April 4, 2017

When people first think of a safari, images of endless open acacia savannahs with thousands upon thousands of wildebeest dotting the plains appear in their minds. Predators stalking from the sidelines, eyeing the abundance of food as the herds crossing in long columns like an infestation of ants.

The Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania are without doubt two of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet. Few things can compare to the sheer magnitude of species, the perfect evening light, and awe-inspiring landscapes.


But, unfortunately, on many safaris this can be marred by the equally vast crowds of people – white mini busses or “rice rockets” racing along the dirt roads, impatient drivers hooting and jostling to get the best position. 40, 50, 60+ vehicles lining up to watch the wildebeest and zebra hoards cross the sinister Mara river.

Most people accept this reality as a necessity in order to be there and experience this incredible part of the world. But it doesn’t have to be this way – not if you are with the right people.

Wild Places has partnered with Royal African Safaris, one of the most respected and experienced collection of safari guides and unique properties in the industry. Together we’re able to secure private access to the most exciting and pristine environments that Africa has to offer.

This new partnership allows us to access a collection of luxury mobile safari camps and permanent lodges far from the maddening crowds.

We can decide where to go at a day’s notice to follow and track the migration in private areas of these iconic locations.

There is so much more to experience than just the migration. After the herds move on, relentlessly following the rains, a plethora of other game seems to come out of hiding – roaming elephants, vast herds of buffalo, eland, topi, hartebeest, impala, and gazelles. Not to mention the resident zebra and wildebeest that, for one reason or another, do not move, and prefer to just stay put.

And, of course, the predators are also still there, secure in their established territories. They do not follow the herds as is often thought to be the case. Really, the only animals that always follow the migration are the tourists.

This is what we like to refer to as “anti-migration safaris”. The biodiversity of game and predator concentration is like nowhere else and you can often spend an entire day completely on your own.

There is so much to explore and experience on safari and, even when returning to the same place, it is never quite the same. I think this is the reason that, once our guests are bitten by the safari bug, they can never quite resist coming back again and again.

Meet Michael to start planning the trip of a lifetime

Michael will be in California from 20th April until 12th May.

If you would like to meet up with him and discuss your dream safari, please email him directly as his schedule is very tight: michaelduncanturner@gmail.com.

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