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Kenya and Tanzania Migration Safari

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Kenya and Tanzania Migration Safari

This safari is specifically designed for mid-July through October, when the “great migration” is in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. With your private guide and 4wd safari vehicle you will vist Mt. Kenya, and the flamingo covered Lake Nakuru. You then spend three nights in the midst of the migration. From Kenya, you’ll fly to Tanzania to visit Tarangire, where large elephant herds gather during this time. You will also visit Lake Manyara and the awesome Ngorongoro Crater.

Highlights:

Mount KenyaLake NakuruMaasai Mara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater

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Detailed Itinerary:

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Wildebeest Leap of Faith (Kenya)

 

 

 

 

Baobab

 

 

 

 

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 1 – Nairobi
Arrive today into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs you will be met and transferred to the famous Norfolk Hotel. Dating from Kenya’s colonial days, the Norfolk is a landmark in Nairobi. The hotel is rich in history, and includes a pool, health club, salon, news-stand, and gift shops and several restaurants. The Norfolk is located in downtown Nairobi opposite the National Theater.
Overnight – Norfolk Hotel (B & B basis)

Day 2 – Mt Kenya National Reserve
This morning after breakfast you will be met by your private safari guide and 4WD vehicle and depart for the Mt. Kenya National Reserve. You’ll drive through the Kenya highlands passing a patchwork quilt of Kikuyu farms and some of Kenya’s famous coffee and pineapple plantations as you make your way to Mountain Lodge. The unique lodge is located in an indigenous forest 7,200 ft up in the reserve. It overlooks a natural waterhole and saltlick and is surrounded by dense forest. Each room faces the waterhole where you can watch the wildlife come to drink. Visitors include elephant, buffalo, rhino, hyena and if you are really lucky a leopard or lion. There is also a viewing balcony and a subterranean hide for some close up peeks and photos. You have lunch at the lodge and the rest of the day free to relax and watch the wildlife.
After dinner, relax in the lounge and then it’s to bed – knowing that if anything exciting happens at the waterhole – you can ask to be awakened by a porter.
Overnight – Serena Mountain Lodge (all meals)

Day 3 – Lake Nakuru National Park
Today you will continue your journey through the mountains to the small town of Nanyuki, where you will have a chance to stop at the William Holden Animal Orphanage. Afterwards enjoy lunch a the famous Mt. Kenya Safari club, before continuing into the highlands, then down into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. The world famous Lake Nakuru was created as a National Park to protect its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. The Park spans an attractive range of wooded and bush grassland around the lake, offering wide ecological diversity, from lake water, woodland to the rocky escarpment and ridges. The Lake is home to hippo and the diverse birdlife. On the shores roam waterbuck, Bohors Reedbuck and zebra. The woodlands and forest are now home to both black and white rhino. Other wildlife found hear include buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s Giraffe and it is one of the few places you can find. The black and white Colobus Monkeys.
Your stay here will be at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp, which is between the “honeymoon hills” within Lake Nakuru National Park with landscaped grounds, natural foliage and a variety of indigenous African plants and flowers. The 25 guest “tents” are decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods and wrought iron. They have spacious 4 poster beds with mosquito nets, full ensuite facilities and a private verandah overlooking the plains. There is also a restaurant and lounge.
After settling in, depart on an afternoon game drive in the park, returning before dark.
Overnight – Flamingo Hill Tented Camp (all meals & activities)

Day 4 – Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast depart on a morning game drive then return for lunch. Afterwards you can go on another game drive, or visit the nearby Lake Elmenteita and take pictures at Lake Elementaita view point and then proceed to Naivasha. Here you will have an option of going for a boat safari ( at extra cost) or relax in you Lake Naivasha Country club.
Overnight – Lake Naivasha Country Club (all meals & activities)

Day 5 – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Today you’re off to the renowned Maasai Mara, Kenya’s premier game reserve – home of the “big five” – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant, as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plains antelope and numerous other wildlife. The Maasai Mara is actually the northern portion of the great plains ecosystem that in neighboring Tanzania is called the Serengeti. During the months of August to November, the great migratory herds can be found on the Mara plains numbering up to 1 ½ million wildebeest, 700,000 zebras and thousands of Thompson’s Gazelles.
Your accommodations for three nights will be at the secluded Tipilikwani luxury Camp. This wonderful camp is situated on the north-eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is operated in conjunction with twenty six Maasai families who have a share in the business. It is the logistical center for a community development project developing infrastructure for health-care, veterinary services, education and clean water for people living around the reserve.
Tipilikwani Luxury Camp is situated on the banks of Talek river and is comprised on 20 luxury tents, with en-suite bathrooms including brass tapped bathtubs. Built off the ground on wooden platforms, you can view the hills & Mara plains beyond from your private verandah. The tents are connected by a suspended bridge to the dinning and bar. And Tipilikwani Mara camp is known as having some of the best cuisine in the Mara.
After getting settled in, enjoy lunch and some time to relax and get acquainted with the camp. In the afternoon depart on your first game drive in the Mara. Return to camp in time to freshen up and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire before dinner.
Overnight – Tipilikwani Tented Camp (all meals & activities)

