Twende Likizo: Top 3 Migrations to See in Kenya

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If there was a world wildlife tournament, Kenya would win by a landslide majority of the cups including Most Diverse Wildlife Migration.

Pink Paint, Blue Sky

The lake systems of the Rift Valley would have Birdwatcher’s Paradise cup. These lakes harbour thirteen globally threatened bird species. They form an important nesting and breeding site for Great white pelican and is the most important feeding area for lesser flamingos in the world. The lesser flamingoes lay their eggs at Lake Natron before migrating north to Lakes Bogoria, Nakuru and finally Oloiden.

To fully enjoy this wildlife migration, carry your HD camera that has a wide lens, powerful zoom, and fast shutter speed.

Flamingo Fun Facts

  • The word “flamingo” comes from the Spanish word “flamenco” which means fire.
  • A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance, stand, colony or a regiment.
  • Flamingos migrate between the best food sources and nesting grounds in a V-formation.
  • Flamingos are monogamous birds that lay only a single egg each year.
  • To regulate body temperature, flamingos stand on one leg, tucking the other leg into their plumage to keep it warm.

Heard About the Herd?

Masai Mara would win the Most Spectacular Natural Event in the wildlife migration category. The great plains wildlife migration placed Kenya on many adventurers’ path. Over 2million wildebeests, Grevy’s zebra, and Thomson’s gazelles make their way to Masai Mara from Serengeti right after the rains. Though the migration is like clockwork, this year 2017 has seen a turn of events due to the drought. As such, the migration began a month earlier. Here are a few tips on unconventional ways you can experience the Mara Reserve.

Where to Watch the Whales Wade

While the coast would take home Largest Coastal Forests in East Africa, it would surprise many to learn that the humpback whales can be spotted from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. A rare opportunity that takes place during their annual migration to warmer waters between July and November.

On your next visit to Watamu, carry a pair of binoculars to watch a pod whales dive, blow, surface and eventually show off their tale.

The Great Wildlife Migrations

The Great Wildlife Migration in Kenya

World Wildlife Tournament

  • World’s Single Largest Surviving Volcanic Crater – Menengai Crater
  • World’s Largest Desert Lake – Lake Turkana
  • World’s Wildlife Capital – Nairobi National Park
  • World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino – Lewa Conservancy


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