As the heart of the Mara ecosystem, the Reserve contains some of the most spectacular scenery and is the setting for some of the most dramatic wildlife action (such as river crossings). The Mara, Talek, and Sand Rivers are some of the most beautiful locations in Kenya and are found exclusively within the Reserve.
As the Reserve is five times the size of even the largest conservancy, even with the greater numbers of visitors, the Reserve need not feel crowded in the slightest – especially outside of the peak season, when you may not see another game drive vehicle all day.
Even with the growing reputation of the conservancies, the Reserve is still one of the best places in East Africa to see big cats. It is also the only place in the Masai Mara ecosystem where rhinos can be seen (for security reasons, these creatures have not been released into the conservancies).
The Mara Triangle – incidentally a rhino hotspot – operates on some of the same rules as the conservancies, including the five vehicles per sighting regulation (although off-roading is not permitted).
The Masai Mara National Reserve and the Masai Mara Conservancies are in essence two sides of the same coin. They have their own advantages, but whichever you choose, you can be certain of the incredible safari experiences in this iconic region of East Africa.
For advice and assistance on making the choice between the two, contact Alluring Africa today.