The amazing indigenous cultures of Africa are a compelling draws for international travelers, yet many people booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari are hoping to catch a glimpse of continent's much celebrated animal population. Be it the majestic elephant, the regal lion or the graceful gazelle, adventurers hope to see some of East Africa's amazing animals on their journey – and there are few more picturesque destinations to do so than the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

Often mislabeled as a national park, the Masai Mara Reserve is a sizable game reserve in southwestern Kenya and the spiritual sibling of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park game reserve. The reserve boasts impressive biodiversity, meaning that visitors will have the option to view a wide array of creatures during their stay.

Of the numerous animals that travelers can observe, the biggest draw for the reserve is its large population of big cats. Expansive prides of lions freely roam the region, as do cheetahs and leopards.

The park is also home to African elephants, several species of rhino, gazelle, hippo, crocodile, giraffe and impala among others.

Moreover, fans of zebras, gazelle and wildebeest travel to the reserve each year to witness the annual Great Migration, which sees thousands of the creatures crossing the Mara River to graze in the reserve.

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