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Wildebeest Migration Safaris

Wildebeest Migration - Masai Mara, Kenya

Africa that still prides in wildlife concentration. Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the South-western of Kenya, 290km from Nairobi. The abundance of wildlife and the remoteness of the reserve implant memories that no money can buy. It is at the Masai mara where one of the greatest shows and events of the world takes place, the great wildebeest migration. Wildebeest move to and fro across the mara rive, a crocodile-infested river that divides the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya

The Great Wildebeest Migration

The annual migration of wildebeest is a clockwise fashion spectacle for about 1,800 miles from the open Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of green pastures and water. The annual migration offers one of the best events in terms of wildlife tourism calendar in the whole world.
Between January and March is the time when about 500,000 calves are born in a six week period each year in the eastern Serengeti. During this time, there is plenty of rain ripened grass and water to drink.

June Season

In May, the herds leave the Western Corridor for the northern Serengeti plains and woodlands moving to target the fresh, tender and mineral-rich pastures in Masai Mara, an event which usually starts in late June to early July. The troops coming from the south meet here another migratory contingent: the resident wildebeest herds of the Mara region. These animals reside in the Loita Plains and Hills, northeast of the Mara until the dry season brings the tougher days and it is time to seek the evergreen Mara basin

July – October Season

July is the most active month. The thousands of herds cross the Sand River, a mostly dry tributary of the Mara which roughly follows the boundary line between Kenya and Tanzania. The procession continues eastwards of Masai Mara, occupying temporarily the Keekorok area. The trek follows westward, leading the herds to face the major challenge along their quest: crossing the Mara River and frequently also its tributary, Talek.

Between July and October, the herds of thousands of zebras, antelopes and other wildebeest migrate to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of the fresh grass. The migration journey to the Masai Mara is too long that leaving the old and weak animals to die due to exhaustion, starvation and thirst. More wildebeest die when crossing the Mara River where the giant African Nile crocodiles dangerously attack them as the predators feed on the dead drowned animals. (Sometimes the overwhelming number of these animals jumping into the water all at once scares even the huge crocodiles.) However, this hardly affects the wildebeest population since there are about 400,000-500,000 new calves each year. Many calves die as they re-cross the river several times searching for their mothers.

Over 2 million wildebeest graze on the Savannah grassland of the Masai Mara destination until November when the short rains begin in the Serengeti. They begin their journey crossing the Mara River again and when they arrive in the eastern Serengeti in February, the migration cycle is completed and calving for the next migration begins.

 

Masai Mara - Serengeti, Wildebeest Migration Crossing Safari

Day OneArrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, (JKIA) Nairobi
Arrive at JKIA Nairobi and spend the overnight at your hotel of choice in Nairobi.


Day TwoNgorongoro
After breakfast, set-off for your flight at 9.00 am to Kilimanjaro Airport, near Arusha, where you will be met by a Masai trained safari guide to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon visit Olduvai Gorge; and enjoy late evening game viewing. Here you will spot a host of wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and big cats. Visit a local Masai Village. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge


Day Three: Serengeti
After breakfast, have an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti or an early morning game drive to the Serengeti National Park for game viewing. Lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Continue with an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge


Day Four: Western Serengeti
After breakfast, drive to the Western Corridor with game viewing en route to the Kirawira Tented Camp, the epitome of colonial-style safari luxury. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Overnight: Kirawira Tented Camp


Day Five: Masai Mara
After breakfast drive to the Kenya/Tanzania border at Isebania with a packed lunch. Change of vehicle, continue safari with game viewing en route to the Mara Serena Lodge. Overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day SixMasai Mara
Have an opportunity to enjoy an early morning balloon flight over the Mara or an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Go for a climaxing afternoon game drive. Overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day SevenDepart for Nairobi
Return to Nairobi (360 km) for your departure flight.

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