Archive for February 2012

Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara National Park Safaris 2013

February 17, 2012

Introduction to Masai Mara And Serengeti Ecosystems

The Annual Wildebeest migration also  annual wildebeest migration or  Great Wildebeest migration takes place in an extremely rich, contiguous Masai Mara Serengeti Ecosystem.   The Masai  Mara Natioanl Park (also called Maasai Mara)  magic is attributed to its panorama and rich biodiversity.  Animal populations are overwhelming, the species presentation is mesmerizing.

The migration of Wildebeest.

Also called the great migration, the migration is not about wildebeest per se but also the accompanying common zebra and gazelles. Migration also shapes the behaviour predators in Masai Mara/ Serengeti ecosystem.  They keep on following the migrating herds.  These migrating herds comprise of over 2.5 million animals, 1.7 gnus and the rest are common zebras, gazelles and impalas. Nature lovers also follow the migrating herds from Serengeti into Masai Mara and back.

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Centre of attraction:

The centre of attraction in the migration cycle is the wildebeest, in some instances called the wilderbeast. Referred to as the gnu, it is also called the crown of  the plains do to its funny behaviour.  The botanical name Connochaetes gnu, is descriptive, the Greek for wild cattle with a beard.  The females synchronize their aetrus ( receptive period in female antelopes) thus they are mated together and give birth to the calves at the same time.  This is an anti predation behaviour.  The large number of foals makes it possible for them to survive in the predator infested wilds.  It is also easier for all mothering females to protect their young ones together. Mating takes place in Masai Mara while curving takes place in Serengeti.

Where it starts and ends

Taking the birth of the young, we can say that migration starts in Serengeti

Why they Wildebeest Migrate

Wildebeest mostly migrate in search of young succulent grass.
Wildebeest Migration Safaris in Masai Mara and Serengeti 2013

Several  wildebeest migration safaris are scheduled in both  Masai Mara (Maasai Mara) and Serengeti National Parks in the year 2012.  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.

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This safari is easily combined with 4 days gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park

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Latest news: Rwanda private sector contests new gorilla tour permit pricing 

February 2, 2012

Latest news: Rwanda private sector contests new gorilla tour permit pricing

The Rwandan private sector involved in tourism and hospitality industry has raised concern over the recent increase of gorilla tour permit pricing by 50 per cent, as it might jeopardize their business.

{Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Rwanda takes place in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla families or groups are divided into two.  The study groups/ families which are accessible to scientists and the tourist groups/families which are open for tourist tracking.  The Study groups have the largest number of individuals.}

Last week, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced the increment which will take effect beginning June 1 this year save for the prior bookings made before this date.

The increase will see foreign non-residents pay $750 as opposed to the current $500 to visit the gorillas; foreigners residing in Rwanda will pay$375 instead of $250, Rwanda nationals $50 up from $33 respectively.

However, the private sector says the ‘immediate and draconian enforcement of this decision’ will have lasting repercussions on their industry and the image of the country.

The mountain gorillas are one of Rwanda’s top tourism revenue earners, accounting for 90 per cent of park revenue generated in the country.

“The implementation of this increase was done without due consultation and we regret the manner in which this was done despite our attempts to consult on this process.

We have already seen strong reactions from our partners, and we are very sure that this is going to have a negative impact on our businesses and the industry at large,” reads the statement in part signed by the chairman of tourism chamber of Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation (PSF), the umbrella organization of the private sector issued on January, 28th.

Rwanda’s tourism receipts leaped to $200 million in 2010, up 14 per cent from 2009. In 2011, the sector generated $251million.

“This increase comes at a time when there is significant growth of the gorilla population as well as an increasing demand for gorilla tourism. We are very committed to sustain our efforts in conservation in order to protect their environment as well as the rich biodiversity that exist in our national parks,” John Gara , the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RDB said announcing the increment.

The population of mountain gorillas has increased by 26.3 per cent over the last seven years with a 3.7 percent annual growth, according to Gorilla Census conducted in April 2010.

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February 1, 2012

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