Departing from Nairobi in Kenya                                                          Also Departing from Arusha

On our East Africa Migration Discoverer Safari you will be able to follow the famous wildebeest migration.  Hopefully, with a bit of luck and some tracking this safari will help you witness this world renowned event where millions of wildebeest migrate from Kenya to Tanzania and back again.  Spend your evenings after an exciting day in East Africa in the comforts of accommodated establishments!  A safari through East Africa that stimulates your senses when travelling through bushveld and exploring different cultures – arguably showing you the very best of Tanzania and Kenya.

This East Africa accommodated safari is a small group safari where you will spend all of your nights in lodges / chalets or permanent tented camps. This safari starts and ends in Nairobi and includes all of the major highlights in Tanzania and Kenya.

15 Day East Africa Migration Discoverer Safari

Highlights of the East Africa Migration Discoverer:

  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Village tour with traditional lunch
  • Centre for disabled kids
  • School visit
  • Masai Boma visit at Mto wa Mbu
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Victoria boat excursion
  • Masai Mara
  • Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) Museum
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Amboseli National Park

Price per person – AUD

Season Tour Price – per person twin share Park fees – per person Single Supplement
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017 AUD 5,050  –  (USD 3,770) AUD 1,392  –  (USD 975) AUD 1,135  – (USD 850)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2018 TBA TBA TBA

Number of Days:  15

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 31 December 2017. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices.
  2. Departs on selected dates, see below for  exact departure dates.
  3. Accommodation is adventure lodge safari, no participation.
  4. Accommodation may be different from properties listed due to availability but will be of a similar standard.
  5. Minimum of 4 people on tour.
  6. Maximum of 12 people on the tour.

Package Includes:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in lodges and/or permanent tented camps as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 14 breakfast, 13 lunches & 14 dinners
  • All transport in a fully kitted safari vehicle.
  • Game drives as mentioned.
  • Meals and activities as per the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Experienced & registered local guide

Package Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Pre and post tour accommodation (maybe required depending upon arrival and departure flight times)
  • All drinks, tips, curios & items of a personal nature
  • Visas

Meal Key:  B – Breakfast,  L – Lunch,  D – Dinner

Day 1: Nairobi
On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight. [D]
Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar

Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
After breakfast we further explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter, we head to either Giraffe Centre or Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon.[BLD]
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp similar

Day 3: Amboseli National Park
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya’s most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. [BLD]
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp similar

Day 4: Amboseli National Park to Arusha
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Arusha. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls – which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shoes and a degree of walking fitness). We continue to Arusha via Moshi town – the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. [BLD]
Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar

Day 5: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park to Lake Manyara
After breakfast, you will get picked up from your hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara NP is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions. [BLD]
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar

Day 6: Culture tour – Lake Manyara
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we visit the nearby centre for disabled kids and school. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight. [BLD]
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar

Day 7: Tarangire National Park
Today we set out to the Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of the annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. [BLD]
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar

Day 8: Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park
This morning we depart early for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the ‘Big 5’, including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for – the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges. [BLD]
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

Day 9: Serengeti National Park (Seronera)
Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: The Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and busier campsites. This is the part of the Serengeti that you will have seen in wildlife documentaries, characterised by the open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard. [BLD]
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

Day 10: Serengeti National Park (Seronera)
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead if us. With lunch boxes provided, we continue with game drives throughout the afternoon scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight. [BLD]
Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar

Day 11: Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria
After breakfast we make our way to Lake Victoria. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore. [BLD]
Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge or similar

Days 12: Lake Victoria to Masai Mara National Game Reserve
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah. [BLD]
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar

Day 13: Masai Mara National Game Reserve
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant. [BLD]
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar

Day 14: Masai Mara National Game Reserve to Nairobi
After breakfast we enjoy a guided walk with the Masai warriors to experience their way of life and visit their village before we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city. Its central business district is nicely compact and it is therefore a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, we head to the hotel to refresh and relax before being transferred to the famous Carnivore Restaurant for dinner. [BLD]
Accommodation:  Eka Hotel or similar

Day 15: Depart Nairobi
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight. [B]

Also Departing from Arusha

Departure Dates                                                                                                                        Also Departing from Arusha

Date Available Status Notes
01 Jun 17 2 GLA
08 Jul 17 1 GLA
23 Jul 17 0 Full
08 Aug 17 7 G
23 Aug 17 0 Full
24 Sep 17 0 Full
10 Oct 17 2 GLA
12 Nov 17 5 A
 07 Dec 17 7 A
24 Feb 18 7  A
28 Mar 18 7 A
24 Apr 18 7 A
01 Jun 18 7 A
08 Jul 18 7 A
08 Aug 18 7 G
23 Aug 18 7 G
08 Sep 18 7 G
24 Sep 18 7 A
10 Oct 18 7 A
12 Nov 18 7 A
 07 Dec 18 7 A

Legend
 A – Available

G – Guaranteed
GLA – Guaranteed with limited seats (less than 4 seats available)
X – Tour full or cancelled

We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Day 1: Eka Hotel or similar
Day 2-3: Kibo Safari Camp or similar
Day 4: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar
Day 5-7: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar
Day 8-10: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 11: Speke Bay Lodge or similar
Day 12-13: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar
Day 14: Eka Hotel or similar

Also Departing from Arusha

Seeing the wildebeest (gnu) migration in East Africa is one of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world. Almost 2 million animals roam the plains of East Africa, but it can be surprisingly hard to find them in the vast area that they cover, as their movements are governed by the rains and predicting their location can be a gamble. We designed this itinerary to include all the areas frequented by the migration on their annual route – this virtually guarantees that you will see them!

A brief outline of the migration movements –

  • From December to April the migration spreads out over the Southern Plains of the Serengeti. Depending on the rains they move from the Gol Kopjes in the East to the Moru Kopjes in the west. This area is easily accessible from the centrally located Seronera. (We stay in the Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp)
  • Between May and August the migration slowly moves through the western corridor and into the Ikoma and Grumeti Wildlife Management Areas. These areas are outside of the Serengeti, but as there are no fences the wildlife can, and do, move around freely.
  • From September to end of November, during the short rains, the migration crosses into the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is a relatively small park compared to the vast Serengeti and the wildlife tends to be very concentrated. (We stay at the Mara Eden Safari Camp to take advantage of its proximity to the migration and not to mention its own private entrance gate to the park.)

Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 12 (Guaranteed departures with no minimum group size available)


Departure: The Migration Discoverer Safari departs from the Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge in Arusha. When arriving in Arusha on day one, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your lodge. Should you arrive prior to day one, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day.

In the evening of first day of your safari, there will be a pre-departure meeting presented by your guide at your accommodation. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.


Local Payment explanation: Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Tanzanian and Kenyan Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.


Accommodation: For this fully accommodated lodge safari, we make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.


Meals: Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch picnic depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.


Vehicles: Our ground operator uses fully equipped customized 12-seater 4×4’s or Toyota Landcruiser vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.


Travelling Time & Distances: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Medical Clinic before departure


Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Our ground operator stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Insurance: It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Our ground operator has comprehensive public liability insurance.


Packing: Shorts, Track suit, Walking shoes, Light trousers/jeans, Swimming costume, Sandals, T-shirts, Sun hat, Windbreaker, Warm clothes (May – August), Long-sleeved shirts, Camera, Torch, Mosquito protection, UV protection, Spare batteries.


Participation: The Migration Discoverer is a non-participation safari.


Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for a visit to Kenya and Tanzania prior to departure.

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