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What You Didn’t Know about the Great Wildebeest Migration

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Wildebeest Crossing Mara River Great Migration

Are you dreaming of a front row seat to Mother Nature’s most dramatic play of survival, death and life - playing out in front of your gob smacked eyes on your Kenya adventure?

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Overlanding Africa lets you in on fascinating facts for you to better appreciate the Great Migration on your Kenya holiday or Overland trip.

  • Each year around 2 million Wildebeest and over 1 million Zebra, Eland and Gazelle undertake the daunting Great Migration between the Southern Serengeti plains in Tanzania, and the Masai Mara plains in Kenya.
  • Thousands of Wildebeest die, either drowning in the flooded Mara River, breaking their legs after jumping down cliffs or falling prey to hungry predators.
  • The enormous herds gather at the waters edge trying to find the courage to cross the dangerous Mara River. It takes only one Wildebeest to jump in and then the rest will follow; crossing at up to 20 000 Wildebeest per hour!
  • Predators like Lion, Hyena, Wild-dog and Leopard follow the Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle to the Masai Mara plains thus creating the greatest game concentration anywhere on earth.
  • After about 3 months of relaxing and grazing on the Mara plains, the herd leaders begin to smell the Serengeti short rains. This usually occurs at the beginning of November (however the exact dates and times vary from year to year) and lead their herds across the Olduvai Gorge back across to Tanzania.
  • The herds arrive back in the Serengeti Plains just in time for calving season, usually in late January through mid March, when over 80% of the Wildebeest give birth over a period of a few weeks.
  • Less than half the calves born survive past their first Great Migration crossing, falling easy prey to predators.
  • The Great Migration takes place continuously, there is no exact schedule and it can all vary depending rainfall.

Booking your seat at the Wildlife Extravaganza So you want a ticket to the greatest game viewing show on earth, but don’t know if you can afford an ultimate Kenya safari experience? Hi there welcome to Overlanding Africa! We are masters of everything from a budget Kenya trip to epic Overland adventures - all organized just for you to experience the Great Migration without having to sell your kidneys for the memories! For more information on any of the Overland trips you can visit our overland tour page, contact one of our friendly Overlanding Africa experts or post your comments below.

Have you been on a Kenya Safari or Overland trip lately and seen the Great Migration? Share your Kenya safari experiences, photographs and highlights with Overlanding Africa by e-mailing info@overlandingafrica.com. Keep Discovering.

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Tags: africa-budget-travel, kenya, tanzania, the-great-migration, top-10-activities


Kenya a Gateway to Africa

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Kenya, the gateway to Africa for a fair chunk of Overlanders, the disembarkation point for others. Which ever camp you find yourself in, you’ll most likely have a few days either side of your Overlanding Africa trip to while away in Kenya. Here are some ideas on how to keep yourself from functioning as a bar prop.

Kenya Safari

Photo By Sarit

Can You Say, ‘Safari’?

Wildebeest, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, elephants, the Big 5 – need we say more? Enjoy a Kenya Safari and discover the fabled Africa. Well known for its reputation as the ‘safari country of Africa’, Kenya is a burgeoning economy of safaris.

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Photo By Steve Safari

The Great Migration Unfurls

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Kenya, also referred to as ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. Taking place annually, the infamous Wildebeest Migration sees hundreds of thousands of ungulates trek to greener pastures. Read more on the migration misconception here (link to Migration misconception article).

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Photo By Eric Lafforgue

Tour a Traditional Tribal Village

Many Kenyan tribes have stayed true to their roots and maintain the lifestyle of their ancestors. The more famous of the tribes, the Masai, are actually taking their newly harnessed ‘fame’ and making it work for them. It's possible for tourists to enjoy a cultural visit with the Masai tribe; this entails meeting the elder men (who will eagerly explain their way of life), enjoying a cup of chai tea, watching the performance of traditional dances.

