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MIGRATION SAFARI – Kenya & Tanzania
KTMS12 - 13 days / 12 nights
Hanne Lindemann - The Tour leader

Guaranteed departure dates as:

05 Sep 2015 - OPEN for sale

This safari has been especially designed to track the progress of the annual wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania. Dubbed the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth’, the migration features a cast of millions, covers an 800-kilometer circuit, and weaves birth, life and death into a spectacular tapestry, which illustrates the concept of ‘the survival of the fittest’ in all of its tragic, comic, violent and awesome splendour.

Typically scheduled for July-October, this exceptionally popular tour sets out from Nairobi and is guided by Christopher Nyambu for the Kenyan circuit and Francis Kembo for the Tanzania circuit – both are proficient and outstanding safari guides. Travelling by road, the tour allows our visitors to experience both the thrill of a luxury tented camp and the comfort of a traditional safari lodge. Crossing from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara, it also enables the visitor to follow in the footsteps of the migration.

Wildlife Highlights : lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe, black and white rhino.

Accommodation: The Boma, Flamingo Hill Camp, Mara Serena Lodge, The Serenity on the Lake, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Mount Meru hotel

Tour code:

KTMS12

Duration:

13 days/12 nights

Operation:

Set departures at the indicated prices (or daily on request/Private basis – prices on request)

Group size:

6-24 adults

Minimum group:

4 clients

Travel mode:

Road on a standard 4x4 Land cruiser

Package includes :

All meals as specified in the itinerary, one litre of mineral water per day, game drives, half-day crater tour, visit to Olduvai, park fees, English speaking driver guide and English speaking tour leader

Price excludes :

Sundowner cocktails and other activities not included in the package price

Accommodation:

City hotel, safari lodges and luxury tented camps

Activities

Game drives

Regions:

Nairobi
Lake Nakuru
Masai Mara National Reserve
Lake Victoria
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha

1 night (Bed and Breakfast only)
2 nights
4 nights

1 night
2 nights
1 night

1 night (Bed and Breakfast only)

2015 Rates

Guaranteed Departure date

Cost in US$ per person

Kenya Safari only without park Entry fee

Single room supplement

Cost in US$ per person

Kenya and Tanzania Safari without park Entry fee

Single room supplement

05 - 17 Sep 2015

3058

822

5302

1202

         

Park Fees NET and NON-COMMISSIONABLE

 

460

 

660

 
         

Supplementary costs Kenya Only
Masai Mara – Wilson Scheduled flight
USD295 per person

Transfer Wilson-Carnivore-Jomo Kenyatta
USD104 per vehicle

Lunch Carnivore restaurant
USD33 per person

   


About the Safari Guides

Christopher Nyambu
Kenyan born Christopher Nyambu is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast and a remarkable safari guide. Studded with over 10 years’ on-the-job experience and accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA), Chris possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan wild, both flora and fauna. In addition, he displays an unmistakable conversance with the country’s wildlife parks and reserves, geography, history, people and the various cultures. Passionate about what he does, he heartily shares his vast knowledge of the African wilderness with ease and is often highly commended by every group he guides. Driven by a responsibility to conserve nature and a love for wildlife he is an active member of the Friends of Tsavo, a charitable trust committed to the preservation of Tsavo Conservation Area.

Francis Kembo
A highly trained nature and safari guide, Francis Kembo cloaks 16 years of experience in professional guiding. Confident and knowledgeable, the former Tanzania National Basketball Team player holds advanced certification in wildlife and nature management as well as in geology. On every safari he guides, Francis has a commendable track record. He briskly offers vast knowledge of Tanzania’s wildernesses, with specialty in wildlife behaviour and excellent local knowledge. He is professionally accredited by the Tanzania Tour Guides Association and is a conservationist at heart with a profound love for what he does.

About the wildebeest migration
Between the end of July and November, over one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by half again as many zebras and gazelles, migrate from the short-grass plains of the Serengeti to fresh pasture in the grasslands of the Mara; thus creating one of nature’s grandest spectacles. Moving in groups of up to 20,000 at a time they thunder across the plateau hesitating only briefly to cross the Mara River, where many fall prey to the waiting crocodiles. Towards the end of October they begin crossing back into Tanzania. The actual timing of the migration, however, is dictated by the weather and does not always run to schedule. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous ‘big cats’ and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena.

