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"Kenya & Tanzania Great Migration Safari"
Sept 6 - 18, 2014
with African wildlife expert, Hanne Lindeman
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’ as Mother Natures story in all of it's awesome splendour.
This exceptional safari experience sets out from Nairobi. 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 also enables the visitor to follow in the footsteps of the
migration, without having to return to Nairobi for domestic flights between Tanzania and Kenya
Wildlife Highlights: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope,
gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe, black and white rhino.
About the 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: Sept 6, 2014 Arrival in Nairobi
transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi’s oldest and best renowned city
hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering
a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Ovenight at hotel.
Day 2: Sept 7 Nairobi to Amboseli National Park
Safari Lodge. After lunch enjoy an afternoon’s game drive before arriving in time for a refreshing swim,
then dinner and overnight. Serena Lodge Amboseli
Towered over by the magnificent bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 m), Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is
one of Kenya’s oldest, famous and most-visited parks. Endlessly panoramic, yet comparatively compact, it is
dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow; half submerged in the papyrus
grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffaloes, while offering a
haven for the abundant water birds. An International Biosphere Reserve, the park largely constitutes the
usually dried-out lakebed of Lake Amboseli, which is surrounded by flat grasslands relieved by very few trees.
On the plains are numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons and vervet
monkeys. Lions are rare. Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of
Mount Kilimanjaro. Distance/drive time: 260km / 4 ½ hours
Day 3: Sept 8 On safari in Amboseli National Park
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the
dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer
numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of
spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and
dinner will be taken at the lodge, whose grounds also offer the opportunity of optional nature walk with bird-
spotting (150 species in the grounds alone). Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge
Day 4: Sept 9 Amboseli to Ngorongoro
After breakfast, drive to the border town of Namanga where you will clear customs and immigration formalities
for entry into Tanzania. Drive to Arusha, where lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch drive to
the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and check into the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, which stands
on the rim of the immeasurably ancient Ngorongoro crater, the largest perfect volcanic caldera in the world. A
unique biosphere, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area shelters some 25,000 large mammals:
dominated by bull elephants, rhinos and lions. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Serena Ngorongoro Distance/drive time: 381 km / 5.5 hours
Day 5: Sept 10 Ngorongoro to the Serengeti National Park
About the Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast descend into the crater for a half-day tour with picnic lunch. 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.
Leaving the crater, drive to the Serengeti National Park stopping on route for a visit to Olduvai Gorge, the
‘Cradle of Mankind’ and one of the most famous Palaeolithic sites in the world. In the late afternoon 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.
Serena Serengeti Distance/drive time: 170 km / 3.5 hours
Day 6: Sept 11 On safari in the Serengeti
meals at the lodge.
The vast and sensational Serengeti, covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, 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. The million-plus
wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores,
principally lion and hyena. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the Park is
also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their
movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s
gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 7: Sept 12 On safari in the Serengeti
After breakfast game drive through the vast Serengeti National park to Mbalageti Serengeti, which is situated
in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, in the heart of ‘big game’ country.
http://www.mbalageti.com/ Distance/drive time: 180 km / 2 ½ hours
Day 8: Sept 13 Into Kenya and the Masai Mara
After breakfast drive to the Tanzanian border, complete immigration formalities and change vehicles for your
onward journey to the Masai Mara National Reserve (with a picnic lunch enroute), where you will check in to
the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, which stands high on a hill with spectacular views of the river and plains.
World renowned for the breathtaking 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. Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Serena Mara Safari Lodge Distance/drive time: 380km / 8 hours
Day 9: Sept 14 On safari in the Masai Mara
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 10 Sept 15 On safari in the Masai Mara
Early morning game drive. Drop off at Hippo point for breakfast. Proceed with game drive. Lunch and
afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Day 11: Sept 16 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 12: Sept 17 Masai Mara to Nairobi
rated as one of the top 500 restaurants in the world. After lunch check-in to the Sarova Stanley
Hotel and spend the afternoon either relaxing by the rooftop pool or seeing the city sights.
Dinner on own arrangement to sample any of the restaurants within Nairobi city.
Distance/drive time: 309km / 5½ hours
Day 13: Sept 18 Departure
Leave the hotel after breakfast and drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.
Safari Cost: $6,650.00
Group size limited to 12 guests - in shared accommodations
Single Supplement: $1,121.00
$800.00 deposit due to reserve your space
Final payment is due by July 1, 2014
13 days/12 nights
City hotel, safari lodges and luxury tented camps
Migration Safari Destinations:
Nairobi - 1 night
Amboseli National Park - 2 nights
Ngorongoro Crater - 1 night
Serengeti National Park - 3 nights
Masai Mara National Reserve - 4 nights
Nairobi - 1 night
Overland drive in a standard 4x4 Landcruiser
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
Sundowner cocktails and other activities not included in the package price. International flight. Anything not specificed in
the safari itinerary. Tips to guides, drivers, lodge staff
Game drives, nature walks and sundowners
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To reserve your space for this trip
Contact: Gayle Lawrence
Journeys of Discovery
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