Kenya's Borders Opened Just in Time for the Great Migration

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This year, only about 20 percent of the typical annual attendance is expected.

Kenya's annual Great Migration is one of nature's greatest spectacles, which runs through September. And with the borders now open to international commercial flights, the luxury African safari specialists ROAR Africa is offering amazing itineraries to see the most popular tourist attraction of the year.


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While each trip is customized to the clients' requests, the travel company ensures you will get to see part of the massive herds cross the stunning plains of East Africa. You'll see some of the 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 500,000 Thomson's gazelle that make up the "Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth." This year the crowds will be significantly smaller than in previous years as only 20 percent of tourists are expected due to reduced international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Imagine being woken up at 3 am by the sound of thundering hooves running past your lodge overlooking Kenya's Maasai Mara. Then head out with a guide to see the hordes of rare animals run past as well as Africa's great predators like lions, leopard, cheetah, and hyena.


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"This once-in-a-lifetime experience that never fails to top the list of the most ardent safari-goers and conservationists has just got a whole lot better," the company said in a release. "For the first time in decades, this incredible phenomenon will play out without the usual hordes of in a rare experience where you can absorb the vast freedom of these wild open spaces and the absolute solitude of the moment."

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A sample itinerary includes eight nights: four at Finch Hattons, where you search for the Big Five at Tsavo National Park, and four at Angama Mara, where the Great Migration occurs. And to welcome back tourists with open arms, ROAR Africa is offering a once-off Kenya Promotion for August and September 2020, where the first person pays a reduced rate, and the second person pays 50%.


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Prices are $14,000 for the first adult sharing and $7,000 for the second adult sharing, not including international flights. Children are $5,000 each, aged six to11 sharing with parents. Children over 12 pay second adult sharing rate. Family and small group camp buyouts are available, and the travel company will give a considerable discount to anyone wanting to spend one to two months away from it all. 


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And if you're concerned with safety, know that Kenya's tourism operations have been endorsed by the WHO and awarded the Safe Travel Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council.