Migration Safari Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5-star hotel The Boma . Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the city’s many restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp . After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park before returning to the camp in time for a swim and dinner.

Optional: You may choose to enjoy evening cocktails before dinner at extra cost .

As Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard. The lake is renowned as ‘The greatest bird spectacle on earth’ owing to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that used to flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters and the about 450 different species of birds counted in the park. The sky-mirrored waters yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. Now the lake’s water levels have risen and the algae is thinned out prompting the flamingos to temporarily shift base.

Distance/drive time: 185 km / 3½ hours


Day 3: On safari in Lake Nakuru National Park
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which was established as Kenya's first rhino sanctuary. The Park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country and substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced.

About Lake Nakuru
Sunk deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, one of earth's most phenomenal geological features, ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters in the world, lays the turquoise-shimmering waters of Lake Nakuru. Guarded by the prehistoric splendour of a grey-green forest of Euphorbia candelabrum, Lake Nakuru National Park offers sanctuary to some of the world's most endangered creatures. As a Kenya safari destination, Lake Nakuru ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the Great Rift Valley.

Because the Park is so compact, game density is high and wildlife encounters are plentiful. This is also the Park where you are most likely to see a leopard while the high numbers of lion make sightings a real possibility. In the woodland forests watch out for endangered Rothschild's giraffe, colobus monkey, rhino and the odd striped hyena. In the bushlands look for eland, steenbok, impala and reedbuck while on the cliffs and escarpment you may see dik dik, rock hyrax and klipspringer. On the lake you can enjoy the antics of the small hippo herd whilst on the lakeshore you'll find numerous waterbuck, reedbuck and zebra. In the southern part of the park look out for eland, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle.

 

Day 4: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara
Leaving the camp after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve . Lunch will be served at the Sarova Mara Game Camp.

After lunch, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breath-taking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’ , the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Proceed for check-in to the Mara Serena Safari Lodge , which stands high on a hill with spectacular views of the river and plains.

Distance/drive time: 290 km / 5hours


Day 5: On safari in the Masai Mara
Spend the day on safari in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day 6 On safari in the Masai Mara
Setting off after an early morning cup of tea, enjoy a fascinating game drive into the bush. Drop off at Hippo Pool for breakfast. Not many experiences are as memorable, or as typically Kenyan, as breakfast by the Hippo Pool where, a full English breakfast will be cooked before you. Enjoy a glass of chilled ‘buck’s fizz’ while you watch the hippos in the river below. Proceed with game drive. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day 7: On safari in the Masai Mara
Spend the day on safari in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day 8: End of the Kenyan course of the safari and beginning of the Tanzanian course
On this day, the safari ventures into Tanzania, marking the end of the Kenyan bit of the safari. Being the safari is now offered in two courses, our guests can explore the option of either taking the Kenyan circuit only, or enjoying both the Kenya and Tanzania tours of the safari.

 

Day 8: Mara to Nairobi (for clients not proceeding to Tanzania)
Breakfast at your lodge. The lodge will transfer clients to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight departing at 11h00 for Nairobi Wilson. 12h15 met on arrival at Wilson airport and transfer to Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

 

Day 8: Mara into Tanzania and onto Lake Victoria (for clients proceeding to Tanzania)
After breakfast drive to the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania at Isebania then drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Serenity on the Lake. Dinner at the lodge.

 

Day 9: Lake Victoria to Serengeti
After breakfast explore Lake Victoria with 1.5hour canoe ride and visit to local fish village. Depart and drive to the Serengeti National Park and arrive at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views across the endless plains of the Serengeti, the lodge draws its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village. Below the Lodge is a sky-blue pool and a hilltop vantage point from which to view the world famous annual ‘migration’. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

About the Serengeti
Covering 14,763 sq. km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.

Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours


Day 10: On safari in the Serengeti
With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge.

 

Day 11: To the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti with picnic lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge. Popularly known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai is the site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge , a unique lodge clinging to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

About the crater
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.

Distance/drive time: 150 km / 3 hours


Day 12: Ngorongoro to Arusha
After breakfast drive to Arusha - at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. Check in to the Mount Meru Hotel , a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops of the picturesque Mount Meru , sister peak to Africa's highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro . Lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Distance/drive time: 190 km / 4.5 hours


Day 13: Depart
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flights.

 

Kwaheri
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