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Focus on the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration

Africa (Kenya-Masai Mara & Tanzania -  Serengeti) Wildebeest Migration, Information on Best Places to View the Crossings, and Migrations animals, Great Migration Africa Safaris

Purpose of this Article

  • Explain the migratory path, times and facts surrounding the great migration phenomena
  • Highlight accommodation options and best places to view great migration and crossings
  • Provide itinerary ideas for the wildebeest migration spectacle including family oriented safaris with special emphasis on Wildebeest Migration Special Offers, Kenya Migration  discounted packages, Serengeti & Grumeti Crossing Migration   Budget Offers, Mara River Crossing Spectacle Offer and Migration Balloon Safari Offers

Great Migration Notes:

In last few years, the Grumeti River Crossing took place in June. The Mara River Crossing happened in July. From then the animals have been resident in Masai Mara; bound to stay till the end of October. The eventual migration movement to cross into Serengeti, Tanzania shall take place from November.
It will therefore be most ideal to book a migration safari to Serengeti, Tanzania from November  to June. You can request for detailed itinerary and rates for a migration safari in Tanzania during this period any time from Mustard Travel.

Understanding the Great Migration Phenomena

The annual migration of herbivores within the Serengeti ecosystem of which Masai Mara is a part is an interesting event to study and understand. Indeed, this phenomena is one of the top safari highlights in Africa especially Kenya and Tanzania. We would kindly request that you let Mustard Travel be your preferred operator / guide to planning and undertaking a migration safari to Kenya and Tanzania.

The study of the migratory paths and cycles gives advantage in knowledge of the best times to visit these destinations for that purpose, and more so the vantage places most suitable for an unforgetable African Safari. Notably, the wildebeest migrate in a clockwise direction from the Serengeti in the South to the Masai Mara in the north and then back again. The cycle is repeated every year and the exact timing is dictated by the rain or as more recent research attempts to prove, by instinct. When the water and grazing disappear in one area due to a seasonal drought the wildebeest need move along to where the seasonal rains are falling to survive by finding new grazing and water.

Though the great migration for some of the Maasai in neighbouring settlements is a great season for those relatively inclined, the rest of the them are spiteful of this most-loved event, because they view these beasts as competitors to their grazing cattle, as transmitters of diseases from far and wide and also regarded to poison rivers with their foetal sacs. The presence of thriving conservancies in some selected regions of the Serengeti ecosystem is most welcome initiative toward harmony between these interesting beasts, man and his domestic herds

Wildeebest and zebras are lovers of short grass. They remain in a region so long as these are readily available in definite regions. The way is phenomena talks place crowns it as an unpredictable natural event, largely governed by natures' climatic conditions and the very instincts soulish to these beings. They obviously are wired to these happenings and this makes the great migration one of the seven wonders of the world.

The greatest events according to most observers are the great crossings of conquerable barriers on their path, the Grumeti river in Western Serengeti and the Mara River in Masai Mara National Park. However, discerning travellers, reckon these times to be busy and the vantage accommodation places flooded and at their season's highest rates. They consider it more exciting to undertake a balloon safari to witness the vertiginous immensity of the event's numbers,  so awesome to the eye and the camera. Migrants include 1,300,000 Wildebeests, 360,000 Thompson's Gazelles, 191,000 Zebras, and 12,000 Elands.

It is during these river crossings that happen June-July period that signs up the demise of a quarter million wildebeest to predators and especially the 5-6m long Nile crocodiles. Travelling at 22 miles per hour on water, the swift dark bronze daunting creatures grab and mercilessly sink the poor wildebeest and their young alarmingly. Weak ones too are swept away by strong currents and the trampling by others. But even before they have reached the Mara River, many young have died of exhaustion and thirst, but the real danger for those who survives still lies ahead. Stampede, buffetting and chaos, the calf is most likely to be separated from its mother, crossing and re-crossing 2-3 times in frantic search. Weary and in confusion, its the height of danger for young one.

What would be better than witnessing a successful hunt by accompanying or welcoming predators like the cheetah, lion, leopard, the grinning hyenas or wild dogs? Or  catching on film, the birth of a gnu, who within minutes of introduction to a precarious destiny, is as fast as its mother, and ready for the first and enduring lessons of survival, becoming obedient to the mothers language and highly sensitive to its her unique scent amid millions of other similar mums?