Saunter the Swahili Coast Region

Kenya’s coastal region is quite unique and stands apart from the rest of Kenya, fusing African, Arabic and Indian cultures to create the colourful Swahili culture. Swahili has become the hybrid language understood and used by many natives to East Africa. Intriguing places one should consider stopping by include the island city of Lamu and the harbour city of Mombasa. Bear in mind the Kenyan coastal regions comprise of over 500 kilometres of beautiful white sandy beaches.

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Photo By Andrew Wragg

Balloon Tripping in Kenya

Enjoy Kenya from an omnipotent view point. Kenyan hot-air balloon safaris open up kilometre upon kilometres of untouched and unscathed terrain gifting you a 360 degree view of the pristine bush.

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Photo By Steve Safari

Mount Kenya Trekking

Africa’s second highest peak is an excellent trekking opportunity and delivers big time on regal views, magnificent sunrises, biodiversity, scenery and a breathless sense of accomplishment. From here you can see Africa’s giant, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kenyan coast and Mount Elgon. You’ll want to be prepared and guided for this trek. Sail Away on a Dhow
The traditional Kenyan dhow vessels offer a great sailing experience along the coastal shores of Kenya. Dhows were historically used by Arabic traders who used to frequent East Africa from the 8th century, and are still fully operational today.

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Photo By B Smith

Diving the Kenyan Reefs

The diving and snorkelling possibilities offered by most of Kenya’s National Parks are supposedly at such high standards, most dive enthusiasts make a bee-line for them. Kenya’s coastal reef is in pristine condition, allowing many exotic fish to flourish.

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Nairobi - A Word of Caution

Nairobi, or 'Nairobbery', is considered the hub of East Africa. However the nick-name Nairobbery is not without reason. If you choose to go anywhere in Nairobi, use a reliable taxi (ask for these at your hostel) and try to leave the bling at home, like wise for anything electronic, or in fact valuable. When travelling, some of the smallest nuances are what leave the greatest impressions, unexpected encounters and meetings, local interaction, traditional mannerisms and customs. Of course Kenya’s magnificence is undeniable, her nature is grand her wildlife spectacular, but it’s her quirks that imbue a visitor with a sense of place and Kenya is peppered with these.

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Tags: africa, kenya, lake-nakuru, masai-mara-national-reserve, migration, mini-travel-guide, mombasa, mount-kenya, mount-kilimanjaro, nairobi, safari, samburu-tribe, things-to-do, tourist-attractions


Getting High in Kenya - Top 5 Things To Do in Kenya

Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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[Photo by myfear]

You inhale the raw pulsing energy; sit back, relax and feel the scintillating buzz spread up your body. Your mind sparks into life, then your eyes swarm with dancing landscapes; the colours exploding in a fireworks display as the huge herds of elephant seem to be marching to the sound of beating chukka drums before you exhale! This is the legal kind of high. You’re on a Kenya overland trip; on an expedition to experience all the phenomenal game viewing and exciting cultures Kenya has on offer. Here are Overlanding Africa’s top 5 experiences you can’t afford to miss on your Kenya adventure.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Balloon Kenya

Soar through the cool air under a giant hot air balloon, hugging the colourful sunrise sky as you enjoy the greatest game concentration on earth from a bird’s eye view. Staring out over the stunning savannah of the Masai Mara Reserve you can really appreciate the enormous herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle grazing below you on your unique Kenya safari experience. As you listen to the roar of the burner taking you up higher and higher into the wide open sky and the plains open up beneath you, you will be carried away into a state of unadulterated bliss on a Kenya adventure unlike any other.

