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Wildebeest Migration Safaris Masai Mara Serengeti | Best Time Ngorongoro Lake Manyara 9 Days

April 18, 2012

Wildebeest Migration Safaris Masai Mara Serengeti | Best Time Ngorongoro Lake Manyara 9 Days.

Our seventh wonder of the world safari offers you an opportunity to follow herds of migrating wildebeests between Maasai Mara Serengeti  ecosystem and finally to lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Conservation area. The best time to witness wildebeest migration summer-July, and September. Besides wildlife viewing, the tour includes visits to local communities.  Why do they migrate, what dangers do they encounter?  Our guide will answer all these questions as the spectacle unfolds before you eyes. Welcome to the annual wildebeest migration.

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Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris

March 28, 2012

Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park  or  Game Park is an ornithological paradise located two hours drive, 156 Kilometers west of Nairobi on the floor of Rift valley.  The park dates back to 1961 when the southern park of the lake was gazetted as a bird to protect the “greatest bird (ornithological) spectacle on earth“, for the future generations.  In 1964, the whole of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary.  in 1968, the Lake Nakuru shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2.  In 1990 Lake Nakuru Game Park  is a  designated a Ramsar site–  for protection of an important international wetland.

Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National is diverse to cater for different categories of visitors.  Visitors have a choice of either sleeping inside the park or outside the park.  Inside the park, there are two safari lodges, one tented camp, a private house , Kws bandas and public campsites.   The two safari lodges in the park are Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Lodge.  The two facilities offer mid range to luxury accommodation to their guests.  The only truly mid range property in the park is the Flamingo Hills Tented Camp.  Kws bandas and campsites offer budget alternatives to locals and tourists alike. Nakuru town has both mid range and budget hotels to cater for visitors.

Lake Nakuru National Park Safaris

Lake Nakuru National Park  is a premier tourism destination attracting diverse visitors of different backgrounds and with differing interests. It is the best place to see flamingoes, leopards and rhinos.   Nature lovers from all over the world congregate in the park for relaxation and adventure.  With over 450 species of birds identified, the home of flamingoes is an undisputed ornithological Paradise.  A two nights stay will give you enough time to enjoy the numerous activities on offer-game drives, bird watching, nature walks.  The greatest crowd puller is the annual Cycle With The Rhino Festival.  Lake Nakuru can be visited within a day from Nairobi(See 1 day Lake Nakuru Excursion, 2 Days 1 Night Lake Nakuru Safari) .  A combination of safaris enables one to visit both lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Parks (see Nairobi Lake Nakuru Naivasha Maasai Mara 4 days 3 nights.)

Maasai Mara National Park | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Migration | Safaris | Lodges

February 22, 2012

Maasai (Masai) Mara National Park |  Game Reserve | Migration | Safaris | Lodges.

wildebeest migration Masai Mara

wildebeest crossing turbulent crocodile infested Mara River

The Maasai (Masai) Mara  national park and reserve, once described as “Kenya’s Jewel never to be lost”, is in a class of its own.  The  best known wildlife sanctuary in the World Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve has acquired a high flier status having been  named “the seventh wonder of the world”.  The seventh wonder of the world is the  spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration between Maasai (Masai) Mara and Serengeti.

The Wildebeest Migration

The Wildebeest Migration in Maasai (Masai) Mara /Serengeti wildebeest migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including human beings.  The migration comprise of the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common Zebras and gazelle, followed closely by their predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals.   Hovering in the skies are thousands of vultures, the super predators. Patient in nature, they survey the migrating herds descending on the dead carcasses reducing them to skeletons in a matter of seconds.  The hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers is magical wonder of nature attracting thousands of human beings.  This survival of the fittest spectacle has been described at the “seventh wonder of the modern world”.  Strategic sighting of the migrating herds tend to influence the setting up of tourism facilities. The best time to witness migration in Masai Mara National Park Kenya, is between July to September.

Masai Mara wildebeest migration safaris

Several  wildebeest migration safaris are organized in both  Maasai (Masai) Mara and Serengeti National Parks.  The duration of the safari depends on various factors but mostly on time and budget but also the flexibility of the guest.  The all drive 11 days Masai Mara Serengeti Migration Safari commences from Nairobi and returns to the same via Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Amboseli.  The 8 days fly drive Wildebeest Migration Safari Masai Mara National Park  (Mara Explorer 8 days) is a luxury option. Guests fly from Nairobi Wilson to Masai Mara and return to the same.  The 4 days 3 Nights Migration safari combines Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha.   The 6 days Best of Tanzania Safari focuses on wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park.   The best time to witness migration in Masai Mara National Park Kenya, is between July to September. Serengeti National Park is best visited between March and May.  All these safaris can be combined with 4 Days Gorilla tracking in Rwanda .

Accommodation in Masai Mara

AS of now Masai Mara has 108 properties with a abed capacity of 4000.

The Tented camps and safari lodges in Masai Mara fall under three categories- luxury, mid range and budget. While only 12 properties are inside the Mara reserve others are in the neighboring group ranches.   Does it matter where you spend the night while in Mara? Yes.  If you are interested night game drives and lots of local culture then you can stay in the group ranches.  Group ranches are privately run by the local people. However unplanned development coupled with large number of visitors threatens the very survival of the reserve.  Large numbers of visitors are associated with high degree of pollution in terms of noise, dust and changed animal behavior which can lead to extinction of venerable species like the cheetah which hunts only during the day.