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01st July 2015 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

migration 2015

The largest wildlife show & migration has once again started its annual spectacle. Already 2 weeks ago the first larger herds of wildebeest and zebra were spotted crossing over Sand River between the Mara & Serengeti Eco-systems. In the meantime though the group sizes have increased and so has the influx into the Mara. It is slow but steady.

The larger herds are still in the Northern Serengeti and on their way to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Loita Herds seem to be teaming up with the Serengeti Herds and are currently in the Koiyaki Lemek area moving towards the Central Maasai Mara. At the moment it looks like a long and steady migration.

Due to the recent heavy rainfall and plenty of fresh green grass, this may be a promising migration for the Mara this year.

Some of the first wildebeest have moved towards the Ol Kiombo Area where Little Mara Bush Camp is located. We look forward to an exciting migration season and welcome any last minute requests or bookings.

Karibu Kenya
Your Mara / Little Mara Bush Camp Teams

 

10th September 2014 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

The annual Great Migration is truly still on-going and after having returned from a weekend in the Mara, I can bear witness first hand of seeing this spectacle with my family ! During our stay at our Little Mara Bush Camp with its fantastic location, we were lucky enough to witness Prides of Lions with cubs, a Cheetah Mum with 4 very young new born cubs (only about 4 weeks old) as well as large male  leopard (walking across the smelly crossing and passing our car just a metre away !!!), herds of elephant and of course… thousands of wildebeest literally everywhere ! We started our game drives in the morning from the Ol Kiombo area and drove via double cross to Rhino Ridge / via smelly crossing towards the Mara River and wherever we looked we saw tremendous herds of wildebeest, zebra and topi.

2 days ago, we witnessed a zebra crossing & today a major crossing with approx. 5,000 animals took place at 8.00 am this morning on the Mara River near Mara Serena. With the recent fresh rains within the last week, (last night it rained heavily too) the grass has started to sprout again and the wildebeest are enjoying a new food source that will certainly keep them around for a while. We understand from our guides that another major crossing of approx. 6,000 animals took place at 1.30 pm today in the Paradise area.

General game viewing is extremely rewarding at the moment and most clients will see the BIG 5 in a time span of 2 days. The Mara is still the most fantastic game reserve in Africa !

Watch this space for more up-dates !

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

07th July 2014 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

A new week and a new situation...
A number of the herds that have migrated into the Mara Game Reserve have started to move back into the Serengeti. Fresh grass slows them down in their movement and we expect it will take some more time until these herds reach the Mara Eco-system again.

That said, the herds wander from the Loita Hills to the Musiara Swamp and Rhino Ridge. Reports still speak of River Crossings of 10 to 15,000 at the famous paradise crossing point. It is indeed a happy feast for the hungry crocodiles in the Mara River. At the moment, all indicators seem to point to a lengthy migration and it is possible that it my last until mid November or longer just like last year. A lot depends on the rain ... so far, the Mara is very dry and rain is needed.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

11th June 2014 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

The annual migration has started to stream in ! This is a very early start to the migration this year and one that we cannot recall from ever happening so early. We have had the priviledge of seeing large herds of Zebra and Wildebeest from across the Loita Hills streaming into the reserve. The herds have crossed the Talek river swiftly and have already reached our Ol Kiombo Area where Mara Bush Camp is located.

The first herds have crossed Sand River from the Serengeti and will meet the Loita Herds soon inside the reserve.  The development last year was also rather unusual as we had a very long migration well into early December in the Mara. Hence, we expected that the migration this year would not start before mid /end of July. Mother Nature has its own plans and we were surprised by this early turn out of wildebeest. Also the number of animals that seems to comprise of the Loita Herds is much larger than ever before.
A large number of Big Cats is following the herds and exciting hunting scences can be expected this season. If you have not yet booked your holiday this year to Kenya, there is still a chance to witness this amazing spectacle. Fantastic last minute offers are available until mid July.

We still have some free tents through some periods this season on both our camps and would be very happy to tailor make a special safari for you to experience the Great Migration ! Mara Bush Camp & Little Mara Bush Camp look forward to spoiling you !
All our guests that are booked already, have a wonderful safari and a memorable stay with us !

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

28th September 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

Latest reports reaching our office from the Maasai Mara and Mara Bush Camp reveal that our guests continue to enjoy amazing game sightings daily. The great wildebeest /animal migration is far from being over. Just recently, large herds of Wildebeests crossed the Talek River in a spectacular manner.
Overall, large herds of Wildebeest still occupy a large part of the Mara plains and lookout area with the predators taking advantage and making easy kills. This phenomenon provides breathtaking moments, good for a keen photographer and nature enthusiast. Those who have been following the migration trend for a long time reveal that this year’s migration is by far the most spectacular one witnessed in the last 15 years; it is also expected to last longer.

The predators are not left behind either.  A pride of 12 Lions have recently found their way to the plains surrounding Mara Bush Camp. The three youthful Cheetahs commonly known for climbing the roofs of Safari vehicles while spotting their prey, have relocated to an area near Mara Bush Camp. On the other side of look out area, a Cheetah with her 4 cubs is often spotted.
 
