Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One driver, left Kenya on Saturday after a week-long vacation that took him to various locations throughout the region.
Hamilton spent time in the Maasai Mara Reserve before flying to Rwanda on Thursday.
On Saturday, the seven-time World Champion returned to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with two private aircraft and had a low-key conversation with the staff before boarding a commercial flight to Amsterdam.
According to JKIA officials, he told them he enjoyed his time at the Mara and promised to return.
He was among the hundreds who witnessed the ongoing Great Migration.
He took a photo of himself carrying a goat while at the Mara.
While in Rwanda, he tweeted that he can’t wait to back there.
“Rwanda is truly so beautiful. Thank you for having us. I can’t wait to come back,” he said in a tweet.
He had been in Namibia before flying to Kenya.
He tweeted earlier on; “Could not think of a better place to spend this time off. Thank you, Namibia, off to the next stop.”
He arrived in Nairobi on August 6 and witnesses said he declined photo sessions as he was being processed to proceed with his journey.
He is among tens of tourists who are flocking to Maasai Mara to witness the migration.
Hamilton is a British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Mercedes.
In Formula One, Hamilton has won a joint-record seven World Drivers’ Championship titles and holds the records for the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes, among others
The Great Migration as it is known is the movement of a million plus wildebeest from Serengeti in Tanzania northwards into the adjoining Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.
It is one of the world’s most spectacular and thrilling displays of wildlife behaviour.
The migration takes place every year with the animals’ primal instincts guiding them towards greener pastures following the climatic rainfall patterns over the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
The migration takes place till the end of August, before declining into mid-September.
Although numbers vary every year, past migrations have seen up to 1.5 million wildebeest, close to a million Zebra and large numbers of others animals undertake the long trek that lasts many weeks.
Their journey is especially fraught with danger as they cross the crocodile-infested Mara and Talek rivers along the way, during which many cannot escape the giant Nile crocodiles lying in wait for their prey.
One can see the migration during a safari game drive in the Masai Mara Game reserve, which is conducted in specialized vehicles driver by experienced Driver-Guides.