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Best time to witness migration in 2014

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Best time to witness migration in 2014

We are planning a trip to Kenya / Nairobi next year. This is our first time to the continent and need help to plan.

What is the best time to witness the migration of animals?

Which animal/s migration can we see at what time?

We are planning a 10 days tour; which is the best route to take?

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1. Re: Best time to witness migration in 2014

You have made a very good choice of Safari destinations and the number of days will also be ample to explore quite a lot of what Kenya has to offer.

If you are looking to visit during the annual Wildebeest migration, you can plan your safari for the months between July and Sept -or even into early Oct- when generally the migration occurs every year. There were quite some unusual events this year with the animals migrating back to Serengeti in Oct and the returning back again to Mara and we will all be watching closely to see if this will affect the migration and movement patterns come 2014.

With 10 days, I can suggest 2 Nights Samburu, 1 Night Nanyuki (Ol pejeta Conservancy) and 3 Nights Mara 1 Night Nakuru/Naivasha and 2 Nights Amboseli.

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3. Re: Best time to witness migration in 2014

Indaus,

Hello!

The best time to experince Migration would be July/August and this only happens in either the Maasai Mara in Kenya or Serengeti Tanzania. In this case having mentioned Nairobi, please go for the Mara has a lot o offer you stand the chance of seeing the cats, and wildebeests which plunge into the crocodiles enfested river mara.

For a 10days period i would suggest you go for a camping or budget camps safari, it will save you money and be a nice experience in the Mara. You need to for companies offering the same.

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Thanks Mkwetu and Brian

Is it possible to cover both Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti Tanzania in 7 -10days? Which travel route should we take? We can travel any time between July - September; what will be the best time to cover both?

Will the beasts we see be the same in both Mara and Serengeti?

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Drive from Masai Mara to Serengeti is a full day, 8-10/hrs. much on nasty roads, via the Isebania border at the West. And rarely to the Northern Serengeti where those herds that don't make it into Kenya hang out. With only 7-10/days NOT at all recommended visiting both countries Besides the area where you'd find the wildies would be in the Northern Serengeti that has few camps and those that are tend to be very expensive. Those you find in Masai Mara or Serengeti, all seem to look the same. Best with your short time is to stick with one country. If traveling between July/Sept is as good as it gets to be in the Masai Mara.

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the best time to visit is between july to october and i would prefer you come via mombasa then you can use air transport to maasai mara and also its easier to access tanzania via mombasa and when you are bacj you can relax on the sandy beach .

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7. Re: Best time to witness migration in 2014

Thank you all.

Not able to decide whether it will be better to spend all the time in Masai Mara or to visit Serengeti also. If we will be able to experience different scenarios we can extend the tour to 12 days. Your thoughts please.

Dericks, Are you suggesting we fly Mombasa - Nairobi; back to Mombasa and then fly Mombasa - Tanzania?

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8. Re: Best time to witness migration in 2014

The Mara and Serengeti are more or less the same ecosystem so it's more of the same thing across the borders.

If you stretch your 10 days within the parks in Kenya and visit Samburu or Ol Pejeta you will get to see lots of animals some of which are only found North of the equator.

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there is direct flight from mombasa to maasai mara so its not realy necessary to come direct to nairobi you can make a direct flight to mombasa from where u are and because serengeti is the same as mara there is ni need ti visit you can finish the rest if the holiday at coast i can take u to amboseli-tsavi east &tsavi west too

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10. Re: Best time to witness migration in 2014

Thanks all. Will start planning and be back if need further help........