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Masai Mara National Reserve, Masai Mara

Masai Mara
Kenya's insider take:

Spread across a savanna so vast it reaches into neighboring Tanzania (where it becomes Serengeti National Park), Masai Mara is Kenya's consummate game park. Lions snooze in the grass; wildebeest thunder across the plains; acacia trees spread their prickly parasols on the horizon. The wealth of wildlife and the accompanying high-end lodges have made the Masai Mara one of the most popular safari spots in Africa. While the park's popularity is off-putting to some—sometimes it can seem like there's a fleet of 4WDs around every last lion—those willing to spend a bit more cash can take advantage of prime locations deep inside the Mara (and far from the tourist tumult). The park's highlights—too numerous to list individually—range from guided game walks to Masai village visits to lodges overlooking crowded watering holes. Of course, the splendid spectacle of the wildebeest migration is not to be missed, with more than a million beasts rumbling their way from the Serengeti between July and October.

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