Many wildlife enthusiasts from all around the world flock to Kenya from July to September to try and capture what is recognised as the world's greatest migration - and certainly Africa's greatest migration - which is the migration of the wildebeest through the Masai Mara and Serengeti eco-systems.
Over two million animals - around 1.5 million wildebeest, 500 000 zebra and a plethora of predators that follow in their wake, can be seen in this region between July and September. Many people have seen the famous crossings on the Mara River, captured so eloquently by David Attenborough on the BBC wildlife programmes. The sound of this many animals bellowing is extraordinary and spine tingling as you see them weave their way across the crocodile infested Mara River.
The best way to see this is to spend time in the Masai Mara - we normally recommend an area that is quieter, where one can get away from the crowds and where one can walk, as well. A friend of ours has a camp within the reserve where one can sometimes view this spectacle. This bush camp is wonderful and overlooks the Mara River, not far from the actual crossing point itself.
Alternately, for those wanting to be in a more private area and have a more pristine experience, one can still see the migration, but then retreat to a wonderful tented camp which offers magnificent views or, combine both regions for the best of both worlds. We would also suggest having your own private vehicle and guide so that you can spend as much time with each sighting as you please. The camp can either be a luxury, permanent tented camp or we can erect a private, mobile tented camp purely for you and your party. This allows for completely flexibility and freedom each day, styled on the old hunting camps of the 1930's.
For those who are truly compelled by the migration, we can create safaris that take in both sides of this eco-system – in the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. You can even witness this incredible event from the air! With a team of specialists from Kenya and Tanzania, we understand the movements of the wildlife and the factors that change their course of direction. We know the very best areas to be located and we have the finest of guides who will reveal every aspect of this incredible experience and bring it all closer to you. Call us now to start planning your exceptional wildlife safari, taking in the wildebeest migration.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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