In this article, we attempt a month by month explanation of likely events. It is important to note that this are mere indications and predictions. The earlier the rains and the more abundant and sweeter the grass, the more the animals linger. They are known to leave Serengeti as late as they can (normally April) and arrive as early as December.  Calving starts as early as possible to allow young ones to take advantage of abudant fresh grass and water.

 

 

 

Focus on Serengeti (Tanzania) Migration

Serengeti's Regions
To understand the Annual Wildebeest Migration path
, it is critical to understand the virtual sections dividing this natural phenomena into distinct migration viewing areas. This will help prospective visitors to easily plan a Serengeti (Tanzania) 2011 safari almost on their own. Enquiries further made are intelligent and objective. The result is an exciting, memorable, and thrifty safari to Africa.

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Serengeti North
Lies to the North East side of Serengeti and encompasses the protected forest reserve area of Liliondo. It borders the Ngorongoro highlands to the south, Serengeti National Park to the west, and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya to the north. The Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LCGA) encompasses an estimated 4,000 sq km. There is no physical barrier separating the LGCA from other protected areas. It is a continuous ecosystem

Migration animals as mentioned earlier are never stationary, and are normally dispersed over a wide area. The do not also move as a single mammoth group. Migration animals are around this area and in Serengeti close to the Kenyan border almost stretching 100km to Seronera area. Camps in Loliondo are greatly advantaged because the limits and the rules of Serengeti game searches do not apply, for example night game drives.

Suitable season for watching the great migration in Loliondo and Serengeti North is OCT-NOV-DEC.

Camps or Lodges in North & North East Serengeti:  Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Migration Camp
Camps in Loliondo: Kleins Camp,Nduara Loliondo Camp, Suyan Camp, Nomad Olosokwan Camp, Soit Sambu Camp
Public Campsites: Lobo Campsite

Serengeti Central, Seronera Region & Southern Pains
This is the heart of the park. The main gate is found in this area and its centrality makes it the busiest section of Serengeti. Those wishing quieter, non-congested areas generally avoid this area, seeking harmony with the wilderness and gaining authentic Africa safari experience. This happens at cost, because the more secluded camps are luxurious tented camps, small and quite costly. Indeed, they are most suitable for fly-ins and extended stays.

All the same, the importance of the Seronera area makes it a useful base for accessing all regions especially the migration in the southern plains and the western corridor. There is plenty of short grass here, quite scenic, with more key predators (leopards, cheetah and lions).

Suitable Season: DEC-JAN-FEB-MAR. This is the highlight calving season for the migration animals. It is important to note that the spread of these animals goes down to southern plains below Ngorongoro. Plenty of sweet grass, little cover (open plains) and significant activity of perpetual enemies preying on the young.

Adjoining Serengeti central region, the migration animals are spread over large tracts of open grasslands. In the DEC-JAN-FEB-MAR season, the animals have inhabited the Seronera area (Central), South Central areas of Serengeti and South East plains toward Gol Mountains. The key activity is calving where nearly 90% of wildebeest give birth. Interestingly, the The calving grounds of the eastern Serengeti happen to be outside the hunting territories of most of the predators, such as hyena, cheetah, hunting dogs and lions although some losses to these predators can occur. In addition, the territorial bulls keep bachelor herds from the calving grounds and cows usually give birth before midday (rarely afterward) making it one the most natural wonders of the world. The 'community' is therefore very structured at this time and 'nursery' herds are well separated. The calf will return for suckling having recognized her mother's scent. Those that fail in this are doomed to starvation and predation.

Camps and Lodges in Seronera: Serengeti Sopa, Serengeti Wildlife Lodge, Faru Faru Lodge, Kempiski Bilila Lodge, mobile camp of Serengeti Under Canvas, Dunia Camp, Ronjo Camp, Mbuzi Mawe Camp, Ikoma Camp among others.
Camps and lodges in South Central: Olduvai Camp, Kiloki Bivouac
Camps and Lodges in South East: Gol Mountains Bivouac, Okerian Camp, Sanjan Camp & Nomad Piaya Camp
Public Campsites: Seronera - Seronera, Dik Dik, Pimbi, Nuani, Tumbili, Nyani; others in the southern plains are campsites at Naabi Hill Gate, Moru Kopjes, Lake Lagaja, Ndutu


Serengeti South West & the Western Corridor
In April the movement has began covering the South Western areas of Serengeti (southern tip on map - Kusini-Ndutu areas) and the Western Corridor (The arm of the Serengeti which stretches out towards the shores of Lake Victoria is known as the Western Corridor). Some herds are browsing way ahead, others lagging behind, but the main rainy season in Serengeti has began. The vegetation is now interspersed between open short grass plains and woodlands.

