Wildbeest Migration – Lake Nakuru national and Maasai Mara

Safari type: Non luxury

Duration: 6 days

Season: July – October

Cost: x USD per person for a group of x persons

The Wildbeest Migration July- Oct every year

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The Migration is a natural cycle that replenishes and renews the grasslands of East Africa. Each June, around 1.3 million Wildebeest gather in the Serengeti to calve. They slowly mass into a huge single herd, until the dry season withers their supply of fresh grass. The scent of rain to the North begins to draw the herd throughout July, and soon the planets greatest animal migration is underway. This is one of the remarkable wildlife attractions that saw Kenya named by the BBC as one of the world’s top 5 Wildlife destinations. A poll of worldwide travelers named the Maasai Mara Game Reserve among the best places for wildlife tourism. Kenya’s most popular attraction, the Mara was awarded its title for its sheer volume and variety of game.

There is no better time to visit the Mara than during the Great Migration. The sound of the approaching herd is a deep, primal rumbling of thundering hooves and low grunts. The sight of the wildebeest is staggering- a continuous charging mass that stretches from one horizon to the other this endless grey river of life is mottled with black and white as zebras join the throng.

Over the course of the migration, visitors to Kenya will have the opportunity to follow the progress of the herds and experience the full grassland cycle firsthand.

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In the Maasai Mara, Africas largest concentrations of predators are drawn to this perfect opportunity for easy hunting. Lions are frequently seen attacking the herds – especially at night- dragging down straggling individuals. At the same time, packs of Hyena freely weave throughout the herds, singling out and separating the young and the weak. Predators are not the only obstacles that the wildebeest face. Kenyas heavy rainfall in the highland Mau escarpment has turns the Mara River into a raging torrent. As happens each year, the herds will gather at the banks in preparation for the most perilous stretch of their journey. As sheer pressure builds, the herds are finally forced to surge into the river, often hurling themselves off high banks.

In the struggle across the Mara River, many are drowned or swept away by strong currents. The crossing attracts massive crocodiles who each year await this season of bounty.

By September the herds will begin reaching their goal, and spreading out to graze across the expanse of the Mara. For this beautiful game reserve, it is a time of renewal, as the dung from the visiting herds fertilizes the plains. October will see the herds turn southward and repeat the same journey back to the Serengeti, where the renewed grasslands await. The Migration is the planets last great epic of life and death. Of all the calves born in the Serengeti, two out of three will never return from their first and most demanding migration. It is this inextricable binding of renewal and sustenance, feast and famine, life and death that makes this event one of natures greatest wonders.

Kenyas Maasai Mara reserve has a wide range of accommodation and travel options. There are luxury lodges, exclusive tented camps, campsites and more available. The migration can be experienced on early morning game drives in customized vehicles, walking safaris with Maasai Warrior guides, horseback safaris in areas surrounding the Mara, or even from hot air Balloon safaris over the herds.

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Key highlights

  • wildlife safaris
  • cultural excursions
  • bird watching
  • nature walks
  • Maasai community life and cultural immersion and interaction
  • fully customized 4-wheel driver landcruiser or a minibus

Day Highlights

  • Day 1:  Nairobi
    Meet at the airport by our driver- guide and dropped to the hotel. Take time to freshen up. Depending on time and your taste, the guide can take you one of the various good restaurants in the city for dinner or you can decide to have dinner in the hotel. are a number of rest enjoy a sight seeing tour .overnight at panafric(BB)
  • Day 2:  Lake Nakuru and Menengai crater
    Depart after breakfast to Lake Nakuru bird sanctuary arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon you enjoy a trek down the Menengai craters. Dinner and overnight stay at maili saba camp.(fb)
  • Day 3:  lake Nakuru
    After breakfast you carry your packed lunch and head to lake Nakuru bird sanctuary for a full day game/bird viewing drive. Lake Nakuru is home to million of flamingos and its one of the places you can see the Rhino with ease. later in the afternoon you proceed for overnight stay at maili saba camp.(fb)
  • Day 4: Lake NaivashaAfter breakfast you proceed to Naivasha
    This is where you will get one of kenyas fresh water lakes you go for a 1hr boat ride enjoying the sight of hippos and lots of birds. There is also an option of walks around the club. overnight at the club(fb)
  • Day 5:  Maasai Mara
    After breakfast departs to Kenya’s famed and finest game reserve to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon enjoy an exciting game drive in search of the big five and other exciting plain game. Dinner and overnight at the mara leisure camp . Ballon safaris is also available.
  • Day 6:  Maasai Mara
    With packed lunch enjoy a full day fantastic game viewing on the rolling grasslands with a drive to the mara river to see the hippos and the crocodiles. Optional hot air balloon ride and visit to Maasai village available on request and at an extra cost. Overnight at the camp
  • Day 7:  Maji moto – experience the vibrant Maasai culture and nature
    This is an opportunity to immerse into the maasai culture and nature. You will have a full day with the Maasai warriors- walking and trekking in the great savanna and on the base of loita hills. You will also venture into development activities and meet the maasai shamans and spiritual leaders.
  • Day 8:  Nairobi or lamu(optional)
    Early morning game drive or morning walk with the local Maasai guides coming back in time for breakfast after breakfast you are transferred to the airstrip for a short flight back to Nairobi where you will connect top another aircraft for yet another short flight to Kenya coastal town of lamu. you are met on arrival and transferred to Shella royal house for your 5nights stay.

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