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24 March 2014 In Blog

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 In Blog

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

24 March 2014 In Blog

Nairobi proudly known as the city ‘under the sun’ happens to be one of the most famous destinations around the world. It also happens to be the only city in the world with a national park in its outskirts. If you are looking forward for Kenya Nairobi Safaris most probably the best place to start is visiting the Nairobi national park before going for other tour destinations from Nariobi.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the next small town after Nairobi on your way to the Rift valley. It is a famous destination where visitors can take a quick safari from Nairobi for a relaxation. It is famous for local visitors too who prefer to go for a weekend there after a busy week. The attractions found here include the lake where visitors can take boat rides. The animals include the hippos, errands, giraffe, impalas, few wildebeests, waterbucks, zebras and birds include kingfisher and fishing eagles. Enjoy a walk around the Elsamere camp the home of famous Elsa the young lion who was brought up by Joy Adamson who wrote the book and movie born free.  In the outskirts of Lake Naivasha a visitor can take a tour to Hell’s gate, take a hike at the Ol-Njorowa gorge as long as the weather allows and Mt. Longonot National Park. This all depends on the visitor’s plans and budget.

Lake Nakuru

A further drive from Lake Naivasha brings you to Nakuru town where one can take a stop to Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake has a famous name “pink lake” which is adapted from the many flamingoes that colour the shores. It is an attraction you will not want to miss. Go and take spectacular photos and videos to share with your family, friends and the world. As you drive to the lake you will meet so many animals including the baboons, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, buffaloes, lions among others. There are other birds like the marabou, saddle bill stork, pelicans and plenty of other small birds like the superb starling. The hippos are always found near or under the water. The white and black rhino are another superb attraction you cannot afford to miss. Do not leave the lake without visiting the baboon cliff point where you can see the lake in a wide and very clear view.

The Aberdares National Park

The Aberdares is one of the attractions that central Kenya prides in with the nearest town being Nyeri. The most famous attraction is the Tree top where visitors get a glimpse of spectacular sceneries and animals. You will not especially miss out to see a large herd of elephants grazing nearby. You can also visit the kikuyu village for a cultural experience that is found within the Outspan hotel. Enjoy some entertainment from the cultural dancers wearing traditional outfits and the bobombo drums making the cultural sound you will not want to miss out on. On the cultural bit, visit the fortune teller if you have the guts, you may want to have a translator as the guy does not speak English. The famous Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement who died in Nyeri in 1941 was buried just near Outspan hotel, you can take a quick visit to see his grave as it has become one of the major attractions.

Sweet waters at Ol-Pejeta Conservancy

From Nyeri head to Nanyuki and to the Private Ol-Pejeta Conservancy just at the roots of Mt. Kenya. It is a home to quite a number of animals including all the Big Five. The conservancy is known for its Rhino conservation program. You can stay at the Sweetwaters tented camp that is located in-front of a waterhole which attracts quite a number of animals. It is an exciting experience especially the natural views of Mt. Kenya and the surrounding as well as the animals coming to take water at the waterhole.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

A Kenya Safari is never complete without visiting the Masai Mara. It is usually a trip organized either to travel by road where the visitor gets the opportunity to visit other destinations or by Flight directly to Masai Mara at the Wilson Airport. You can visit the mara while timing the great wildebeest migration or you can just have a safari to see wildlife. Either way, you will have the best experience ever. The Mara houses quite a number of animals and you will not miss out your chance especially to see the big five. For a more exciting adventure take a balloon safari early in the morning for a bird view of the animals.

The Amboseli National Park

If you are the type who enjoys viewing wildlife in a clear view and blue sky as the background, then Amboseli national park is the place to be. It is one of the place blessed to have Mt. Kilimanjaro close view. The park prides in big herds of big tusked red elephants grazing around almost everywhere you go. Take great photos of animals posing in-front of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro.  

African Memorable Safaris can plan a Kenya Nairobi Safari to various destinations of your choice as mentioned in this article. Communicate to us through our contacts to organize your booking. You can probably start here for tailor made trips Kenia Road Safaris from Nairobi