It’s November in the Mara and the living is easy. Lions retreat to the shade to sleep the day away after a night of hunting, digesting whatever prey they ate and building up their energy for another night on the prowl. Keep your eyes on rocks and low shrubs where the soil is coolest.Besides birds and babies, the other benefit of travelling to East Africa in November is that there are no crowds. We had almost all sightings to ourselves and seldom saw other game-drive vehicles, unlike the mid-year peak season when the Great Migration rolls into town. If you want vast plains, dramatic skyscapes and glorious sightings, consider a Green Season safari to Kenya.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is undisputedly Kenya’s most famous wildlife destination. Its rock-solid reputation as a must-see for every safari goer has been built up over decades and rests on two chief elements: the ease of spotting game and the Great Wildebeest Migration.The game is easy to find here not only because its numbers are rising thanks to successful conservation measures but also because the landscape is flat and open, allowing you to scan the horizon for a tell-tale ‘lump’ or shadow that turns out to be anything from a topi to a cheetah. This open flatness is also why two million ungulates, primarily made up of blue wildebeest with a smattering of plains zebra, pass through every year in search of fresh grazing, making up what is called ‘the greatest show on earth’.
Amboseli is one of Kenya’s smaller national parks but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in topography and wildlife sightings. In fact, you could argue that its diminutive stature is a blessing when it comes to game viewing: the animals are fairly contained, there are plenty of natural water sources and the roads are extensive, a bonus because off-roading is not allowed except in the few private concessions.
Many safari goers ask whether Amboseli is worth visiting as part of their Kenya safari. Here are our expert thoughts on this small but exciting park in southern Kenya on the border of Tanzania.
If you’re asking: 'Is it safe to travel to Kenya?' we’re glad to report that it is.
Near the end of 2016 we sent Go2Africa Safari Experts, Jessica Lassen, Madelein Norval and Megan Vanderwalt on a 16-day journey through Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar island. They did a comprehensive tour, following a popular route that started with safaris in Kenya and Tanzania before hopping over to the tropical African island of Zanzibar for the perfect full-stop on an East African adventure.
Birthplace of the classic Hemingway-style safari, Kenya is home to some of the best game viewing and most famous reserves on the continent. But unlike neighbouring Tanzania, whose most popular parks lie on a well-trodden circuit, Kenya's safari destinations are scattered throughout the country and planning an itinerary depends on what you want to see and who you're travelling with.
Pick up a Kenya tourist brochure and chances are there'll be a herd of wildebeest staring back at you from the front cover. Kenya is after all where safaris first started and it remains home to the ever-dramatic Great Wildebeest Migration but there's a lot more to the country than hooves, tooth and claw.
You've cracked the Kruger and witnessed the Mara: now it's time for something entirely different. Tanzania's unbeaten paths lead to extraordinary destinations, perfect for seasoned safari-goers or intrepid first-timers who want an unorthodox introduction to Africa.
Lions are one of the most sought-after sightings on a safari. The excitement of seeing them is somehow connected to our primal fascination with them. Thanks to their reassuringly feline name – Panthera leo – we know we are technically dealing with ‘cats’ but lions are startlingly huge, almost bear-sized. Their muscular, barrel-chested bodies and arrogantly jutting chins let everyone know who the boss is – and it’s not the 2-legged creatures wearing sunglasses!