The season highlight is APR-MAY-JUN is the crossing of the first river obstacle- The Grumeti River Crossing!  Currently, the Kenyan side of Mara is experiencing drought and animals tend to leave earlier creating instinctive strain on the migrating groups probably causing a push effect.

It has also been noted that there is a high mortality rate among the young not just by the claws of predators, but also due to fatigue and other strains. Scores of griffon vultures now follow the herds equally clapping as the number of carcasses continue to rise. Bordering Serengeti on the West is the Grumeti Game Reserve. Migration animals will be spread over Ikolongo Controlled Area sandwitched between Serengeti and Grumeti Game Reserve. Migration animals will be spread to the reserve area too.

Camps in SW: Ndutu Lodge, Olaado Camp, Maswa Camp, Lemala Ndutu, Kusini Lodge, Olakira Ndutu, among others
Camp in the Western Corridor: Speke Bay Lodge (on Lake Victoria 15kms from Serengeti's Ndabaga gate), Grumeti River Camp, Mbalageti Lodge, Kirawira Camp, Kesington Serengeti among others
Public Campsites: Kirawira Campsites - Kirawira 1 & 2, Kirawira A & B, Kirawira Hill, Ndabaka, Private Campsites are:- Mbalageti, Grumeti, Nyasirori, Musabi Plains, Mareu, Belabela, Simiti, and Hembe

Serengeti North West & Mara
After crossing the Grumeti River in the May-June period, the migration herds approach North & North West Serengeti, some through Grumeti Forest Reserve and others on the western corridor of Serengeti to the Kenyan border, and eventually into Masai Mara. This is the wildebeest rutting season.

The crossing into West Masai Mara game reserve in July-August period is into the Mara Triangle. However, it is very interesting to note that until recently it was conventionally propounded that in July-Oct season the migration is purely in Masai Mara and not in the Serengeti. In actual fact there is almost as much of the Mara river on the Serengeti side as there is the Masai Mara and the migration tends not to completely cross, but rather straddles this border. In the same way, when the migration is headed into Serengeti later on from South East Mara, there are still many groups that straddle the regions of North East Serengeti and Loliondo.

The highlight of the migration extend from the May-June Grumeti crossing to July-August Mara River crossing. This is the authentic migration crossing season in the shared ecosystem of Serengeti and Masai Mara. Predators too are in attendance and the dramas persist.

Camps & Lodges: Although the ideal camps and lodges might be those in the middle of the migration, the discerning traveler tends to stay away from the overbooked places. Camp Corto (Mara) - semi-permanent, Sayari Mara, Lemala Mara Camp, Serian Serengeti North Camp, Serengeti Bushtops (new) among others.

Important Note on the Migration Animals movement
When the animals are poised to complete the cycle and return to Masai Mara from Serengeti during the MAY-JUN-JULY period, the dispersal is great because some herds head westwards to the Kirawira - Grumeti area and approach the Mara from that direction while other herds simply head due north (Lobo, Bologonja). These herds do not have a Grumeti river crossing, but will be joined with those who survive while browsing by region close to Mara River.

Summary: The Wildebeest Migration Path & Seasons


Although there are permanent lodges along the migration path, Serengeti Mobile Safari Camps are generally ideal because they are temporarily set up at migration highlight regions. However the June-July camp on the Western Corridor is predictably advantageous on the Kenya migration side including the Northern Serengeti Seasonal / Mobile Camp (August-November) when migration animals are generally on the Kenya side. Best Camps in Tanzania Moru Kopjes Seasonal or Mobile Camp in South Western Serengeti & Ndutu Seasonal or Molie Camp in Southern Serengeti

December - Serengeti (South East) and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (East & South Eastern Serengeti). Highlight - Seronera River

January - February: Serengeti Plains . Highlight - Ndutu and Seronera regions

February - March: Serengeti (Central) - Ndutu, Seronera or Kusini regions

March - April: Serengeti (Centrally approaching Western Corridor) - Low Season, Heavy Rains, Muddy

April - May: Serengeti (Western Corridor) - Low Season, Heavy Rains, Muddy

May - June: Serengeti (Grumeti River) - Authentic Serengeti Migration Best Time, Grumeti River Crossing

June - July: Serengeti (Grumeti Game Reserve, approaching Masai Mara to the North

Typical Itineraries for the Migration in Serengeti, Tanzania, - Please follow links

Kindly note that these typical itineraries for an ideal Serengeti Migration Safari are arranged systematically from the current time to the season migration re-enters Serengeti in 2012, Tanzania to the time they cross the border again in Masai Mara, Kenya. The length of days spent do not matter, but the recommended migration duration is 5 days. This allows for a greater variety of the Serengeti migration experience.

