Ranbir Kapoor proposes to Alia Bhatt in the Masai Mara; learn more about Kenya National Reserve

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Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh launched the seventh season from Karan Johar’s highly publicized chat show, Coffee with Karan at once. Among others, Other also talked about when Ranbir Kapoor proposed to her in the Masai Mara.

Avoiding revealing too much, she said: “In terms of Ranbir and his planning, he totally blew me away because I wasn’t expecting it. We weren’t even talking about it. We talked about it for a very long time but then there were so many pandemic delays, which we have decided not to talk about. We’ll just go with the sentiment. And that’s exactly what he did. He didn’t tell anyone. He just wore the ring and he did it in the most amazing place – Masai Mara.

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About the Masai Mara

Established in 1961, Masai Mara is located in southwestern Kenya and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It extends over 1,510 km² and is located at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,170 meters above sea level.

Famous for its spectacular natural diversity of wildlife, it is home to over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds, and is a paradise for all animal lovers. Lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, African buffaloes, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras and many more – you can find many animals here in their natural habitat.

Cubs in the Masai Mara (Source: Pixabay)

The “Big Five”

As mentioned, the nature reserve is home to many animals, of all kinds. However, it is famous for the coveted “Big Five” – the Lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffaloes and rhinos. While the first four are a common sight, rhinoceros are known to be difficult to spot.

According to the official website, the term “Big Five” has a very dark origin and is related to the difficulty of hunt them in ancient times.

The Great Migration

One of the main attractions of the Masai Mara is the legendary “Great Migration”. More than 1.5 million wildebeest, 4 lakh zebra, 12,000 elk and 3 lakh gazelles set off from the southern Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener, mineral-rich pastures and water. The timings of this iconic natural phenomenon depend on environmental factors, the weather and the animals themselves.

Masai Mara Zebras at the Masai Mara (Source: Pixabay)

One of the most important stages of this journey is the crossing of the Mara River during which the animals encounter more than 3,000 crocodiles lurking in the murky waters. Once food supplies dwindle and the rains move from the Masai Mara, the herd of animals returns to the Serengeti.

Best time to visit

For most wildlife lovers, the Great Migration is the favorite time to visit the Masai Mara. This usually happens between July and October. It is also a drier time of year with less vegetation, making wildlife much easier to view.

The months of January to March are known as ‘lion season’ – another great time to spot lions. April marks the arrival of heavy rains in the Masai Mara, painting the landscape in shades of green, gold and other vibrant hues.

The region’s weather and climate are ideal for game drives all year round, according to masaimara.com.

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