KENYA

Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena

Maasai Mara, Kenya. ©Hadley Pierce

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Wildebeest and Zebra Migration
Wildebeest and Zebra Migration

Maasai Mara, Kenya. ©Emily Bernstein

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Wildebeest migration
Wildebeest migration

Maasai Mara, Kenya. ©Emily Bernstein

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Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena

Maasai Mara, Kenya. ©Hadley Pierce

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When you think about Africa and safari, the first picture that normally comes to mind is one of the Maasai Mara and the Great Migration. Kenya is perhaps the most classic safari destination, and it was certainly one of the first countries where safaris were undertaken in Africa. The sheer abundance of wildlife in combination with the incredible scenery makes Kenya an ideal place for both predator and herbivore sightings.

 

The Great Migration is a natural phenomenon where over 2 million mammals (predominantly wildebeest and zebra) move through the wider Serengeti ecosystem in both Kenya and Tanzania. In their search for quality grazing, the migrating animals face the famous river crossings where massive crocodiles lay in wait for any animal that strays away the herd. Due to the sheer volume of herbivores, massive amounts of predators are drawn to the area including lions, leopard, and cheetah.

 

Whilst the Maasai Mara is certainly the number one destination in Kenya for most travellers, parks such as Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu and Lewa are extremely important strongholds for some of Africa’s most endangered mammals, which can be readily seen due to a wide array of lodgings, fly camps, and safari companies that have operated in these areas for generations.

Key Points: 

-Main attractions: Great Migration in the Maasai Mara, black rhino of Lewa Conservancy, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, elephants of Tsavo –too many to list!

-Time to travel: Wildlife sightings in Kenya are spectacular throughout the year, the Great Migration reaches the Maasai Mara in late June/early July and normally stays through October.

-Suggested stay length: Minimum 10 days to see at least 3 areas

-Suggested traveller: First time & repeat visitors to Africa, photographers