The County is home to the world renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve which is famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration, the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most popular tourism destination and top safari game viewing eco-system. Maasai Mara derives its name from the indigenous maasai and the Mara River that cuts through the park.
The reserve is famous for the wildebeest migration where over 1.5 million wildebeest and a small number of zebras offer spectacular views as they cross the swollen mara river in July and depart in November for the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
The reserve is primarily savanna grassland and is home to the big five; lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and the black rhinos. It also features cheetahs, hyenas, antelopes, zebras, cats and different species of birds. Stunning rivers and plains are also located within the reserve. It is a perfect destination for game viewing, camping, night game drives, ballooning and bush dinners.
Narok Museum also known as the Maa Museum, is home to gallery exhibitions of pictures, artifacts, and paintings that depict the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Maasai and other speakers of the Maa language the Njemps of Baringo County, and Samburu of Laikipia and Samburu Counties as well as the Ndorobo neighbouring the Maasai. It also houses exceptional ethnographic portraits by Joy Adamson.
The museum is located in Narok Town some 141km from Nairobi at the entrance of Narok town. The museum, opened to the public in 1996, is housed in a building that previously served as a community hall now converted into an office, a collection room and an exhibition gallery.
The Maasai Mara Conservancies
The Mara Conservancies are rangelands and dispersal areas beyond the parks and reserves. They are managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and has been an important step forward for conservation while benefitting the landowners themselves – the Maasai people.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy
It is a private conservancy located adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It features a high concentration of wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, leopards, lions, aardvark, caracal, cheetahs and diverse species of birds. Numerous campsites and lodges are located within the 50,000-acre conservancy.
Olare Orok Conservancy
The conservancy covers an area of 33, 000 acres and directly adjoins the Maasai Mara National Reserve to the south. It features an impressive gorge (Ntiakitiak), extensive areas of acacia woodlands, a number of bird and wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, leopards, gazelles, cheetahs, and lions.
Ol Kinyei Conservancy
The conservancy lies on a stretch of leased land belonging to the Maasai community, covering about 18, 700 acres. It is home to two safari camps, Porini Mara Camp and Porini Cheetah Camp, which can both accommodate a maximum of 12 guests. The conservancy is renowned for breathtaking sceneries such as springs, rolling hills, open savannah plains and a wide variety of animal species. Activities one can engage in at the conservancy include game viewing, camping, birdwatching, and nature walks.
Mount Suswa Conservancy
It was mainly established to halt the massive degradation of the Mount Suswa eco-system and to promote sustainable use of its resources. The conservancy features wildlife such as lions, baboons, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, and civet cats. It is a perfect destination for cave exploration, game viewing, hiking, camping and nature trails.
It is situated on the northernmost point of the greater Mara eco-system. It offers an incredible game viewing experience. It features wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, colobus monkeys, cheetahs, hippos and crocodiles found in Mara River which passes through the conservancy.