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What Countries to Consider while on a Great Migration Safari

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Kenya or Tanzania, Given that each country has got a unique safari experience, deciding whether to go to Kenya or Tanzania for the wildebeest migration safari depends on several factors. Most importantly what you want to get out of your holiday. Choose Kenya for spectacular Mara river crossings and big cats sightings in Masai Mara National Reserve. In addition, Kenya combines the migration with great unique traditional safaris including Amboseli National Park home to the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants and beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro; the camel riding safari in Samburu wilderness; the pink flamingos and black rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park and the unique experiences in Nairobi city such as the giraffe manor centre and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Winding up with a beach holiday in Lamu or Mombasa along the coast of the Indian Ocean makes Kenya safari great.

Going to Tanzania on the other hand offers the opportunity to view the

The different safari activities and experiences

There are different activities to view the migration such as game drives, hot air balloon safaris and walking safaris, and mobile and fly camping experiences. Each provides a unique way to view wildlife and nature thus you need to choose what you prefer while booking the migration safari. If hard for you, GoExplore Safari experts help you out with a great migration safari experience in Kenya and Tanzania.

Besides just viewing wildlife, several activities are available to incorporate into your trip. From city tours, visiting the Maasai people, boat rides, photography safaris, bird watching and adventures of different kinds including rafting and kayaking trips.

Consider the events that happen during the migration

The cycle of the wildebeest migration involves different events such as the calving / birthing season, the mating season and the river crossings. Each phenomenon occurs in a different park thus it’s important to have in mind a certain event and plan your safari accordingly. Doing so will determine the best time of the year to plan a migration to Kenya or Tanzania.

Accommodation And Travel Style

There are different styles of safari accommodation in East Africa. We Work with over 50 Partner lodges and camps in Tanzania and Kenya to bring an amazing experience and this also allows you to view the migration and wildlife. For instance, mobile camping is a great choice for those intending to track and follow the wildebeest migration from let’s say Central Serengeti to North of Grummet. Permanent lodges and camps on the other hand allow you to stay in one position from where you can always go for activities away and return back in the evenings.

Hot Air Balloon Experience in Kenya and Tanzania

Hot air ballooning is a popular activity in Kenya and Tanzania, offering a unique perspective of the stunning landscapes and wildlife of these countries. Some of the most popular hot air balloon safari destinations in Kenya and Tanzania include:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya: This is a world-renowned safari destination known for its annual wildebeest migration and abundant wildlife. Hot air balloon safaris over the Maasai Mara provide a bird’s eye view of the vast savannah, as well as an opportunity to spot herds of elephants, giraffes, lions, and other animals.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations and home to a diverse range of wildlife, including wildebeest, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and more. Taking a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti provides a unique perspective of the park’s sweeping plains and wildlife.

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania: Known for its large elephant herds, Tarangire National Park is a popular safari destination in northern Tanzania. A hot air balloon safari over the park offers a view of the Tarangire River and its surrounding floodplains, as well as an opportunity to spot elephants, giraffes, and other animals.

Hot air balloon safaris in Kenya and Tanzania are typically done early in the morning, when the weather is cool and calm, and the wildlife is most active. The experience typically lasts between one and two hours and includes a champagne breakfast upon landing.

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