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22 June 2016
While on holiday in Africa, most travelers prefer taking a break away from the busy and noisy towns to the National Parks and game reserves. This way, they can find peace and tranquility marveling through breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and nature.

Long and Short Safari

There are long and short tour safaris, depending on the needs of the traveler. However, road trips and flight safaris are the alternative means of transport to arrive at our parks.While Africa safari could be fun, it is also advisable for one to make a firm decision as to where you would like to go, and on which possible means to use. This is because Kenya road safaris, could be long, bumpy, dusty and tiresome.

What You Should Know Before You Travel 

Are you planning to visit Africa this, or the next season? Kenya is a beautiful country, very reputed worldwide for tourism and wildlife safaris. You could as well start with a Mombasa safari holiday where the ocean is blue and there is much to do. The sun shines and smiles, just waiting for you. All you need to do is ' Take the first and right steps ' 
1. Contact a recognized Kenya tour company for your safari tour booking arrangements.
2. Make sure to have the right choice of safari destination(s) and that you understand the program and safari quote. Incase there are amendments, make sure they match your plans.
3. Get to know atleast the Do’s and Dont’s, for example; while some locals may be very free talking and laughing together with you, there are some who wouldn’t like to be photographed.    
4. Get to read and understand the safari terms and condition.
5. Search from recognized travel forums like Tripadvisor to see what other travelers are saying about the travel company you are about to use their services.
6. Get all you need for your entire stay in Africa. Catch the plane and fly to your magical dream of Africa holiday trip. 
 
Going On A Safari Tour In Kenya
 
‘Jambo!’ –  This is a Swahili greetings just as ‘Hello!’.  It is mostly the first word you may get to hear on arrival at the airport as they come to meet you, with lots of African smiles. Won’t you smile back!  
Short safaris are trips closer, or not very far away from the place that you reside. For example: While it is possible to make an overnight Tsavo East safari from Mombasa, it is also possible to make a day safari tour to the same park and spend the night back at your Mombasa hotel. This is because Tsavo East National Park is just about 120 kilometers away north of Mombasa Kenya.
There are air safari arrangements for trips that are far away, and the traveler opts for a more luxury safari tour  to reach there. For this matter, there are air safaris packages from Mombasa to Masai Mara or even flying safari from Nairobi Kenya. It is also possible to take an adventure road safari, connecting from parks to park, town to town and villages to the Mara. 

Your Driver Guides / Tour Guides 

Because it is important to get direction and insight as you travel around this country, its better to be driven around. Driver guides and tour guides have a solid understanding of their country’s culture , wildlife and nature. Since you now have a traveling companion, you can help one another so that you may benefit out of your visit. 
 
Stanley A. Komoras
24 March 2014

Covering an area of about 13,747 square kilometres, Tsavo East National Park indeed is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya. It is situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert and opened for the public in April 1948. Tsavo East is located near Voi town in the county of Taita-Taveta of Coast Province. The park can be accessed by three main gates, from Mombasa through the Bachuma gate, from Malindi through the Sala gate or from Voi through the Manyani gate. There are also several airstrips in the park that allow chartered light planes. 

Inside the park, the Athi river from Nairobi and Tsavo river from Mzima Springs converge to form one Galana River which changes its name to Sabaki River in Malindi before ending up into the Indian Ocean.
 
Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered to be one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including lion, cape buffalo, maltitudes of elephants, cheetah, hippo, spicies of antelopes, leopard, hyena etc. The park is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, sacred ibis, secretary birds, ostrich, hon-billed, sterling etc.
 
Major attractions in this park are features and sites like;
 
Mudanda Rock - a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink sometimes during the dry season.
 
The Yatta Plateau - is the world's longest lava flow, it runs along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 300 km length and 10 km width was formed by lava from the Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
 
Lugard Falls - named after Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of white water rapids on the Galana River, this is also a home to hippo and crocodile.
 
Aruba Dam - was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The reservoir created by the dam attracts animals and water birds when its filled up with water.
 
Mammals - Tsavo East National Park is one of the world's largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals. A comprehensive list of the animal types found in Tsavo East Park includes the aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, cape buffalo, bushbaby, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcat, cheetah, African Civet, dik-dik, African hunting dog, eland, African elephant, bat-eared fox, gazelle, large-spotted genet, small-spotted genet, gerenuk, giraffe, African hare, springhare, Coke's hartebeest, hunter hartebeest, East African hedgehog, spotted hyena, striped hyena, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, impala, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, klipspringer, Lesser Kudu, leopard, lion, banded mongoose, dwarf mongoose, Egyptian Mongoose, marsh mongoose, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, black faced vervet monkey, Sykes' monkey, fringe-eared oryx, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, cane rat, giant rat, naked mole rat, ratel, bohor reedbck, serval, spectacled elephant shrew, bush squirrel, East African red squirrel, striped ground squirrel, unstriped ground squirrel,warthog, waterbuck, common zebra.
 
Birds - Over 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons.
 
In case you are on  holiday at Mombasa and you want to break the monotony of beach hotel and city life I'd recommend that you visit the park for a day or two. African Memorable Safaris offers quality group safaris, individual safaris or even honeymoon safaris to Tsavo East from Mombasa Kenya.
 
Welcome to Kenya, welcome to Tsavo East National Park.
24 March 2014

It just happened that seasonally the wildebeests would find their way between masai mara and the Serengeti of Tanzania in search of greener pastures. While all that was happening naturally, the wildebeests had no idea that they were creating an attraction to the whole world, the biggest beneficially being Kenya and Tanzania. Because of these innocent millions of wildebeests and thousands of zebras crossing the dangerous rivers, overcoming every odd, the seventh wonder of the world was born. This attraction brings visitors from all over the world yearly to see this happening live during a Kenya Masai Mara Safari around June and July.


