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Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

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Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

My main focus is to see as many wild life(animals, birds) as possible in a 1/ 2 week safari, and also experience some local culture. I'm planning on going in Jan./Feb.(flexible on dates). I'm not big on seeing the migration, but would like to experience the wild life, scenery, and culture.

1. Should I go to Mara or Serengeti, at this time?

2. Which offers the most in wild life, at this time?

3. In each (Mara and Serengeti), which places are a must-see or recommend I see?

4. If I visit one over the other, will I miss out? or should I do both? at this time of the year.

5. If you can recommend a good tour company, please inbox me?

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1. Re: Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

im a kenyan n would go for mara

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2. Re: Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

at this time of the year go to Serengeti for the calving season time in Serengeti.Be on the Ndutu plains for the best of game.A must see is the Ngorongoro.

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3. Re: Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

I'll go Mara

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Masai Mara offers a great Safari experience; based on our knowledge of the destination. There's good concentration of different wildlife species including the big five and the population of the big cats is especially large. Thus Mara makes for great game viewing, earning it recognition this year as the world's leading safari destination! You may combine Mara with the scenic Lk. Nakuru Ntnl park.

You may also experience the local traditional Maasai culture, noted for its uniqueness and remains uninfluenced by modernity.

Book your safari with a tour operator listed with the relevant trade association KATO thus bound by set ethical standards www.katokenya.org

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5. Re: Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

At that time of year, the migration will be in the southern Serengeti/Ndutu.

Which in my view makes it an excellent time to go to the Mara, especially as you say you're not bothered about the migration. All the predators will still be there, plus plenty of animals (including wildebeest) that don't migrate, but without hordes of tourists. Go to one of the Mara conservancies for the least crowded game viewing, but even the main reserve should be pretty quiet at that time of year.

I would combine the Mara with another area in the north- Samburu, Meru, Laikipia. That will give you more variety than combining with the Serengeti.

I spent a week in the Mara (in Mara North and Naboisho Conservancies) in Feb 2012 and had fantastic game viewing and in a few weeks I'll be back to combine 5 nights in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and 5 in Samburu.

One of the downsides of the Mara as a safari destination can be crowds, and Jan/Feb is a great time to avoid that.

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I've been to both the Mara and the Serengeti in Jan/Feb. If you're not fussed about the migration, I'd go for the Mara every time. Sure you'll see more in the Serengeti (there are 2m extra wildebeest, zebra and antelope there), but the Mara is one of the finest game viewing areas in the world, and Jan/Feb is a time to catch it in a relatively "off" season, when it would be quieter than say September when the migration is there. Go in Jan/Feb and you get fewer other travellers, a gorgeous green landscape, and still very good game viewing.

As StokeyGirl says, Laikipia or Meru would be a great combination with the Masai Mara. I had fabulous game viewing in both Meru and several of the Laikipia conservancies in January a few years ago. The Laikipia camps are generally a bit more geared up for the cultural side of things than the Meru ones and work slightly better logistically, but Meru is gorgeous so I wouldn't completely rule it out.

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7. Re: Mara or Serengeti in Jan/Feb?

Serengeti/ Ndutu area is the place to be for the annual Wildebeest Calving season.

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Trying to get a place to lay your head at the Ndutu area at this already late date would be almost impossible. Most visitors book 9/mo to 1/yr in advance. But as you aren't all that interested in the migration, just stick to Kenya's Masai Mara for minimum 3-4/nts. This can be combined with Meru, Samburu, Lewa or Laikipia areas. All areas have both lodges and tented camps at various budgets. Best... the prices in Kenya will be more favorable than would be in Tanzania for the time of your visit.

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