Kenya &Tanzania Great Migration Safari July-Aug 2013


The one safari in your lifetime….do it right


July-August 2013

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11 night Fully Escorted Private Safari

(2 days Nairobi + 10 days Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro)

Optional: 5 nights Zanzibar (2 in Stonetown + 3 on East Coast)

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“Fantastic time…tour leaders really helped make this trip!” M. Macneil – 2012 safari

“Amazing…travelling with tour leader who knows this country from childhood.” Mina S. – 2012 safari

“My husband and I had an extraordinary time.  Our private tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough for us.  Food was superb and our accommodation was a wonderful mix of hotel-style and traditional safari-camp but with luxury you would not believe.  The animals, of course, were the highlight — we saw giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinoceros, lions, zebras, the list goes on.  Our photos captured them hunting, sleeping and playing as well as the great migration which is a fascinating sight.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime and made possible by Shila’s careful planning and attention to detail. I would highly recommend to anyone who has ever wanted to see Africa in comfort and style.” Cathy L. 2011 safari

If you’ve ever watched Discovery Channel and thought, “One day…”, here’s your chance

Travel with a Kenyan-born and raised insider for an experience that will touch you forever. Breathe in the freedom of the African savanna as thousands of wildebeest stampede to crocodile-infested rivers. Relax in select luxurious accommodations. Float in a hot-air balloon 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 amidst the planet’s last remaining Great Migration – an unparalleled natural phenomenon.

Watch the Great Migration


Followed by a chance to experience Zanzibar’s unique Swahili culture in Stonetown, and reflect on safari memories on a pristine beach. 

Anticipate the unexpected…Karibu!


Kenya mapDay 1 July 27: Nairobi

Arrival Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

Met upon your arrival in NBO and transfer to hotel. Afternoon optional excursion to Masai Market. Evening: optional cook-out dinner locally known as karoga  

Overnight: Southern Sun Mayfair (B)


Day 2 July 28: Lake Nakuru

Early morning transfer (2.5hr) via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley to its most famous soda lake. Lake Nakuru offers visitors the chance to witness one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife sights: brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see. Both black and white rhino also call the park their home. Arrive evening at lodge.

Overnight: Lion Hill Sarova (B,L,D)

lionDay 3 July 29: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara

Early morning game drive. After breakfast, drive (5hr) to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Game drive in Mara. 

Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (B,L,D) – Classic Tents

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Day 4/5 July 30/31 Masai Mara

Explore Masai Mara, Kenya’s crowing glory of game sanctuaries with opportunities to see herds of elephant, impala, buffalo, giraffe, as well as leopard, cheetah, and lion. Back at the camp, choose from evening activities including a ranger-led walking safari or culinary demo.

Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (B,L,D) – Classic Tents

Day 6 August 1: Masai Mara to Serengeti

Depart Masai Mara with lunch boxes for Serengeti, crossing the Sirari border into Tanzania. Visas, change of drivers and vehicles at the border. Proceed to Serengeti.  Game drive in Serengeti (if time permits).

Estimated driving distance: 8hrs drive from exit of Mara to entrance of Serengeti

Overnight: Mbalageti Camp (chalet) B,L,D

Tanzania mapDay 7 August 2: Serengeti

The majesty of the Serengeti defies description. Everything is on a grand scale from the 2 million wildebeest that traverse a pre-historic route to unforgettable sunsets and vistas.

Game drives in Western Serengeti, including Grumeti River which boasts a high concentration of huge crocodiles and hippos. This is where migrating herds try to cross without getting caught in the snap of a croc’s jaws…think National Geographic!

Overnight: Mbalageti Camp (chalet), B,L,D

Day 8 August 3: Serengeti

More game drives in Serengeti, this time in Northern Serengeti with its intriguing kopje-strewn landscapes, in search of large predators and the gentle herbivores on which they feed.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs drive

Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Mobile Tented Camp for an authentic Out of Africa experience (B,L,D)


Day 9 August 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, final game drive in Serengeti, and then drive to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater with optional ($6/person) visit to Olduvai Gorge, the Crucible of Human Civilization where the earliest human ancestor bones were excavated by the Leakeys. Or optional visit ($15/person) to Masai village for unfettered photo-taking of an astonishing way of life unique to this war-like tribe.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (B,L,D) View Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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Day 10 August 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for an unforgettable game drive, exploring the short-grass plains of this intact crater floor. This extinct volcano, likened to the Garden of Eden, embraces 100 square miles, has walls 600m high, and teems with lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Late afternoon, return to lodge for a sundowner over the spectacular sunset over the crater lake.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 11 August 6: Ngorongoro to Arusha

After breakfast, drive 2hrs to Arusha (JRO) airport for regional flight to Zanzibar (optional 5 nights add-on) or connect for international flight from Nairobi.

Overnight if necessary depending on flight timing: Southern Sun Mayfair (B)

Optional add-on 5 nights Zanzibar – 2 nights Stonetown/3nights idyllic beach

Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. Picture winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. Bear witness to this former slave stronghold and be fascinated by a bygone era.

Day 11 August 6: Arusha to Zanzibar

Flight Arusha to Zanzibar arrive at 4:30pm; met on arrival and transfer to Stone town to Maru Maru Hotel (B,L)

Stonetown - a UNESCO world heritage siteDay 12 August 7: Stonetown

Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island. On a fascinating spice plantation tour, familiarise yourself with the fragrant origins of everyday spices. Visit Maruhubi Palace and Livingstone’s house. Optional: Mangapwani Slave Caves. In the evening, explore centuries-old bazaars and sample street food.

Overnight Maru Maru Hotel (B)

Zanzibar beach

Day 13 August 8: Transfer to East Coast

Relax on a pristine white beach and soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of a typical Swahili coastal community. Outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities.

Overnight: Villa Kiva (B,D)

Day 14/15 August 9/10: East Coast 

Overnight: Villa Kiva (B,D)

Day 16 August 11: Zanzibar to Nairobi

Transfer to ZNZ airport for a 4:30pm flight to Nairobi (NBO) Jomo Kenyatta Int. Airport airport, arriving 6.15pm in time for your return flight  (B)

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Cost – Nairobi and Safari (16 travellers): usd$4980 pp double

SINGLE supplement fee of usd$850

CHILD: 0-3yrs: Free on board;   3-11yrs: $3955; 12-17yrs: $4660

Optional Zanzibar add-on: 5 nights usd1150 pp double

SINGLE supplement usd450

CHILD 3-11 yrs: usd750

Please note:

  • Subject to 5% + or – due to FX fluctuations and group size at time of booking
  • While not requiring a high level of fitness, this trip involves bumpy roads and the ability to climb in and out of landcruisers
  • Private charter flight available from Mara to Serengeti for additional usd700 pp
  • A USD500 pp deposit is required to proceed followed by full payment by April end due to the high worldwide demand for migration safaris
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance is recommended


-PRIVATE SAFARI: travel with an East Africa-born and raised insider, now resident in Canada

– Meticulously researched itinerary and selection of accommodations as indicated to catch the best of the Migration

-Arrival Nairobi airport group transfer

-Arrival and Departure Kilimanjaro / Zanzibar airport group 

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

-All park fees, and government taxes.

-Services of top-notch professional English-speaking driver-guides

-Game drives in safari designed landcruisers with pop up / flip roof tops – window seat guaranteed! Max 6 per vehicle (not including driver-guide)

-Bottled water while on safari

-Unlimited mileage on the safari


-Regional flight JRO-Nairobi (additional usd291) or ZNZ-NBO ($150) or 4 hr pvt jeep road transfer JRO-NBO ($90)

-International airfare

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

-Tips to driver-guide/hotel and lodge staff

**Note: this itinerary is tentative. While every effort will be made to stay with this itinerary, we may substitute with equal or better options if necessary**

Click here for FAQs and questions you wish to ask – which remain unasked

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

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Resources Read about the 2012 tour About the tour leader The inaugural Cooking with Maharajas in India trip

Migration resources

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About Shila Desai

Conceptualiser of Unpackaged Travels ( Writer. Culinary diva when someone else does the dishes.
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2 Responses to Kenya &Tanzania Great Migration Safari July-Aug 2013

  1. Sunil Chhabra says:

    Awesome. Will catch up with u when u come back. When r u back?

    Sent from my iPad


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