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Migration October 2009 Fairmont Mara hotel

london
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Migration October 2009 Fairmont Mara hotel

hi, we are looking to do 4 or 5 days In mid October 2009 and was wondering if it would be sufficient to stay at the Fairmont Mara club (which looks like its on a private ranch just on the border of the mara)? Would the game drives take one to the migration - not sure how big the mara reserve is? Basically, if the migration is still in the Mara at this time, would staying at the Fairmont mara club be the best option? thanks!

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1. Re: Migration October 2009 Fairmont Mara hotel

It doesn't really make a huge difference where you stay, to be honest, unless you are quite a way out of the reserve in, say, the Ololaimutiek area, because if the Migration is still on the Kenya side and if there are still crossings taking place, your driver/guide will ensure that he/she gets you to those crossings.

The Mara itself is 1510sq km in area, so fairly large. But the crossings take place in only a handful of locations. The Fairmont Mara is adequately located to take advantage of these, if they are still in progress.

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FL 410 With respect, it is probably worth pointing out to Cheryl that Mara Safari Club is just about the furthest north of any of the camps and lodges on the western side, a good 30-40km as the crow flies from the main crossing spots south of Governors.

Cheryl, if you *could* find somewhere closer, it could save over an hour's drive there and back (2hrs) on each 3hr game drive.

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3. Re: Migration October 2009 Fairmont Mara hotel

By mid-October it's anyone's guess where the migration might be. Many of the herds may already be in the Serengeti, or way down south on their way to the Serengeti. Others can still be on the group ranch lands where Mara Safari Club is located. We've seen in years past herds of 40,000+ on the airstrips up this way during October.

And, of course, there's never any guarantee for seeing a "crossing." Besides, if MSC takes guests out for full-days, the distances aren't all that bad and plenty of other game along the way to/fro! It's not always all about the migration.

That said, however, Cheryl might want to consider a camp a bit farther south as: Governor's Main, Kichwa Tembo, Intrepid's or lodges as Serena or Keekorok.

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Thanks very much for your replies, really helps put things into perspective! I will do some research on the hotels further south but as you said i am there to see as many animals as possible and not only the migration, just an added bonus!

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The area around the MSC does have really good game (we stayed at Ngerende just down the road last year & saw dozens of lion & several leopards, we also went to MSC a few years back) & doing an all day game drive would allow you to go to the crossing points - or better still you could stay 2/3 days in MSC & 2/3 days at another lodge in a different area, giving you a better overall picture of the Mara.

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Just wonder if someone can comment on the general availability of good wildlife viewing at the Fairmont year-round? Tony,I think you are suggesting that it's good.

We may prefer to tour an area with less tourism traffic. Would it be accurate to say that the Fairmont may provide this? Thanks!

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We've had some of our best game sightings up this way even in "off" season. And, for sure there aren't as many vehicles as one would find farther south in the Reserve and/or Triangle areas. On one visit there must have been 40,000 wildebeest in the area that had to be shewed off the airstrip so the plane could land. But, game is rarely assured at any one place and varies from year-to-year.

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Thanks Sandi. Not unlike Canada:) you have to take nature on it's own terms.

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