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Mara River

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Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The river is the spot of one of the major animal migrations to and from the Serengeti with all its dangers!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LaohuPenang
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw hippopotamus and crocodiles in abundance as we were outside the migration period, but nonetheless it was amazing experience, and highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stavros C
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the river contains hippopotami and crocodiles the surrounding area is bountiful with wildlife even without the migration. Lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, gazelles, topi, elands, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles and on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We slept not 10 steps from the river hearing the hippos and birds. Unfortunately it was apparently the first year in recorded time the migration did not occur because of the heavy rains and lush grass in Tanzania. Spent several days watching and hoping for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank W4552WUkenm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although the migration has happened, we still saw akl animals except rhinos, very few are left the park. Our guide was fabulous.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we didn’t see the wildebeest migration which is meant to be spectacular but we did see lots of hippos in their natural environment as well as lots of crocs.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tsheehan63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit early in the month when there are fewer tourists. We enjoyed seeing copious birds, elephants, zebra, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeest, hyenas, and so many more animals I can't list them all here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank furtheradventure
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The residents (crocs) were in abundance even though the migration was long passed.The Mara is a very impressive river..a must see.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kevin T
Reviewed December 11, 2018

River famous for its crocodiles and the annual wildebeest migration. It tends to be busy during migration season but such a spectacle

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Keep_calm_Explore
Reviewed November 27, 2018

We heard a zebra "bark" to get his herd to cross the Mara River from Tanzania's Serengeti back to the Mara grasslands of Kenya. Once he herded them across his call sounded more like the bray of a donkey. We stopped a a hippo area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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July 14, 2018|
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Response from martinab381 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we were just at the river this Wednesday (18th) and the migration has not started yet but they said that within a week it would most likely start. Of course, there is never a guarantee and as others said, whatever you... More
March 17, 2018|
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Response from Ryan G | Reviewed this property |
I used Natural World tours out of Nairobi, the service was top notch. Highly recommended.
March 12, 2018|
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