Kenya reopens for tourism-but you can watch The Great Migration on Video
Kenya opened its borders for international tourism on August 1st right in the middle of the annual Great Migration starting in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and culminating in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Every year in the dry season between July and October, approximately two million wildebeest, the world’s largest wildlife migration, accompanied by thousands of zebra, eland and gazelle make the arduous journey in that direction, returning to Tanzania starting in October. It’s one of the bucket list Africa experiences and Virgin Limited Edition’s lodge Mahali Mzuri which also reopened on August 1st is perfectly positioned in the savannah plains of the Mara to view the procession. For those travelers delaying a trip this year, though, the lodge is also posting a video camera to capture it live.
The migration footage will be an extension of the lodge’s weekly video that broadcast wildlife activities over the last three months while the well-appointed 12 tent lodge was closed. “Our virtual safari experiences over the last few months have been hugely popular with viewers, so we’re thrilled that we’re able to continue the Mahali Mzuri episodes during the famous migration season,” explains Vanessa Neal, Group Director of Sales and Marketing of Virgin Limited Edition. “Our weekly live game drives from both Mahali Mzuri and its sister property Ulusaba, in South Africa, have given many something to look forward to every week, at a time when they can only dream of travelling and what better way to see one of the greatest wonders of the world, rather than missing out completely this year.”
Apart from the animals moving back and forth, the usual residents of the Maasai Mara which include a dense concentration of elephants, lions, buffalo and cheetah among others will also be there leading to the often vivid, to say the least, interactions that safari participants observe up close. Those watching from their couches can access the live feed on Wednesdays at 3 PM BST.