1.  7-8 Days Serengeti Migration Safari - ( April , May and June)

2.  7-8 Days Serengeti Migration Safari (Special May - Grumeti River Crossing)

3. Cross Border Migration Viewing - Upper Grumeti, Wogakuri, Masai Mara, Kenya (June-July)

4. Re-entry into Serengeti, Tanzania - (October, November, December )

5.  7 -8 Days Serengeti Migration Safari - (January, Feb & March)

  •     Highlight activity - Calving season, Selected areas for best migration viewing are the Kopjes, Central Serengeti, Seronera & South  Plains (Ndutu). Calving for  was spread over late January & to Mid February.

 

 

 

 

 

Focus on Masai Mara (Kenya) Migration

It is often said by researchers especially photographers, documentary and film makers in Masai Mara that the Mara River crossing is the biggest of the crossings and most dramatic. Though we have said in another part of the the stories of the Great annual wildebeest migration that Serengeti is the true home to the migration because of two-thirds of the month in the cycle are spent there, the Mara River crossing is the most famous!

Throughout the month of July, the herds cross the Sand River, a mostly dry tributary of the Mara which roughly follows the boundary line between Kenya and Tanzania. As earlier indicated, the migration animals are not merely cramped up in a certain compass point, but are spread over large areas. The mammoth herds eventually cover the eastern area of Masai Mara, surrounding the Keekorok Lodge area. The trek follows westward, leading the herds to face the major challenge along their quest: crossing the Mara river and frequently also its tributary, the Talek. By then, the rains at the Mau Escarpment, where the Mara rises, have fed the stream to its highest levels. The steep banks are populated with trunk-looking basking crocodiles that seem almost to be expecting their annual banquet.

Choosing the fords with careful investigation, the 'leading' gnu descends into the river and stirs up the following to undertake the last major hurdles. Those that successfully cross do not move forward, but wait for the rest of the with encouraging grunts. The zebras, topis and the rest that join in seek security in the mighty gnu herds to cross over.

The banks of the Mara are flanked by tracks from where, with a little bit of luck and a good dose of patience, you can catch a thrilling glimpse of the herds crossing the river. The right (western) bank is bordered by a track that starts in the north, near Oloololo Gate, and follows the stream southward through Mara Serena Lodge to the New Mara Bridge, at the south limit. At the left (eastern) bank there is a track from Governor's Camps that borders the Mara down to the junction with the Talek. A brief study of the columns' movements through the grasslands will give you a hint on possible fording sites. Once you have located an area in which animals concentrate, look for a point where the traces of crossing are evident. If possible, choose the "departure" bank rather than the arrival one, since wildebeests will never cross if they detect any danger awaiting at the opposite side, and a vehicle is certainly a threat. If you are bound to the "arrival" bank, choose a vantage point above a bend of the river, a place that allows you to watch the crossing from behind. Hide your vehicle among the bush, get your camera ready, sit back and enjoy.

The Wildebeest Migration Path & Seasons

June - Serengeti / Masai Mara, Transition areas (Lamai Wedge & Mara Triangle)

July -  Masai Mara (Mara River & Western part of Mara i.e. Mara Triangle & Mara Governors) - Authentic Masai Mara Migration Best Time, Great River Crossing

August - Masai Mara (Areas bordering Mara River as the animals spread across the the Park)

September - Masai Mara (Heading East)

October - Masai Mara (Mara South & South East) - Serengeti / Mara Border - Kleins & Loliondo

November - Loliondo at the Western Border of Ngorongoro toward Ndutu

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Best Hotels, Lodges & Mobile Camps to View the Wildebeest Migration Animals in Serengeti, Tanzania & Masai Mara, Kenya throught the year

December

Facing the facts and the myths, the migration does not move as one mass-phobic unit, not especially at this month of December. Indeed, they back-track and move in different groupings. Mostly they will move back and forth to graze where the grass is best. They can be as far east as Ngorongoro Conservation Area all the way to Seronera or Moru Kopje. There is no major stampede or river crossings at this time, but the predators are very active preying on the young foals as they lazily grass on the southern part of Serengeti.

