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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

Nairobi-Meru-Samburu-Nakuru-Masai Mara Safari 7days

January 14, 2012

Nairobi-Meru-Samburu-Nakuru-Masai Mara Safari 7days

This exotic fly drive safari takes from Nairobi to the wilds of Meru National ParkSamburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and finally Masai (Maasai) Mara National Reserv .  The safari offers diverse experiences with close authentic encounters with wild animals in their natural habitats. You also have a chance to meet with the local people,the Meru and Boran ( in Meru National Park), the Samburu ( in Samburu Nature Reserve) and the Masai (in Masai Mara National Reserve).

Nature has no day or night. It is a full time adventure, with survival of the fittest at play during the day and night.   Dawns and dusts are the necessary transitions for continuity of this play.  At dawn, the nocturnal ( night active) are going back to their dens after full successful or failed hunting escapades.  At dawn, the diurnal ( day actives) lucky to survive the night have risen and busy eating before the scorching sun appear.  Afternoons are characterized by scorching sun with little activity.

Pre dawn (before sun rise), early morning game drives are the best as they allow you to spot a mix of diurnal (day actives) and nocturnal ( night active) animals.  At this time the hunting success is at its highest.  At dawn most the birds have risen and are busy catching the worms.   Pre-dawn game drives also gives a chance to observe the spectacle of the sun rise.  Evenings are also ideal especially at the watering holes where both predators and prey meet.  Evening or sundowner game drives gives one a chance to spot these animals and of course the setting sun.

In the afternoons you can visit local bomas.  In the evenings, you are entertained by the local cultural tropes of dancers and magicians.  Evening game drives can also be scheduled if you are out of the national parks.

For details see Nairobi-Meru-Samburu-Nakuru-Masai Mara Safari 7days