The weather report promises nice sunny days ahead after the rains witnessed daily in the last few months subsided. This is the ideal time for game viewing and photography. The beautiful sunrise  light is what every photographer is looking for. Mara Bush Camp still has some space available in October/ November for those who might decide last minute to travel.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

04th September 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

Usually in August we have rains in the Mara but this year they came late and started almost at the end of the month. Just before the afternoon game drive on the 26th of August it rained heavily, which was good for the animals because they could get water and for the grazers fresh grass will grow; but for the roads; they become wet and muddy but with our very professional guides, guests are able to go on their game drives on the slippery roads.
When the rain stops, the air is clear and fresh and cheetah and lion cubs were spotted jumping and playing n the grass. If lucky you can spot three Serval cats just like one of our clients did.

The first two weeks in August the guests enjoyed watching long crossings to and fro the mara river. But still the Gnus are here and crossings are still being sighted. The crocodiles seem to be full and are not anymore jumping over the Gnus. Lots of Gnus are lying dead in the river; luckily our camp is not near the mara river for the smell from the dead animals is unbearable.

There are still rooms available in September and October on certain dates.

planeIn other news.... if you have ever dreamed of seeing the Mara in a bird’s eye view perspective;

starting this July season we are offering a flight service that you can fly over the Mara with the professional pilot & photographer Marcel Romdane.

Departure and drop off is possible at any of the airstrips in the Mara.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

09. August 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

For three consecutive days Maasai Mara has been dominated  by rhyming sounds from the wildebeests, The gripping sounds come from the plains neighboring Mara Bush Camp. Currently the nights are cool and clear, one can relax outside in the evening and enjoy the inspiring sight of the full moon. Huge herds of wildebeests continue gathering in the plains around Mara Bush Camp, while thousands are still finding their way from Serengeti crossing over through the famous Sand River.

The River crossing takes  place  daily at the Talek River. Large herds of wildebeests which continue flocking to the Mara is a good sign that crossing won’t be over any time soon.  The grass is quite tall at the moment  due to the heavy rains  witnessed in the past few months. Wildebeests are slowly trimming it to lower levels. The noise emanating from different animals in the surrounding plains has a magical effect. Hunting for our predators has become quite easy due to the high concentration of easy prey. Some predators hunt for the  fun of it  bringing down one kill after another. The frequent burning of the grass at Mara triangle has forced the animals to change their migratory route. The herds seem to stick together this year more than the years before, giving a very spectacular occurrence. It is likely that the herds will stay in the Maasai Mara for a longer period probably extending to the months of October or even  mid- November.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to  all our guests for sharing with us their amazing Safari photos not forgetting our readers for following our updates.
Next migration update will follow soon.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

02. August 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

The river crossing takes place almost daily at the moment. Large herds of wildebeests continue storming from all sides of Mara crossing over to Sand River and the Mara River. Reports from our guides who are out daily on game drives confirm that the main migration has finally started.

Large herds of animals are seen daily marching from Mara River towards the Talek River which is in the neighborhood of Mara Bush Camp. Cases of grass being burnt in Mara triangle have been reported, no reason or explanation has been given for this irresponsible act.

This scenario will affect the migration pattern as the animals will avoid the Mara triangle due to the raging fire  hence spending more time on our side of the reserve an event which favors’ our guests.  Hunting for the crocodiles and the big cats is quite easy now due to the high concentration of wildlife. Our guests enjoy spectacular game drives daily with predators hunting on daily basis.

Mara Bush Camp still has availability in September and October, we are pleased to welcome guests who might make last minute decision to visit the Mara and experience this amazing phenomenon.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

24. July 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

The great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara has finally started though this time round slightly late as compared to the years before. Huge herds of wildebeests numbering up to 15,000 have already crossed Sand River. The leading group was seen on the 12th July, marching on to the Mara Game Reserve.

Large herds of Zebras spread all over the plains are a good sign of the actual migration. It is very likely that the Wildebeest migration will be quite special this year due to the heavy rains witnessed both in Serengeti and Maasai Mara. The grass is extraordinarily long in the Mara at the moment , guaranteeing animals lots of food hence reducing pace at which they are moving. We look forward to an exciting season.

The wildebeests have split into two different groups in Serengeti; one group has taken the eastern direction towards Sand River another group another group has grossed the Grumeti River; this means they will enter Maasai Mara in two different points. Another smaller group has already reached Klein’s Camp in northern Serengeti and is expected to reach Maasai Mara soon. But still large herds are roaming in central Serengeti, which is a clear indication of a relatively slow migration this year.

The resident herds have also started moving towards the central part of Maasai and are currently occupying the Musiara area and have spread all the way to Talek Gate. The predators are evidently anxious getting ready for easy kills.

Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs living in the neighborhood of Mara Bush Camp are active daily, making it possible for guests to witness stunning scenes. A serval cat has been seen in the last few days, not far away from Mara Bush Camp. With the improved concentration of wildlife one can easily say the animals have been waiting for our guests, some quite photogenic and appearing in the perfect moment for a photograph.  Mara Bush Camp still has space in September and October for those who might take a last minute decision to travel and have an adventure in the world famous Maasai Mara Reserve. We wish all our guests a wonderful stay and would like to pass on our appreciation for the highly motivational feedback on our services at the camp so far.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

24. July 2012 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

Small herds of wildebeests have already arrived in the Mara! a number of them were seen grossing the famous crossing point, the Sand River. Large groups have also been spotted 40 km away from the border and are expected to reach the Maasai Mara in the coming few days. Overall, the migration has started at the expected time this year but slightly late as compared to the migration in 2011.This is due to the heavy rains which were witnessed in most parts of Serengeti. This weather phenomenon guaranteed fresh grass for the animals throughout resulting in slow movements of the herds.

Mara Bush Camp reopened its doors once on the 10th .07.2012 with the first guests being welcomed in the afternoon . We continue receiving fresh updates on the game situation as well as the trend of the migration from our guides. We will ensure this information reaches you in time.

We all look forward to a nice and exciting new season and wish all our Guests a pleasant stay in Kenya.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

UPDATES FROM 2011

10. August 2011 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

Wildebeest, wildebeest, and wildebeest again! A large amount of the herds from Tanzania are now in the Masai Mara, and there are still more coming from the Serengeti, over the Sand River, into the Mara.


The Kenyan herds from the Loyota area mingle more and more now with the big herds from Tanzania. The great masses of wildebeest and zebra make this a “life in paradise”, especially for the crocodiles and the large cats as there is food in abundance now.
We are also proud of a pair of lions, who chose the area around the Mara Bush Camp for their honeymoon. According to the reports of some of the guides and our guests, we can look forward to new lion cubs soon, as the couple takes full advantage of their ‘honeymoon’.


The "Double Crossing" points have been chosen by two large groups of lionesses for their feeding area. As expected, some spectacular hunting & chasing scenes have been observed and monitored.
Some may remember the cheetah with the six cubs from the previous year, which was lovingly called ‘Mama Africa’ by some visitors. We have already reported on this in our last update. Now there is a cheetah with 7 cubs that are now 4 weeks old. We have to wait and see if they will all survive as this is a huge challenge for a cheetah mom to accomplish.


This year there have also been several new changes & innovations in our camp. We have created a special lounge for photographers! This way there can be more batteries loaded at the same time or/and images of the day reviewed and discussed in a comfortable atmosphere. Stop by and take a look at our website in the next few days, where we will continue to post new pictures.
We would like to thank you for the fantastic feedback in the last few weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming you as our guests soon.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

19.07.2011 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,

Mara Bush Camp has opened its doors again on 13.07.2011 and we already welcomed our first guests. The first few days were spectacular in every way and plenty of animals are being observed all around the camp. The wildebeest migration is in full swing and the wildebeest herds of about 200 000 animals strong are already at the Keekorok area and very close to the Mara Bush Camp. Other large herds have crossed the Grumeti River in Tanzania in the last 2 weeks and are expected to arrive in the Masai Mara in a few days. They are accompanied, as always, by countless zebras.


In recent days a group of 4 proud lionesses and their 8 young cubs were spotted close to the vicinity of the camp. They made their way towards the Mara River. Currently there are three large lion prides and several smaller ones in this area; making this part of the Masai Mara the Kingdom of the Big Cats.


Mama Africa and her 6 cubs are still around the Talek area. The young cheetah’s are now well over a year old and are being introduced to the art of hunting.
Like every year Mara Bush Camp strives to exceed the last year with wonderful new changes and innovations.  We will continue to introduce them to you in the next forthcoming updates.
We wish all our Guests unforgettable, beautiful and exciting moments, and are looking forward to your visit to the Mara Bush Camp.

Your Mara Bush Camp Team

 

15.06.2011 Dear our esteemed Guests and Kenya Fans,
Once again we would like to bring you news on the world famous Wildebeest Migration taking place annually between July to November in the Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

With first hand information from Tanzania from both our guides and employees on the ground, we would like to keep you up to date on the movement of approx. 2 million wildebeest and zebra, leaving the Serengeti plains in the Western part of the Serengeti, crossing the Grumeti River on their way to Kenya.

The first smaller herds have just arrived in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and are gathering at Sand River which provides the border between Kenya / Tanzania. Just like last year this is happening surprisingly early. We believe that climate change and eco-system in and around the Mara River are responsible for this. That could also be the reason why the wildebeests stay so much longer in the Mara.

Due to this development and high demand, Mara Bush Camp will already open by July 13th for our esteemed guests wishing to experience this natural phenomenon up and close. Like every year we have strived to exceed the last year with wonderful new changes at the Camp.

We wish all our Guests a memorable stay at Mara Bush Camp with lots of exciting wildlife sightings !

Your Mara Bush Camp Team