The Masai Mara National Reserve (1,510 sq km) – arguably the world’s best game viewing area – offers wonderful scenery and an abundance of big game. With its rolling plains and grasslands it is reminiscent of “Hemingway Country”. There are very large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and various antelope. In addition hippo, giraffe, rhino, elephant and leopard are frequently seen while the birdlife is impressive. But the Mara is reknown for its magnificent black-manned lions with their large prides that spend most of the day sleeping in the shade of the acacia trees. The Mara is also the scene of the spectacular annual migration of wildebeest who come through the Mara in their 1500km round trek from southern plains in the Serengeti.