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Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

It is named after the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara", which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, topi, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense that it is called the Great Migration.

The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events in the world, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelle, 97,000 Topi, 18,000 eland, and 200,000 zebra.

These migrating animals are followed along their annual, circular route by hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena.

All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros) are found in the Maasai Mara.