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Mara River

Mara River

The Mara River is a river in Africa, flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, and lies across the migration path of ungulates in the Serengeti/Masai Mara game reserves. Mara River basin covers a surface of 13,504 km2, with approximately 60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania. The river originates from the Napuiyapi swamp an altitude of 2,932 m when Amala and Nyangores rivers flow out of the Mau Escarpment and converge to form the Mara River. It drains into Lake Victoria at 1,134 m above sea level. On the Kenyan-Tanzanian border, the river flows into the Serengeti National Park. Nearly half of the Mara River is situated in the North Serengeti (30 miles in length) versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya (40 miles in length). The Mara River is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries. The existence of the Mara River facilitates the growth of a forest, animal grazing and agriculture.

Main perennial tributaries; Amala and Nyangores

Other tributaries; Talek, Engare, Sand and Engito rivers

Wild life

  • Hippos
  • Giraffes
  • Elephants
  • Elands  
  • Impala
  • Nile crocodiles
  • Buffalos

Common Bird species to look for include fish eagles, kingfishers, bee-eaters, weavers and the rare turaco can be seen rarely.