Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Kenya Safari Tour Operator Recommendations
  2. 2 CASABLANCA for 1 Day
  3. 3 Morocco help
  4. 4 Trip report about self-driving in Northern Namibia for 2 weeks in May 2014
  5. 5 Trip Report Nine months to Egypt (but you should go now)
  6. 6 Attractions in Cairo and around
  7. 7 Driving Distance from Kalahari Tented Camp to Western Etosha NP
  8. 8 First trip to Africa
  9. 9 Morocco 6 days Itinerary..Need Help
  10. 10 Uganda Visa
  11. 11 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  12. 12 upcoming Africa trip ... gift ideas needed?
  13. 13 Trying to contact Rabbi Jay Karzen, Jerusalem
  14. 14 South Africa/Safari/12 days in May
  15. 15 Is Egypt OK to visit now with family ?
  16. 16 "Salute Africa" travel agency
  17. 17 Need feedback on my itinerary
  18. 18 DANCING ZEBRA SAFARI CO
  19. 19 The Heat and Dust of Kafue & the Busanga Plains
  20. 20 Calculating Conservancy Fees - Kenya's Mara North
  21. 21 Fes or Marrakech?
  22. 22 Transfer at JNB airport
  23. 23 Egypt - Need Help!
  24. 24 Your Thoughts on 5 Days in Morocco in Beg Dec
  25. 25 NBO Airport Transfer?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Do I really Want to See the Great Migration?

Jump to last reply

Resarching a first trip to Africa in 2013 to Tanzania (northern circuit), Kenya or both. We are in our 60s but not retired. I know many say to plan on future trips to Africa but I cannot be so sure considering the enormous cost of this one. Need to keep it to 14 days or less on the ground. I'm also looking for cultural experiences as much as wildlife. My husband and I know we will find the wildlife safaris exciting but we are not 'wildlife' afficionadoes and I'm a bit squeamish with viewing "kills" by the carnivores. (I'd much rather see happy babies with their moms!)

I started out thinking I'd want to go in July - Sept to see the great migration but based on the photos and the crowds, and the dust, I'm now not so sure. It looks like the wildebeast could really dominate the scene to the exclusion of other animals of greater interest to us. When I hear that lions might be sluggish since they are so well fed, or read that others find it exciting to see Wildebeast drown in a river crossing or babies snatched by croccidiles....well, maybe that's not for me? I have no desire to even see croccidiles, frankly.

If we instead travel in February, do you think I'll regret missing the Great Migration? Also airfares (from LAX) seem to be much less in Feb. My hope is to see lions, giraffe, elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebra and chetahs. Anything beyond that will be an extra prize! (We might spluge with Rwanda to see Gorilllas).....

24 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement