Great EAST AFRICA Migration

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11 Days

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AFRICA, kenya, tanzania

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Private

Journey Highlights

This is A&K’s most popular journey in East Africa and it introduces you to some of the world’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves. Diverse ecosystems mean your game viewing is varied and abundant with safari guides ensuring outstanding experiences away from the crowds. To optimise your experience of the Wildebeest Migration, A&K will recommend the best Serengeti accommodation based on normal wildlife patterns during your month of travel.

Seasons in the Serengeti

The wide open plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve play host to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth – the Great Wildebeest Migration – a cycle which sees over two million herbivores on the continual search for new grazing areas. Wildebeest numbers top 1.7 million plus some 400,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 300,000 zebra and 12,000 eland. In attendance are the predators – primarily lions, hyenas, and leopards. With an area of over 30,000 square kilometres, game viewing in the vast Serengeti ecosystem varies according to the season. Our Travel Specialists can help you determine the best location for your month of travel but see below for our recommendations.

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Sanctuary Kusini
Tanzania - November to March
Every year the herds of wildebeest and zebra congregate on the camp’s doorstep during the calving season, with predators in attendance.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Tanzania - Mid May to Mid July
Set on the banks of an oxbow lake, and the perfect vantage point to watch the Great Migration making their dramatic river crossing.

Serengeti Migration Camp
Tanzania - Mid July to October
Perched next to the Grumeti River which is home to resident hippos, it has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Welcome to the Kenyan capital where you are transferred to your elegant boutique hotel in the charming residential area of Karen (D).
Hemingways Nairobi (Executive Room).

Day 2: Nairobi – Tarangire National Park

Fly south to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Transfer by road to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest populations of elephants in Tanzania. Afternoon walking safari or night game drive. As dusk falls, venture into the park and search for elusive nocturnal animals (B,L,D).
Sanctuary Swala (Canvas Pavilion).

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

This park is famous for its large herds of elephants which migrate through the park in search of water between July and October. A full day allows time for plenty of game viewing and a visit to the AKP bee-keeping project (B,L,D).
Sanctuary Swala (Canvas Pavilion).

Days 4: Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater

Depart Tarangire for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and en route stop for lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation in the highlands. Time to stretch your legs before the drive to your charming Cape Dutch style lodge (B,L,D).
The Manor at Ngorongoro (Manor Cottage Suite).

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Descend into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls are a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. See wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle on the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland in the forest, a healthy elephant population, black rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and flamingo. On return to your lodge stop a traditional Maasai village (B,L,D). The Manor at Ngorongoro (Manor Cottage Suite).

DAY 6Ngorongoro – Serengeti

This morning is a short flight to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Depending on your month of travel and the location of ‘The Migration’ A&K will recommend which camp is best suited for your stay (B,L,D).
Serengeti (Choice of accommodation).

DAY 7Serengeti National Park

Here, on the never-ending savannah, more animals roam than in any other place on earth. The Serengeti plays host to a wonderful spectacle each year – the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra that follow the rains in a search for new pastures and water (seasonal). This is an unforgettable experience for even the most seasoned African traveller (B,L,D). Serengeti (Choice of accommodation).

DAY 8Serengeti – Masai Mara National Reserve

Fly to Tarime where you will be driven across the Kenya border to Migori and a flight into the Masai Mara National Reserve and your luxury camp (B,L,D).
Sanctuary Olonana (Tented Pavilion).

DAY 9-10Masai Mara National Reserve

The next two days are spent exploring the Masai Mara – safari central! Game viewing may deliver some unique sightings – a pride of lion stalking its prey; or a herd of elephant protecting its young from opportunistic predators. Over the next two days, your camp guide accompanies you on early morning and late afternoon game drives. You will also be able to participate in the AKP Tree Planting Project or visit the neighbouring Maasai village (B,L,D).
Sanctuary Olonana (Tented Pavilion).

DAY 11Masai Mara – Nairobi

Return by air to Wilson Airport and transfer to Nairobi Airport or your hotel (B).

TERMS & CONDITIONS

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Inclusions and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our consultants for the most up to date itinerary, prices and availability.