Our Great Wildebeest Migration expedition is especially timed for our main focus, photographing the “greatest show on earth”, the annual wildebeest migration, as well as Lake Nakuru, glowing pink with up to two million Lesser Flamingos! The expedition commences with 2 full days at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley. This lake is world famous as the greatest bird spectacle on earth – between one and two million Flamingos, both Greater and Lesser, call Lake Nakuru their home. Remarkable fish eating birds such as pelicans and cormorants are also present, as well as numerous other bird species that include grebes, stilts, ducks, geese and various migrants in the European winter. Mammal species include the critically endangered Black Rhino, found in the fever tree forests, Rothschild’s Giraffe, African Buffalo and Black and White Colobus monkeys.
Our next destination is arguably the most famous reserve in Kenya and one of the most well known in the world, the Masia Mara. Seasoned Safari travelers, National Geographic and BBC wildlife documentary makers, and award winning photographers often acknowledge the Masia Mara as one of the very best places to view and photograph animals in their natural habitat. Extending for an incredible 15,000 km², the Mara Serengeti ecosystem is one of the world’s largest natural sanctuaries. Despite the vast space, the number of game that we can expect to see here is still astounding. The Serengeti, meaning “Endless Plain” in Maasai, consists mostly of grasslands interspersed with Acacia woodlands and rocky outcrops.
The Masai Mara offers both wonderful scenery and an amazing abundance of wildlife, and is unquestionably the highlight of this expedition. More than a million wildebeest and two hundred thousand zebra migrate annually, following the rains in search of grass. Crossing the Mara River is the greatest obstacle they have to face, including very steep banks and strong currents, but the biggest menace is without doubt the enormous Nile Crocodiles that have been living here for thousands of years.
The Mara is probably one of the best places in Africa to see and photograph both big and small predators, with nearly all the members well represented here. We hope to see lazing prides of Lions, including the famous Marsh pride of Big Cat Dairy, aloof Cheetahs resting on or near vantage points and if we are very fortunate a glimpse of the shy and elusive leopard. This is arguably the finest viewing of these felines on the Africa continent. Various other species include African Elephant, wildebeest, Topi, Thompson's Gazelle, Waterbuck and various species of primates. Black Rhino are a little shy and hard to spot, but are often seen at a distance. This is the ultimate African Photographic expedition!
- Habitats covered: grasslands, savanna, lakes, wetlands
- Expected climate: hot to humid with possible rain
- Max group size: 12 + 2 leaders
- Tour pace and walking: relaxed and undemanding