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is the portion of the main Maasai Mara
reserve which lies to the east of the Mara River, either side of the confluence with the Talek River.
It is a classically beautiful area of sweeping grasslands, undulating hills and distant views west to the Oloololo Escarpment. The plains host a rich and varied population of grazers year round, including giraffes, zebras, hartebeests and warthogs. These small herds are accompanied by high densities of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. There are also considerable stands of forest along the rivers and seasonal 'luggas', which are home to a broader range of species notably including baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and leopards. Mara Confluence is probably the best area for migration river crossings during the Jul/Oct dry season, often featuring major crocodile action.
Unusually for a national park, the top safari operators are permitted to break their safaris with lovely bush meals at suitably scenic spots, which really does add to the overall experience.
Unfortunately the area does suffer from considerable traffic flows, largely derived from lodges further afield, which send fleets of vehicles this way on day trips, mainly chasing after river crossings. The worst of this vehicle traffic can be largely avoided by staying at one of the better camps in the heart of the area and making the most of the quieter early morning and late afternoon periods.SeasonsAccommodationTrips