The great wildebeest migration has begun at Masai Mara in Kenya, marking the start of one of the largest wildlife migrations in the world.
An estimated 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles will cross the crocodile-infested Mara River over the coming weeks, and tourists are already rushing to the Masai Mara game reserve to witness this annual spectacle.
The great wildebeest migration sees close to 2 million ungulates (hoofed animals) moving from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in search of pasture and water and then back to Serengeti by the promise of foliage.
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Kenya’s coastal tourism industry expects rapid improvements in visitor numbers, now that the UK’s leading tour operators have signaled a change in their attitude against the country and have promised to resume active sales from next month. This is a result of the change in language a few weeks ago of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’ travel advisories about Kenya.
While it is not expected that charter operations will resume immediately will airlines serving Mombasa, like Kenya Airways, Turkish and Ethiopian be the immediate options to fly holiday makers from the UK to the Kenyan coast. Work behind the scenes is however in full swing it is understood to resume charter flights from some of the UK’s main holiday charter departure airports like Gatwick to the Kenya coast and indications are that at the start of the next high season in December such flights will again be available to carry holiday makers to Mombasa.
Only last month were quarterly arrival statistics published which showed the worst numbers since 2008’s political turmoil but finally now there seems to be the end of the tunnel in sight, as has been suggested here before.
It was however pointed out by a Mombasa based source that for now it will only be the resorts in Mombasa, Kilifi, Watamu and Malindi which will benefit from the renewed sales activity in the UK while resorts in more remote locations like Lamu continue to remain under stricter anti-travel advisories and will therefore not be featured.
Kenya continues to ride high in terms of global attention after the recent visit of President Obama and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in November and a series of high profile conferences and meetings in Kenya, like the Africa Travel Association’s 40th Anniversary Congress, will no doubt help to promote the country as a safe and desirable destination for tourist visitors.Read More
Google Street View will soon come to the Samburu National Park, and neighbouring game reserves too, to do what they did in key cities around the world – put the park on the map. It is understood that the giant IT company is planning to do this in partnership with ‘Save the Elephant’, a global conservation NGO with particular focus on elephants.
The feature, once it goes live on Google Streets, will no doubt provide an insight for potential visitors to Kenya, who would like to see what to expect when visiting such remote areas as Samburu, and as such will join the ranks of a few live webcams spread around Kenya, which can be accessed on the internet by wannabe visitors or those who have been on location while on safari and are keen to ‘stay in touch’ with events around waterholes.
The tourism industry will no doubt welcome the initiative and should perhaps engage with Google to put other Kenyan parks on Google Street View too, albeit renamed into Google park view.Read More