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KENYA, TANZANIA and THE GREAT MIGRATION

17 Days   |   3 - 19 September 2020

 

ITINERARY

 

ACCOMMODATION | MOVENPICK LUXURY HOTEL

DAY 1 |  Thursday, September 3, 2020
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi (NBO)

KARIBU!  WELCOME TO KENYA

Today is arrival day and for those who didn’t arrive a day or two early to acclimate to the time change, this is your chance. Relax today, explore Nairobi and prepare for your upcoming journey. At 6:30pm we will meet in the hotel’s Baluba Restaurant for a Welcome dinner where we’ll share a safari briefing on what to expect over the next 16 days.


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ACCOMMODATION | OL TUKAI LODGE

DAY 2 |  Friday, September 4, 2020
Nairobi | Amboseli National Park

The adventure begins! Following an early breakfast, we’ll depart to the outskirts of Nairobi to visit the world famous David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Farm and Museum, made famous in OUT OF AFRICA. The Amboseli is only four hours from Nairobi, and once we settle into our lodge, we’ll have plenty of time for an afternoon game drive. The Amboseli is famous for its large herds of long tusked elephants, unimpeded views of Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world - and 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species.


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ACCOMMODATION | OL TUKAI LODGE

DAY 3 |  Saturday, September 5, 2020
Amboseli National Park

Taking a picnic lunch, today we’ll have a full-day game drive in the Amboseli. You can expect to see free ranging African bush elephants, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra and blue wildebeest. And, of course, Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way, we’ll visit a Masai village.


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ACCOMMODATION | THE CLIFF

DAY 4 |  Sunday, September 6, 2020
Lake Nakuru National Park

Today we travel to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 5,755 ft above sea level. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts huge flocks of flamingoes - up to two million - making it one of the densest concentrations of flamingoes in the world.


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ACCOMMODATION | THE CLIFF

DAY 5 |  Monday, September 7, 2020
Lake Nakuru National Park

White and black rhino have been introduced to the area for their preservation from poachers, and the Rothchild giraffe has been introduced here as well. This is one of the best places in Africa to photograph both.


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DAY 6 |  Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Masai Mara National Reserve

Today we enter Big Five (Maasai Lion, African Bush Elephant, Eastern Black Rhino, African Leopard, Cape Buffalo) territory - the Masai Mara National Reserve! The ‘Mara’ is home to over 100 mammals and close to 600 species of birds. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, most spectacular eco-systems and the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.


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ACCOMMODATION | ASHNIL MARA LUXURY CAMP

DAY 7 |  Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Masai Mara National Reserve

We’ll be basing our visit to the Mara around the Great Migration, but as the timing of the crossings are unpredictable, we’ll have plenty of time to check out the wide variety of wildlife and habitat areas contained in the Mara. Today is a full day safari with a picnic lunch.


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ACCOMMODATION | ASHNIL MARA LUXURY CAMP

DAY 8 | Thursday, September 10, 2020
Masai Mara National Reserve

The Great Migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, eland and impala is one of nature’s greatest spectacles on earth. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is considered the ‘World Cup’ of Wildlife.

Today we’ll be witnessing the migration from the Kenya side.



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ACCOMMODATION | MARA UNDER CANVAS

DAY 9 |  Friday, September 11, 2020
Border Crossing | Northern Serengeti | Kogatende | Mara River

Following breakfast, we’re heading for the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania and for the jewel of Tanzania’s national parks – The Serengeti!

Wildlife is unpredictable and there is no set day or time that the wildebeest will cross the Mara.   The migration follows the rains and ‘greener pastures’. But, as we all know, the weather is as unpredictable as the wildlife it nourishes, and there is no cast iron guarantee when or where we will witness the crossing. That being said, we are fortunate to be here during the most likely period based on previous crossings in recent years, and there will be no shortage of wildlife amassing – wildebeest and predators alike (not to mention other photographers!).


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ACCOMMODATION | MARA UNDER CANVAS

DAY 10 | Saturday, September 12, 2020
Mara River | Northern Serengeti | Kogatende

Our daily routine will be dictated by the mood of the super-herd. We will intersperse game drives to the river, a few miles away, with drives to the local kopjes –  rock outcroppings – looking for lions and leopards


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ACCOMMODATION: MARA UNDER CANVAS

DAY 11 | Sunday, September 13, 2020
Mara River | Northern Serengeti | Kogatende

Full day game drive.


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ACCOMMODATION: KUBU KUBU LUXURY CAMP

DAY 12 | Monday, September 14, 2020
Central Serengeti | Seronera

After an early morning game drive and a hearty breakfast, we’ll head for the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti, the heart of the Serengeti and home to the big cats. We’ll picnic along the way.

Encompassing much of Central Serengeti, this vast valley teems with wildlife. The valley’s river keeps the vegetation plentiful, supporting herbivores throughout the year. Wildebeest, zebras, elephants, giraffe, gazelle, and many others can be spotted on any given day. The large amount of prey also draws the highest population of predators. 


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ACCOMMODATION: KUBU KUBU LUXURY CAMP

DAY 13 | Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Central Serengeti | Seronera

Seronera is one of the most prolific areas for seeing wildlife, and we’ll spend a full day on safari between the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding kopjes (rock outcroppings).


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ACCOMMODATION: LAKE MASEK TENTED CAMP

DAY 14 | Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Seronera | Ndutu

After an early morning safari and breakfast, we’ll head to Ndutu. Ndutu is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and is important to the migration as it is where the wildebeest calve. In February up to 8000 wildebeest calves are born per day over a three week period. It is also possible in Ndutu to drive off-road where one gets the true sense of being on safari.


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ACCOMMODATION: GIBBS FARM

DAY 15 | Thursday, September 17, 2020
Ngorongoro Crater

The roughly 100 square mile (260 sq km ) Ngorongoro Crater basin is home to an estimated 26,000 mammals and provides us with the best opportunity of seeing one of the crater’s 26 Black Rhino. In addition there are elephants, wildebeests, zebras, eland, both Grant and Thomson gazelles, reedbuck, Cape buffalo, spotted hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, cheetahs and the densest known population of lions.

We’ll explore the crater for most of the day, taking a picnic lunch with us.


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ACCOMMODATION: GIBBS FARM

DAY 16 | Friday, September 18, 2020
Lake Eyasi | Karatu

We’ll depart Gibbs Farm early in the morning, taking a picnic breakfast with us. Lake Eyasi is home to two tribes: the nomadic Hadzabe - the last of the hunters and gatherers, and the sedentary Datoga who till the soil and are known for their bead work.

We’ll return to Gibbs Farm for a late lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to partake in farm activities or just rest by the pool.

Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner as tomorrow will be a day with options.


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DAY 17 | Saturday, September 19, 2020
A day of options:

As we’ll have four vehicles, participants can choose how they’d like to spend their last day. The three options are a day’s rest at Gibbs Farm; a day safari in Tarengire National Park; visiting the art gallery and shopping in Arusha. Late afternoon we’ll reconvene at the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. You’ll have time for dinner or a snack in one of the food outlets while reminiscing about your time spent in Africa and the marvels you saw. You already want to come back!

 
 

Bye nzuri na safari salama (Goodbye and safe travels)