3 Hours Before Flight Time
The highlights of this safari is the annual wildebeest migration which happens between the months of July and October. This is a lifetime experience that should witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
On arrival at the airport you will be met by our airport representative, after introduction and a short briefing on your safari, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Mara.
On touchdown at the Mara Airstrip you will be met by your driver/ guide and guided to board your waiting vehicle.
You will be transferred to the Lodge/Camp with an enroute Game drive.
The world’s renowned park and the newest 7th wonder of the world. “The Masai Mara Game Reserve” The Mara game reserve is a must see and the highlights of a Kenyan Safari.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
After many months of research. The wildebeest migrations have now been placed among the 7 new wonders of the world. Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelle filling the entire stretch of landscape. The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth. The migration is a phenomenon that started again in the early 1970s; after a widespread immunization campaign against rinderpest in cattle was there an unexpected disappearance of rinderpest among the buffalo and wildebeest. The wildebeest had, following periodic outbreaks, being kept to around 250,000 animals but following this campaign and an increase in dry season rainfall, the population was able to grow in number and the migration spill over into the Mara. While the migratory population of Serengeti wildebeest has increased, the resident Mara wildebeest have been in steady decline. The Mara population used to migrate from the Loita Plains to the Maasai Mara around the same time as the Serengeti population, but in recent years the herds are staying in the conservancies just outside the reserve as human activities such as agriculture have limited their migratory routes.
What exactly is the wildebeest migration?
The wildebeest migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as seasons change and circle of life and death continues. Predators closely follow the wildebeest migrations waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.. The most interesting part is when you watch them as they cross the Mara River. The first ones to jump into the river are trampled upon to death by the following multitude. The dead animals become a bridge over which all the other animals cross the river. The crocodiles feed on the remaining carcasses for months.
Majority of tourists literally camp in the Mara during this period with their flashy digital cameras. They will trail the migrations and even the members of the big 5 are no longer an interest at this time. When its time to cross over the river, the tourists will position themselves strategically along the Mara river, trying to get the best shot possible. Others will ride on the hot air balloon to watch the migrations from the skies. To show the implication of this phenomenal show, members of both local and international media also make their way to Mara if only to capture this hot news for interesting reading. It’s also a common feature in the world travel magazines. This is a spectacle that should be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
NB- Even though the migrations are the highlights of the Mara tour, this only happens between the months of July to Oct. In Nov the migrations return to Serengeti in search of greener pastures. However, a visit to the Mara at any time of the year is never short of wildlife including the big 5 as well as other wildlife.
Arrive for lunch at the lodge/Camp
Check in, have lunch and early afternoon relaxing at the lodge/ Camp.
Evening game drive at the park in search of the big five as well as other wildlife found in the Mara ecosystem.
Later return to the Lodge/ Camp for dinner and overnight.
This day you will have an optional early morning Baloon Ride:
Optional balloon ride,
You will be picked early morning from your lodge/camp and driven to the balloon launching site
How it happens
You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest.
Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon’s gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience. From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird’s view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. From here, you will see the wonder of migrations, witness herds of antelope flowing like school of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lioness stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and white stripes and bark-like calls.
After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.
Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience and could be the most memorable event of your entire safari.
Later you will proceed for a whole day game drive in the park tracking the migration as well as other wildlife not sighted so far.
Packed picnic lunch boxes followed by more game drives.
You will later return to the lodge/camp in the evening.
Meals and overnight at the lodge/camp amidst Masai Cultural dances.
Another whole day in the Mara tracking the migrations as well as in search of other wildlife found ion the Mara.
All Meals and overnight at the lodge/camp.
After a leisurely breakfast at the lodge/camp, you will be transferred to the airstrip with an enroute game drive for your return flight to Nairobi.
On arrival at the Wilson Airport you will be met by our staff and transferred to the Airport for your flight back home.
Time to say “Kwaheri” Goodbye!