BY NAROK NEWSPAPER EDITION EDITORIAL TEAM
The Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) also known as Masai Mara or simply the Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya
The game reserve was named by the Maasai who are inhabitants of the area. The name “Mara” which in Maasai language means “spotted” describes apparent look of the area in which the park is located when viewed from afar.
The description apt the circles of trees, scrub, bushes, savanna, and cloudy shadows that marks the flat grassland.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve reigns on globally fame for an exceptional populace of the Big Five and the annual movement of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, otherwise known as the Great Migration. This is a unique phenomenon which happens only in the Maasai Mara hence its declaration as a world wonder.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve also boasts of over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is part of the Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem, which includes group ranches such as Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.
The reserve which was established in 1961 stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level.
To access MMGR which is about 270 km from the capital, Nairobi City, it takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.
The County Government of Narok presently foresees management of the reserve while Kenya Airports Parking Service (Kaps), a private limited company currently collects entry fees to the game reserve through a technological integrated system.
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