The migration is settled in the short grass lands on the southern plains later moving into the Ngorongoro Crater region. The Seronera river in Central Serengeti has permanent water and the migration will move south if it rains. The Seronera Valley is an important transition zone between the southern plains and northern woodlands and provides a rich diversity of habitats, crisscrossed by rivers. During this period the zebras are foaling.

The Seronera or Ndutu areas are the best areas to be based for the migration during this month.

Best Camps: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti Mobile Camps, Kusini Lodge

January

The migration is in the Serengeti Plains feasting on the short grass. Zebras. The migration is moving slowly into Ngorongoro Crater whilst grazing.

The best place to be based is in Ndutu or Seronera areas. Consider the most picturesque of the those named above.

February

The wildebeest and zebra are distributed over a wide area moving slowing and grazing. The migration is in the short grass plains of Ndutu. The heavy rains are approaching from the north and the short grass plains are starting to take strain.

The best place to be based is in Seronera, Ndutu or Kusini. The locations are all within easy reach of the wide area covered by 2 million wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands and predators. The large numbers of wildebeest have foaled.

The best place to be based is in Ndutu or Seronera areas.

March

Heavy rains have set in. Short grass is disappearing and plains begin to strain. The migration is slowly moving towards the central Serengeti woodlands and on towards the western corridor. The wild flowers come out in full bloom.

The movement of vehicles is very restricted due to the heavy rains and muddy conditions. The best place to be based is in Ndutu or Seronera, but this time of year will only appeal to the ardent safari lover. On a positive side, there are very few people around and the season's rates are at the bottom.

Best Camps: Ndutu Safari Lodge, Kusini Lodge

April

The migration path moves west towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. The long grass plains and woodlands provide food.

The best place to be based is in Kusini or Seronera. The rains and muddy conditions mean that tracking the migration can be hard.

Best Camps: Kusini Lodge

May

The rains are ending and the dry season is approaching. This is one of the best times to be in the Serengeti as the migration is crossing the Grumeti River into the Grumeti Game Reserve. The Grumeti crocodiles lie in wait to enjoy their annual feast.
This is one of the highlights of the annual migration and the time most people consider to be the real migration. The best place to be based is along the Grumeti River. Alternatively, Seronera is central enough to allow one to drive to the wildebeest. The private camps in the Grumeti Reserve can also be an option.

Best Camps: Grumeti River Camp, Serengeti Mobile Camps, Tanzania Under Canvas, Faru Faru River Lodge

June

The dry season has set in and the wildebeest and zebra move north east through the Grumeti Game Reserve towards the Ikorongo Game Controlled Area with a smaller number moving towards the Lobo area. The main objective is to find greener pastures as the Serengeti is getting drier.

The best place to be based is in the Grumeti Reserve or mobile safari camps that are located along the western corridor of the Serengeti.

Best Camps: Grumeti River Camp, Serengeti Mobile Camps, Tanzania Under Canvas, Faru Faru River Lodge

July

The migrating animals approach northwards toward the Mara River from the Ikorongo Game Controlled Area. The great crossing of the Mara River is imminent. If on earlier schedule, this events happens towards the end of June. At the Mara River, resident crocodiles are swarming eyeing the wildebeest and equally excited for the abudant natural provision. There is sweet grass in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park and the migration animals are undeterred.

The best place to be based is either in bordering Grumeti Reserve,  or the western part of the Maasai Mara - The Mara Triangle or Mara Governors, close to the action dramas taking place at the picturesque Mara River.

 

Best  Camps: See Accommodation in Masai Mara - Mara Triangle or Mara Governors

August

The migration moves into Maasai Mara in search of water and fresh grazing.

The best place to be based in is the Masai Mara National Park as the wildebeest spread across the park.

Best  Camps: See Accommodation in Masai Mara - Mara Triangle or Mara Governors

September

Animals are resident in Masai Mara, but heading east. The area is still dry, but water can still be found in the Mara.

The best place to be based is in Masai Mara Governors region and the closest eastern neighbours namely, Confluence, Keekorok or Mara South East.

