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The Mara Triangle is a 510 km2 area that forms a third of the wider Maasai Mara National Reserve, 20% of the Maasai Mara Ecosystem and 2% of the 25,000 km2 Mara-Serengeti ecosystem that currently runs uninterrupted through Northern Tanzania and into Southern Kenya; the name Serengeti itself comes from the Maa ‘Serengit’, meaning ‘Endless Plains’.
The Mara Triangle as an area is defined by two natural borders and one political. To the South West is the Kenyan/Tanzania border and the Serengeti , to the East is the Mara River and to the North West is the Oloololo Escarpment. While the Mara Triangle is a component of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle is distinct from the Reserve and is managed separately by a non-for-profit organization; The Mara Conservancy.
Geographically, the Mara Triangle, and the Mara Ecosystem as a whole, form part of the larger Lake Victoria Basin with the Oloololo Escarpment forming the western boundary. The Mara river, which is a source of life (and death for some) for all of the Triangle’s mega-fauna, originates in the Mau forest complex and after winding its way for 60 kilometers from the Mau forest and escarpment it enters Tanzania before finally draining into Lake Victoria.
The terrain of Mara Triangle is a mixture of open grassland, seasonal streams and marshland, and riverine forest along the Mara River. As part of the wider Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, the Triangle supports the most diverse migration of grazing animals on earth and the Maasai Mara and Mara Triangle are crucial to the survival of the entire ecosystem because they are a source of forage for wildlife migrating through the Serengeti during critical points in the dry season.
The Mara Triangle particularly, sandwiched as it is between the cliff- like Oloololo Escarpment, which feeds water into its marches, and the Mara River, attracts vast numbers of migrating animals, particularly during the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ when close to 1.3 million Wildebeest, 500,000 Thompson Gazelle, 200,000 Zebra and 100,000 Topi, along with a number of miscellaneous herbivores undertake their annual migration to the Mara Ecosystem in search of rain and greener pastures. In addition to the vast numbers of migrating animals, a large number of Wildebeest, Thompson Gazelle and Zebra reside on the plains of the Mara Triangle throughout year to take advantage of the ever green marshes and year round supply of grazing. Furthermore, the Mara Triangle is home to all of the Big Five (African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo and Black Rhinoceros) and is regarded as a premier destination for big game viewing, especially of Lion and Cheetah.