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For sheer awe-inspiring travel, few countries can match Kenya. Its national reserves and conservancies are well-protected havens for some of the most endangered wildlife on the planet, from lions and cheetahs in the Maasai Mara in the south to elephants and black rhino in Samburu in the north. What makes Kenya safaris unique is the Maasai people and their pastoral culture.   Rick has formed a strong relationship with the Maasai tribe, having filmed several documentaries in the Maasailands and have taken safari clients on hundreds of game drives there. He is now an honorary Maasai Elder and has been given a Maasai name.  Cielo safari guests have a rare opportunity to live among the Maasai and learn about their culture as part of an amazing safari experience.
One of our favourite national reserves is the Maasai Mara. It is breathtakingly beautiful with the wide Mara River, one of Kenya’s largest rivers, snaking through its green, tree-studded grasslands. The Mara's ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where more than 2 million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. Among the plains game found in the Mara are eland, topi, zebra, giraffe, and Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, and buffalo graze here in abundance. 

The Maasai Mara and Cultural Encounter

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