Imagine an open savannah with constellations of acacia trees, meandering Mara and Talek rivers, and a wide expanse of small hills with gentle slopes all packed with wildlife. Well renowned for its unmatched plains scenery, abundant safari activities, and a remarkably diverse wildlife, Masai Mara in Kenya is among the most exceptional reserves in Africa and an outstanding option for African adventure holidays. While the land only comprises a meager 0.1% of the continent, it has one of the highest wildlife density regions when it comes to predatory animals. Nearly forty percent of the larger mammals thrive here.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is top notch location for wildlife viewing all year round. Those who visit are able to observe not only The Big Five—elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo—in their natural habitats but also zebras, antelope, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, warthogs, hartebeests, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and more. The birdlife is also bountiful with over four hundred different bird species that call Masai Mara home.
The reserve generally has a damp climate and features a more moderate temperature than the vast majority of Kenya. At most, you can get a 30°C temperature in the mornings. The temperature can drop to 15°C in the evenings though.
Watch out for the months of March to May and November to December when frequent rainfalls occur which could make navigation difficult during these times. The best time to visit the Masai Mara reserve in the months of July to October and December to March.
Masai Mara is the best location to witness The Great Migration—the largest and only surviving multispecies migration all throughout the world.
During the months of July to September, the Savannah is dotted brown and black as more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes migrate from Serengeti to Mara for sustenance. The movement is centred on the wildebeest migration. During the dry period in Tanzania, these creatures travel far and wide along with zebras and antelopes in search for food and water. These creatures travel back in the month of December.
The Great Wildebeest Migration undoubtedly belongs to the list of astonishing natural spectacles around the globe. It makes the already magnificent Masai Mara even more wonderful.
Travellers can choose from a wide array of accommodation options depending on their safari budget and personal preference. There are accommodations in various parks, reserves, and wildernesses across the Northern, Eastern Southern, Western, and Central regions of the Masai Mara Reserve.
Safari holidays can be quite expensive so plenty of lodges and camps cater to the more upscale travellers. The popular eco-lodges Base Camp Masai Mara and Ilkeliani Luxury Tented Camp are great locations to stay for high-end visitors.
For budget travellers and those who are seeking a more traditional lodging, there are campsites all throughout the park including Olpert Elongo Camp, Mara Springs Camp, Simba Camp, Olpert Riverside Camp, and Oloolaimutiek Campsite.
Staying outside the camp means that you will spend less and only spend on days that you actually visit the safari. This is a great option if you are on a more moderate budget. If you were in this part of the world to observe wildlife and explore everything Masai Mara has to offer, then you would not be spending much time in your indoors anyway.
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Botswana is teeming with some of the best nature sights on earth. With endless horizons of salt pans, great rivers, a vast expanse of exceptional desert beauty, thriving wildlife, diverse landscapes, the country boasts of abundant natural wonders. Undoubtedly, it is an ultimate safari destination that must be included in your South Africa holiday.
One of the best nature spectacles in Botswana is the great zebra migration that takes place in the central and northern part of the country. Each year, thousands upon thousands of zebras have to cover an impressive amount of ground in order to survive.
The migratory routes and patterns of animals have changed over the years. There is nothing more enthralling than the once-in-a-lifetime experience of bearing witness to animal migrations. The knowledge that each migration is part of a much larger cycle of life is humbling and quite fascinating. Understanding the species, their habits, their reasons for migration are all important in completely appreciating the spectacle of animal migration.
Recently, National Geographic named the migration of zebras in Botswana as the longest mammal migration covering a distance of 300 miles or over 482 kilometres of land travel.
The migration starts when these creatures start looking for greener grass at the Boteti River. During the months of March and April, herds of zebras move between the grasslands of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan situated in the Kalahari Desert. The large semi-arid desert boasts of dramatic landscapes, grasslands on the fringes of salt pans, transient rivers, and fossil watercourse, abound in terms of beauty. This is the ideal location to witness how all the action unfolds.
Imagine the striking view of striped black and white creatures against shimmering white salt pans stretched endlessly across the horizon. The sight is phenomenal.
As the zebras travel, they also face imminent danger. They are considered an easy target for aggressive predators hunting for food. Those who are witnessing the migration spectacle will also witness the action from lions taking down their prey.
When September arrives, the Boteti River beckons. With its lush land and plentiful water sources, the river is the final destination of the zebras. The river, however, is filled with hungry crocodiles, which presents itself as the final predatory danger for the nomadic zebras.
As November opens, the zebras move back north again where they will once again stay before going through the route all over again.
Botswana offers travellers many accommodation options across all price points. Visitors can choose from luxury hotels, top class lodges, safari camps, budget guesthouses, and camping grounds.
Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines in hotels and restaurants—local favourites, game meat, Asian and continental dishes. Those who prefer a more local taste can dine in fast food outlets and small restaurants that serve appetising and unique Setswana food.
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When you think of the safari, South Africa undoubtedly comes to mind. The nation, with nine diverse provinces, has much to offer any wanderer willing to brave the wild.
Imagine getting lost in the epic wilderness of the safari, encountering wildlife creatures, surfing off the Eastern cape coast, trekking through nature reserves, and filling your belly with hearty local meals like Bobotie. Elevate the experience by understanding the nation’s tumultuous history, embracing its colourful culture and mingling with the natives.
Already craving for your South Africa holidays? If you ever have to be selective in the provinces you visit, we urge you to never pass up on KwaZulu-Natal.
KwaZulu-Natal may be the third smallest province in South Africa, but it is not to be missed. Overflowing with scenic views, wildlife, historical sites, and cultural attractions, the eclectic province is an all-around great destination.
The historical battlegrounds, stunning beaches in Durban, dramatic Drakensberg mountainscape serving as a backdrop make it a truly memorable destination.
Durban, the central hub in KwaZulu-Natal, is the third largest city in the entire South Africa. The laid back but busy city combines an eclectic mix of difference cultural backgrounds. You will meet people from all walks of life: a thriving Indian population, a community of English-speaking South Africans, and diverse travellers from all over the globe.
The city is the busiest port in Africa. With a yearlong subtropical climate, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are especially inviting to those who crave for some sun, sand and sea.
The beachfront is endearingly called Golden Mile that shows six kilometres of golden sand along the coast. The most popular and prestigious resort in South Africa, uShaka Marine World, can be found in Durban. Beyond having one of the largest aquariums in the world, it also boasts world-class entertainment facilities.
If you are looking to enjoy Durban’s trendiest cuisine, arts and crafts, head over to the Wilson’s Wharf on the Victoria Embankment. Have fun amidst the rustic border of a boating marina.
It is easy to wander around the historic city. Get to know the city by exploring structures from the past. A visit to the City Hall, the local history museum, and the Old Fort is in order. The famed Mahatma Gandhi used to work as a barrister in Durban. It is disputed that his civil rights struggle may have started here. Many travellers take a tour around the city to retrace the steps of the well-loved and prominent Indian political leader.
No visit to Durban is complete without exploring its wildlife. Two of the popular, more accessible and easy to reach reserves are the Hluhluwe Umfolozi and Tala Private Game Reserve.
The Krantz Loof Gorge Nature reserve, situated on the outskirts of the city, is widely known for its incredible waterfalls. Looking for a coastal wildlife experience? Do not miss to visit the ST Lucia Waterlands Park.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, with its two hundred kilometres long escarpment, is easily the most impressive mountain in South Africa. Locals endearingly call the diverse wonderland the Berg. With peaks exceeding 3000 meters, the uKhahlamba or ‘barrier of spear’ in Zulu, sets a vibrant backdrop to the province.
A trip to the park is simply a perfect excursion for nature lovers. The high-altitude wetlands serve as home to a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as animal species. Additionally, it features river valleys, rugged cliffs, mountain streams and scenic hiking trails. There is no doubt why the Berg draws thousands of wanderers every year.
Did you know that you could experience chilly weather in South Africa? Plan your trip during the winter season. The slopes are will be coated in snow and are easily transformed into a haven for winter sports enthusiasts!
Do not fret if you are not a huge fan of skiing or snowboarding. There are many adventures awaiting anyone who travels to the Berg. Go kayaking, tube riding, swimming or even fly-fishing. Appreciate the landscape more by doing 4×4 trails, mountain climbing, and hiking. You can also try spelunking in hundreds of caves in the valleys and cliffs of Drakensberg. While there, do not miss the chance to appreciate the rock art paintings that San people created to record their life stories over a 4000 year period. These remarkable images dating back to the 19th are of great historical significance to the locals.
The best time to visit is during the warmer months of December through February. Not only is the weather agreeable but you can make the most out of the long days.
Many people travel to the nation to have an encounter with the ‘Big Five’. The term refers to five most difficult animals to hunt in the on foot in Africa namely the African lion, Cape buffalo, African leopard, African elephant, and rhinoceros.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal is among the largest game reserves in the country. It is a safe haven for the rare white and black rhinoceros.
Photographers and explorers have a lot to look forward to. The reserve is also home to cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, jackals, giraffes and wild dogs, which makes the reserve an ultimate wildlife escapade.
For tourists who visit the park, having a close encounter with the world’s largest animal can easily be the highlight of their visit. There are well-hidden viewing spots put in place so visitors can have a unique and unusually close experience with these beautiful creatures.
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