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Sam's Exotic Travels to Masai Mara National Park, Kenya '07

With an area of 1510 kmē the Masai Mara (also known as Maasai Mara) is not the largest game park in Kenya, but it is probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley.  The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with clusters of the distinctive acacia tree in the south-east region. The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions. All other members of the Big Five; are to be found in the Masai Mara, although the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000.

We also visited a Maasai village.  The Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known African ethnic groups internationally.

Elephant, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, East Africa  Two Lions - Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, East Africa  Cheetah - Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, East Africa

  Maasi Village Elder, Kenya, Eastern Africa  Maasai Man and Walking Stick on Shoulder, Kenya, Eastern Africa  Maasai Brother and Sister, Kenya, Eastern Africa

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