The Great Migration that takes place each year between the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti is arguably the most significant natural event that occurs on this planet. According to Africa.com, millions of Wildebeest, Zebra, and Gazelle migrate between Tanzania and Kenya.
The Great Migration is one of the world’s most popular events. Searching Kenya’s Wildebeest migration on google returns about 16 million results. National Geographic has covered it at least 50 times over the last decade. It’s an insanely popular destination.
At the rate rhinos are being poached, they are expected to be extinct within ten years. If you’ve considered visiting Africa in the past, the time is now. The rate at which some of these species are disappearing is alarming. The opportunity to get up close and personal with the last remaining members of a species would be a memory that would not soon be forgotten.
Andrew Mweti, the owner of Pathway Safaris, spends his days taking tourists to see this one-of-a-kind event. Andrew’s started his company in 2009 after he had learned the ropes working for the larger, more established Safari companies.
Andrew has dedicated his life to safaris. Andrew stated, “I’ve taken various courses in Tour Guiding and Administration, Tour management and hospitality. I have been a tour guide as well as a Tour leader. I arrange and organize wildlife safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.”
Pathway Safaris offers several Great Migration tours starting at around $1,500. Trips can be as short as a few days, or they can last for several weeks. This isn’t a last-minute trip though, According to Andrew, guests begin planning for the trip a year or more in advance.
“We visit Amboseli National Park, known for its huge herds of African elephants and stunning views of the snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, Tsavo East National Park, known for the red elephants of Tsavo and a good number of wildlife both predators and prey.” Andrew continued, “In Tanzania, we visit the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro National park. While in Uganda, we visit both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and see at close range the majestic Gorillas in their natural habitat.”
Andrew described a unique opportunity that his guests get a chance to participate in, saying, “Guests also get the chance to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy.”
Ol Pejeta is famous for being the home of Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino. Sudan’s death was documented in the film Kifaru. Ol Pejeta is currently home to the last two remaining female Northern White Rhinos. Efforts are underway to revive the species, but depend on never before attempted medical procedures using new science.
Andrew said that visitors can see the last two female rhinos Fatu and Najin, up close.
Curious about the guest’s experiences, I asked Andrew about some of the more emotional places that he takes his guests. He told me, “The most moving thing we come across is meeting the orphaned young elephants at David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary. Getting up and close with Baraka, the blind Black Rhino at Ol Pejeta, as well as meeting the two female Northern White Rhinos, the only ones remaining in the whole world, is also pretty emotional for guests.”
Nearly all these places mentioned are UNESCO World Heritage Sites or on the tentative list. There are vacations, and then there are life-altering trips. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit, but visiting Ol Pejeta is one of my dream trips.