In 1994, management of the Maasai Mara National Reserve was divided into the eastern side managed by the Narok County Council, and the northwestern sector (the Mara Triangle), then managed by the Trans Mara County Council. The Mara Triangle is 510 km2, representing about a third of the entire Reserve.
By the end of the 1990s, infrastructure, equipment and roads in the Mara Triangle were in disrepair. There were inoperable vehicles, low staff morale, missing and misallocated gate revenue, and rampant poaching. The buildings situated at the Headquarters at Iseiya and Oloololo Gate, and the outposts of Purungat Bridge and Ngiro-are had disintegrated and there was no running water nor functioning sanitation. The main road network, which had been constructed in the 1980s, had all but disappeared due to negligence and unregulated off-road driving had created a proliferation of tracks in the central part of the Mara Triangle.
Often not paid for months, only one-third of the staff compliment was present at any one time. There were several private sets of park entrance tickets and recognised revenue was approximately 20% of the potential. Only one third of the Mara Triangle was considered secure, with the remainder unvisited by security staff and tourists. In these areas poaching and illegal grazing were out of control, with thousands of wild animals being killed annually. Cattle theft along the escarpment was also a frequent occurrence.
Don't drink the Tap-Water: Don't drink tap-water in Uganda or Rwanda-consider tap-water unsafe do not even use to brush your teeth and avoid swallowing it while taking a shower. Bottled water is readily available and major brands are considered safe.
The climate in the Masai Mara is slightly colder and wetter than might be expected this close to the equator. This is due to the altitude which is subject to some variation, from 1,435 to 2,143m (4,708 to 7,031ft). Temperatures drop by around 6.5°C for every 1,000m you ascend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). So, within the park different climatic conditions exist. Temperatures tend to be reasonably mild. Daytime is pleasant with temperatures in the mid to upper twenties, while it cools off significantly at night.