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March 3, 2015

Game Viewing in the Maasai Mara of Kenya

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Kenya offers an unimaginable opportunity to encounter rare and exotic creatures in astounding numbers. From magnificent cats, the world’s greatest herds of elephant, the endangered white and black rhino, thundering herds of zebra and wildebeest stretch across the plain for nearly as far as the eye can see. Other spectacular animals in include grazers such as gazelle, impala, antelope, dik-dik, waterbuck, greater kudu, and of course, the reticulated and Maasai giraffes, the world’s tallest creatures, and the water-loving hippopotamus, the third largest land animal.
Kenya contains the greatest varieties and concentrations of wildlife populations in the world with more than 80 major animal species. The Great Rift Valley, where the Maasai Mara is located, has an ecosystem that is unquestionably the earth’s greatest haven for large mammals. Famed for the dramatic migration of its 1.3 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras during seasonal crescendos, the movement is more or less a continual journeys following the rains to feed on the fresh phosphorus-rich grass.
A favorite camp is the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, the gracious jewel in the Mara, a one hour flight from Nairobi into a little air strip. Magnificent tents feature lush appointments, four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking hippos bobbing and snorting in the Mara river below. The main lodge is Africa at its most elegant, with stunning artwork, tapestries and dramatic architecture all prominently displayed. A large deck off the lodge follows the curve of the river, creating enchanting seating areas with superb river views and the abundant hippos and crocodiles. And the finishing touch, is the ever present and attentive staff, who are warm and welcoming, treating all clients like honored family guests.

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