Best  Camps: See Accommodation in Masai MaraMara Governors

October

The thunder clouds are starting to build up as a sign of the impending rain. The wildebeest start moving south in anticipation of the new seasons rains.

The best place to be based is in the north eastern Serengeti or Loliondo Game Controlled Area (e.g. one of the mobile safari camps that follow the migration).

Best Camps: Klein's Camp, Nomad Loliondo Mobile Camp

November

The short rains have started and the migration moves quickly south through Loliondo towards the western border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. New grass covers the Serengeti plains and the wildebeest are moving towards the short grass plains of Ndutu.

The best place to be based is in Ndutu, Seronera or one of the mobile safari camps

Best Camps: Nomad Loliondo Mobile Camp , Ndutu Safari Lodge

 

 

 

Itinerary Ideas for Wildbeest Migration Safaris in Masai Mara, Kenya.

Disclaimer: All itineraries & pricing subject to final confirmation. Simple reason: - timing and the position of the migration herds, lodge or mobile camp availability and booking,  or choice of an exclusive private or public camping migration safari. In other words, the major determinant is the choiceof budget accommodation or public camping, private camping, lodge accommodation, mobile migration camps, or the more luxurious permanent or semi-permanent tented lodges / camps.

Wildebeest Migration safaris are specially created to enjoy the greatest natural wild spectacle from the most vantage locations. Some of the sampled Masai Mara safaris include:-

3 Days Masai Mara Migration Safari - July to October

This is the shortest Masai Mara Migration Safari. Depending on the season, Mustard Travel provides advise depending on the time of the season on decent accommodation closest to the spectacle to avoid driving longer, budget accommodation for those on shoe-string budget who feel compelled to present during this season at the Mara, and make recommendations on whether to extend a safari or keep it short and go on a hot air balloon ride.

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Day 1: Fly-in to the Mara (45 mins) or drive by road for approximately 5-6 hours to the Great Masai Mara. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred lodge or campsite. A flying safari to Masai Mara will obviouslyl provide more time to attend a Masai Cultural Centre and mix with them and learn more about their way of life and engage other relaxation activities before those on road arrive. However, a scheduled late afternoon game drive takes place and usually the leading attraction of the season is the concentration of herbivores mainly the Wildebeest and the zebras and the hunting dramas of different lion prides, and other hungry canines.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge or campsite

Day 2: Full day spent exploring the Mara. All meals at lodge. As your last night in the Masai Mara on this trip, you may choose to schedule a romantic bush dinner, a memorable sundowner under the Acacia trees of Africa, or any interesting activities with the Maasai people, a massage or other relaxation activities since most hotels and lodges have healty and beauty facillities.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge or campsite

Day 3: Pre-breakfast game drive or choose a balloon ride and take your champagne breakfast in the middle of nowhere and drive back watching game to your hotel or lodge. Prepare and leave for your flight back to Nairobi or undertake your road drive arriving in time for lunch at the reknown Carnivore Restaurant.


PRICE: Request for  Rates


4 Days Masai Mara Migration Safari - July to October

This is standard Masai Mara migration safari providing opportunity to be in Masai Mara fro 3 solid nights and offering you an itinerary packed with interesting activities as recommended by our representative. Kindly note that what is provided in the entire web site are just samples to give you a perfect idea of what to expect on safari.

Day 1. Nairobi - Maasai Mara

Driving a distance of 275 kms from Nairobi from early morning via the interesting landscapes of the Great Rift Valley to Masai Mara known for its amazing migration, concentration of wildlife and outstanding rolling savannah grasslands. Lunch. Afternoon game drive. Overnight at preferred lodge or campsite.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge or campsite.

Day 2 & 3. Maasai Mara

Morning and afternoon game drives in the finest game sanctuary in Kenya, noted for its wildebeest migration, lions and other wildlife. All meals at selected/preferred lodge or campsite. Optional balloon ride, visit to a local Maasai village or a guided walk into the Masai Mara.

Day 4. Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Morning game drive. Return to Nairobi,


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5 days Masai Mara Migration Safari - July  to October

This Masai Mara safari aims to provide more game watching opportunities and activities of the great migration by being at the Masai Mara for five days and four nights. You may wish to note that the first day of arrival and night spent at the Sarova Stanley or other hotel of your choice is generally not named.

