Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya and shares a common border with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Masaai Mara is named after the Masaai Community who are the native occupants of the area and the current dwellers. The National Reserve host a variety of wild animals: lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and even cheetahs. Wildebeests, one of the seven greatest wonders of the world traverse its plain during their annual migration (August to October). The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills with the breathtaking scenery of River Mara and Talek nearby.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A MASAAI MARA SAFARI.
Usually, packing for a trip to any place of your destination can be a daunting experience even for those who consider themselves as experienced travelers. We care a lot for prospective tourists and enjoy making it simpler for them when preparing for any destination of their choice. People have been constantly asking what to carry for Maasai Mara safari, worry not because all your questions will be answered. The essential items when packing are the following: clothes, shoes, hats, insect repellant, vital medication, a camera and sun glasses and any other item of your choice.
Ideal clothes when planning to tour Maasai Mara should be casual wears that are loose fitting and light weight that will keep you cool and dry during the entire adventure. Avoid bright color ones for optimum suitability for the wilderness. More often khaki and forest green colors are recommended.
Fully closed light weight and comfortable walking shoes such as sneakers with good grip will be fine for the Maasai Mara adventure. Classic safari boots will also be okay because they are always all-round choice.
Hats and sun glasses
These items are essential for protection from the scorching sun during the adventure in Maasai Mara. Apart from hats and sun glasses, one can also pack sunscreen lotion to apply on the face and neck. This is so because when exposed to the scorching sun for a long time then the end results would be what we refer to as sunburn (skin cracking or peeling off) on the skin surfaces.
This cream prevents one from mosquitos, flies or any insects’ bites. Repellants that contain deet are the more preferred one due to its efficiency. Most importantly, consult with your doctor or a pharmacist when it comes to choosing the kind of insect repellant to use because people do react differently to them.
Its always advisable to carry pain killers, first aid kit or any other medicine just to be safe regardless of where you are touring and Maasai Mara is not different. You never know, accidents do happen and people do get sick anywhere at any time and the nearest town or city may be hours away.
Camera, binoculars, travel adaptors and even a laptop
A camera will help you capture memorable pictures during the adventure, binoculars is for viewing wild animals that are perceived to be dangerous from far to a closer range and more so the ones that have hidden in the bush. For serious photographers, they might need to carry laptops for downloading photos once the camera card is full.
It’s about 270 km from the capital, Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The road is great for the most part. One can use the route that goes through Narok town or through Lemek and Aitong town.