THE MASAI MARA WILDEBEEST MIGRATION HOLIDAYS HIGHLIGHTS
-Masai Mara is a popular adventure tours destination, located in the South-western of Kenya , 290 kilometers from Nairobi .
-An adventure travel destination with abundant wildlife and remoteness leading to memories that no money can buy.
-During this spectacular Kenya Migration tours, its possible to see well over 1.8 million animals migrating and as a result, its one of the most magnificent adventure scenes on earth. –This massive display attracts hundreds of big cats as they get easy catch of vulnerable prey. The giant African crocodiles wait patiently, as the big herds come to cross the river
-This world famous wildebeest migration holiday is a circle of life which has no start or an end.
-The migrating wildebeests are located at a particular point depending on the availability of pastures.
-The new born of wildebeests have little time to strengthen their legs. As soon as the after birth, the “pilgrim” continues. By April, the rains are over in southern Serengeti and the plains have dried up. The great herds then gather and face the long march northwards and westwards. They abandon the exhausted grasslands of southern Serengeti to head for the already tall grass of the Western corridor, near the shores of Lake Victoria .
– The Zebras are the pioneers of the migration movement. They prefer the long stems of the coarse grass. This way, they leave behind shorter grass which is favored by the wildebeests.
-In late June to July, the migration continues to Kenya Masai Mara reserve where fresh, tender and mineral-rich grass is found. Here they meet the resident Mara populations of about 150,000. Also commonly referred to as the Loita plains herds, they spend most of the season northeast of the Mara. When it gets dry, they pour into the interior of the Mara in search of greener pastures.
-The migrating herds spend roughly 3 to 31/2 months in the Mara crossing through Sand River, which is a tributary of the Mara along the boundary of Kenya and Tanzania. They trek westwards and cross the Mara River and sometimes the Talek River. Usually around this time heavy rains on the Mau Escarpment (origin of Mara River) fill the Mara River.
THE CROSSING DRAMA
The BEST time to enjoy this spectacular Kenya migration safari is when the Mara River is full to the brim. The trunk-looking Crocodiles await the forthcoming feasts.
As the wildebeests venture into the river, the gregarious coordinated behavior of the herds, usually teamed with zebras, creates an unimaginable scene.
They wander along the river looking for a convenient crossing point. This is a moment
filled with tension for both the wildebeests and the audience. They survey for a less steep and with no obvious danger.
When one plunges into the river, magically the rest falls onto the footsteps and in one organized line cross the river.
In addition to the crocodiles, accidents also occur. The river’s current can be too strong for some especially the young ones. Or simply getting stuck between the rocks in the river and breaking limbs.
-Finally, the crossing is done and the trek to their unknown destiny continues.
-In the month of October, they are already heading to Serengeti where the rains have treated the southern grasslands to lush, green carpet of rich grass. Once again, they are heading to the southern plains, where a new generation will be born to start the cycle of life all over again. What a spectacle!!!
WILDEBEEST MIGRATION SAFARI ITINERARY
Tour price is inclusive of:
•All ground transport whilst on holiday in a comfortable safari 4 * 4 mini van, full board -accommodation whilst on the holiday and meal plan.
•Accommodation in double/twin/triple room during your holiday
•All park entrance fees to include government taxes during the tour.
•Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide, all game drives as detailed in the itinerary and bottled water whilst on safari
•Tips, laundry, alcoholic drinks, flights, visas and items of personal nature