Day 1: Picked from your hotel in Nairobi at 0730 hours and driven to the Masai Mara. Have lunch and enjoy your first late afternoon game drive on this tour.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge

Day 2,3,4 spent exploring the wonders of the migration, with selected activities in the evening to spice up your African holiday. All meals and overnight at mobile camp

Day 5: Morning game drive and eventual drive back to Nairobi. End of tour.

PRICE: ON ENQUIRY

5 Days Masai Mara Family Migration Safari - July to October

This safari pays attention to your interests as a family. There is a interesting focus on your children, letting them learn an interesting side of Africa through cultural and environment learning activities among other fun ideas. Accommodation is in selected lodges and tented camps that are family friendly and especially those with Kids Adventure Clubs. Thats means a Kenya Masai Mara family holiday they or you can ever forget. In other words, just take the family, where? To Kenya, it could be better than disney. No matter how many times your children or grand children have seen the 'Lion King', nothing provides stimulation for them and parents alike like the amazing wildlife experience to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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Day 1: A Nairobi excursion especially the Giraffe Manor which is great for children. What exhilaration you watch as you both feed the endangered Rothschild 'mummy' giraffe and the tall-necked 'baby' giraffe from the hand! Of course the Manor is most ideal for a private party of up to 8, but this Manor house has such a rich history of conservation by dedicated individuals, beautiful ecosystem and bird life. Optional accommodation exists and a visit to the Giraffe Center can be done from any of the recommended family-friendly hotels. Lunch at Carnivore, Dinner at your preferred hotel.

Day 2: Pickup from your hotel at 0730 hrs for your Road Safari to Masai Mara, else fly into Masai Mara on a 45 minutes flight. Lunch at Mara Intrepids Club. Let the children enjoy their first game drive in the afternoon after lunch. They will be participating in a host of activities at the Adventurers Club every day. Dinner and overnight at Mara Intrepids Club

Day 3,4 Game drives as per itinerary, optional activities like a hot air balloon ride, visits to cultural villages, guided walks, picnic lunches in the African wild among other available activities. All meals and overnights at Mara Intrepids Club.

Day 5: Morning game drive and eventual drive back to Nairobi. Optional flight to Nairobi for your flight home or choose to extend family holiday to Mombasa, Kenya.

PRICE: ON ENQUIRY

 

TYPICAL ITINERARIES

Disclaimer: All itineraries & pricing subject to final confirmation. Simple reason: - timing and the position of the migration herds, lodge or mobile camp availability and booking,  or choice of an exclusive private or public camping migration safari. In other words, the major determinant is the choiceof budget accommodation or public camping, private camping, lodge accommodation, mobile migration camps, or the more luxurious permanent or semi-permanent tented lodges / camps.

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7 -8 Days Ultimate Serengeti Migration Safari - (April, May & June)

This is an exclusive ultimate Serengeti Migration Safari. After your are picked from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you are booked on BB basis in an Arusha hotel. The journey to Serengeti begins the following morning. However, a road driv

e to Serengeti from Arusha is a gruelling 8 hours and quite unreasonable. There are two options - A fly-in to Serenora Airstrip on private charter (duly arranged and booked for you) or an extra day stop-over with game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park, then depart early morning with picnic lunch enroute to Serengeti.

Depending on the season either Feb, June or Nov with adjoining months, our travel consultant will organize the migration safari route carefully choosing and proposing to book required accommodation. You have no doubt that this will be properly arranged and your migration safari itinerary drawn. Early booking is required for migration safaris 2012. The itinerary below is for April -May- June period of 2012.

Day 1: Arusha , Lake Manyara

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha and head on a 2.5 hrs road journey to Lake Manyara National Park – famous for the tree-climbing lions, amazing birdlife, hippos, elephants and flamingos. Stop over at Ol-duvai Gorge.

A direct drive to Serengeti is a gruelling 8 hrs and it only to reasonable to take an extra day at Lake Manyara or fly into Serengeti. The cost for either choice is nearly equivalent. Afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara or Serengeti (optional fly-in). Full board accommodation at Lake Manyara's Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Day 2:  Central Serengeti

Your ultimate, value added serengeti migration safari begins this day. Central Serengeti is 5 hrs drive from Lake Manyara and we leave with our picnic lunch boxes. Safari approaches migration herds scaling from top to bottom (like on map) heading to Ndutu areas  where millions of migration animals and birds are browsing among the African grasslands. The timing is in season and our guide will provide ample time for viewing and photography. Picnic lunch en route.

