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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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