Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Umbria Writers Needed
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 16, 15 at 03:13 PM
  • Writers Need for New Zealand Guide
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 15, 15 at 03:11 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 day trip fes to chefchaouen
  2. 2 Two Safari questions--one photography and one about gratuities
  3. 3 Why no mention of the beautuful lion...
  4. 4 Has anyone used this safari company in Uganda?
  5. 5 Best time to visit 2016 -
  6. 6 Israel itinerary
  7. 7 Connection Time from the US to CPT from JNB?
  8. 8 Wondering how much US Dollars to change to Kenyan Shillings?
  9. 9 Safari photography help
  10. 10 20 days, Family who loves Adventure, over the Holidays
  11. 11 Travel within Africa
  12. 12 Last minute invite to Kenya - need reasonablebSafari tour operators
  13. 13 Flights to Uganda & Kenya
  14. 14 Namibia--fly-in or guided drive?
  15. 15 Can Anyone Say Anything Positive About Ethiopia Air?
  16. 16 Trip Report Southern Africa Safari Trip—Best Vacation Ever!!
  17. 17 Tanzania trip Advice
  18. 18 What company for gorilla trekking?
  19. 19 Trip Report Trip Report: Madagascar and Rwanda
  20. 20 1st time Africa: Zambezi Rafting & more - what do I need to know?
  21. 21 el gouna or soma bay????
  22. 22 Morocco - Chefchaouen, Ait Benhaddou
  23. 23 What is a normal price for driver from Amman airport to Petra
  24. 24 Malawi with kiddos
  25. 25 Porini Mara & Porini Lion in October 2016
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