|The Migration is on|
1st July 2015: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
The largest wildlife show & migration has once again started its annual spectacle. Already 2 weeks ago the first larger herds of wildebeest and zebra were spotted crossing over Sand River between the Mara & Serengeti Eco-systems. In the meantime though the group sizes have increased and so has the influx into the Mara. It is slow but steady.
The larger herds are still in the Northern Serengeti and on their way to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Loita Herds seem to be teaming up with the Serengeti Herds and are currently in the Koiyaki Lemek area moving towards the Central Maasai Mara.
At the moment it looks like a long and steady migration. Due to the recent heavy rainfall and plenty of fresh green grass, this may be a promising migration for the Mara this year. Some of the first wildebeest have moved towards the Ol Kiombo Area where Little Mara Bush Camp is located.
We look forward to an exciting migration season and welcome any last minute requests or bookings.
Karibu Kenya Your Mara / Little Mara Bush Camp Teams
10th Setptember 2014: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
The annual Great Migration is truly still on-going and after having returned from a weekend in the Mara, I can bear witness first hand of seeing this spectacle with my family ! During our stay at our Little Mara Bush Camp with its fantastic location, we were lucky enough to witness Prides of Lions with cubs, a Cheetah Mum with 4 very young new born cubs (only about 4 weeks old) as well as large male leopard (walking across the smelly crossing and passing our car just a metre away !!!), herds of elephant and of course… thousands of wildebeest literally everywhere ! We started our game drives in the morning from the Ol Kiombo area and drove via double cross to Rhino Ridge / via smelly crossing towards the Mara River and wherever we looked we saw tremendous herds of wildebeest, zebra and topi.
2 days ago, we witnessed a zebra crossing & today a major crossing with approx. 5,000 animals took place at 8.00 am this morning on the Mara River near Mara Serena. With the recent fresh rains within the last week, (last night it rained heavily too) the grass has started to sprout again and the wildebeest are enjoying a new food source that will certainly keep them around for a while. We understand from our guides that another major crossing of approx. 6,000 animals took place at 1.30 pm today in the Paradise area.
General game viewing is extremely rewarding at the moment and most clients will see the BIG 5 in a time span of 2 days. The Mara is still the most fantastic game reserve in Africa !
Watch this space for more up-dates !
07th July2014: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
A new week and a new situation…
A number of the herds that have migrated into the Mara Game Reserve have started to move back into the Serengeti. Fresh grass slows them down in their movement and we expect it will take some more time until these herds reach the Mara Eco-system again. That said, the herds wander from the Loita Hills to the Musiara Swamp and Rhino Ridge. Reports still speak of River Crossings of 10 to 15,000 at the famous paradise crossing point. It is indeed a happy feast for the hungry crocodiles in the Mara River. At the moment, all indicators seem to point to a lengthy migration and it is possible that it my last until mid November or longer just like last year. A lot depends on the rain … so far, the Mara is very dry and rain is needed.
11th June 2014: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
The annual migration has started to stream in ! This is a very early start to the migration this year and one that we cannot recall from ever happening so early. We have had the priviledge of seeing large herds of Zebra and Wildebeest from across the Loita Hills streaming into the reserve. The herds have crossed the Talek river swiftly and have already reached our Ol Kiombo Area where Mara Bush Camp is located.
The first herds have crossed Sand River from the Serengeti and will meet the Loita Herds soon inside the reserve. The development last year was also rather unusual as we had a very long migration well into early December in the Mara. Hence, we expected that the migration this year would not start before mid /end of July. Mother Nature has its own plans and we were surprised by this early turn out of wildebeest. Also the number of animals that seems to comprise of the Loita Herds is much larger than ever before.
A large number of Big Cats is following the herds and exciting hunting scences can be expected this season. If you have not yet booked your holiday this year to Kenya, there is still a chance to witness this amazing spectacle. Fantastic last minute offers are available until mid July.
We still have some free tents through some periods this season on both our camps and would be very happy to tailor make a special safari for you to experience the Great Migration ! Mara Bush Camp & Little Mara Bush Camp look forward to spoiling you !
