Our Mara camp is usually sited along either the Olare Orok or the Ntiekntiek Rivers. This is one of the most exceptional
areas in the Mara for many reasons. It is far from any other camps, so we see very few other visitors, yet it has excellent
game-viewing on the doorstep year round. It is also possible to walk through some beautiful country from the camp itself,
and many of the best walks in the Mara are within a few minutes drive. The plains of the Mara, the Mara and Talek rivers
are within easy reach so we are able to cover all the areas of interest comfortably from our camp on game-drives.
The rolling grasslands of the Mara are part of the same ecosystem as Tanzania’s Serengeti. It is here that the
huge herds of wildebeest and zebra come as part of their annual migration in search of greener pastures.
There is excellent game viewing throughout the year, with plains game like wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest,
topi, attended by their predators: lion, leopard and cheetah, hyena, and jackal.
In 1948, the Mara triangle, a 520km2 area between the Siria Escarpment, the Tanzanian border and the Mara River was declared a National Game Reserve. In 1961 the Borders were extended east of the river to encompass a 1813km2 area. However, in 1984 three sections were excised and the Maasai Mara National Reserve was reduced to its present day size of about 1510km2.
The Maasai Tribe & People
Traditionally the Maasai are a cattle keeping tribe. Cattle provide almost all their daily needs: milk and blood for food, hides for leather and meat on ceremonial occasions. Sheep and goats are also kept, but are of lesser importance. The strong, almost mystic, bond the Maasai have with their cattle together with the fact they inhabit a semi-arid environment forces them to live a semi-nomadic life as they search for good pasture and water for their herds. The Maasai of the Mara plains still cling to their traditional way of life to a great extent. However throughout Maasai-land changes are inexorably happening; more children are attending schools, more women are earning money from selling their traditional craftwork, and more young men are seeking employment in towns and tourist lodges.
Climate in the Mara
For most of the year days are fairly hot, up to around 300C, nights are usually around 10-50C. (Early morning game drives are surprisingly cold as there is usually a wind across the plains. Bring a wind proof jacket and something warm underneath such as a “fleece” or a good jumper). Sporadic rain can be expected.