3 September, 2018
A number of holiday makers are now sampling a breed of humpback whale migration that is expected to attract more tourists to the Kenyan Coast alongside the annual Great Migration experienced in hundreds of thousands thundering from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara plains in Kenya. The Great Migration has immensely contributed to huge wildlife enthusiasts visit to the Mara each year.
The humpback whale are giant marine mammals each weighing approximately 30 tonnes and close to 20 metres in length that migrate in thousands of numbers from the Antarctic to the Kenyan Coast to breed in Kenya’s calm and safe tropical coastline. Kenya experiences the two unique savannah and sea annual migrations with both migrations taking place between July and September. The best and most convenient view point for the whales is the Malindi-Watamu Marine National Reserve. The Kenya Wildlife Service works closely with Watamu Marine Association in protection of marine mammals, recycling of plastic and marine waste through involving the local community including fishermen in safe eco-environmental activities. Whale watching is known to attract thousands of world enthusiast travelers to destinations such as Canada, Alaska and California.
In Kenya, a luxury 5 star beach hotel, Hemingways Watamu became the first property in the country to offer whale watching activities while supporting conservation and research by Kenya Wildlife Service and Watamu Marine Association. The humpback whale migration is widely becoming a major tourist attraction along the Kenyan coast today.
Whale watching has greatly impacted on local businesses in sports fishing. It is predicted that the 2018 whale sightings may overtake previous record digit numbers. It is amazingly interesting watching whales from their natural habitats leaping above the water surface, mainly in pairs, or in larger family groupings.