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is one of the main points of access into the Maasai Mara
for overland traffic arriving from Nairobi
The Talek River is a significant tributary of the Mara River, with its course forming the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve. The park can be entered at this point across Talek Bridge.
The gate is encircled to the north by a disgraceful rash of uncontrolled development, nothing short of a small town which has, incredibly, been allowed to develop here in the heart of the Mara ecosystem in recent years.
Either side of the bridge lies a range of camps and lodges, the majority of which cater to budget minibus safaris, fleets of which pour into the reserve from here.
Mara Talek is definitely not one of our favourite parts of the Mara. We therefore very rarely, if ever, recommend including it in trips. In fact we ever try to avoid driving through here when connecting other higher quality areas.
For some years we have been actively discouraging people from visiting this area in the hope that the authorities will eventually take responsibility for tidying this mess up and properly protecting what is otherwise one of the world's greatest wildlife areas.
We tend to most often recommend camps in the prime Mara Confluence
part of the main reserve and in the private conservancies of Mara North
and Mara Olare Orok
to the northeast.