Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve 2022


Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve 2022 : Mara National Reserve is one of the most visited and well-known wildlife conservation areas in Africa. It is famous for hosting the big 5 mammals, elephants, leopards, rhinos, lions and buffalo. The Maasai Mara National Park is the only wildlife reserve/national park with an indigenous black rhino population.

Maasai Mara National Reserve is situated in the southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1510 square km (583 square miles), the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a land of breath taking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. The landscape is characterized by dotted trees, savannah plains, scrubs, acacia trees, rolling hills, swamps. The word ’Mara’ which means ‘spotted’ in the aa language is also a description of the landscape in the reserve, the Mara river is another important aspect for the description of the Maasai Mara National Reserve while on Kenya Safaris.

Musiara Swamp.

Musiara swamp is located near the eastern banks of the Mara river in its stages, and near the northern border of Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is on altitude of 1600 m.a.m.s.l

Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve 2022
Zebras in Musiara Swamp

This is a large marshy area near the early stages of the Mara River, in the northern end of Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is a prominent spot for game drives in the area, due to the large number of resident animals which includes the Musiara lion pride, leopard, large numbers of birds and elephants. Musiara swamp is a prominent spot for game drives in the area, due to the large numbers of resident animals which includes the musiara lion pride, and other activities like game driving, camping, bird watching and among others. Musiara swamp has attractions like Oloololo gate, Oloololo campsite, Ndovu campsite, Maji ya ndege campsite, Dirisha campsite, Mara north airstrip, Eluai campsite, and among others thus Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve 2022.

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve, the vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle and Topi.The elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara swamp whilst The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and crocodiles. The young breakaway group of lions from the famous Marsh pride, offspring of Kito and Dada, make an appearance in the main reserve. They spend most of their time in the Mara Nara in (Musiara swamp) conservancy. These youngsters would have been sired by the lions known as Karibu and Rafiki and have done well to avoid the six Bila-Shaka males that took over the marsh area when they were still young.

Musiara sector offers great game viewing in the Musiara Marsh, as well as some of the most spectular wildebeest crossings at the Mara River, in the southeast of the park and bordered by the sand, Talek and Mara Rivers, the central plains make up the largest part of the reserve.

Musiara swamp has expansive grasslands of the central plains attract vast herd of plains animals, especially during the Great migration from August to October, while the area is also famed for exciting big cat sightings. Within the central plains, the savannah of paradise plain is prime cheetah territory, while Rhino Ridge for black-backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat-eared foxes. Head to lookout Hill for incredible panoramas of the Olpunyai swamp and sightings of hapoos’s well as for scenes of wildebeest crossing the river during the months of the migration. As the closest area to Nairobi and with a huge number of lodges, hotels and camps, the central plains is the most popular area of the reserve for tourists.

Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve 2022
Birding in Musiara Swamp

Best time to visit Musiara Swamp.

Anytime you can visit Musiara swamp but not in rainy season of March to June, with the months of September and October bringing the migratory wildebeest and zebras herds to the area.

How to get to Musiara Swamp in Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Musiara swamp can be accessed by both road or flight/ air transport means.

By air/flight transport.

By air the nearest option for the first being Musiara airstrip though there are other airstrips in Maasai Mara National Reserve from Nairobi. Its 270 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital if you decide to fly in the reserve and then to Musiara swamp and it should take only 40-45 minutes to reach your destination comfortably.

By road transport.

By road transport from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve then to Musiara swamp takes like approximately six to seven hours.

Here you can drive using a private rental vehicle with 4 times 4 being recommended, and some been available at the hotels, lodges and tented campsites in the area.

Musiara swamp is a great attraction in Maasai Mara National Reserve with loads of animals, birds and insects that live in the swamp, the swamp is also favorite in that it does not have mosquitoes which may disrupt and infect the guests or campers that would have camped near that swamp. Guests who who camp near this swamp enjoys the stay close of Hippo and Crocodile abound the river.

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