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is the section of the Maasai Mara
which lies between the Mara River and the western Oloololo Escarpment in Southwest Kenya
At around 240 square kilometre, this substantial reserve is particularly scenic, with lovely open plains and acacia forests set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rift Valley.
These plains are home to a rich array of wildlife, including zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, impalas and elands. The herds are accompanied by the usual predators, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas and jackals. Along the banks of the Mara River itself there are substantial stands of riverine forest, which is home to animals such as buffaloes, hippos, elephants and baboons. The Mara Triangle is probably the best area for migration river crossings during the Jul/Oct dry season, often featuring major crocodile action.
Unlike the much larger Maasai Mara National Reserve across the river to the east, the Mara Triangle is locally administered and attracts a hefty additional park fee. The two sides of the river are connected by just two bridges, in the extreme north and south of the Triangle, but very few people are prepared to pay the double park fees to access both reserves.
Remarkably the area contains just one permanent accommodation option, the substantial Mara Serena Lodge
, although it is possible to set out mobile camps here.
All of the other lodges in this area are located to the north, outside the wildlife areas, and are obliged to enter through the busy Oloololo Gate every time they want to head out on safari, which is a major downside.SeasonsAccommodationTrips