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The bustling wildlifePublish Date: Jun 25, 2014
The bustling wildlife
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A lion roaring at the Masai Mara game reserve PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa
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 By Abu Mwesigwa

 
The Masai Mara National Reserve is truly amazing and spectacular! 
 
It’s a popular tourist attraction located in Kenya. 
 
An aerial view of part of theMasai Mara  National game reserve. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
Being designated as a National Reserve, allows the local officials to control the area and set the rules.
 
You can expect to see a large variety of native wildlife species including birds, reptiles and mammals. 
 
At the Masai Mara, provisions have been made for camp sites and lodging accommodations for visitors. 
 
 
A cat breast feeds its kittens. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
During our trip around Kenya, we had three glorious days in the Masai Mara. 
 
We hopped into the safari van and spent hours keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. 
 
 
A cat playing with its kittens. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
It’s all out there; you just have to pay attention. These animals are made to blend in with their surroundings and if you blink, you may miss an amazing opportunity.
 
The Masai Mara has strict rules not to go off the path, so vehicles can’t get too close to the animals. 
 
With my Nikon DX Lens 18 -300 mm, I managed to capture some pretty amazing shots of these animals.
 
Crested Cranes..PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
 
Crested Cranes.PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
Suggestions and Tips
 
While visiting the Mara, there are some things that you should remember
 
Do not leave footprints. In other words leave this reserve in its natural condition. You should not try to take any of the plants or animals that you see during your visit.
 
Keep very still and quiet as you tour the reserve.
 
Enjoy the natural sounds of the Masai Mara and the animals that live there. 
 
Never try to interact with the animals. It’s dangerous.
 
Feeding of animals is forbidden.
 
 
 
A cheeter at Masai Mara game reserve PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
If you have chosen to drive instead of hiring a guide you must follow all of the rules. This means that you should never try to get too close to the animals for any reason.
 
The speed limit ranges from 30-50 kmh on all of the trails.
 
Do not leave the designated trails in search of some new adventure. You could frighten or harm the animals and you will destroy native vegetation.
 
There is no traveling on the reserve from sunset to sunrise.
 
You should always remember that you are an invited guest to this area and you should respect the rules as well as the rights of the wildlife that lives there.
 
 
An Elephant grazing. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
 Elephants grazing. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
 Elephants grazing. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 
An elephant grazing. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa
 

 
Gazelles grazing. PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa


Giraffe.  PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa


Giraffes .  PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa


Giraffe.  PHOTO/ Abu Mwesigwa

 

 Hippos swimming . PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa


A Lioness camouflages waiting for prey. 
PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa


 

 

An ostrich. PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa


Some of the zebras grazing. 
PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa


 

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