“I once had a house in Africa [pronounced ‘Aa-fri-kah’ in a heavy Scandinavian accent :-)]” (Meryl Streep in the movie ‘Out of Africa’). Those words resounded constantly through my mind when I travelled around Kenya and Tanzania. The scenes from the movie of endless wind-swept plains, flocks of flamingos and herds of wildebeest were etched in my mind forever as a kid, and when I finally got there, everything seemed so surreal… so magical. ‘Magical’ aptly describes this glorious corner of the world; from the expansive plains of the Serengeti to the lush rolling hills of the Maasai Mara and the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. The scenery is truly astounding and the abundance of fauna is unmatched anywhere. It didn’t take long before I was totally captivated by this extraordinary region. The most amazing experiences, and ones I will never forget, were the magnificent hot-air balloon ride across the Serengeti and watching two cheetahs chase down an impala at top speed.
The annual wildebeest migration starts in a few months’ time. This spectacle is absolutely mind-blowing and I would highly recommend a visit to the Masaai Mara/Serengeti that coincides with this event. As a consequence of the crisis, visitor numbers will most probably be substantially lower this year so there’s a good chance that you won’t have to share the experience with hundreds of other noisy tourists! In addition, hotels will undoubtedly be cheaper and there won’t be traffic jams (of safari jeeps) in the parks. There’s never been a better time!
For more information, please see the East Africa safari page on my website. My pal, Michael, also maintains a blog, Africa Freak, that’s devoted to travel in Africa. Planyoursafari.com also has a great, very informative article on the wildebeest migration.