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Address: , Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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The heart beat of the Masai Mara

The Mara River separates the Mara Triangle on its West from the Greater Mara conservancy on the East. It is famous for the vast number of White-bearded Wildebeest and Zebra... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Mara River separates the Mara Triangle on its West from the Greater Mara conservancy on the East. It is famous for the vast number of White-bearded Wildebeest and Zebra (amongst other species) that cross it as part of their annual migration, following the rains which bring new grass. There is always numerous species and lots of action around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Oh wow. Watching wildebees by the thousand, zebra by the hundred, eland, topi and many other animals trying to cross the river is truly amazing.

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Thane, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It is your sheer luck, if you are able to see the animals crossing the mara river. We waited for a long time while the animals were on the bank. They were in a playful mood, but refused to cross the river. But one has to visit this place. Who knows your gamble might pay and you get to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We camped along the banks and kept watch out for hippos and the big crocodile that sat across from us. At night the frogs stop calling and the hippos start so a real experience

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Saw some amazing wildebeest and zebra crossings at the Masai river. Patience, survival, herd behaviour, as well as alliances.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough on our trip to see a crossing of the wildebeest at the Mara River. We had to wait an hour for this to happen but what an experience to see the migration of this wonderful creature. The river is home to many animals including crocodiles, hippos and lots of bird life. A very interesting place to... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our fabulous horseback safari with Off Beat Safaris included fording the Mara River 4 times on the back of a horse with feet dragging in the Hippo infested waters (I counted 100 lolling about in the water within 300 yards of the first crossing point- 25 actually closer than 200') Yikes!- Did I mention the crocs ? - up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We used Affable Tours and Safaris based in Nairobi, Kenya, for a 2-week trip and had a superb experience. Great accommodations, excellent food, and impeccable service as well as a very knowledgeable guide & driver who has been in the business more than 20 years. Not much walking but our safari van was equipped with a roof which allowed us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We arrived the park at lunch and hotel arranged an outdoor lunch for us which is just besdies the Mara river. Crocodiles were sleeping at the other bank, hippos were playing in the river. Nice experience. The 2nd date, we saw the first crossing. It was just amazing as we saw in the TV. Interesting that crocodiles have not been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Mara River was in much needed rain. It was almost dry out. I was able to spot only one Nile crocodile and that was sad. During the dry season they tend to hide in the mud until the rain comes back. There were however, a lot of hippos in the water. Also some lions, Impalas, wilder beasts and zebras... More 

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