Days 6/7 – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Over the next two morning you will be awakened at dawn and set out at sunrise in search of game. Early mornings are magical in the Mara with the wildlife waking up to greet the day. You may come upon a lion family feeding together on last nights kill. In between your morning, after-noon or all day game drives, you will have some time to relax at camp. You may also want to take a walk in the hills escorted by Maasai guides who demonstrate their extensive knowledge of plants and animals while surrounded by spectacular landscapes in every direction.
Overnight – Tipilikwani Tented Camp (all meals & activities)

Day 8 – Maasai Mara/ Nairobi / Arusha
After breakfast at the camp, bid farewell to your guide and board the scheduled flight to Nairobi where you will connect with the scheduled flight to Arusha Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be met by your Tanzania safari guide and 4WD vehicle and depart for Mt. Village Lodge where you will have the remainder of the afternoon free to relax. Your accommodations will be in one of the charming stone cottages sit amidst the lush gardens with views of the Lake Diluti and the surrounding hills.
Overnight – Serena Mountain Village Lodge (Breakfast & dinner)

Day 9 – Tarangire National Park
This morning you will be met by your private guide and 4WD vehicle and depart by road to the scenic Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest. Here you’ll find a geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife. Mysterious Baobab trees dot the landscape and the Tarangire River meanders through the park. During the dry season from July through October, the river attracts an abundance of wildlife, including up to 6000 elephant, lion, cheetah, and buffalo and a variety of colorful birds.
Your accommodations for the next three nights will be at Lake Burunge Temted Camp. This is a small luxury tented camp set within a 2,000 acre private area in the migratory corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire – just 15 minutes drive from the entry gate. The 20 large walk-in tents are built on wooden platforms with full ensuite bathrooms and private decks. The main building houses the dinning room and lounge.There is also a saltwater swimming pool.
Activities include wildlife viewing in Tarangire and along the southern shore of Lake Manyara, walking with Maasai guides and visiting nearby Datoga and Maasai villages.
After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by drinks around the fire before dinner.
Overnight – Lake Burunge Tented Camp (all meals & activities)

Day 10 – Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast depart on a long game drive in Tarangire with a box lunch. Return to the camp in the early afternoon with time to relax by the pool, visit a local boma, or go on a Maasai guided walk to the shore of the south end of Lake Manyara.
Overnight – Lake Burunge Tented Camp (all meals & activities)

Day 11 – Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
This morning you’ll leave Tarangire and drive across the Great Rift Valley to nearby Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places you will see the comical Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.
After your game drive and a stop for a picnic lunch you will continue to the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Ngorongoro Crater. Driving up the slopes of the lush green mountain and arriving at the rim of the crater, the first glimpse takes your breath away. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera on earth. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2,000 feet high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa, and contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at the award winning Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, perched high on the crater rim. Enjoy a sundowner on the verandah this evening before dinner.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 12 – Ngorongoro Crater
This morning, after an early breakfast, you will depart with your guide and descend the crater walls to the floor of the crater. You will spend the whole day game-viewing with a stop for a picnic lunch, returning to the lodge in the afternoon.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 13 – Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha – Depart
This morning after breakfast you’ll be driven back to Arusha and after a stop for lunch, continue to the KIA Lodge, where you will have use of a day room. This small lodge is located near the airport and has wonder views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This evening you will be taken to the airport in time for your connecting flight to Nairobi, or International flight.
Dayroom – KIA Lodge (Breakfast & lunch)

Kenya and Tanzania Migration Safari Rates

Cost:

  • Starting from $7,150 per person sharing double accommodations

Departures:

  • This is a flying safari and can start any day, based on the availability of accommodations. It can also be customized for you.

Our fully inclusive rates include:

  • Airport transfers as described in itinerary
  • Scheduled flights: Maasai Mara – Nairobi / Nairobi – Kilimanjaro
  • All accommodations and meals as peritinerary
  • All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entry fees
  • Services of private professional safari guides in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Travel in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with unlimited mileage
  • Bottled water on game drives
  • Membership in Flying Doctors Service

Does not include:

  • International airfare and flights
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas and bottled water at meals
  • Gratuities for guides and camp or lodge staff
  • Laundry services (can be done for a fee)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and visa fees
  • Airport Departure Taxes (usally included in ticket price)

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