The Migration Safari
We’ve all seen the documentaries and YouTube videos of the great wildebeest migration and this safari allows you to experience one of “Seven New Wonders of the World” in the flesh. Join our expert guides as we take you into the thick of the millions of wildebeest and zebra…
This seven-night flying safari visits three of Africa’s most wildlife concentrated regions. We start at Elsa’s Kopje in the remote Meru National Park (home of Born Free), a region characterised by numerous palm-fringed crystal streams, which flow from the nearby Nyambeni mountains. Next stop on our journey is Ol Malo in the beautiful Laikipia area. Here we can game-drive, hike, picnic (and tyre-float) on the Uasin Nyiro river (you can even hire a helicopter for a day-visit to Lake Turkana). Finally, we fly to the Maasai Mara, which is the northern Serengeti, now credited as one of the New Seven Wildlife Wonders of the World.
One of Africa’s leading wildlife photographers, Jonathan Scott, remarked that if he only had twenty-four hours to spend on the African continent it would be in the Maasai Mara. We see no reason to doubt him.
The Mara, which is the northern extension of the Serengeti, is home to the great herds of Africa. Characterized by rolling grasslands as far as one can see, these plains are roamed by huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle. When the wildebeest are migrating, and they have crossed the Mara River, it is not uncommon to see as many as half a million animals grazing this country.As one would expect from the presence of so many animals, the attendant predators are numerous, and lions particularly can be easily seen. Cheetah and leopard prey on unsuspecting gazelle and impala, while hyena search for anything. The Maasai Mara is truly the greatest wildlife show on earth.Tropical Ice’s private camp is located in a secluded forest grove surrounded by these wildlife infested grassy plains, and we don’t have to travel far to experience it. In fact, wildlife frequently comes to us! From our camp we game-drive the entire region of the Maasai Mara, and frequently get out on foot too. The evening campfire and the sounds of the night will remain in your memory for the rest of your life.
It’s highly likely that you will see rare and endangered animals such as Black rhino, White rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, impala, Lesser kudu, Greater kudu, cheetah, Cape buffalo, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle. Frequently seen: leopard and hunting dogs.