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Tour MULTI-COUNTRY: 9 Day Tanzania & Kenya Migration Meander#24

9 DAY TANZANIA & KENYA LUXURY SAFARI: MIGRATION MEANDER

Why you'd love it!

For the ultimate African safari experience, our 9-day luxury Tanzania & Kenya combo safari is ideal. Bringing together the most spectacular safari experiences that Eastern Africa has to offer, in the most renowned safari terrain in the world, our custom, 9-day luxury safari in Tanzania & Kenya is unmatched.

This ultra-safari tour across Tanzania & Kenya, bringing you the most magnificent wildlife, sumptuous accommodation and dazzling experiences that you will never forget, from the home of the African safari.

Uncover the unparalleled sights of Kenya’s extraordinary safari terrain, over 9 unforgettable days immersed in our handpicked selection of the best experiences, sights and accommodation in Tanzania & Kenya.

Explore the awesome beauty and unrivalled wildlife of the world-famous Serengeti National Park – one of the ten natural wonders of the world and a must-see location on any African safari. Spend a glorious three days surrounded by this staggering landscape, home to the Great Migration, and a phenomenally high concentration of beautiful wildlife including the Big-5, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles. Discover the more remote terrain of the resplendent Northern Serengeti over two days, decorated with lush, undulating hills, acacia woods, and magnificent wildlife. This unspoilt corner of Serengeti is characterized by its dramatic position in the Great Migration when the passing throngs must navigate its hazardous waters inhabited by crocodiles.

Enjoy the exclusive sights at the Naboisho Conservancy on the borders of the Masai Mara, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of lions in and some of the rarest species in Kenya that usually remain unseen, including aardwolves, caracals and serval cats.

From unforgettable, leisurely game drives and walks to the sunset views from your luxury tented camps, our 9-day custom Kenyan safari provides the perfect photo safari experience that will leave you with outstanding memories to treasure forever.

Itinerary Details
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DAY 1: KENYA / Nairobi Arrival

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Bed & Breakfast; dinner à la Carte

Guests are met at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and guided to their safari vehicle for the short hop to your overnight accommodation.

Optional & time permitting, you can visit the nearby elephant orphanage and Giraffe sanctuary or Karen Blixen Museum.

Arrive, unwind, relax, enjoy lunch/ dinner and get ready for your next adventure!

DAY 2: TANZANIA / Transfer to Central Serengeti National Park

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Full boarding, excl. Premium drinks

The northern region of the Serengeti is a vast pristine area of wooded rolling hills interspersed with open grassy patches and large granite outcrops. This region extends north about 55 miles from Seronera in the central Serengeti to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Maasai language, and is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers:

he vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti, is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands.

Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife include: a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion.

DAY 5-6: TANZANIA / Northern Serengeti

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Full boarding, excl. Top Shelf brands

Experience the world famous Serengeti National Park! The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape.

The Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place there is the largest ungulate migration on earth.

With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 3-4: TANZANIA / Central Serengeti Safari days

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Full boarding, excl. Premium drinks

The northern region of the Serengeti is a vast pristine area of wooded rolling hills interspersed with open grassy patches and large granite outcrops. This region extends north about 55 miles from Seronera in the central Serengeti to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

“Serengeti” means “endless plains” in the Maasai language, and is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers.

he vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti, is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands.

Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife include: a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion.

DAY 7-8: KENYA / Naboisho Conservancy / Encounter Mara

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Full boarding, excl. Top Shelf brands

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000 acre wildlife conservation area in Kenya’s Greater Mara Region. It borders the Masai Mara National Reserve to the south west, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the west and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east.

The second largest Masai Mara conservancy, Mara Naboisho (Maasai for ‘coming together’), has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Masai Mara region. The conservancy’s picturesque rolling hills, riverine acacia woodlands and sprawling grasslands are home to herds of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and many lions. With only nine safari camps in operation at the conservancy this is just the place for an exclusive safari feel.

The Conservancy is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found.

With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. This private conservancy is a ground breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community.

DAY 9: RETURN BACK HOME

UNTILL NEXT TIME!

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end…! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg airport…dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

Cost

Apr-Jun: $ 8,725/ per person sharing /2 pax min.

Jul-Oct: $ 10,965/ per person sharing /2 pax min.

Dates

Best time: March – October every year

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Central & Northern Serengeti
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Naboisho Conservancy
Price Includes
Price Excludes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • "Inter-Africa" flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • International airfare
  • Tips & Private Expenses
  • Visa's (When applicable)
  • Additional accommodation before or after the safari
  • Park and enhance fees as indicated
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Arrival Location

Nairobi International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Location

Nairobi International Airport (Google Map)


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Nairobi Hotel

1 Night

Modern hotel ideally located next to the airport and just 15km from Nairobi’s city centre, shopping malls and National Park.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the iconic Serengeti!

Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14.670 km². The park was founded in 1920 and became a National Park in 1951. The Park is especially famous for it’s immense Wildebeest and Zebra herds, but it is not without reason that it is also known as the best place for observation wildlife in general.