All our guests that are booked already, have a wonderful safari and a memorable stay with us !
Your Sunworld Safaris Team
17th September 2013: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
After very dry days at the beginning of August, it seemed as if the wildebeest would leave the Masai Mara earlier than expected. But as it started raining in mid-August, there has been in the last weeks a dramatic comeback. In the last few days, the concentration of wildebeest swelled to an enormous number in the south of the reserve. After the herds have moved several times between the Mara Triangle area and the Lookout Hill, two large streams are now to be identified. One part began with the return migration to the Serengeti and the other part moves further up to the central Masai Mara along the Mara River.
The big cats will thank the wildebeest. Many hunting scenes are spectacular to watch and many of our regular guests have confirmed that this year is something special. For several weeks now, a leopard has found its home at Little Mara Bush Camp. Among other things, we have now installed a game-viewing camera which makes snapshots of the animals that move at night in the vicinity of the camp. The large hippo pool at Little Mara Bush Camp accommodates about 50 - 60 hippos and so it is not surprising that our guests were already witnessing several births.
At the Mara Bush Camp on the other hand servals and caracals have been spotted several times in recent days.
We would like to thank all our guests for the fantastic feedback and we will continue to do our best to make your dreams come true.
Your Sunworld Safaris Team
17th July 2013: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
In the last two weeks, the wildebeest have been wandering through the Serengeti in search of grass and water. The herds stream from all sides of the Masai Mara and the annual spectacle takes its course. The herds are on the way to Rhino Ridge in direction of the Mara Bush Camp and will arrive after a few days on Talek River.
Large herds of zebra and wildebeest come through the Mara Triangle to the Mara River and smaller flocks wander over the Sand River to the Masai Mara. After the Mara River had surprised us with flooding and overwhelming power a few months ago, the water in the river has now gone back. This makes it very difficult for crocodiles to hunt and easy for the wildebeest to cross the Mara and Talek rivers.
Overall, it's currently become very dry and the green grass has turned yellowish. The perfect disguise for the big cats which are already waiting for prey in large numbers. Especially the large lion prides are already very hungry and it is high time to hunt successfully again.
Leopards are seen almost daily along the Talek River. A leopard and her cup have their home in the area near the Mara Bush Camp and have pleased our guests during their game drives.
The cheetahs have moved further to the steppe and savannah where the grass has been cut from the wildebeest, to have better hunting conditions.
An exciting season has started and we already have received some guests at Mara Bush Camp.
Little Mara Bush Camp will open on 23.07.2013 and we are already looking forward to welcoming the first guests in this camp. Mike North, the new manager is already in the Masai Mara for the last preparations and is looking forward to your visit.
Your Sunworld Safaris Team
28th September 2012: Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
Latest reports reaching our office from the Maasai Mara and Mara Bush Camp reveal that our guests continue to enjoy amazing game sightings daily. The great wildebeest /animal migration is far from being over. Just recently, large herds of Wildebeests crossed the Talek River in a spectacular manner.
Overall, large herds of Wildebeest still occupy a large part of the Mara plains and lookout area with the predators taking advantage and making easy kills. This phenomenon provides breathtaking moments, good for a keen photographer and nature enthusiast. Those who have been following the migration trend for a long time reveal that this year's migration is by far the most spectacular one witnessed in the last 15 years; it is also expected to last longer.
The predators are not left behind either. A pride of 12 Lions have recently found their way to the plains surrounding Mara Bush Camp. The three youthful Cheetahs commonly known for climbing the roofs of Safari vehicles while spotting their prey, have relocated to an area near Mara Bush Camp. On the other side of look out area, a Cheetah with her 4 cubs is often spotted.
The weather report promises nice sunny days ahead after the rains witnessed daily in the last few months subsided. This is the ideal time for game viewing and photography. The beautiful sunrise light is what every photographer is looking for. Mara Bush Camp still has some space available in October/ November for those who might decide last minute to travel.
Your Sunworld Safaris Team