Within the north of the exalted Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, a abundance of wildlife and big game inhabit the legendary Masai Mara Reserve. The spectacular wildebeest migration takes place from July to September when the grasslands of the Masai Mara are covered with a mass of shifting wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. Truly one of the most impressive displays of wildlife on the planet, each year large predators arrive to take advantage of the vast bounty of prey arriving, nature's high-stakes dramas constantly on display. Around October, the main herds begin their journey towards Tanzania. While the game viewing in the Mara is excellent year-round, there is also the opportunity to experience Kenya's rich cultural heritage. Many local communities still follow traditional ways of life, practicing ancient customs and rituals. Visiting villages provides an opportunity to understand Maasai traditions and history as well as community development and the preservation of traditional livelihoods.