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Mara North

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... is a prime private conservancy which lies immediately to the northwest of the main Maasai Mara reserve in Southwest Kenya.

At around 285 square kilometres, this is the largest of the conservancies in the area and contains an impressive range of landscapes. The area is dominated by broad undulating grasslands, which host a rich and varied population of grazers year round, including impalas, zebras, topis and warthogs. These herds are accompanied by high densities of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.

On the eastern side these plains are punctuated by a network of lightly wooded valleys containing seasonal streams or 'luggas', with patches of denser riverine forest. These valleys are home to a broader range of species notably including giraffes, baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and leopards.

The western boundary of the conservancy is defined by forested hillsides sloping down to the Mara River itself, also hosting a wide range of wildlife.

Mara North usually sees a good deal of migration action during the Jul/Oct dry season, although you will need to drive south into the Mara Confluence area if you want to see significant river crossings.

Being a private conservancy means that vehicle traffic is strictly limited. Other than vehicles on the transit road, only guests of the dozen or so small camps here are permitted to explore this significant tract of prime land. Vehicle clusters are rare.

It also means that camp operators are free to offer off-road driving, walking safari, bush meals and some limited night vehicle safari, which helps to produce a much more rounded experience.

There are also significant opportunities for cultural interaction with the local Maasai people, who are shareholders in the conservancy and therefore tend to be very welcoming.


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