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Maasai Mara, Kenya

The park of all parks, the ultimate African adventure, Maasai Mara is not anymore as wild and untamed as seen in wildlife documentaries, and the increasing amount of tourists every year lowers your chances of being the only photographer to capture the beauty of the savannah. Maasai Mara becomes especially crowded during the migration season (July-August), when thousands of wildebeests start their quest to the south across the border to Tanzania. This fascinating biological phenomenon makes the trip to Maasai Mara more special than a safari in any other national park. The migrating herds of wildebeest attract the attention of big feline predators and crocodiles at the river crossings, and the hunting season begins. You are not guaranteed to witness a lion kill but sure enough will see a lot of prides lazying in the sun and playing with their cubs.

 

Maasai Mara houses a big variety of large mammals, such as elephants, rhinos and melancholic giraffes, as well as different varieties of antelopes and gazelles, zebras and waterbucks, buffaloes and ever-present warthogs. Sometimes in the distance, especially in the evening hours, you can spot brown jackals and large spotted hyenas – they keep to themselves but try to hang around bigger predators in hopes to feast on the remains of their dinner.

 

As for the birds, ostriches are quite common here, as well as vultures and various birds of prey that often follow the animal trail during the migration season.

 

One of the most fulfilling experiences is actually staying in Maasai Mara overnight, sleeping right in the middle of the savannah and listening to the wind and guessing which animal just disturbed the silence with its shriek, squeal, huff and puff.

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