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Update from Elewana Collection’s Sand River Masai Mara

No wonder they call The Great Wildebeest Migration one of the Seven New Wonders of the World! Elewana guests witnessed the river crossing action during their stay in the Sand River Masai Mara.

Update from Micheal Thomas

Safari guide Micheal Thomas was ecstatic to witness Mara River crossing at Point number 8.

Latest #HerdTracker update: Mara River crossings at Point number 8 - YouTube

 
Update from Serengeti Nomad

Hundreds of wildebeest were captured moving from the Kuka Hills and Bologonja area heading towards the Gardenia Valley. However, safari guides in the Western Serengeti reported, there is a large herd of the wildebeest and zebra in the Grumeti River on their journey to the Northern Serengeti.

Image by Serengeti Nomad

Update from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

A large herd of the Loita Migration was seen in the Naboisho Conservancy heading towards the Olare Motorogi plains.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east.

Thank you to Herd Tracker for this week’s update!
Want to join us for a safari? Get in touch with your trusted travel agent or make an enquiry with us.

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By Anwynn Louw, Digital Marketing Assistant

Kenya is best known for its incredible wildlife, extraordinary landscapes, and of course, The Great Wildebeest Migration. Thousands of safari-goers flock to Kenya each year, drawn in by the country’s big game, strikingly beautiful beaches, as well as the iconic Mara scenery. Whether you’re planning your first ever safari or are a safari veteran who is looking for something more meaningful to experience, Kenya is definitely the place to be.

 Wildlife Viewing

The iconic Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the southwestern region of Kenya and lies on the southern border of Kenya. It forms part of the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem that spreads down into Tanzania to the south, offering visitors incredible wildlife viewing throughout the year. The reserve’s name is derived from the native language of the local Maasai people who referred to the area as ‘Mara’, which means spotted – because of the way acacia trees are dotted across the Mara plains.

Kenya has a remarkable 24 national parks and 15 national reserves. The range of natural habitats is wide: vast flat savanna plains and deserts; high-altitude snow-capped mountains with wooded slopes; lowland equatorial forests; and the south coast is perfect for idyllic tropical beach holidays. A vast group of wildlife calls the Masai Mara home, the land supports over 100 mammal species, 12 types of primates, an abundance of reptiles and over 1 000 bird species. This includes Africa’s “Big Five” and big cats.

“Intimate view from the Masai Mara” – A Gallery

Petro N. Zouzoulas stayed at two of our properties during his East Africa visit in the Greater Masai Mara region and beautifully captured the astounding wildlife that roams the plains surrounding Rekero and Naboisho.

Rekero Camp is a traditional East African safari camp situated 150 meters from an old-age crossing point on the Talek River. With the dining deck perfectly positioned you can enjoy all the action, spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife year-round.

Located in the Mara Nabaoisho Conservancy, Naboisho camp offeres an intimate and exclusive safari experience to its visitors. The concervancy is a haven for wildlife and also serves as an important corridor for the little-known Loita Migration. Approximatley 5000 wildebeest and 1ooo zebra make their way through this area every year.

“Many thanks to the wonderful people at Rekero and Naboisho Camps who guided us through this pristine and beautiful landscape. Without their guidance, none of these photos would be possible.” – Petros Zouzoulas

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By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager 

The Highlands has officially made the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List! This is the first Asilia property to be recognised on the World’s Best List and debuting at number 29 in the world is something we are incredibly proud of.

The Highlands was not only featured in the World’s Best List, which is independently selected and reviewed by the Travel + Leisure editorial team, it also features as the number 6 property for Travel + Leisure’s Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa list for 2019. This award is based on votes from readers around the world and showcases just how special a stay at The Highlands is for our guests.

Every year Travel + Leisure open up their World’s Best Awards survey to their readers, asking them to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. The nominees feature many different hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, airlines, and more and are rated according to their facilities, locations, service, food, and overall value for money.

Because these awards are voted for by those who have actually travelled and experienced these remarkable places and accommodations, receiving a spot in the Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa as well as making the World’s Best List is a definite stamp of approval for anyone who may be thinking of visiting our unique domed tents in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The Highlands – Redefining The Ngorongoro Experience

The Highlands offers one of the most majestic settings within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The camp is set high on the edge of a mountain forest which hugs the Olmoti volcano towards the north of the Ngorongoro Crater. The unique domed design is unlike anything else in the area and the accommodations strike the perfect balance between an exceptional safari experience and a sophisticated, stylish escape.

