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Whale Shark Season in Kenya is Back!

Book your family holiday in Diani & enjoy amazing whale shark excursions.


News has come in from Diani that the first ‘Papa Shillingi’, as the whale sharks are known locally, translating as shark covered in shillings, was sighted off the Diani beach.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

Tired of the crowds and minivans in the more popular parks, here is our very own list of some of the great lesser known National Parks in Kenya, also well worth a visit.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

So you are planning your holiday to Kenya however as Kenya has such a large tourism industry many of its parks have become overpopulated – here is a list of parks & reserves that have been less focused upon and therefore less populated by tourists and somewhere that you can have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday.

Tribes of Kenya

The Gabbra

Tribes of Kenya

Did you know that in Kenya there are some nomadic groups that wander across borders in search of pasture and water? And no, they are not the Maasai but the Cushitic people known as the Gabbra.

Tourism Statstics - fact or fiction?

A review of the statistical representation of tourists coming through Kenya.

Tourism Statstics - fact or fiction?

Recent official analysis of entry data received at Kenya's main international airports are seen to reveal an increase in tourism numbers in the first half of this year, but is this realistic and what are we really seeing on the ground?  From The SAFARI Company's point of view, yes we seeing an increase in bookings and an increase in amount spent on each safari but perhaps that is a reflection of the fact that we are marketing more and making a name for ourselves; we hear of other companies that are struggling.

Touch Down: Sleep Well

The Masai Mara in three ways… Club Class, Business Class and Economy.

Entumoto Safari Camp - the view from a tent

‘The Masai Mara’, these three words conjure images of genuine, authentic, original ‘safari’, Acacia strewn savanna, animals galloping across the African plains and nature at its most raw, wild and un-spoilt.

If you have been on safari but haven’t been to the Masai Mara, we feel your safari experience is indeed not complete. Why is the Masai Mara the essence of safari? The most obvious answer is because it is the smallest area in which to see the Big 5 at all times of year as well as the home to the natural phenomenon that is The Annual Wildebeest Migration, which is in evidence from July until November every year. Annually, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Kenya to witness this wondrous cycle that has been happening for over a million years. The raw brutality of nature comes alive on the savannah and at the river crossings as the world watches, horrified, but fascinated as the wildebeest, zebra and crocodiles fight the battle they have fought for centuries.

It is obvious that visiting the Masai Mara is a must in everyone’s lifetime, and here is how to do it on the budget you have available:

The Great Migration

The Migration is not a single occurrence; it is a never-ending cycle which begins for a Wildebeest with its birth and ends with its death.

The Great Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration, the longest and largest overland migration in the world and one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa”, comprises around 1.5 million Wildebeest, 200,000 Zebra, 350,000 Thomson’s Gazelles and 12,000 Eland making an epic circular journey of approximately 2000 miles in search of “greener pastures”. The Migration is not a single occurrence; it is a never-ending cycle which begins for a Wildebeest with its birth and ends with its death. Wildebeest are born in a mass birthing (known as “calving”) which takes place during January and February on the plains near the Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, at the southernmost extent of the Wildebeests’ range. Nature has ensured that, to increase its chances of survival, a newborn Wildebeest calf is able to stand within 2-3 minutes of birth and run with the herd within about five minutes! It is believed, from recent fossil discoveries, that Wildebeest have been grazing the Serengeti for more than a million years.

 

Towards the end of the short Dry season, in March, the grass plains of the southern Serengeti start to dry out and the Wildebeest continue – or commence – their journey, intuitively following the rains and fresh grasses first westwards towards the small, seasonal lake of Ndutu (Lagarja), and then northwest towards Lake Victoria. From here the herds gradually head north into the Masai Mara – and more of the life-or-death river crossings that prove such a draw for tourists from all over the world. The Wildebeest converge at the Mara River in their thousands and gather on the plains and banks beside it, waiting to cross. The cacophony as they call to one another is unprecedented. Their numbers can grow for days at a time and observers will often wait in suspense beside the river, anticipation building, until – for no apparent reason – the Wildebeest turn from the river, as one, and move away! Eventually, however, the herds will select a crossing point (frequently more than one), and the intrepid journey to the opposite bank will begin. It is still not known what prompts them to turn back or to cross – or even where they will choose to cross in any given year.

 

Usually, the Wildebeest begin their journey south again by late October, when the first of the Short Rains reach the plains of the Serengeti, bringing fresh growth and brimming seasonal waterholes. Rutting having taken place in May and June, the majority of the cows will already be heavily pregnant – and so the cycle continues on in perpetuity.

The Forgotten War

Remember the World as well as the War

The Forgotten War

With the centenary of the First World War approaching in a few months the British Council has released an interesting report "Remember the World as Well as The War", based on research carried out in Egypt, France, Germany, India, Turkey, Russia and the UK.

The Family-Fun Escape, Island Camp, Baringo, Kenya

The Family-Fun Escape, Island Camp, Baringo, Kenya

The moment I get ‘happy inside’ is the moment we jump into a boat and get driven to the island; it’s warmth, there are birds everywhere, a croc skulking under the reeds and we didn’t see another soul (apart from the local fisherman in their canoes) …. and relax!

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

A safari doesn't have to be about the animals, there are some fabulous birds to spot too......

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

Kenya has an amazing array of avifauna with over 1,132 species recorded, including at least twenty species of eagle and twelve species of heron alone. Here are a few of the wonderful specimens you may encounter on a Kenyan safari.

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Why stop at safaris when you can get married like a Maasai warrior, take part in a bone-rattling road rally and kiss a giraffe?

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Beasts of the Serengeti, exchanging pleasantries with the Maasai, camping out in the bush amid the acacias and elephant dung.

When it comes to activities in Kenya you might think you’ve heard it all before

Unlikely.

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi