Masai Mara Extension: Nov 14—19, 2007

Kenya Birds and Wildlife Extension

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Price: $3,220
Departs: Nairobi, Kenya
Tour Limit: 12
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Brennan Mulrooney

Brennan Mulrooney was born and raised in San Diego, California. Growing up, his heart and mi...

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Dark Chanting-Goshawk

Dark Chanting-Goshawk— Photo: Greg Lopez

Ecologically a part of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara is quite simply the best big-game country in Kenya, and should not be missed on a Kenya safari. It is a land of immense vistas and seemingly limitless plains, home to a superb array of mammals and birds. The core inner part of this huge area is a protected game reserve, while the large outer region is home to the proud Masai people as well as the wildlife.

We will have three full days in which to explore the varied habitats of the western Mara, on morning and afternoon game drives. We should see lion and spotted hyena here (possibly the only ones of the trip), and cheetah are not rare, though they can be hard to find. Elephant, hippo, and buffalo are present in sizable herds, and the abundant resident wildlife includes giraffe, warthog, and a variety of antelope. Although the vast numbers of wildebeest and zebra that migrate into the Mara from the Serengeti have mostly moved on by late November, we usually encounter some of the last herds working their way southward.

Birds are abundant in the Mara, and while we will not see a huge number of new species here, some of those present are very special and not likely to be seen elsewhere on the trip.

To get a taste of what a safari in Africa was once like, our nights will be spent in a tented camp. Nowadays the "camps" are permanent and luxurious, and the amenities are many, including huge tents with electric lights, complete indoor plumbing and hot showers, excellent food and drink, and a hard-working staff always ready to take care of you, but it is still thrilling to feel the African night around you. Kichwa Tembo is one of the finest of the many camps in the Mara, and is set in a lovely wooded niche near the Mara River. It offers great birding right on the grounds, plus a peaceful view out over the plains, with only an electric fence separating you from the wildlife. From this comfortable base we will take game drives further afield in the Mara.