If you are in Kenya, the Masai Mara National Park is mandatory. The Masai Mara is part of the Serengeti. The Mara River separates it from the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park. If you do not book a fly-in safari, most of the tours will start from Nairobi to the Masai Mara. When I was there in 2018, part of the road was not paved yet, so the route to the park takes a little longer and you will be shaken up. It is the park with the most animals and animal species in Kenya.
The landscape turns green and juicy in the rainy season, in the dry season it will be quite bare. In the rainy season, the road becomes muddy quickly and the smaller trails become impassable. We have seen some vehicles stuck, but the people help each other. Also our guide pulled out two other vehicles. There are hippos and crocodiles at the Mara River and in the park there are almost all the animals you would like to see, elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest etc.. Only the rhino is very rare and I did not see it in the Masai Mara.
Between July and October, the Great Migration takes place. Huge wildebeest herds cross the river and arrive at the Masai Mara before returning to Tanzania. And if there are so many wildebeests, of course it’s also easy food for the big cats.