When planning a safari in Kenya, the first thing strikes your mind is the “Great Wildebeest Migration”. This is the most obvious reason why hundreds of thousands of tourists are flocking to Kenya throughout the year. However, the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is unique in every aspect. It is the home to wild herds of large herbivores on the planet. But figures and the accurate estimate may vary; be sure to get a sighting of over one million wildebeest and maybe 300,000 zebra as well as 200,000 herbivores across the ecosystem. African wild species like cape buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, impala, hartebeest, eland, giraffe, gazelle are very prevalent in the Mara and migrate very less in number especially in the Mara ecosystem. In addition to, the elephant and hippo are considered as the largest herbivores to the unique list of predators who feed on them. No matter what, while taking Kenya wildlife safari at Masai Mara National Reserve, you will have an awesome wildlife spectacle for sure with selecting an appropriate Kenya Safaris packages.
Take a Trip to Masai Mara on Kenya Safaris –
The great wildebeest migration is nothing but an annual movement of huge numbers of the wildebeest, and a great array African wild species over the Mara ecosystem. They migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing, and better quality water. Remember, the wildebeest graze in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains, straddling the countries of Kenya and Tanzania.
The Best Time to Visit Masai Mara –
The accurate timing of wildebeest migration fully depends on the rainfall patterns every year. Generally, the northern part of the Mara receives a higher rainfall than the most of Serengeti – therefore, supports more bush as well as a great density of permanent herbivores. In fact, a handful number of Serengeti herds come to Kenya in the months like June or July and move back and forth to Tanzania in the late October. They are most popular for their sheer numbers and of course their spectacular crossing and re-crossing of the magnificent Mara River to seek fresh pasture. Riding amongst them certainly feels like bliss.
All the wildebeest calve in every three week period in February or March. While taking Kenya wildlife safaris, the Serengeti herds on the flat plains in the south of their movement as well as the northern herds on the Loita Plains to the north east of the Mara are the great spectacle. Both the migrations take place perhaps 150 miles north- south and 60 miles to the east-west direction.
Rainfall patterns throughout the year can help you know the extent and timing of the wildebeest movements. Please keep in mind that there’s nobody – can predict the exact place and exact timing of wildebeest migration. Therefore, there is no better or worse time to take Kenya safaris at Masai Mara National Reserve. The climate may be rain or be very dry, but it’s always bearable and wonderful game viewing is nearly always guaranteed year round. So, book Kenya safaris packages with Exclusive African Safaris and be sure to experience the best of Kenya on your vacation. Feel free to stay in touch with us on Facebook , Google+ & Twitter social networks.