Whilst attending the conference in Africa there is an abundance of options for delegates who have travelled far to explore. For many, attending this psychiatry conference in Africa may be the only opportunity they ever get to explore the wonders of Africa.
The Masai Mara Nature Reserve is amongst the best in the world, and is especially renowned for its wildlife. Ashanti Lodge Travel is situated in the Cape Town CBD and offers some really fantastic tours, including Serengeti Safaris. Although the reserve is small, in comparison to other nature reserves in Africa, it is home to more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals. These include lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and a large selection of different species. On any of the numerous tours offered by the Reserve, all these mammals can be seen and photographed.
It is estimated that almost 70% of the wildlife can be found outside the Reserve. The need therefore to preserve the Reserves wildlife is of utmost importance and needs to be given top priority. Nearly 98% of these mammals including the elephants, rhinos, Lions and cheetahs, have been lost over the past one hundred years. The World Wild Life Fund for Nature has stated that 75% of these mammals will be lost before 2020.
The Masai Mara Reserve is found in the Great Rift Valley which stretches for 5,600 Km from the Red sea in Ethiopia, right through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique. In Kenya the valley is at its widest and the animals have the freedom to roam the whole area even if it falls outside the Reserve. The local inhabitants of this area have over the years, built up a remarkable relationship with the roaming wildlife.
There are four types of landscape found in the Mara Reserve.
- The Ngama Hills lying to the east which comprises mainly sandy soil and bushes. This is the habitat of the black rhino.
- The Oloololo Escarpment which forms the western border that boasts an amazing plateau.
- The Mara Triangle which borders the Mara River and contains the lavish grassland and the acacia woodlands. Here the bulk of the wildlife is to be found especially the wildebeest.
- The Central Plains that form the major part of the Reserve and consists of bushes, large boulders and grassland. The remaining wild life can be found in this area.
The Masai Mara Reserve has many attractions for the tourist claiming a year-round concentration of game. However the greatest attraction that the Reserve has to offer is undoubtedly the Great Migration. This event takes place every year between July and September when more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes migrate from the Serengeti to the Mara in search of food and water. They settle in this area until the end of the year. This is due to the very dry period in Tanzania when these animals cross the Mara River on their way to the Mara Reserve. Many overland trips include a stopover in Nairobi which leave many looking for things to do in Nairobi whilst in transit. This Great Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles as it represents the last surviving multispecies migration on the earth. The Migration repeats itself again in December when all these animals return to the Serengeti.
The Wildebeests life cycle is determined by Mother Nature. Their migration is set by the rain patterns as they follow the rain in search of food and water. Even their young follow nature’s pattern as their calving is timed by the movement of the moon. In February of each year, in the Serengeti, they have three week long birth festivities.
The migration of the Wildebeest into the Mara Reserve also has benefits for the Big Cats. During this time there is an abundance of prey for the lions, cheetahs and leopards. This spectacular event can only be appreciated when it is witnessed first-hand and is therefore a must for any tourist in this area at this time.
Most of the organised tourist guides will offer you a three day tour package which will enable you to view all that this reserve has to offer. What can you expect on a tour?
You will be picked up from the Nairobi Airport early in the morning and taken to the Rift Valley. Here you will be able to have your first view of the Great Escarpment. The next stop will be Narok Town for lunch. After lunch you continue on to the Masai Mara Reserve. You will reach the camp in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Lodge.
The whole second day you will be driving around the Reserve and will be able to view the big five and other game. You will also be able to view Zebra, Hyena, Warthog, Hartebeest and Eland. Again you will be able to enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the Lodge.
You have a final game drive early in the morning before returning to Nairobi. Before reaching Nairobi you will make a stopover at Narok where you will be able to buy souvenirs.