East Africa Migration Safari

Every year, spurred on by the dry season on the African plains in Kenya and Tanzania, close to two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles make the epic journey from their breeding grounds in the southern Serengeti to greener, wetter grass on the northern plains during what is known as the Great Migration.

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As the dry season turns to wet, they travel full circle back south. Year after year, governed by the seasons as they evolve from wet to dry and back again, this cycle repeats itself. Great travellers that they are, these migrants encounter dangerous predators and the kaleidoscope of wildlife on the African savannah along the way, from Lions and Leopards to African Elephants, dung beetles and of course massive Nile Crocodiles.

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Simply put, the Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, as well as being one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. This is the stuff of countless wildlife documentaries over the years…

This bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime safari will take you to Masaai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks in Tanzania. The Masaai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife area. The image of acacia trees on an endless grassy plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and you have a typical, classic east Africa safari!

We will start in Nairobi in Kenya and our first park will be the famous Masaai Mara where we will stay for 3 nights. This is the best area in the Mara to see big game up close. The Mara River runs through the entire reserve, and is the main stage of the Great Migration production. We will then cross over into Tanzania straight into the Serengeti Game Reserve, one of the best-known reserves in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend one night in the northern section and two in the central section of this wonderful reserve, before setting off to the iconic Ngorongoro (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) for the next part of our adventure. We will spend a full day in the crater before proceeding to Tarangire National Park. It is a lovely quiet park in northern Tanzania most famous for the large herds of elephants, tree climbing Lions and the fascinating baobab trees.

You are guaranteed stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife, safari adventures to remember for a lifetime, historical and cultural riches, excellent photographic opportunities and amazing African-Arabic-Indian cuisine.

Get in touch with a specialist at info@naturetravelexpeditions.com or browse to East Africa Migration Safari for more information on this incredible bucket list trip that sets off in August/September 2020. Come on, Africa is calling!

East Africa Migration Safari

Every year, spurred on by the dry season on the African plains in Kenya and Tanzania, close to two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles make the epic journey from their breeding grounds in the southern Serengeti to greener, wetter grass on the northern plains during what is known as the Great Migration.

As the dry season turns to wet, they travel full circle back south. Year after year, governed by the seasons as they evolve from wet to dry and back again, this cycle repeats itself. Great travellers that they are, these migrants encounter dangerous predators and the kaleidoscope of wildlife on the African savannah along the way, from Lions and Leopards to African Elephants, dung beetles and of course massive Nile Crocodiles.

Nile Crocodile with prey.jpg

Simply put, the Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, as well as being one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. This is the stuff of countless wildlife documentaries over the years…

This bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime safari will take you to Masaai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks in Tanzania. The Masaai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife area. The image of acacia trees on an endless grassy plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and you have a typical, classic east Africa safari!
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We will start in Nairobi in Kenya and our first park will be the famous Masaai Mara where we will stay for 3 nights. This is the best area in the Mara to see big game up close. The Mara River runs through the entire reserve, and is the main stage of the Great Migration production. We will then cross over into Tanzania straight into the Serengeti Game Reserve, one of the best-known reserves in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend one night in the northern section and two in the central section of this wonderful reserve, before setting off to the iconic Ngorongoro (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) for the next part of our adventure. We will spend a full day in the crater before proceeding to Tarangire National Park. It is a lovely quiet park in northern Tanzania most famous for the large herds of elephants, tree climbing Lions and the fascinating baobab trees.

You are guaranteed stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife, safari adventures to remember for a lifetime, historical and cultural riches, excellent photographic opportunities and amazing African-Arabic-Indian cuisine.

This incredible bucket list trip sets off in August/September 2020. Come on, Africa is calling!

Excited to get more info about this safari?  Get in touch with us on email at info@naturetravelexpeditions.com or browse to the trip itinerary for the East Africa Migration Safari.

Wild Dogs of Botswana

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One of the top bucket list experiences to be had in Africa is seeing the legendary African Wild Dog in action in the quintessential African safari destination country of Botswana.

These long-legged canines’ Latin name (Lycaon pictus) means “painted wolf,” referring to the animal’s irregular, mottled coat, which features beautiful and unique patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. They live in highly structured packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalizations. African Wild Dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs with a high-stamina approach, sometimes chasing prey over great distances.

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The African Wild Dog plays a prominent role in the mythology and culture of several of the continent’s traditional tribes and peoples. Cosmetic objects from Egypt’s predynastic period (4,400 to 3,100 BC) show the wild dog as symbolising order over chaos. The San people of southern Africa also hold the wild dog dear to their hearts and minds, with many stories telling of the dogs’ hunting prowess and perseverance. The Ndebele people also have legends containing these painted dogs that have been retold by many generations.

These beautiful canines are unfortunately threatened by shrinking space in which to roam in their African home, and are unfortunately also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals. Inbreeding is also a problem in certain dog populations. They are the fifth most endangered mammal in Africa, and the second most endangered predator on the continent. There are only an estimated 7,000 of these animals left in the wild. The species’ prospects in Botswana are hopeful, with the north of the country probably holding the largest African Wild Dog population in all of Africa. The species’ most important stronghold in Botswana is Ngamiland, which includes the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

Join us for an unforgettable guided safari through the best wildlife areas in Botswana, searching for these fascinating animals. We will start off in the famous, elephant-rich Chobe National Park then move westwards to the remote Linyanti River area. From here we continue southwards and after exploring the well documented Savute marsh area we move on to the world-famous Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. We finish the safari off in Maun with possible extensions to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans as well as the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We will cover some of the most amazing wildlife areas in Southern Africa on this safari.

We will not only see the incredible African Wild Dog, but many other of the classic African wildlife species, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Honey Badger, Greater Kudu,  Lechwe, Sitatunga, Waterbuck, Roan and Sable Antelope, and many more. We will also see amazing birds on this safari, along with other interesting insects, reptiles and fauna. And of course, stunning African landscapes and unforgettable sunsets are guaranteed!

For more information on this (and other) once-in-a-lifetime safari experience, enquire directly at info@naturetravelexpeditions.com or browse to our website to Botswana Wild Dog Safari for more information. We can customise this special safari to suit your individual needs and budget, so get in touch; Africa is calling!

 

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