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2016 Wildebeest Migration

Migration Overview

Wildebeest Migration Overview

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The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.

Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration; over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve were they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores.

 MARCH TO MAY

The herds spread out as the rains fall, then can be seen massing with their young. By April they are shifting slowly north into the central Serengeti. May finds them moving in columns into the Western Corridor whose grasslands are maintained by the flood waters of the Mbalageti and Grumeti Rivers.

JULY TO AUGUST
The cool, dry months. The herds mass on the western wooded grasslands. The famous rut usually occurs in the Seronera area, then crossing the Grumeti, two flanks can appear rapidly moving west and out of the park, with the other flank heading north towards Lobo, reaching the Mara usually by Aug. The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Masai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive risking the flood waters and the jaws of crocodiles.

SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER

The nomadic herds are found on the well watered expanse of open and bushed grasslands of the Mara as these are usually the driest months in the Serengeti. The short rains are not far away.

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

The herds head south feeling the rains coming, moving into the eastern woodlands of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area. By Jan they settle on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Dec to Jan being the peak for the birth of zebra foals and late Jan to Feb of wildebeest calves. The predators are close by. Calves are usually on their feet within 3 minutes but the young are very vulnerable.

Safari

Safari Overview

  • Explore Nairobi before and after safari
  • Discover the jewel of Kenya’s Wildlife Masai Mara
  • Game drives at the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Huge amounts of wildlife and birdlife to be seen.
  • Spectacular accommodation at Nairobi Safari Club, Samburu Sentrim, Mara Sentrim , Elementaita Sentrim
  • All Hotels & Airport transfers included.
  • Daily departures subject to minimum 2 persons booking

 Masai Mara’s Wildlife / Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara reserve is Kenya’s most popular game park in Kenya. It hosts an amazing concentration of wildlife. In many cases it is the reason why people come to Kenya in the first place. One look is enough to explain its appeal: this is classic African savanna, and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. You are guaranteed to see the Big 5. Lions abound throughout the park, leopards, cheetah, hyenas, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, topi, baboons, warthogs, buffalo, zebra, elephants, and of course hippos, crocodiles in the Mara River and the authentic Maasai community who live around the park.

The Wildebeest  Migration

The Wildebeest Migration takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti and, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories

Wildebeest Migration timing changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event henced we advise clients to contact our offices regulary for update email sales@masaiafricasafaris.com. The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June. The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in the Mara between October and November. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti. Masai Africa Safaris is the Leading Safari Company in Wildebeest safari hence you are guaranteed to join a group if you don’t want to travel alone which is more expensive.

Itinerary

Kenya wildlife Migration safari

Day 1:  JKIA- Nairobi
Pick up from the airport on arrival and transfer you to Nairobi Safari Club for overnight stay.

 Dinner and overnight at Nairobi Safari Club

Meal plan day 1: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu game reserve
Pick up from your hotel in the early morning hrs and depart for the dramatic semi-arid scrub land of the Northern Frontier. Arrival in Samburu will be by lunch time. After lunch embark on a game drive to sight resident wildlife species like the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and the Blue-necked Somali Ostrich that are rare elsewhere in the country.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sentrim Samburu Luxurious Tented Camp

Approx transit time: 5 hrs

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve
Full Day spent exploring the park.
The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sentrim Samburu Luxurious Tented Camp

Meal plan Day 3: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Samburu – Lake Nakuru National park
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru. Arrival will be in time for lunch at your lodge, located inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. In the afternoon you will embark on a game drive where you will have the opportunity to spot leopards, rhino and the famous pink flamingos as well as a variety of other wildlife.

Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Nakuru Lodge

Meal plan Day 4: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here

Day 5: Lake Nakuru- Maasai Mara
After breakfast departs for Maasai Mara – the land of vast migrating animals. Arrival will be in time for lunch. After lunch embark on a game drive.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sentrim Mara Tented Camp

Approx transit time: 3 hrs

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day6 /7: Masai Mara migration safari
Full days spent exploring the park in search of the Big 5 with a possibility of seeing the spectacular annual wildebeest migration that takes place from July through to October .Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sentrim Mara Tented Camp

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach Masai Mara grazing fields from late June. The dramatic crossing of the river and the preying on the migrants by predators can be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with birdlife since dose to about 452 species have been recorded.

Day 8: Masai Mara -Nairobi
Morning game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast, exit the park and drive to Nairobi to arrive by 1400 hrs where the safari ends.

Where you will stay

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

Lake Elementaita Serena Camp is located on the shorelines of Lake Elementaita, this small exclusive camp offering luxury accommodation in with beautiful breathtaking sceneries and many rare species of animals. They are about two hour drive from Nairobi, there is an airstrip besides the camp for private chattered flights.

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it is center-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife on earth

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Wildlife you will see

During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below

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