Reasons to Visit
If you are looking for superb game viewing, Kenya is a serious contender. You are likely to see leopard, lion and cheetah in the Masai Mara, home of BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, in addition to fantastic and varied game viewing both here and in Kenya’s other parks and reserves.
In the Great Migration two million ungulates including wildebeest, zebra and antelope species, undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres. The herds reach the Masai Mara in July and remain there until October when, following the rain, they start the slow march southwards back to the Serengeti Plains.
If you want to enjoy the game reserves to yourself and don't mind the odd rain shower, June it is an excellent time to visit Kenya. During this time the animals take advantage of the abundant food and give birth to their young. They can be a little harder to spot because of the increased vegetation but you should not have to wait too long before seeing something new and you should still see all the animals that you would during the dryer months. It is also worth mentioning that travel at this time can be less expensive than travel later in the year.
Dawn over the Mara from a hot air balloon is a very special sight. You float up high, guided along the course of the Mara river by the prevailing winds, above delicate networks of animal tracks across the landscape. Champagne breakfast in the bush awaits you on landing.
Kenya is home to the iconic Masai and Samburu. For centuries they have lived a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle herding their cattle to areas of water and grazing. A stay at a community lodge means you can support local people, help preserve wilderness areas and enjoy a great safari.
The Masai Mara is one of the most famous reserves in Africa. Home to the extraordinary Great Migration, which sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River each year, it has always been a favourite location for countless wildlife documentaries.
Meru achieved world recognition with Joy Adamson's 'Born Free' and the story of Elsa the lioness. Meru is well of the beaten safari trail and is located to the North East of Nairobi. On clear mornings you can see the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya to the southeast, and when the sun is directly behind, the Nyambeni Mountain range the backdrop is amazing! The game here was depleted in the 1940s as it was a popular area with hunters. However, animal life is now plentiful as the land has been protected sine 1959. The variegation is mainly Bushland so binoculars and a keen eye will be essential to find the game.
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Little Governors' has a superb position above a small swamp where, during the day, you often see animals coming to graze and drink. Overall it is one of our favourite camps in the Mara.
Little Governors' Camp has 17 tents situated in a wide curve around a small marsh. The marsh acts as a magnet for game in the dry season and sitting in camp you can often see buffalo grazing or elephant coming to drink. Beyond the marsh the plains stretch towards the escarpment.
Each tent is comfortable and has a covered outdoor veranda with two safari chairs and small table. Inside, simple furnishings include twin beds, a wardrobe rack, a desk / dressing table and safari chairs. The en suite bathrooms have hot showers and wc. Screened windows let in light and air during the day and are covered at night (although if you want the blinds left up to enjoy the stars and breeze it is possible).
At the corner of the lagoon is an open sided dining room, bar and cluster of tall trees under which many meals are served. At night there is no electricity and camp is lit only by lanterns and candles. The atmosphere is friendly and guests often sit around the large campfire recounting the day's events.
With no fences guests are escorted to their tents at night where the calls of the wild can often be heard.
Each year, the annual Great Migration in Africa sees up to two million wildebeest and zebra undertake a journey of over 1,600 kilometres across Kenya and Tanzania.
The Masai Mara covers an area of 1,800 square kilometres and is probably one of the most famous reserves in Africa. The most famous act played out anually is the Great Migration, which sees up to two million wildebeest undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres.
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