Timing the Great Wildebeest Migration


It all starts from Ngorongoro Plains which is a conserved area in Serengeti. The rainfall season ends in April and this marks the end of their stay in Ngorongoro and the beginning of a long journey to Kenya. During the season when they arrive at Ngorongoro the cows are pregnant and the season is about giving birth. By April most of them are strong and set to go. Unfortunately most calves are never able to make it as they are too week for the journey. Others are ready food for hyenas and wild dogs.


The strong and the mighty start the move towards the northern and southern part so Serengeti. Their sisters, the zebras, actually set the pace of the movement as they are after the tall grass while the wildebeest go for the short grass. Between June and July, the herds start entering Masai Mara National Park where there are green pastures. They join up with the smaller population in the Kenyan land and together they spend time for other three months. The drama that is involved during the journey until the two parts meet is what makes the Great Wildebeest Migration.


The Drama at the Mara River Crossing


Because of the high rains, the Mara River is always overflowing with violent water from Mau Escarpment. It is always full of crocodiles and hippos. The green grass across the Mara River is what gives the wildebeests and zebras the zest to cross it regardless of the hungry and brutal crocodiles. As a visitor touring this region during your Kenya masai mara safari is what makes the journey captivating and enjoyable. The scene is always a wonder and uniquely natural, one someone would want to see every other year. One brave wildebeest will jump into the water and quickily swim towards the river banks. Others would follow hopping blindly into the violent water. In the process, some will get trapped into the rocks, others will get hunted by the waiting brutal crocodiles while still others will be swept off by the violent waters of River Mara. The episodes have been photographed, captured on video and shared across the world year after year.


How to get to Masai Mara to see the Wildebeest Migration


African Memorable Safaris has very well organized packages designed to get you there during the season. The Masai Mara National Park has quite a number of hotels and lodges. The packages are designed to accommodate visitors in any of these lodges depending on the packages they choose. We have Safaris from Nairobi to Masai Mara and also Safaris from Mombasa to Masai Mara. Some are by air or by road. You are welcome to contact us in order to book for a wildebeest migration safari.
Below are some of the Masai Mara Itineraries that you can start with this season.

1. Safari from Mombasa to Masai Mara

2. Safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara

24 February 2014

The wildebeest migration season in Kenya takes place around July making it the best time to plan a Kenya safari to Masai Mara. Most tour companies organize tailor made safaris based on their budget on transport and accommodation. This also depends on whether the tourist is travelling from Nairobi or from Mombasa.

Masai Mara Safari from Mombasa

The road safari from Mombasa to Masai Mara is usually a memorable safari passing through various chosen destinations of a tourist’s choice. A visitor can decide to visit a game reserve near Mombasa before continuing with the journey. Usually the destinations are Tsavo East or West and Amboseli, then to Lake Nakuru or another choice destination before heading to Masai Mara. Working with a tour agent like African Memorable Safaris is a better decision as they are more experienced with designing the trips. It is good to trust their advice as they will guarantee that you will see all the attractions that you are so eager about than if you decide to do it yourself.

Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi

An exciting Nairobi to Masai mara road safari is usually a series of destinations until you reach masai mara and back to your hotel. The safaris are organized in such a way that the visitor will see a number of attractions from Nairobi all the way to Masai mara. This may take several days for a full wide coverage. The destinations likely to be included in the safari are lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Aberdares and Sweet waters before getting to Masai Mara. This is usually a road safari.

Choice of Transport to Masai Mara

Kenya safaris are organized either to be road or air safaris. Masai mara national park is has various air strips making it a great destination by air. When a tourist do not want to go through the hustle of Kenyan roads, then Air safari to Masai Mara is a great decision. While in Nariobi the Wilson Airport is the best choice to pick private safaris. While in Mombasa you go to Mombasa Airport for your flight. There are other airstrips in coast Kenya, your tour company should direct you on the best one to take your flight. These are the Ukunda Air Strip and the Malindi Air Strip.

Most roads in Kenya heading to the game reserves and national parks are a bit rough leaving the tour companies with no choice but to use four wheel drive vehicles. However, the kenia road safari is more exciting because there are many attractions a visitor can spot along the way. He or she can decide to pass by various destinations instead of going directly to Masai Mara and the road safari wins the race.

Choice of Accommodation in Masai Mara

Masai mara is one destination blessed with a great number of hotels and lodges all around. It is usually a visitor’s choice to choose basing on his or her budget. It is also important to note that you can choose your accommodation according to your interest of attraction in Masai Mara. For example, if your interest is the Great Wildebeest Migration, then it is important to choose a lodge that will give you an option to easily access the areas where the wildebeest will be seen. Your tour company must be in a position to guide you on this.

The Masai Mara Attractions

Masai Mara is a home for quite a number of animals found in other national parks and reserves in Kenya. These include all the big five and the wildebeests as well as other small animals, crocodiles, hippos among others. One can go for an early morning balloon safari to enjoy the bird view of the animals as they come out of their hiding. Come with a mind of a photographer and go home with a great photos and videos to share with your relatives and friends.

African memorable safaris Tour Agent welcomes you to book some of the Nairobi to Masai Mara Safaris or Mombasa to Masai Mara safaris listed below

Kenya Air Safaris to Masai Mara

Kenya Road Safari to Masai Mara from Nairobi

Kenya Road Safari to Masai Mara from Mombasa

Kenya and Tanzania Road Safari through Masai Mara

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