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Masai Mara Reserve
Masai Mara Reserve lies in the south west of the country, on the border with the Serengeti in Tanzania and forms the northern extension of the Serengeti national park. The Mara with its landscape of savannah, rolling grasslands and small bush covered hills covers an area of over 580 sq miles (1,510 sq km). The Mara River and its tributaries which cut through the reserve are covered with riverine bush and forest and flow into Lake Victoria. The diversity of wildlife is considerable; numerous lion, cheetah, leopard and other cats, elephants, Burchell’s zebra, Kongoni, wildebeest, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, buffalos, jackals, hyena, hippo and crocodiles. The Mara is most famous for the annual wildebeest migration which forms Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacle. The migration with its endless and unforgettable columns of wildebeest and zebra transverse the Serengeti-Mara eco-system that includes Loliondo, Maswa and Ngorongoro and spends several months in the Masai Mara, usually from July to October, before returning to the Serengeti plains and the Ndutu area where they calve. The Mara is home to a large number of birds including crowned cranes, bustards, rollers, secretary-birds, goshawks, eagles, harriers, vultures, widows, storks, ground hornbills, and ostrich.