valley

Kaghan Valley   
                                                                  

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