The Serengeti is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti migration is as remarkable as it is impressive. This migration takes place twice a year within Kenya and Tanzania and is considered one of the greatest migrations of wildlife on the planet. Its ecosystem is spread across 60,000 square kilometres and is home to the largest diverse concentration of wildlife and famous for infamous for the migration of nearly two million Wildebeests, Zebras, and Antelopes.

The Great Migration is as old as human history. Fossils that were found in the Olduvai canyon, prove that Wildebeests have already been using the planes of the Serengeti for their migration over a million years ago. Already to those times, they were following the rains through the Serengeti.

The yearly cycle begins in the south of the park, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May the land dries fast and the grazing animals must move on, heading for their dry season refuge in the Masai Mara. The key players in this 1,200-mile odyssey are the wildebeest – 1.5 million of them – accompanied by 200,000 zebras, 350,000 Thompson’s’ impala and Grant’s gazelles. For them, every year is an endless journey, chasing the rains in a race for life.

The action takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodlands, hills and open plains, a wilderness that includes not only the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond. With the beginning of the short rains in late October the migration makes its way back into the Serengeti, so this a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park. By December, having emerged from the northern woodlands, the herds return past Seronera to mass on their calving grounds again and the circle is complete. But as soon as the rains return the wildebeest head back to the Serengeti, drawn towards their calving grounds in the park’s deep south. Between January and March, when the calves are born, there is nowhere on Earth so vibrantly alive.

When the rains end in May the wildebeest make tracks for the Masai Mara. Some take Route One – north across the Seronera Valley. Others swing through the Western Corridor, but for all of them the journey is beset with danger. For a start there are the famous Serengeti lions – about 3,000 at the last count – to which can be added leopards and cheetahs, hungry hyena clans and monster crocodiles. The river crossing is most likely one on the most dramatic events in the Serengeti!
The exact dates of the actual river crossing is always a mystery but it is usually around the end of July through mid-August.

THE CENTRAL SERENGETI
This area is the vibrant, beating heart of the Serengeti. The Central Serengeti sees high volumes of visitors due to the large amounts of resident wildlife. This gives travellers a high chance of seeing wildlife in the least amount of time. The central Serengeti is the quintessential image of a Serengeti safari; stretches of savanna grassland dotted with acacia and baobab trees. The Seronera River Valley is beautiful and the year-round water supply keeps the area rich in predator and prey. The Central Serengeti is a year-round destination thanks to the resident wildlife and reaches its peak in the dry season from June to November.

WESTERN CORRIDOR and GRUMETI
The Western Corridor is a remote section of the Serengeti which stretches to Lake Victoria. This area is well known for the Grumeti River which is the scene of treacherous river crossings that form part of the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their way across the crocodile infested waters en-route to the lush plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya. The best time to witness these crossings is from late May to mid-July.

NORTHERN SERENGETI
The Northern Serengeti is a quiet area of the Serengeti thanks to its remote and secluded location. Expect far fewer crowds here as it requires long travel times to get to the northern area. The trip is worth it as the Northern Serengeti’s landscapes are varied and beautiful and it is home to exciting wildlife. It is also where travellers can watch the dramatic Mara River crossings. Herds that are thousands strong make the dangerous crossing, attempting to avoid the crocodiles as they do so. The best time to visit with a high chance of seeing the river crossings is from July to September.

SOUTHERN SERENGETI
Serengeti translates loosely to “endless plains” in the local Masai language. It could be argued that the seemingly never ending, short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti were the inspiration for the name. This seasonal safari destination is the most accessible area of the Serengeti and stretches from the Central Serengeti and the Seronera to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Lake Ndutu region is dotted with alkaline lakes home to flocks of pink flamingos. This area is great for game viewing during the Great Migration from December to March. Most excitingly, the lush plains are the perfect destination and backdrop for the calving season during February when about half a million calves are born over a 2-3-week period and join the ranks of the huge herds.

EASTERN SERENGETI
The Eastern Serengeti is definitely ‘off the beaten path’ and is one of the most starkly beautiful sections of the Serengeti. Made up of grass plains, rivers and rocky outcrops, this area does not see many tourists but is an exciting safari destination. It is home to all three species of big cat (leopard, lion and cheetah) with a noticeably high concentration of cheetah. The wildlife viewing in the eastern Serengeti is at its best during the dry season and reaches its pinnacle in November when the Great Migration passes through.

Northern Serengeti Tented Camp

Serengeti safari days!

Experience Africa’s great Serengeti and its incredible wildlife on a tented safari near the game-rich Mara River! With the Mara river close by, it’s not uncommon to hear the Blue Wildebeest splashing and snuffling as they run along the riverside.

These northern reaches of Tanzania are where the annual Wildebeest Migration crosses from the depleted plains of Serengeti National Park to the lush grasslands of the Masai Mara. In season, you can witness this grand spectacle as hundreds, if not thousands, of wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates brave the Mara River in search of greener pastures beyond. Resident big game can be sighted throughout the year including iconic species like lion, rhino, wild dog, elephant, hippo and crocodile.

