The Wildebeest Migration
Masai Mara, Kenya
The Great Migration
The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Masai Mara which happens from June every year is a natural cycle of renewal of the grasslands in East Africa. About 1.3 million Wildebeest gather in this Great Migration. They slowly gather into one huge herd and the greatest animal migration in the world happens. The scent of the rain draws the animals toward North throughout July and during August the same journey happens backwards with the herd moving back to Serengeti where the renewed grasslands await. Kenya’s most popular attraction is this remarkable and stupendous migration which leaves every person witnessing it in awe. The best time to visit Masai Mara is during this Great migration. The sound of the approaching herd, the sight of the huge herd of wildebeest which is a continuous mass that stretches from one horizon to the other with zebras adding the stripes to this grey spread. Large number of predators are attracted to this site and lions are frequently seen attacking the herds. Where the lions are, packs of Hyenas follow and target the weak and young. Kenya’s heavy rainfall turning the Mara into a raging river and the predators are big hurdles for the wildebeest but they get set for the most difficult journey every year facing all such obstacles. Pressure builds as the animals accumulate and the wildebeest are forced to surge into the river and go on their journey. The massive crocodiles in the Mara are attracted to this and await this time as they feast on this surplus of food.
This becomes a time of renewal for this vast beautiful grassland since the dung of the huge herds fertilizes the plains. This Migration is one the greatest wonders of the nature which leaves you with a totally new perspective towards Life. Every calf on his first journey of migration may never return back. The surplus food helps feeding many predators little ones and it is considered a great time to raise little ones. The facts and events of life and death, struggle and perseverance of the migrating herds, courage and fear driving the herd to move on toward their goal make you wonder about life being a journey so tough yet so magnificent and beautiful.
This is just the most splendid opportunity for those with a love for capturing moments and actions in their cameras. The Big Five, the great migration the variety of wildlife and the beauty of Africa in all its glory is a breath taking view which can only be witnessed and seen and words can hardly do justice to this amazing and spell binding visual.
Come, get on this tour and enjoy ‘The Great Migration’!!!
Book Your Seat
To reserve your seat on this tour please call Ravi Hebballi on +91 9845076686
You need to pay 25% of the tour amount immediately (either in USD or INR as per the conversion rate on date) Balance amount to be paid 45 days before the tour.
The tour begins on the 21st July at 7.00 am from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi on the 26th July. You are required to reach Nairobi on your own. Once you land in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi you will be picked up from the airport. If you are reaching Nairobi the previous day we can assist you with your accommodation at an additional cost.
Day 1: (21st July 2014)
At 7.00 am, the participants assemble at a common point, where they will be met by our team and guide for a short briefing and then we drive towards Rift Valley. On the way we stop at a departmental store where you purchase aerated drinks, alcohol, biscuits, etc, for the next four days. We will have a stop at the Rift Valley View Point, which occurred due to a Volcanic Eruption, take quick photos, then proceed to Narok where you will see plantation of Wheat and Barley. While driving from Nairobi to Mara, since our accommodation, Keekorok lodge is located in the heart of Mara, we will drive almost an hour or so in the game park and we will have good chances of spotting animals. We reach our lodge in time for lunch. After lunch and a short leisure, we proceed for an evening game drive with a hope of spotting some Cats (Lions, Leopard, Cheetah). Other animals that we could look forward to seeing are herd of elephants and other herbivores. We will also have opportunity to sight a lot of bird species and we return to the lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge.
We stay at Keekorok Lodge, one of the most popular ones in the Mara. Keekorok is in the middle of the Mara and has amazing wildlife just around the lodge. Keekorok is also famous for the Hippo Pool which is located on the property. This is the only property which is not fenced and is a very existing place to stay.
Some reviews about Keekorok Lodge, please read here
Day 2: (22nd July 2014)
The Second day at the Masai Mara. After Morning Breakfast at 6.30 am, we will depart for a full day Game Drive with Picnic Lunch Boxes. We will explore The Masai Mara National Reserve, visit the Mara River which nearly borders Kenya & Tanzania. This area will allow us to experience the full drama of the Migration at its peak. If we are lucky, we have a chance of seeing Crocodiles and the action that unfolds in front of our eyes. We will have an opportunity to have our Lunch under a tree in the plain Savannah surrounded by Zebras & Gazelles. After Lunch, we look around stopping to photograph interesting wildlife and landscapes along the way. Our objective on the game drives will be to capture the Big Five – Cape Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, and the Rhino. We will also look for the cheetah, not part of the Big Five, but one of the much sought after key species of the Mara. Other than these beauties we will also get to see and photograph Antelopes like the Eland, Thompson’s, Kopi, and Grant’s gazelle, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc. There are lots of birds too to be seen and photographed in the Mara such as the Ostrich, Secretary bird, Vulturine Guinea Fowl, Crested Guineafowl, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Jacanas, Thick Knees, Plowers, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Hoopoes, Rollers, Barbets, Fly catchers, Starlings, Bare-faced Go-away bird, etc. After this exciting day long game drive, we return to the lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge.
Day 3, 4 and 5: (23rd, 24th and 25th July 2014)
The next three days at the Masai Mara, after early morning breakfast at 6.30 am, we will depart for full day game drives with Picnic Lunch Boxes. These early morning game drives offer an opportunity to see animals very fresh in the morning after the night sleep. And also maple scope of witnessing ‘the wildebeest migration’ to your heart’s content. Dinners and overnights at Mara Keekorok Lodge.
Day 6: (26th July 2014)
After an early morning breakfast, we depart the Keekorok to reach Nairobi. On arrival at Nairobi, we drive to Jomo Kenyatta airport to be dropped off to catch your flight back. This is the conclusion of the tour.
Contact Dr. Ravi Hebballi – 9845076686
- Accommodation: Five nights at the Mara Keekorok Lodge at Masai Mara.
- Meals as indicated in the Itinerary.
- Transport in a chauffeur driven 4×4 Safari Van with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & Photography.
- Services of English speaking Professional Driver-guide.
- Parks entrance Fees as indicated in the Itinerary.
- All Government taxes and levies.
- Complimentary mineral water in the safari vehicle.
- All meet and greet services.
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities in Hotels, Lodges, Camp staff and Driver-guide(s) tipping.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Kenya Visa.
- Laundry services.
- Extra Activities not included in the Itinerary.
- Any other item(s) not included in our Itinerary.