East Africa Migration

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AT A GLANCE
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 travelers 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 Elephants,Dik-diks, and dung beetles.
This safari will take you to Masaai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks in Tanzania.

ITINERARY – EAST AFRICA MIGRATION
DAY 1: Nairobi – Kenya
Welcome to Kenya! On arrival at the airport we will be transferred to our hotel . Depending on our time of arrival we can do an optional excursion and get ready for the adventure that awaits.

DAY 2: Masai Mara
After an early breakfast we will depart for the Masai Mara. We will stop along the way and will arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon. After checking in we will enjoy some drinks before setting off on our first game drive.
Early afternoon we will head back to camp for dinner and our first night in this wonderful park.

DAY 3 & 4: Masai Mara
We will spend the next two days doing morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular park. We have the option to do some game walks or relax in the camp at our leisure.
This is the best area in the Mara to see big game up close and some of the many mammals to be seen here include Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Banded Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Serval Cat, African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Bush Hyrax, African Elephant, Common Zebra, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Masai Giraffe, African Buffalo, Eland, Steinbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles, Impala, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest and thousands of Wildebeest. We will also see many massive Nile Crocodiles, some over 15ft in length, basking in the sun along the banks of the Mara River.

DAY 5: Northern Serengeti
After an early breakfast we will cross over into Tanzania at the Isebania Border and straight into the famous Serengeti Game Reserve, one of the best-known reserves in Africa. We will enjoy packed lunch en-route. We will reach our camp in the Northern Serengeti late afternoon and spend one night here in the Northern part of the Serengeti.

DAY 6 & 7: Central Serengeti
This morning we will enjoy a full morning game drive. After lunch we will make our way to the Central part of the Serengeti where we will spend the next two nights.
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and you have a typical East Africa Safari
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of Lions, Elephants And Giraffes in grasslands, Gazelles And Eland to mention but a few.

DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast we will do a longer morning game drive and set off late afternoon to Ngorongoro for the next part of our adventure.

DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater
We will spend the full day in the crater, enjoying a picnic lunch in the crater and return late afternoon to our lodge for dinner.

DAY 10: Tarangire National Park
Today, we will proceed to Tarangire for a day game drive in the park located slightly off the main safari route. Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania most famous for its elephant migration.

DAY 11: Tarangire
This morning we will do a walking safari and afterwards do a game drive for the rest of the day.
One of the largest national parks in Tanzania – Tarangire National Park is located in Manyara region, this park is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for Tarangire river which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. In the evening drive for dinner and overnight.

DAY 12: Departure
After breakfast, we will head back to Arusha and stop for lunch or some last minute shopping. We will make our way to Kilimanjaro Airport for our flight home.

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