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Address: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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Unbeatable during the Migration!

I have been visiting this river since 1990. Being a perennial river it is always home to hippos and crocs but nothing compares to what happens here during the migration months... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I have been visiting this river since 1990. Being a perennial river it is always home to hippos and crocs but nothing compares to what happens here during the migration months. Right after the first few crossings, the river gets full with bloated wildebeest carcasses. This is also the time when the crocs have had enough food for the next... More 

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We loved the who time we spent there. We stayed at a camp, to be honest we had our reservations about staying in a camp in the middle of wildlife park. However, our stay went without a hitch, you do hear animal calls at time, but they stay at a respectable distance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We and fellow passengers waited for 2 hours to visualize the spectacle, wait its really awesome to see

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

If you have time to take a full day trip without heading back to your camp, have your guide take you down to the Mara River. The views were beautiful all the way there with TONS of wildebeast. We stopped for a picnic lunch at the river and it was well worth taking the day to get there and back.... More 

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Oirschot, Nederland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Every night I wake up when the hippos returen to the water after their nocturnal grazing. They are noisy but I don't mind. Wake me up? I smile and turn over... :-)

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Loved the views, got to see hippos, crocs, unfortunately it began to rain so we had to cut shor our trip for the day.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I think when one visit the Maasai Mara a visit to the Masa River is a must. We've missed the migration, but it was still a good experience looking at the massive crocodiles and all the hippos. I will be back with the migration as I believe one just has to experience it.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The one best place too view these wonderful creatures remains Mara River. They come out of the water and lie on the shore line affording you the best photos. The territorial males making that cracking noise. It was the best experience ever.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Watching the river can also give the sense of fear of there crocodiles are around you . The absense of the toilet facility for women .one has to find a secluded spot .

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

...as its best... we loved it. One of the last places for real wild life. Try not to go during high season, avoid the mass tourism. Make sure you know how to drive a 4 WD or get a local driver.

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