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Masai Mara

Southwest Kenya is the heartland of the strongly independent Maasai people, who rarely hunt, but rather live alongside wildlife in harmony, as is part of their beliefs. They are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives.

This area is called the Masai Mara (or Maasai Mara) and is highly regarded as Africa's greatest wildlife reserve. The "Mara" is comprised of over 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forests, which is home to a breathtaking array of life.

The vast grasslands are dotted with herds of zebra, giraffe and gazelle, while the acacia forests abound with birdlife and monkeys all the while elephants and buffalo wallow around the watering holes. The Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions, as these regal and powerful hunters dominate the grasslands. Cheetah, Hyena and jackals are also a common sight in the Mara.

Each year the Masai Mara plays host to the spectacular Great Migration from the Serengeti, when millions of wildebeest follow the rains, plunging across the surging waters of the Mara River in a frenzy against the currents and awaiting crocodile to find new grazing lands on the plains. This is a most amazing sight from high above in a hot air balloon!

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