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15 Day / 14 Night East Africa Luxury Tented Safari & Zanzibar

ABOUT THE MIGRATION

The Migration Seeing the wildebeest (gnu) migration in East Africa is one of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world. Almost 2 million animals roam the plains of East Africa, but it can be surprisingly hard to find them in the vast area that they cover, as their movements are governed by the rains and predicting their location can be a gamble. We designed this itinerary to include all the areas frequented by the migration on their annual route – this virtually guarantees that you will see them!

A brief outline of the migration movements –
• From December to April the migration spreads out over the Southern Plains of the Serengeti. Depending on the rains they move from the Gol Kopjes in the East to the Moru Kopjes in the west. This area is easily accessible from the centrally located Seronera. (We stay in the Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp)
• Between May and August the migration slowly moves through the western corridor and into the Ikoma and Grumeti Wildlife Management Areas. These areas are outside of the Serengeti, but as there are no fences the wildlife can, and do, move around freely.
• From September to end of November, during the short rains, the migration crosses into the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is a relatively small park compared to the vast Serengeti and the wildlife tends to be very concentrated. (We stay at the Mara Eden Safari Camp to take advantage of its proximity to the migration and not to mention its own private entrance gate to the park.)

DAY 1: NAIROBI
On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar Meals: [D]

DAY 2: NAIROBI – AMBOSELI (240km +- 4-5 Hours)
After breakfast, we explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter, we head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 3: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya’s most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 4: AMBOSELI TO ARUSHA (210 km +- 4-5 Hours)
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Arusha. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls – which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shoes and a degree of walking fitness). We continue to Arusha via Moshi town – the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park.
Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 5: ARUSHA TO MANYARA NATIONAL PARK (130 km +- 2-3 Hours)
After breakfast, you will get picked up from your hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara NP is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions.
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 6: CULTURE TOUR – LAKE MANYARA
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we visit the nearby centre for disabled kids and school. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are seminomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 7: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (130 km +- 2-3 Hours)
Today we set out to Tarangire National Park for a full day’s game drives. The breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra.
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 8: MANYARA – NGORONGORO (400 km +- 6-7 Hours)
This morning we have an early departure for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the ‘Big 5’, including a small population of endangered black rhino.  After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for – the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges.
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 9: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (SERONERA)
Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard.
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 10: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (SERONERA)
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the afternoon, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight.
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 11: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – LAKE VICTORIA (250 km +- 4-5 Hours)
After breakfast we make our way to Lake Victoria. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore.
Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY12: LAKE VICTORIA – MASAI MARA (270 km +- 6-8 hours)
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah.
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 13: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant.
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 14: MASAI MARA – NAIROBI (280 km +- 5-6 hours)
After breakfast we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city. Its central business district is nicely compact and it is therefore a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, we head to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar Meals: [BLD]

DAY 15: NAIROBI
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight. Meals: [B] End of tour

GROUP SIZE: 4-12 clients.There are Guarenteed Departures with no minimum pax available.
ACCOMMODATION: For this fully accommodated lodge safari we make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
FOOD & DRINKS: Breakfasts and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise of any special dietary requirements in advance.
VEHICLES: 12 seater 4×4 Toyota land cruiser or similar with a music system. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing.
STAFF: Guide

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