Here’s a fun reminder that no natural experience can ever be guaranteed (which is part of the beauty of nature!). What is it? A once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon has seen the annual wildebeest migration turn around and return to Kenya and the Masai Mara grasslands, creating a wildlife wonder-show. It is happening in the off-season, which means you can have the Mara and Serengeti largely to yourself, enjoying spectacular safari viewing at off-season rates if you can drop everything and make a last-minute booking.
As to why the herds have turned around, no one can be certain, but it seems to have something to do with the rains. Most of the herds had crossed into the Serengeti by mid-October, but when it started raining in the Mara, a few turned back. Then came the extraordinary part: they were followed by a mass U-turn, as big herds re-crossed the river. Charles Mwaniki, a ranger at Mara Bushtops camp, has lived and worked in the Mara for 20 years, but has never seen such a dramatic reversal: he and his fellow rangers believe, however, that now they have returned, they will stay for a few weeks more.
So if you can spare the time, drop everything, jump on a plane and go visit this spectacle for a few days. Not only will you seize the opportunity to see more for less, but we can offer a free balloon trip offer for anyone booking three nights or more at Mara Bushtops camp – giving you the chance to sail majestically over the herds. Call one of our safari specialists right now and get yourself on a plane!