Ken 03: 5 Nights/6 Days Migration Safari Kenya

This wildlife safari in Kenya is designed for tourists who want to witness the annual wildebeest migration at Masai Mara. Witness migration safari in Kenya from the safety of your van or aloft a balloon flight in the vast plains.

The migration comprise of the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common Zebras and gazelle, followed closely by their predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals. Hovering in the skies are thousands of vultures, the super predators. Patient in nature, they survey the migrating herds descending on the dead carcasses reducing them to skeletons in a matter of seconds.

Large herds of wildebeests, buffalo and zebras graze on the verdant floodplains and occasionally plunge into crocodile-infested Mara River to access greener pastures across the river. A giant crocodile emerges from underneath the waters to pick off a host of the herds of wildebeest making their way across a river in Kenya’s Masai Mara during their annual wildebeest migration.

The sight of wildebeests, zebras and other creatures being grabbed are a common sight on many a nature programme – but the sheer ferocity of the crocodile make these images more terrifying than ever. The unsuspecting wildebeest are no match for the deadly jaws and superior strength of this huge crocodile.

The killing machine slaughters several, but strangely, leaves them to float down the river uneaten. As the crocodiles strike, other animals are trampled under the feet of the surging herds and they get swept by the fast-flowing waters. And the predators lie in wait for the herds that make their way across a stream during their mass migration in the Masai Mara, waiting to make a kill. Some of the terrified animals that did their best to escape the clutches of the ferocious crocodile end up in the razor-sharp teeth of waiting lions, cheetahs and other predators. This breath-taking episode is best known as the survival of the fittest.

This survival of the fittest spectacle has been described at the “seventh wonder of the modern world" and is magical wonder of nature that attracts thousands of human beings to Masai Mara.

Full itinerary below:

Day 1: Nairobi

Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer Panafric Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast.

Meals: Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Panafric Hotel

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara

After breakfast, depart Nairobi through the Great Rift Valley to Masai Mara Game Reserve for your wildebeest migration safari in Kenya. Arrive at Ashnil Mara Camp in time for lunch. Later proceed for the afternoon game drive until sunset in search of the Big Five, including herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra and over 450 species of wildlife.

Discretely situated close to the banks of the Mara River, the Ashnil Mara Camp is ideally located for viewing elephant, hippopotamus and crocodile plus many other animals, from the comfort of private veranda of your tented accommodation.

The 40 luxurious state-of-the-art tents each have four-poster double beds and luxury en-suite facilities including spacious walk-in shower and generous dressing area. Ample 3-pin 240v sockets are provided so you can ensure that the batteries for your cameras and other accessories are always fully topped-up.

The restaurant serves a wide range of cuisine including dishes from Europe, Asia, the Orient and of course, Kenya, all prepared by first-class chefs. In the evenings you can enjoy your favourite tipple in the wonderful ambience of the comfortable lounge or you may prefer to relax in the evocative atmosphere around the open fire adjacent to the well-stocked bar while the sounds of the night permeate the air.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 3-4: Masai Mara

Spend the whole day in the Masai Mara plains doing game drives in the look out for the Big Five and wildebeests crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don’t forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard.

The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve. Optional evening visits to Masai cultural village to learn their culture and dances.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 5: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge and then set off for extensive afternoon game drives in the park. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Nairobi – Depart Home

After breakfast, depart for Nairobi and transfer Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your international flight home.