Game drives in the Masai Mara are unforgettable due to the abundance of wildlife and the spectacular landscapes. With gently rolling hills and wide open plains, this is the quintessential African safari experience.
Travellers can expect to encounter large numbers of animals year round, with big herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. It is also common to see predator interaction. The Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the Mara for approximately three months each year. Game drives may last from a couple of hours to the whole day, with a picnic breakfast and lunch.
"The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre - locally referred to as The Giraffe Centre - plays a pivotal role in conserving the critically endangered Rothschild giraffe (which differ from other giraffe subspecies as they have no patterning below the knee). Numbers were dwindling quickly due to habitat encroachment and mass hunting; before conservation initiatives began, approximately 100 Rothschild's giraffes remained in the wild.
The fund was founded in 1979 by Betty and Jock Leslie Melville (a grandson of a Scottish earl) after raising a Rothschild giraffe, Daisy, in their Langata home. Today, due to their conservation efforts, the population has doubled to 300 across Kenya. From the raised wooden structure (giraffe height), you can watch the giraffes up-close and hand feed them. You may also observe warthogs snuffling at their hooves, scavenging on the fallen pellets. Relax with a pot of tea in the tea house or pop into the Daisy Zoovenir Shop for some keepsakes on your way out. 90% of the funds for the giraffe centre are derived from the entrance fee, curio shop and tea house. Once you have finished with the giraffes, you can head out on a self-guided forest walk in the adjacent Gogo river sanctuary, a 1.5 km trail with great views of Nairobi and the Ngong hills.
A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.
Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
"Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Depending on the time of year, you may see huge flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. Safari vehicles are closed, with glass windows and a pop-up roof. Off-road driving is not permitted. The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature, and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes. Sublime scenery, abundant wildlife, it’s very own distinctive Lerai Forest comprised of yellow fever trees and Lake Magadi, a shallow soda lake. Roam to the east and you will find Gorigor Swamp and the Ngoitokitok Springs where happy pods of hippo can be found. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands.
If you are after the ‘The Big Five’, it is all here waiting for you. Black rhino, Tusker elephants, lion, leopard and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colourful birds"
"Game drives in Serengeti national park : Serengeti national park is among the national parks located in the northern part of Tanzania that is also famous for wildlife viewing. Many tourists visit Serengeti national park during the year to enjoy activities such as game drives which are carried out in the national park during safaris as they look out for the numerous wildlife species at the destination. To be able to engage in the various activities while on a safari around Serengeti national park, park entrance fee is a requirement to enter into the national park. This fee is 71 USD for foreign nonresidents and 23.6 USD for children between the ages of 5 to 15 years. Tourists staying inside the lodges in Serengeti national park, concession fees are also required to be paid. From the 1st of July in 2021, the entrance fees to Serengeti national park will change to about 82.6 USD per person for nonresidents visiting the national park. Game drives are carried out at different times of day such as in the morning and in the afternoon or evening. Tourists on safari can also engage in full day game drives while visiting Serengeti national park. Driving off the tracks or off the road driving is not permitted during game drives in Serengeti national park and night game drives are also not permitted around the national park. Full day game drive which are carried out for a whole day also involve engaging in a game drive in the morning and then having a lunch break before continuing for another game drive around Serengeti national park. Morning game drives in Serengeti national park involve driving around the national park in search of the different wildlife species like the big 5 while enjoying the sunset and the beautiful views around the national park. The wildebeest migration is one of the natural wonders which attract many tourists to visit Serengeti national park. Game drives during this migration are particularly an amazing experience of watching over 1.5 wildebeests grazing around the savannah plains of the national park.
Predators such as lions and leopards are a common sight during the wildebeest migration and while on a game drive they can be spotted as they hunt the unknowing wildebeests grazing around the savannah in Serengeti national park. River crossings during the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park take place around the western part of the national park along the Grumeti river and also Mara river around the month of July. Game drives during these crossings are also memorable.