World-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the highlight of most Kenya safaris. Widely regarded as the best game-viewing park in the country, it features varied terrain that ranges from rolling savannahs to riverine forests. Zebras, gazelles and impalas roam expansive, golden grasslands punctuated by distinctive flat-topped acacia trees.
The "Big Five" (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) can also be spotted here. Hippos loll about in the Mara River, while countless bird species flock overhead. More than 1 million wildebeests and zebras migrate annually to Masai Mara from the parched Serengeti plains of neighboring Tanzania. Some Kenya safaris also visit Masai villages, where guests can interact with local cattle-herders.