A luxury tent at Little Governors' Camp, which is one of the two camps within the Mara Triangle.

A Safari in the Mara Triangle

Maasai Mara is the most popular national reserve in Kenya, and one of the most frequented wildlife safari destinations in Africa.  This reserve is divided into two- the eastern section and the northwestern section- with Mara River defining the boundary.

The Northwestern side of the reserve, also known as the Mara Triangle, is managed by the Mara Conservancy, for the Trans Mara County Council.

What to See in the Mara Triangle

The Mara Triangle is not as popular with visitors as the other side of the reserve, but it has enchanting volcanic hills and larger wildlife densities. The wildlife animals to see include hippos, giraffes, dwarf antelopes, gazelles, impalas, buffalos, rhinos, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, lions, vervet monkeys, jackals and elephants.

Maasai Mara has over 470 recorded species of birds. Birds to spot in this conservancy include herons, egrets, secretary birds, falcons, kestrels, harriers, ibises, spoonbills, buttonquails, hamerkops and shoebills. You will also encounter reptiles and amphibians such as lizards, tortoises, and snakes.

How to Get to the Mara Triangle

  By road, you can enter the Mara Triangle through

  • Sekenani Gate
  • Aitong Route
  • Kisii Route

Air transport is the most convenient mode of transport to Maasai Mara.  Airlines with flights to Mara include Air Kenya, Safarilink, Fly540, Blue Sky and Mombasa Air Safari. The Mara Triangle is serviced by Mara Serena Airstrip, which is inside the Mara Triangle and Kichwa Tembo Airstrip, which is outside the Mara Triangle.

Where to Stay in the Mara Triangle

There are only two camps within Mara Triangle that are Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Little Governors’ Camp. Camps outside the camp include Kichwa Tembo, Bateleur Camp, Kilima Camp, Mara Siria, Mpata Safari Club and Sanctuary Olanana.

Public and private campsites include Oloololo Campsite, Iseiya Campsite, Eluai Campsite, Kampi ya Mungu, Kiboko Campsite, Ndovu Campsite, Olarro Campsite, Maji ya Ndege Campsite and Dirisha Campsite.

Explore this intimate wildlife haven to learn more about the flora and fauna of the plains of Kenya.

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on May 19, 2015

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