Migration Safari – Kenya and Tanzania Summer 2012

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WE WILL REPEAT IN JULY 2014!

If you do only one safari in your lifetime…

Kenya and Tanzania at the peak of the Great Migration

July 24-August 8, 2012

15 night private safari (2 nights Nairobi, 8 nights Masai Mara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire + 2 nights Stonetown, Zanzibar + 3 nights idyllic beach, Zanzibar) including culinary highlights

If you’ve ever watched Discovery Channel and thought, “One day……”, here’s your chance. Get on the inside track for a life-changing experience that will touch your heart and soul forever. Feel intoxicated as you breathe in the freedom of the African savanna. Watch wildebeest and zebra stampede to swollen rivers where crocodiles await their meal. Let wonder fill your senses as a family of elephants wades across, or as a gentle giraffe reaches for the top of an acacia. Gaze into the amber eyes of a cheetah and later, hear the lion roar in the distance as you snuggle down in select luxurious accommodations after partaking in a demo of fresh and beautifully prepared Swahili, Indian, and Arab delicacies. Float in a hot-air balloon over teeming plains and when you land, marvel at an eons-old way of life in a Masaai manyatta. Awaken your senses each day to the life that surrounds you in the midst of the planet’s most stupendous natural phenomenon: the Great Migration.

watch the great migration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4PtwXAeKY&feature=player_embedded

And after, reflect on safari memories on a pristine beach in Zanzibar as local dhows bring in the day’s catch.

If you anticipate and enjoy the unexpected…Karibu!

Itinerary

July24th, 2012):

Arrival Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta InternationalAirport(NBO). Met upon your arrival in NBO; and transfer to Hotel in Nairobi.

Accommodation: Fairview Hotel (B) http://www.fairviewkenya.com/

July25): Nairobi

Tours to Giraffe and Elephant animals’ sanctuary in Nairobi. Evening, optional escorted excursion to Diamond Plaza,Nairobi’s colourful and chaotic eatery junction for local flavour.

Accommodation& Meals: Fairview Hotel, B

July26): Nairobi/Masai Mara

After breakfast, we drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve,Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Game drive in Mara. Estimated driving distance: 6hrs drive

Accommodation& Meals: Mara SerenaLodge, B,L,D View Mara Serena Lodge

July27): Masai Mara

More game drives in Masai Mara,Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary with optional visit to a Masai village and opportunities to see herds of elephant, impala, buffalo, giraffe, as well as leopard, cheetah, and lion.

Accommodation& Meals: MaraSerenaLodge, B,L,D

(cooking demo before dinner – Indian with a Kenyan twist, and Swahili dishes)

July28): Masai Mara / Serengeti

Today we leave Masai Mara with lunch boxes for Serengeti crossing the Sirari border(recommended to have Tanzania visa before arrival at the border).Change of drivers and vehicles at the border; proceed to Serengeti, game drive in Serengeti (if time permits).

Estimated driving distance:7hrs drive from exit of Mara to entrance of Serengeti

Accommodation& Meals: Mbalageti Camp (standard room), B,L,D http://www.mbalageti.com/index.html

July29): Serengeti

More game drives in Western Serengeti, including Grumeti River which boasts high concentration of crocodiles and hippos. This is where migrating herds try to cross without ending up as crocodile meals. Stuff of National Geographic dreams!

Accommodation& Meals: Mbalageti Camp (standard room), B,L,D

July30): Serengeti

More game drives in Serengeti; this time in central Serengeti, in search of large predators and the gentle herbivores on which they feed.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs drive

Accommodation& Meals: Serengeti Kati Kati Mobile Camp B,L,D – for the true Out of Africa experience

http://www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/serengetimediumcamp/

July31): Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we will have another game drive in Serengeti, and then drive to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ngorongoro with optional ($6/person) visit to Olduvai Gorge, the Crucible of Human Civilization where the earliest human ancestor bones were excavated by the Leakeys.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs drive

Accommodation& Meals: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, B,L,D. (Cooking demo)

View Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Aug1): Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for game drives, exploring the short-grass plains of the Crater floor. This extinct volcano, likened to the Garden of Eden, embraces 100 square miles and is alive with lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Later in the day we drive to overnight in Tarangire.

Estimated driving distance: 2.5hrs drive

Accommodation& Meals: Osupoku Lodge B,L,D

http://osupukolodges.com/

Aug2): Tarangire

Game drives safari in Tarangire Park. The park is spectacular in dry season of July-October with huge herds of elephants to be alongside Tarangire River.

Accommodation& Meals: Osupuko Lodge B,L,D

Aug3): Tarangire / Arusha / Zanzibar

Morning game drive safari in Tarangire, then drive for about 2hrs to Arusha (JRO) airport for flight to Zanzibar; leaving Arusha at 3:30pm to arrive ZNZ at 4:30pm; met on arrival and transfer to Stonetown to Seyyida House, B,L

Seyyida House Hotel

Aug 4): Spice Plantation tour including flower farms which are the origin of essential oils for the blending of top French perfumes. Explore centuries-old bazaars, sample street food, visit ancient caves where slaves were imprisoned.

Overnight in StoneTown, Seyyida House, B

Aug 5):Transfer to East Coast to Ocean Paradise, B,D

www.oceanparadisezanzibar.com

Aug 6~7):Ocean Paradise, B,D

** see note below for optional itenerary to Dar-es-Salaam instead

Aug 8):Transfer to ZNZ airport for a 12:30pm flight to Arusha (JRO) Kilimanjaro Int airport, arriving there at around 2pm in time for your return flight, B

** for those who prefer wrapping up in Dar-es-Salaam to the Zanzibar beach, we can arrange flights, transfers, and accommodations. Please enquire.**

-PRIVATE SAFARI

-Arrival Nairobi airport transfer

-Arrival and Departure Kilimanjaro /Zanzibar airports transfers

-Accommodation as indicated (2 people sharing a double room)

-Activities and Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

-All park fees, and government taxes.

-Services of Professional English-speaking driver- guides

-Game drives in Safari Designed vehicle with pop up / flip roof tops – window seat guaranteed!

-Bottled water while on safari

-Unlimited mileage on the safari

-FLIGHT:JRO/ZNZ/JRO incl. taxes. Flight JRO/ZNZ/NBO extra usd120 inc taxes.

Excludes:

-International airfare. (We can try booking group rates).

-Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveller’s insurance.

-Tips to driver-guide.


For your complete peace of mind, this tour is contracted through

an accredited Member of:

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Resources:

www.eyhotours.com for my blog on EYHO’s unforgettable Mar2011 North India tour

http://www.aim4africa.com/great_migration.html

http://www.kenya.com/great_migration_overview.asp

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About Shila Desai

Conceptualiser of Unpackaged Travels (www.eyhotours.com). Writer. Culinary diva when someone else does the dishes.
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2 Responses to Migration Safari – Kenya and Tanzania Summer 2012

  1. Alison Colvin says:

    This looks like an amazing trip.

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