© 2016-2019 Friends of Maasai Mara

a registered nonprofit organization

Nairobi & Talek, Kenya

Email: prince@friendsofmara.org

Tel: +254 721 527 964

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AFRICA is a huge continent: 30 million square kilometers with 1.2 billion people. To give you an idea, the whole of Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Eastern Europe, United States, India, China, Japan, and Great Britain could fit inside Africa. 

KENYA is is approximately the size of Texas and is 569,140 square kilometers (219,745 square miles). 52 million people live in Kenya with a density of 92 people per square kilometer. The Maasai population in Kenya is 841,622.

THE MAASAI MARA is 1510 square kilometers (580 square miles) about half the size of the state of Rhode Island. The Mara is home to some 470 species of birds including 60 species of raptors, Maasai giraffe, 100 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. The best known are the Big Five: rhinoceros, lion, elephant, leopard, and buffalo.

THE GREAT MIGRATION is the largest migration of animals in the world, involving some 1.3 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelles, 200,000 zebras, 97,000 Topi, and 18,000 elands. Over 2 million animals travel 800 kilometers (497 miles) and pass through the Mara each year from July to October. Every November the animals take their leave to make the giant clockwise loop again. The Maasai Mara is called "the seat of the Great Migration" as it has the greatest concentration of wildlife per square kilometer of any park in Kenya. It is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in the world.