The Highlands has many unique activities and engaging experiences to offer.

With its exclusive location on the Olmoti volcano, The Highlands offers a range of activities that are both new and intriguing. If you wish to experience much more than the classic Ngorongoro descent, this is the place you need to be. We would love to welcome you – make an enquiry with us below to start planning your dream safari adventure.

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By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager 

Disney’s latest remake of The Lion King premieres later this month. The fresh take on Disney’s seventh highest-grossing film of all time has audiences around the world waiting in anticipation.

We are immensely proud to say that Asilia was Disney’s partner when their team filmed on location in Kenya earlier this year. We flew them around for more than 2 weeks, guided by Asilia’s pro-guide and manager Roelof Schutte. The Disney team shot a diverse range of locations including the Aberdares, Lake Magadi, Northern Kenya, Mt Kenya and of course the Maasai Mara.

As Asilia, we are incredibly proud of our history in being involved as partners in the logistics of many groundbreaking wildlife documentaries and films. In the past, we have been closely involved in the filming of the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and The Hunt, National Geographic’s Little E, and Disney Nature’s African Cats documentary, too.

Our camps, expert guides, and local wildlife and landscapes have played host to these incredible pieces of work, and we would love to welcome you to experience them for yourself. Warm hospitality, exceptional guiding, and remarkable locations are the essence of our safaris along with a strong commitment to empowering crucial wilderness areas, benefitting people and nature alike. Explore more of our camps and areas here or watch some of our incredible virtual reality videos to get a taste of what an East African safari with Asilia is all about.

Bob poole in action filming in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

For those of you who may be interested in taking your safari experience to the next level, you need to see our exclusive collection of hand-crafted Asilia Adventures. These itineraries offer intrepid travellers an adventure that is unique, immersive and rich in experience as part of their trip to Kenya or Tanzania.

Make an enquiry below to start planning your next safari in the land of The Lion King.

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By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager 

BBC One’s latest mini-series, Serengeti, aired its first episode last week. Each episode follows the lives and intertwined stories of several animals that call these plains home while showcasing the intense drama and action that accompanies the area’s distinctive wildlife.

In last week’s episode, we were introduced to Zalika, a young female hyena whose entire world changes following an unfortunate event. In a terrifying attack by young male lions, Zalika loses her mother and ultimately has to assume the leadership of her family. Life for hyena clans is not easy – they face many turbulent circumstances and have some unusual ways of doing things!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite facts about the hyena to share with you and will be sharing more about the other characters in BBC One’s Serengeti series in the coming weeks as the episodes are premiered.

If you’re interested in visiting the Serengeti to see the characters of BBC One’s series, read more about how you can do that here.

Be sure to tune in for this dramatic six-part series, new episodes air each Thursday at 8:00 pm (UK time) until the 8th of August. The Serengeti is an iconic landscape that is filled with stories of love, loss, rivalries, adversity, and triumphs. BBC One’s series beautifully encapsulates this while bringing unique characters to life, showing how their lives entwine and dramatically unfold in the heart of this legendary land.

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By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager 

The anticipation is reaching an all-time high as the premiere of Disney’s The Lion King draws closer. Wildlife lovers from all over the world are excited to see the live-action remake later this month which follows the story of a lion pride living on the plains of Kenya.

A true Lion King surveys the land.

If you’d love to head out on safari and explore the plains that Simba, Mufasa, Nala, and all of The Lion King’s characters call home, join us on an epic safari experience. We’re proud to offer truly immersive and engaging safari experiences in the best locations that East Africa has to offer, let us transport you to a magical land and show you just where to find most of the wonderful and interesting characters of The Lion King.

See Simba in the Serengeti

Game viewing, in general, is spectacular throughout the year in the Serengeti – and lion sightings are no exception. While you can see lion at any of our camps, one, in particular, is a firm favourite for these large felines.

Namiri Plains is located in a secluded region of the eastern Serengeti, an area that was closed off for 20 years in order to restore cheetah populations. Today, the area is truly big cat territory – lion, cheetah, and even leopard roam these plains freely, and sightings of big cats are frequent with the exciting possibility of seeing super prides, too. One lucky guest had the pleasure of spending time with a pride of forty-three lion, read about this incredible experience here.

