The Maasai Mara


The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara is part of the Tentative list of Kenya in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List. It is a proposed extension of Serengeti WHS.

The Maasai Mara is known for its spectacular migrations of large herbivores such as the wildebeest and plains zebra. It lies in a landscape of primarily open grassland in the Great Rift Valley. The reserve has been in peaceful coexistence with the surrounding pastoralist Maasai communities.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Michael Novins

United States - 13-Mar-16 -

The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara (T) by Michael Novins

My first visit to Kenya was in August 1999. I started that trip in Nairobi, where I stayed at the Norfolk Hotel, the most historic hotel in the capital. From Nairobi I flew to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania (which I visited later on the same trip), and stayed at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, in the heart of the Mara Triangle. I have been on safari in most of the major national parks throughout Africa, and the Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem is, by far, the best; which side is better (the Serengeti or the Masai Mara) depends on the month of visit, and in August, the height of the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara. Due to the abundance of ungulates, it was easy to locate predators, like spotted hyenas, lions, cheetahs and jackals, as well as their prey, like Thomson's and Grant's gazelles, topi, wildebeest, impala, African buffalo, common zebra, and waterbuck, as well as Masai giraffe, hippopotamus, and African elephant.

Full Name
The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara
Extension of
Serengeti WHS
Natural landscape - Grassland and tundra Wildlife habitat - Fauna
2010 Revision

Includes former TWHS Masai Mara (1997)

2010 Added to Tentative List

1997 Referred

As former TWHS Masai Mara (1997): Bureau - Does not meet natural criteria but should join with Tanzania as part of Serengeti

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The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara (T)
WHS 1997-2024