Kenya and Tanzania Migration

13 Days from US$7,150 per person

Overview

A 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.

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What's Included

Airport transfers as described in the itinerary
Scheduled flights: Maasai Mara – Nairobi / Nairobi – Kilimanjaro
All accommodations and meals as per itinerary
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

Highlights

Mount Kenya  |  Lake Nakuru |  Maasai Mara |  Tarangire National Park |  Ngorongoro Crater

Mount Kenya

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Lake Nakuru

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Maasai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Tarangire National Park

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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Camps & Lodges

The Norfolk Hotel  |  Flamingo Hill Tented CampLake Naivasha Country ClubTipilikwanit Tented Camp |  Serena Mountain Village Lodge  |  Lake Burunge Tented Camp  |  Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge  |  Kia Lodge

Day 1

NAIROBI | Arrival and Overnight

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.

Day 2

MT. KENYA NATIONAL RESERVE | Game Viewing

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 Serena 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.

Day 3

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK | Animal Orphanage, Game Viewing

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.

Day 4

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK | Game Viewing, Optional Boat Safari

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.

Days 5 – 7

MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE | Game Viewing

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 located 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.

The 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 and Mara Plains beyond from your private verandah. The tents are connected by a suspended bridge to the dining and bar. And Tipilikwani 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.

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.

Day 8

LAKE DULUTI, ARUSHA | Transfer

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 Serena Mountain 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.

Day 9

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK | Game Viewing

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.

Day 10

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK | Game Viewing

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.

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.

Day 12

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK | Ngorongoro Crater, Picnic Lunch

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.

Day 13

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.

INCLUSIONS

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

EXCLUSIONS

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)