An Amazing Safari on the Maasai Mara

The most famous of the national parks in Kenya, the Maasai Mara is a sprawling reserve full of animals. You practically run them over with the jeeps there are so many animals wandering around. This was our favorite park on the trip, and I was so happy that it was our last stop.

We stayed in this wonderful little hotel with individual cabins for each group. It was right on the Mara River and throughout the day there are hippos all along the banks. We get an upclose view of the hippos, even when they are fighting and barking. Hippos are the world’s most dangerous animal because they are incredibly territorial and strong.

Another great thing about the Mara is that we came during the wildebeast migration. Every year, over a million wildebeast migrate from a lush crater in Tanzania to the Mara for breeding. They were simply everywhere, and they sound a lot like cows, always mooing and groaning. Plus they are frickin’ hideous!

During one of the days, we got to see a lion with a fresh wildebeast kill. That was amazing! He was just sitting on the side of the road, with us less than 10 feet away, ripping apart this dead carcass. You could hear the bones breaking and the skin separating. That’s how close we were! This was a highlight of the safari :)

Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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