Below the Mau Forest, small-scale agriculture and cattle rearing dominate the landscape. Here is a view of the the Amala at Kapkimolwa Village.
Just north of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, the Mara flows through ranchland owned by the Maasai people.
But there are a few more rivers winding their way to join her, including the Tobora...
...and the Somonche. This lovely view of the Mara just before sunset was taken at her confluence with the Somonche.
The Mara continues to support people, agriculture, livestock and industry as she winds through Tanzania. The picture below was taken at Mara Mines, a site near an active gold mine. You can also see people bathing in the river and maize cultivation in this photo. Land is valuable and people tend to plant right up to the edge of the bank, but this leads to bank destailization and subsequent erosion.
Fishing is a major economic activity here, and you can see here the traditional dhows they use.
Changes in the water quantity and quality entering Lake Victoria are already perceived to be impacting the swamp, threatening the livelihood of the many who depend on it.
We traveled by boat to the point where the Mara River flows into Lake Victoria, completing her 365 km journey, and our own as well. Her character changed so much from the swampy highlands where she was born through the mountain streams that formed her main tributaries through the broad majestic river sustaining million-strong herds of wildlife and back to swampy lowlands where she pours into the lake. Following her on this journey was an incomparable introduction to an amazing river.