Guests were absolutely amazed at the sight of this super pride in the Serengeti. Photo credits: Monique & Chris Fallows

Wallowing Warthogs & Poised Meerkats

One of the most-loved characters of The Lion King is Pumbaa, the charismatic warthog and best friend to a feisty meerkat, Timon. Warthogs are a member of the pig family, live in fairly large family groups, and are largely found in central Kenya. If you’re planning on visiting the Masai Mara, keep an eye out for what we call the Kenya Express – they can move at quite a speed and dart around with their tails raised up almost as though they are running an errand, our guides always say “Oh, there goes the Kenya Express with an important delivery.” It is quite a funny sight to see! When on safari with us, you’ll see warthog in both Kenya and Tanzania, just head out for a game drive and you’re almost always guaranteed a sighting.

We had a particularly interesting encounter at Rekero Camp a few months back – an incredibly feisty warthog was the target of a leopard and decided to fight back. See more of the encounter here.

A lone warthog seen in Kenya foraging for food.

While Timon and Pumbaa were the best of friends in the film, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find these two species spending time together, mainly due to the fact that meerkat actually don’t live in East Africa at all! The meerkat is found in Botswana, South Africa, Angola, and Namibia so if you’d like to see these curious and interesting creatures, you’ll need to visit them in the desert-like areas they call home.

Roam the Congo in search of Rafiki

Many people don’t know that Rafiki is not a baboon but is, in fact, a mandrill. They are the largest of all monkeys, are incredibly beautiful and colourful creatures, and were actually classified as baboons in the past. Unlike Rafiki, mandrills actually live in large groups, and socialization is a huge part of their lifestyle.

The mandrill is found in the tropical rainforests and sometimes the grasslands of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and the Congo in western-central Africa. So, much like the meerkat, one would need to visit these countries in order to catch a glimpse of the unique animal.

While we won’t be able to show you mandrill in Kenya or Tanzania, we have a group of very special chimpanzee who call Rubondo Island home. Journey with us to Rubondo and spend a few days with us, head out with a ranger, trekking into the forest towards the latest area the chimps had been spotted. Read more about our Chimpanzee Habituation Project here.

Hide Out Near a Hyena Den

When heading out on a game drive in Tanzania or Kenya you are more than likely to spot a hyena or two – if you’re lucky, you’ll come across a den with many hyenas and hopefully some cute pups, too.

A hyena den with a few young cubs seen while out on a drive in Kenya’s Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

The Lion King depicted hyena as followers and not that bright, when in reality they are incredibly hardy and quick-thinking. The preconception of them being mangy scavengers is not always true, hyena have been known to hunt and kill wildebeest and antelope.

Have Breakfast with a Hornbill

Zazu, Mufasa’s uptight right-hand man and Simba’s begrudged caretaker, is a red-billed hornbill who takes his duty as royal advisor very seriously.

It seems as though this might not be too far from the truth when it comes to hornbills in real life as this cheeky male who frequents Oliver’s Camp showed us. After eyeing out some delicious freshly-baked muffins on our breakfast deck, he promptly stole one for his own breakfast and seemed quite pleased with himself.

The red-billed hornbill can be found throughout Tanzania, specifically in central Tanzania, but we have many who spend their time in the trees surrounding Oliver’s Camp and can be seen here throughout the year.

A hungry red-billed hornbill steals a muffin from the breakfast deck at Oliver’s Camp.

We’re proud to offer immersive, genuine and engaging safari experiences in the best locations that East Africa has to offer. Warm hospitality, expert staff and remarkable standards of excellence are epitomised in everything we do, accompanied by an unwavering sense of responsibility to conserve and sustain our crucial wildlife areas as well as the animals and people that call them home. Join us on a safari that will leave you with incredible memories while making a positive impact on the area you visit, too.

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By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager 

If you’ve had a chance to watch the first episode of BBC One’s Serengeti series, you’re probably hooked already and waiting in anticipation for the second episode.

The Serengeti is a region filled with connected species and events – each and every animal has its place and purpose. Filmed over the course of a year, the Serengeti series follows the intertwined stories of several animals that call these plains home and showcases the intense drama and action that accompanies the area’s distinctive wildlife.

“There’s love and loss, jealousy and rivalry, tragedy and triumph, as their lives entwine and dramatically unfold in the heart of this legendary land.” – BBC One

In the first episode we are introduced to Kali, a brave lioness; Bakari, a passionate male baboon; and Tembo, a juvenile elephant. Food is abundant and the plains are full of life, however, a series of unexpected events leads families to turn on one another, pushing their relationships to the limit.

