The Masai Mara is East Africa’s finest Game Reserve, located in South Western Kenya and is effectively a continuation of the Serengeti national park in Tanzania. The reserve is about 1510 sq km having been reduced from 1672 sq km in 1984. It is named after the Masai people (traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from a view point – Ma which is Masai for spotted; an apt description for the circle of trees, scrub, Savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area. The Masai Mara is famous for its exceptional population of the Big 5, other Game and the annual migration of Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Zebra, and Wildebeest from Serengeti national park. Each year, far south in the great vastness of the Serengeti, the wildebeest, raise their quaint but dignified heads, sniff the air, and with one accord, start the long trek to the Kenyan border and the Mara. After exhausting the grass in Tanzania’s northern Serengeti, a large number of wildebeest and Zebra enter the Masai Mara national park around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the April and May rains. It is estimated that more than a half million wildebeest enter the Mara and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills East of the Mara. Game Drives in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. While the eyes feast on the great wildlife spectacle, the air carries the smell, the dust, and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. Once the Masai Mara national park grass has been devoured and fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth fresh grass there, the herds turn back south and head hundreds of kilometers back to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long trek up north 6 months later. Other resident mammals here include Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Topis, Elands, etc. In the Mara River, hippos submerge at the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to snorting their displeasure at the intrusion. Seemingly, the crocodiles sunbathe on the riverbanks, with mouth agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning precision. Birds too are prolific including migrants, over 450 species have been recorded.