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Thursday
Apr252013

The Great Migration: Epic Road's Recs

The great migration is one of Earth’s most thrilling spectacles—and one of Africa’s most consistent draws. Every year, millions of zebra, Thomson’s gazelles, giraffe, and wildebeest move northwards across Africa from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of food and water. As the grazers move, so do the predators, in anticipation of the massive herds of prey. In fact, it’s the greatest migration of mammals on the planet. The arduous journey covers 18000 miles in a clockwise circle, and every year, many animals don’t finish it.

Whether you’re watching it from an open vehicle, on foot, or in a hot air balloon (yes, really) the great migration is a seriously spectacular sight. Stand witness to the natural majesty of lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest and more as the move across the African plain, interacting at close quarters. Watch crocodiles as they hunt their prey in the Grumeti and Mara Rivers. Watch lions stalking antelope. Watch massive herds of wildebeest and zebra graze peacefully together on the flat, green plains.

The great migration in its totality lasts the whole year, meaning that there’s a wide variety of places and times to view the action. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites, by season. 

January, February, March: Ndutu (southern Serengeti)

In the southern Serengeti, the herds birth their calves—almost all are born during a three-week period. When the herds and the newborns are strong enough they restart the migration north. Wildebeest babies are born to run, and can run alongside their mothers almost immediately after birth.

ER recommended lodges: Kusini Tented Camp, Olakira Ndutu

April, May: Seronera (central Serengeti)

In late spring, the herds move north into the Central Serengeti for rainy season. Seronera, in the Serengeti National Park, can be a taxing place to watch the migration, due to a high volume of tourists and restrictions for off-road safaris, but with the rainy season, it’s off peak with many camps closed. So in summary not our favorite time but it can have its own charm if the camps are open.

ER Recommended Lodges: Dunia, Serengeti Under Canvas, Four Seasons Serengeti

June, July: Grumeti River (western Serengeti)

The Grumeti River, in the northwest Serengeti, is the first major obstacle facing the herds. While attempting to cross the river, herds are exposed to hunting crocodiles, hoping to take advantage of distressed zebra and wildebeest.

The Grumeti River crossing is one of our favorite moments and places to see the migration, because of the stunning natural beauty of the region and the high quality of its luxury lodges.

ER Recommended Lodges: Faru Faru, Sabora Tented Camp, Singita Explore

August, September, October: Lamai Wedge, Mara River and Maasai Mara

As fall arrives, the herds move northeast towards the Mara River and eventually into the Maasai Mara. The rolling hills and endless plains of the region make for a beautiful, unforgettable backdrop to the migration. It's a picturesque, remote and unspoiled part of the Serengeti. The Mara River too, is filled with chomping crocs.

ER Recommended Lodges: Sayari Mara Camp, Lamai Serengeti, Singita Mara River Camp, Serengeti Bushtops, Governors Camp

November, December: Lobo and Seronera

The herds move south in winter, crossing back into the Serengeti National Park to birth their young and begin the cycle anew.

ER Recommended Lodges: &Beyond Klein's Camp and Serengeti Under Canvas

 

Visit Epic Road to learn more about the Great Migration


Wednesday
Apr172013

April in Africa

Luxury African Safari in AprilSerengeti

April is unfurling across Africa, but that means something different in each small corner of the continent. It is the perfect time for an African safari trip.

In Zimbabwe, April brings autumn. The rains have just ended but the grass is still green and the rivers are full. Days are warm and dry and the skies are a bright, vivid blue.

It’s a big month for the animals (both resident and tourist) of Zimbabwe’s mighty Zambezi River, which flows from the Congo basin in the north to the coast of Mozambique in the east. The fish in the river are jumping and the crocodiles are snapping. Rain means life, and wildlife (including lions and hippopotami) are rampant.  

Westward, in Botswana, the skies are clear and lovely. April is the perfect time to go on safari in the region as the wet season has just ended. The best game viewing in Botswana shifts from the Kalahari to the game rich Okavango Delta. Herds are congregating around the Okavango Delta. A quiet paddling trip down the Selinda Spillway in a mokoro (traditional African canoe) is the perfect way to watch them.

Perhaps April’s most spectacular sight is the South Serengeti. The life-giving rains that fall from mid-November to early May are ending and the well fed wildebeest who have grazed on the short grass of the Southern Serengeti Plains are getting ready to restart the great migration. It is also the tail end of the calving season. Mothers are waiting for their young calves to fatten up and have the strength for the journey north. The Great Migration is the region’s greatest spectacle. Thousands of young wildebeest calves stick closely to their mothers while predators eye them cannily from the grasses. Massive African elephants cool themselves in the woodlands around Lakes Ndutu and Kusini.

Nearby sits the Ngorongoro Crater, one Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Though only ten miles across, the crater is home to black rhino, elephants, buffalo, lions, and cheetahs.

In Mozambique, the rainy season has already ended. The sun has come out and the humidity is passing. It’s a magical time of year to experience the country’s pristine coastline and islands. Mozambique's beaches are simply stunning and its the perfect way to end a luxury safari.

Sunday
Oct212012

Lemarti's Camp

Luxury Kenya Safari - Lemarti's Camp

Lemarti’s Camp is a beautiful safari hideaway located in Kenya’s Northern Laikipia Plateau. The camp combines adventure, nature, and authentic culture to give travelers a unique glimpse of Kenya. Take a look at this video to experience a different side of Africa. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GlIJTIfB8WI