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Soaring High! The Maasai Mara Ranks Top among Travel brands feted in the World Travel Awards

Home to the 8th wonder of the world, and one of the last few sites your can experience the Big Five in their flesh, the Maasai Mara continues to thrive as a top travel destination in the world. Located on the South-western wildernesses of Kenya, The Mara spills over with an endless diversity of incredibly intriguing plants, animals and ecosystems. The main highlight of the Mara is the spectacle of the annual wilderbeest migration which peaks in the months of July to October. With quite a number of hotels, game lodges, and camping sites, the Mara is a traveler’s haven… so much such that it was named the top national park, beating hundreds others from across the continent, in the 2017 World Travel Awards.

Curious Wildebeest in the Mara (Image source: Pixabay)

The World Travel Awards is an annual events gala, started in 1993 to celebrate the excellence in all key sectors of travel, tourism and hospitality. This awards gala is currently on its 24th anniversary, which is marked by a Grand tour across the world, honoring and rewarding top brands across the continents.

My homeland, Kenya… The home of champions… bagged quite a number of categories in this year’s World travel Awards Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda. Among the Kenyan brands honored in the awards gala include:

  1. Kenya Airways – Africa’s Leading Airline 2017
  2. Kenya Airways – Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2017
  3. Diani Beach, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2017
  4. Port of Mombasa, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2017
  5. Destination Kenya – Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017
  6. Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2017
  7. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Hotel 2017
  8. Sirikoi, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2017
  9. Finch Hattons, Kenya – Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017
  10. Kenya Tourism Board – Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2017
  11. Bonfire Adventures – Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2017

These tourism/travel service providers must really have hacked their ‘How to be top’ assignments… and I’ll make it my next goal to experience every single one of them for all your sakes.

If you’ve had an experience with these legendary brands, tell me about it in the comments. Dont forget to spread the word.

Victory is super sweet!

 

 

 

 

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Things you should know about the wildebeest before you head down to Maasai Mara.

One  of the greatest wildlife spectacles of the world is under way. This is the annual migration of the wildebeest from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai Mara as they cross Mara river.

But what exactly do you know about this phenomenal animals called the wildebeest or gnus(pronounced as ‘news’) or Nyumbu in Swahili?

Here are quick facts about the wildebeest.

  • They are in the family of antelopes. (Shocked huh?)
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
  • They can live to up to twenty years.
  • Their mating period is seasonal and usually timed so that the young ones are born close to the beginning of the rainy season when pasture is in plenty.
  • During this period an average of half a million calves are born. ( Half a million!)
  • Their gestation period is about eight months.
  • When a calf is born it is able to stand and run within five to fifteen minutes of birth.
  • The young calf starts to eat grass at about 10 days but continues to suckle up to about 5 months.
  • Within a few days a young calf can run as fast as the adults in the herd.
  • Young males are driven away from the herd when the next calf is born while the females stay on.
  • They are grazers and can not do without water for more than a few days.
  • They have a migratory cycle each year in the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem covering up to around 2000km. This is dubbed as the great wildebeest migration.The great wildebeest migration.
  • A single herd of wildebeest can have up to about one million of them.
  • During the great migration about two million wildebeest cross the Mara river.
  • These animals are a reliable source of food to the predators of the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.
  • Predators follow the wildebeest as they move. Their main target being the young and weak.
  • Other territorial predators like lions will only attack the wildebeest when they cross their territory.
  • Wildebeest are active both day and night!
  • They are also generally noisy.
Yo.. whatchu looking at?
Yo.. whatchu looking at?

What more do you know about wildebeest? Have you already gone to see the migration? Share with us your experience.

With Love,

Bonita!

PS:The photos used in this post belong to their respective owners.

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