The perfect pairing to your authentic Serengeti safari, lavishly-furnished tented suites are generously sized with roll-up canvas sides that showcase the beautiful surrounds. The camp is comprised of eight large, luxurious tents, all with their own en-suite facilities consisting of a flush toilet, double basins and a shower. The oversized double bed and luxurious lounge area provide a soothing place to rest your head after long days of safaris.

Each room has a desk to record your adventures and the veranda offers a hammock, table, and cushioned seating for you to comfortably view the rolling plains of the Serengeti.

ACTIVITIES
Game drives are available twice a day and invite adventurers to seek and watch the wildlife as they live in their natural habitat. Experienced guides join you on your journey, sharing a world of small and large wonders that they truly know and understand

Hot air balloon safaris and walking safaris are all options available and all allow you to experience the extensive wildlife of the Serengeti first hand. From giraffes to zebras and pangolins to porcupines, you’re never far from the next beautiful creature roaming the wild. Balloon safaris begin at 6am and take you silently above the plains teeming with herds of wildlife. After adventuring for 1-2 hours, balloon safaris are followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush.

Exploring the exciting wilderness on foot brings you closer to nature and ensures the safari is personal and immersive in every way possible. Follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot. Led by a bush guide, you will be given bush-wise facts, wildlife know-how and incredible stories of life in the wilderness.
In addition to game drives, nature walks allow you to appreciate the beauty of smaller wildlife or the thrill of tracking big game on foot, and hot-air balloon rides are an extraordinary way of viewing the great plains of East Africa. While days are spent exploring golden savannahs, evenings are reserved for tranquil sunset drinks, candlelit dining, sharing ‘bush stories’ around the fire and listening to the quiet sounds of the African night.

NABOISHO CONSERVANCY

Safari in the Naboisho!

Comprising 50,000 acres northeast of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Naboisho Conservancy provides an exclusive safari experience. The conservancy has been formed by putting together parcels of land owned by over 500 Maasai landowner families and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood in return for setting aside their land as a wildlife reserve.
This private conservancy is a ground-breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters.

The Initial research indicates that Mara Naboisho Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home near Encounter Mara. The conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting endangered species like Cheetahs and some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as Wild Dog which have been sighted recently in the conservancy.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found. Naboisho is a bird watcher’s paradise with several bird species rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara such as White-Headed Buffalo-Weavers, Northern White-Crowned Shrike, Pigmy Falcon, Von Der Deckens Hornbills, Bush Pipits. Unlike its neighbour, the Masai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife

While the charm of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is its exclusivity, the philosophy of the conservancy is refreshingly inclusive. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife.

The conservancy was established not only to conserve the environment and wildlife, but also to protect and empower the local Masai community. By visiting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, you will be playing a part in protecting the cultural heritage of the local Masai and improving their access to vital services. When you stay at Naboisho, a large part of the conservancy fee is channelled back into the community, making the project more sustainable.

In addition to this, there are also a number of community empowerment projects run by the Basecamp Foundation Kenya, a non-profit organization. These projects – which include training locals to become guides, supporting local schools, improving access to healthcare and clean water, and empowering women – help to strengthen and uplift the community.

Naboisho Conservancy Tented Camp

Migration safari days!

A luxury eco-camp tucked away in a shady forest of orange-leaf croton and Euclea trees on the edge of a vast open plain in the recently created Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a part of Kenya’s famous Masai Mara and home to the great wildebeest and zebra migration!

There are no permanent structures at the camp and thus never anything but canvas between you and the bush. The camp is comfortable and stylish, however, and certainly aimed at those who appreciate a bit of simple luxury.

The design of the camp consists of a central lounge tent with a view over a salt-lick, and an outdoor relaxation are. Each of the camp’s 12 spacious tents features its own private veranda with a view over the surrounding savannah. Tents are constructed from canvas and natural materials and furnished with handmade furniture. Tucked into the edge of the forest, the tents are side-facing, which allows for a larger veranda as well as a “bathroom with a view.

Tent accommodation includes: Large bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet; King-size twin bed, dresser with full length mirror; private veranda with sitting area, lounger, and hammock; nightly turn down service, including a hot water bottle tucked under sheets; high quality, eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner and soaps; optional morning wake- up call with fresh coffee or tea and a selection of breakfast pastries. With a generous spacing between tents, guests have an entirely private space for personal relaxation. The tents boast simple and elegant décor, soaking in the beauty of the surrounding bush – pure luxury in the wild.

ACTIVITIES
Game drives are taken in Encounter Mara’s 4×4 open-air safari vehicles and led by expert Maasai guides and spotters. Game walks on the wildlife-studded open plains with the Maasai guides are another memorable activity, unique to conservancy areas. Some of the most prominent species of birds such as the Common Ostrich, Ground Hornbill, and Secretary Bird will be sure to catch your eye as they strut across the grasslands.