Kenya migration 2015: extend your safari and #VisitWatamu

  • 03 January 2015

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A previous migration. Photo courtesy of Ray Morris

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Watamu. Photo courtesy of Stuart Simpson

Kenya is widely regarded as the world’s finest safari destination, and if you haven’t yet been on a Kenyan safari, you should be making plans to do so. How about putting the 2015 great migration on your travel list, and visiting Watamu afterward to unwind?

The annual wildebeest migration in Kenya generally takes place between July and October. Although these are supposedly winter months, the average temperature on the Kenya coast during this time is above 24 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit), perfect for some time at the beach.

To make your trip to Kenya even more memorable, stay on after your safari and visit Watamu. The closest airport to Watamu is Malindi, and there are daily Kenya Airways flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi (Kenya’s main airport).

The migration takes place on the western side of Kenya (and includes Tanzania). Timing is very important when planning your migration visit. An application called HerdTracker uses visitor data to plot the movement of wildebeest in real time and this is one of the ways you can keep track.

Even if you can’t make it to Kenya for the migration, some of the game reserves you should be considering for your visit include Tsavo East National Park, the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Reserve. There are, however, many more national parks and your travel agent will be able to advise you about the best deals.

One of the closest major reserves to Watamu is Tsavo East National Park and this is just more than five hours' drive away. If you’re adventurous, you could drive yourself from Nairobi to Tsavo, to Watamu. These points are plotted on the map below.

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