15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World

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21st Mar 2019
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I've always wanted to spot the wildlife while on a safari - where they are free and on their own, in their natural habitat. I've tried my luck for several times and visited quite a few national parks in India - but sadly, never stood a chance of spotting anything apart from deer and monkeys (I know, hard luck!). There have been times when I saw pug marks of tigers, and the guide would say - "It was here a while back, the marks are fresh," and then we would wait but not see any trace of tigers! Not just that, but he would also specify the fact of my poor luck, saying - "Not everyone gets to see animals in the wild!"

When I had the chance of traveling to Kenya recently, a friend mocked and said that if I don't get to see any carnivores there, then I should just learn to keep myself satisfied with what I can see in the zoos! Till then, I had no idea what was waiting for me in the days ahead!

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Main entrance (Sekenani Gate) to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

"Maasai Mara" - the name itself is enough I believe! It's an area of preserved Savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park and is popularly known as 'The Safari Mecca' of the world. Offering superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Masai Mara National Reserve is considered to be one of the best wildlife parks in the world and it's one of Africa’s highest wildlife density region for predators. While it's home for all the BIG 5 (buffalo, wildebeest, elephant, lion and leopard) - I had the chance of spotting BIG 4 in abundance, and no leopards! Apparently, they are very shy and mostly keep hiding!

Here are 15 of my most favorite photographs taken in Maasai Mara Game Reserve, in those 2 days when I lived my safari dreams!!

1# They kinda blocked the road for nearly 10 minutes, and often checked us out!

Photo of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Riyanka Roy

2# The big male lion, sitting amidst the bushes, and keeping an eye on his family!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

3# A whole white rhino family, hanging out together and feeding on the bush!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

4# I've seen Rothschild Giraffes in Nairobi as well, but ofcourse, here I had to spot a Maasai Giraffe!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

5# And the Mara River had about 20 or more Hippos, cooling themselves down!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

6# Spotted numerous elephants, but this male tusker was indeed gorgeous!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

7# All the safari vans lined up to get a view of this 'Simba Family'!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

8# Wildebeests, grazing on their own!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

9# And the wild buffaloes too!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

10# Topis and Thompson's Gazelles (at a distance) were in abundance... they were literally everywhere!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

11# And what an incredible Ostrich march we got to see!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

12# The predators don't kill if they aren't hungry, and the pattern in which nature works literally left me awestruck!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

13# That's a warthog, whom we popularly call as "Pumba"!!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

14# Whatta sight that was!! A 'Bum Show' happening right amidst wilderness!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

15# Never heard of it before, this one's called 'Secretary Bird' (because of how it looks!) - and it was indeed the most beautiful bird I've ever seen!

Photo of 15 Wildlife Photos To Prove Why Maasai Mara Is Called 'The Safari Mecca' Of The World by Riyanka Roy

In just about 3 days, all my safari dreams were fulfilled. The landscape, the animals and birds - and above all, the manner which the food chain works - everything left me speechless! I was awed by nature's magnificent creation...

If you are still wondering why this place is 'The Safari Mecca' of the world, I guess you must visit Maasai Mara once, to get your answer!

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