Accommodation: If you make early arrangements for 2012 you are booked into one of the mobile camps and this means that your safari base migrates for the rest of the days of your safari. Dinner and overnight at mobile camp. Similarly, you can be booked into one of the 'stationary' lodges or permanent tented camp serving as base for your migration safari venture to South, South West and beyond.

Day 3: Ndutu Plains

Full day exploration along the migration path. Picnic Lunches. Dinner and overnight at your lodge in Ndutu safari lodge or Campsite.

Day 4, 5,6: Kusini

Full days exploration of the migration animals along their natural paths on full board basis at your mobile camp or Kusini lodges. Explorations in Kusini areas choosing different applicable paths depending on previous day's viewings and intelligence ground reports.

Day 7:  Flight to Arusha or Tarangire

After breakfast you are transferred to Kusini Airstrip for your private charter flight back to Arusha or if on road safari, proceed to Tarangire past Ngorongoro Conservation Area and lodge at Maramboi Tented Camp

Day 8:

Morning game drive after breakfast and depart at 1130hrs  for a 2.5 hrs drive to Arusha for lunch and preparations for flight home.

PRICE ON ENQUIRY

 

7 -8 Days Ultimate Serengeti Migration Safari - (May - June ), Grumeti River Crossing

Day 1: Arusha , Lake Manyara

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha and head on a 2.5 hrs road journey to Lake Manyara National Park – famous for the tree-climbing lions, amazing birdlife, hippos, elephants and flamingos. Stop over at Ol-duvai Gorge.

A direct drive to Serengeti is a gruelling 8 hrs and it only to reasonable to take an extra day at Lake Manyara or fly into Serengeti. The cost for either choice is nearly equivalent. Afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara or Serengeti (optional fly-in). Full board accommodation at Lake Manyara's Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Day 2:  Central Serengeti

Your ultimate, value added serengeti migration safari begins this day. Central Serengeti is 5 hrs drive from Lake Manyara and we leave with our picnic lunch boxes. Safari approaches migration herds centrally headed to the Western Corridor and especially to witness the Grumeti River Crossing. Game drives in this area are limited to intelligence ground reports on the status of the river crossing. Picnic lunch en route.

Accommodation: If you make early arrangements for 2012 you are booked into one of the mobile camps and this means that your safari base migrates for the rest of the days of your safari. Dinner and overnight at mobile camp. Similarly, you can be booked into one of the 'stationary' lodges or permanent tented camp serving as base for your migration safari venture to South West and Western Corridor

Day 3: Mbalageti Areas

Full day exploration along the migration path. Picnic Lunches. Dinner and overnight at your lodge in Mblageti or Campsite.

Day 4, 5,6: Kirawira

Full days exploration of the migration animals along their natural paths on full board basis at your mobile camp or Kirawira lodges. Explorations in to witness the river crossing. Ground reports crucial as they control our movement.

Day 7:  Flight to Arusha or Tarangire

After breakfast you are transferred to Kirawira Airstrip for your private charter flight back to Arusha or if on road safari, proceed to Tarangire past Ngorongoro Conservation Area and lodge at Maramboi Tented Camp

Day 8:

Morning game drive after breakfast and depart at 1130hrs  for a 2.5 hrs drive to Arusha for lunch and preparations for flight home.

PRICE ON ENQUIRY


 

7 -8 Days Ultimate Serengeti Migration Safari - (October-November- December)

Day 01: Arusha- Lake Manyara
Unless flying directly into Klein's Airstrip in North East Serengeti, our policy is to save on a tiresome drive from Arusha directly to Serengeti unless otherwise agreed. So our first stop is Lake Manyara for a foretaste and variety of ultimate serengeti safari. Plenty of activities to choose including boating, game drives especially seeking to stop the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara. Meals and overnight at Lake Manyara Tented Lodge or selected Campsite

Day 02: Central Serengeti
We drive to Central Serengeti if on road Safari. Game drives. Meals and overnight in Seronera's lodges or selected Campsite

Day 03,04,05: Klein's Camp
Ulitimate Serengeti migration safari via Lobo during this season culminates with 3 nights at Klein's Camp or recommended alternative.  Our game drives may extend to the famous Bologonja Springs or spill over to Loliondo Reserve.

Day 06: Flight to Arusha
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Day 07: Enroute game drives to Ngorongoro Crater for overnight

Day 08: Eventual drive back to Arusha from Ngorogoro Crater