Experience the Serengeti with Asilia

We pride ourselves on offering immersive, genuine and engaging safari experiences in the best locations that East African has to offer, one of these being the Serengeti. Often described as the quintessential safari destination, the Serengeti is not only home to hundreds of remarkable species but is also to one of the greatest spectacles in nature, The Great Wildebeest Migration.

The epic struggle and drama of The Great Migration.

With three mobile-migration camps positioned in the best locations along the annual migration route, you’re guaranteed a front-row seat to all the heart-pounding action when staying with us. These camps move during the year in order to follow the herds on their epic 1 000-kilometre trek through Tanzania and Kenya. Join us at either Olakira Camp, Ubuntu Camp, or Kimondo Camp for a truly immersive and genuine safari experience of the Great Migration.

Join us at Dunia Camp, our all-female run property in the centre of the Serengeti, which has easy access to the scenic Moru Kopjes and superb sightings of big cats, leopard, and even rhino that roam the forests close to camp.

Searching the plains close to Dunia Camp for wildlife.

Sayari Camp is well-known for its extraordinary wildlife sightings as well as its elegant and lush accommodations. Super-comfortable hillside suits accompanied by a gorgeous rim-flow swimming pool overlooking the sweeping northern Serengeti plains mean it is no surprise that this camp is regularly voted one of the top safari escapes on the planet.

A guest at Sayari Camp enjoys a special moment with a herd of elephant.

Namiri Plains is set along the banks of Ngare Nanyuki River in a remote area of the eastern Serengeti. The plains surrounding the camp are famous for their lion and cheetah populations. Namiri Plains will soon be relaunching with upgraded accommodations as well as an enhanced in-camp guest experience. You can find out more about what the new Namiri Plains has to offer here.

Be sure to tune in for this dramatic six-part series, new episodes air each Thursday at 8:00 pm (UK time) until the 8th of August. The Serengeti is an iconic landscape that is filled with stories of love, loss, rivalries, adversity, and triumphs. BBC One’s series beautifully encapsulates this while bringing unique characters to life, showing how their lives entwine and dramatically unfold in the heart of this legendary land.

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Update from Alex Walker’s Serian

The Great Wildebeest migration herds in the Serengeti are moving closer to the Mara River. Due to the good weather, chances of Mara River crossing are very high.  

Latest #HerdTracker update: Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti moving closer to the Mara River - YouTube

 
Update from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide Firozdin Rafiq witnessed the herds in the Northern part of the Serengeti on the Bolongonja plains heading towards the Nyamalumbwa area due to the green posture after the heavy recent rains.

Update from Serengeti Nomad

Serengeti Nomad safari guide had a drive from Kogatende to Klein’s via Nyamalumbwa Hills and captured a large herd of the wildebeest moving long the Kuka Hills towards the Kleins. However, the woodlands all the way to the open plains is packed with the wildebeest grazing heading towards the Eastern side of the Bologonja Gate.

Few lifetime experiences can beat that of watching over a million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebra – followed by their predators – embark on a 1,000km-long circular trek through the unfenced Masai Mara and Serengeti in search of seasonal pasture and water. This natural spectacle is both thrilling and profoundly moving. Explore The Great Migration

Thank you to Herd Tracker for this week’s update!
Want to join us for a safari? Get in touch with your trusted travel agent or make an enquiry with us.

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Update from Alex Walker’s Serian

Safari guide Micheal Thomas witnessed the great migration on the Nyamarubwa Plains close to the Kaskaz Mara Camp.

Kaskaz Mara Camp is a short drive from Kogetende Airstrip and the exciting Mara River viewing area. The camp proposes style and grace in the far northern Serengeti. Explore the intriguing wilderness on foot with the in-house armed walking guide; follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot.

Thank you to Herd Tracker for this week’s update!
Want to join us for a safari? Get in touch with your trusted travel agent or make an enquiry with us.

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Peter Thompson, Manager Rekero Camp

I was driving in the midday heat, close to Rekero Camp when I came across a young, grazing warthog. Seconds later, I saw Bahati (which means ‘luck’ in Swahili), a beautiful pregnant leopard, often spotted around the camp.

She was snarling at the birds that were invading her cool, shady resting area. But her focus quickly shifted to the warthog, which was bumbling towards her, oblivious. I had just enough time to get out my camera before she pounced on the hapless creature, mere meters in front of me.

It was a curiously quiet duel, and the bush seemed to go still around them as they tussled. Just a few minutes later, it was all over and the clever Bahati dragged her kill off to the bushes for a well-deserved lunch.

Lights, camera action – scroll through the gallery below to witness this incredible encounter!

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