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The Twin Migration Provides an Experience like no OtherBy *Grace Maina, Kenya Tourism Board
Kenya is home to many spectacular natural phenomena but probably most popular and eye-catching of them all is the Greatest Wildebeest Migration, referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Every year, thousands of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts travelling to Kenya for holiday have always been keen to experience this natural phenomenon, where millions of wildebeests and zebras move into the Maasai Mara game reserve from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
In the months of April, May, June July the wildebeest and other wild game move towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya for better pastures. Throughout this journey the animals are hunted for food by different predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
To get into the Maasai Mara the Animals need to cross the river Mara where they swim across despite the danger of crocodiles in the waters. This part of the crossing is what is marked as the most spectacular event ever witnessed in the animal kingdom happening between August-October.
During the same time, a similar spectacular phenomenon is happening miles away in the Kenyan coastal waters. Thousands of humpback whales travel annually from the Antarctic ocean to Kenya to breed and give birth to their calves in the warm tropical waters of the Kenyan coast. This is known as the Humpback Whale Migration and its best viewed from the Watamu Marine National Reserve and the surrounding seashores.
Watching them in their natural environment leaping out of the water, sometimes in pairs, or larger family groups, is an unforgettable sight for many tourists.
Both migrations peak between July and September, which means that Kenya hosts the “Twin Migration”, a unique wildlife phenomenon, incorporating both savannah safari and sea safaris.
The Twin Migration is a unique event to Kenya that bring in thousands of tourists every year to the destination. It is therefore a product that positions Kenya as the home of naturally iconic and spectacular tourism attractions.
Next time you seek to visit the country, make a point to witness this great experiences. Starting with a game drive in the Mara River watching the wildebeest cross over into the Maasai Mara then winding your safari with Whale viewing expedition in the Kenyan coast.
Catch a glimpse of the twin migration: