Between the end of July and November, over one and a half million wildebeest and close to a million zebras and gazelles, migrate from the short-grass plains of the Serengeti to fresh pasture in the grasslands of the Mara; thus creating one of nature’s grandest spectacles. Moving in groups of up to 20,000 at a time they thunder across the plateau hesitating only briefly to cross the Mara River, where many fall prey to the waiting crocodiles.
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Arrive at Nairobi
Arrive at Nairobi airport to be welcomed and taken to your city hotel. Relax for the day and explore the city at your convenience.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park for safaris and game drives in the park while staying in a luxury tented camp within the Park. As Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Spend the days game-driving in the park, which was established as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary. Other than black and white rhino to the haunting cries of numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing leopards and of course lions.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Drive up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve that is world renowned for the breath-taking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest… Your home here will be a luxurious lodge with spectacular views of the Mara.
Spend the days on safari in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives in a jungle teeming with wildlife – large herds of elephant and buffalo, fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers, the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. On one of the days, enjoy a fascinating game drive into the bush with breakfast at the Hippo Pool and a glass of chilled ‘buck’s fizz’ while you watch the hippos in the river below.
The safari now ventures into Tanzania, marking the end of the Kenyan bit of the safari. Drive to the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania at Isebania then drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way.
Explore Lake Victoria in a canoe and visit a local fishing village. Drive to the Serengeti National Park and arrive at your Masai-village-inspired lodge set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views across the endless plains of the Serengeti and a hilltop vantage point from which to view the world famous annual ‘migration’. Extensive safaris through the day in the Serengeti, whose Masai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, with unparalleled birding opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth.
Enjoy a morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti with picnic lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge. This area is popularly known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai is the site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. Arrive at your home for the day – a unique lodge clinging to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
Drive to Arusha – at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. Check in to a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops of the picturesque Mount Meru, sister peak to Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro. Relax and explore the area after some hectic safaris of the previous days.
Drive down to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight back home with memories of an unforgettable time being immersed in a natural awe-inspiring spectacle…