Climbing Mount Kenya

Climbing Mount Kenya

[Photo by Franco Pecchio]

"Tunapanda Mulima Kenya": We’re Climbing Mt. Kenya

Take a hike up the sheer ragged cliffs of Kenya’s largest mountain, on your Kenya holiday, and shout your newly learnt Swahili into the lush green echoing valleys of the Ngong Hills and Africa’s Great Rift Valley - opening up below you! As you hike through the dense forests surrounding the base of Mt. Kenya, before you ascend up the desert rocky slopes, keep your eyes peeled for herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as an elusive leopard and a hyena or two. Reaching Point Lenana (4,985m) is an arduous undertaking, but deeply rewarding. You will be gifted with a view of lion-coloured plains, stretching out in an endless panoramic sea of spectacular scenery. This is a top treat for any adventurous spirit on a Kenya trip.

Jumping with the Masai Mara

Is climbing not your thing? Visit the Masai Cultural Village and try and jump as high as the skilled Masai warriors. For a Kenya safari with a twist, add some soul and culture to your overland trip and stay in a traditional Masai Manyatta. Your new friends will teach you about their vibrant customs and traditional lifestyles, as well as the meaning of their brilliantly beaded jewellery and distinctive red dress.

Camel Safaris

Kenya Camel Safari

[Photo by Ross Berteig]

Embrace your inner adventurer and take a nostalgic trip back into the days of the early Kenya Safari explorers on a camel ride through the deepest wilds of Kenya. Trekking through the forests at sunset you will feel like Lawrence of Arabia on top of your camel, enjoying unique game viewing encounters from a different perspective on your Kenya tour.

The Great Migration

Finish off your Kenya holiday with the jaw-dropping wildlife spectacle of the Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra across the Serengeti plains and the Mara river, teeming with hungry crocodile and lions looking for easy pickings on the river banks. A Kenya safari game drive between July and October will deliver you into the heart of the frantic and chaotic scene of millions of hooves pounding their way to the greener plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. You can enjoy the world’s greatest safari experience on your Kenya overland trip with plenty of exciting photography opportunities. For more information on any of our Overland Tours you can visit our overland tour page, contact one of our friendly Overlanding Africa experts or post your comments below.

Have you been on a Kenya Overland tour lately? Share your Kenya safari experiences, photographs and highlights with Overlanding Africa by e-mailing info@overlandingafrica.com. Keep Discovering

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Tags: africa, great-migration, kenya, maasai-people, masai-mara, serengeti


Kenya Uncovered in 25 images

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
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A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not spare the words and let your eyes soak up Kenya through 25 photographs. These images are just a peek through the looking glass, an inch closer to experiencing Kenya in its fullness.

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Photo of Amboseli National Park by George Steinmetz

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Photo of Baobab tree in Kenya by Barbara R Jones

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Photo of Elephants by Detany

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Photo of Flamingos by Shawna Nelles

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Photo of Hippopotami by Phil

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Photo of Kenyan Lion by Michael Nichols

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Photo of Leopard in tree by Brian Helmuth

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Photo of Kenyan landscape by Cristina Sbu

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Photo of Kenyan map at Equator by Makis

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Photo of Masaai ladies in red by Photo Nature

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Photo of Kenyan huts in tribal village by Force199

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Photo of Lake Turkana fishermen by Nigel Pavitt

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Photo of Masai Mara Kenya home life by Wietske van de Zande

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Photo of Sunset at Masai Mara National Reserve by Jen Eudy

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Photo of Migration in Masai Mara by Miguel

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Photo of Camel on Beach in Mombasa by Chet Gordon

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Photo of Samburu Wedding celebrations by Michael Nichols

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DANCE DE LA TRIBU SAMBURU , KENYA

Photo of Samburu Seduction dance by Eric Lafforgue

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Photo of Tusk Arches in Mombasa by Ken Gillham

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Photo of Mount Kilimanjaro by Steven Pollack

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Photo of Kenyan Beach life by Pier Luigi Dallimonti

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Photo of Kenyan sunrise by Linda Wilson

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Photo of Mount Ololokwe by Michael Nichols

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Photo of Zebra in Kenyan fields of colour by Ben Heine

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Photo of the river Nile in Kenya by Clinton Hadenham

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