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Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya, Tanzania

East Africa Migration Discoverer Reverse • 15 Days

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Join our East Africa Migration Discoverer lodge safari and follow the famous wildebeest migration! Travel through Tanzania and Kenya and discover all the secret highlights that East Africa holds. 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.

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This is a small-group fully guided East Africa lodge safari through Tanzania and Kenya. The tour starts and ends in Nairobi. 15 Days that include Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

Highlights of the Tour

Nairobi

Nairobi is the Capital of Kenya and is also known as the social hub of Africa. Street markets and shops can be found all around this energetic city and discovered on day one after you arrive. Nairobi also has a thriving thriving nightlife for those wanting some action.

Amboseli National Park

The most attractive aspect of Amboseli is its distinctive terrain. There are dry lake beds amongst oases of swamps and these offer travellers the most amazing contrasts whilst on safari in Kenya. There is a good infrastructure of roads to explore in  the 400 square kilometer Amboseli National Park and plenty of game with over 80 mammal species.

Marangu

Hike to waterfalls located in the lush landscape at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. This town is famous as the main gateway to climb Kili and hiking in the region is spectacular.

Arusha

Visit the bustling safari town of Arusha which acts as a gateway to Tanzania’s national parks. It’s full of great restaurants and of course some excellent local curio markets.

Lake Manyara National Park

The major landmark of the Lake Manyara National Park is actually the spectacular rift wall, where the plains give way to the cultivated uplands of Mbululand. The Great Rift Valley in East Africa is part of a fault in the earth’s crust. This fault stretches 8,000 km from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River. It is so massive that astronauts can see it clearly from space.

Mto wa Mbu Village

During a cultural visit to this colourful town, engage with a variety of cultures and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.

Maasai People

Enjoy an eye opening experience during a visit to a Maasai Boma. You’ll have the chance to learn the customs and traditions of this mesmerising and distinctive tribe. They are one of the most iconic and easily recognizable ethnic groups of East Africa.

Tarangire National Park

The 6th largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is host to massive herds of elephant, wildebeest and zebra. Spend a full day exploring the wonder of the region by game drive, on the Tanzania section of your safari to East Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater

The entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers about 8300 square kilometres and next to the famous Crater is the Olduvai Gorge – an area were many fossils have been unearthed. The Ngorongoro Crater has the perfect mix of safari animals, stunning scenery and fascinating history. Enjoy mesmerising game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater that are included in this safari package.

Serengeti National Park

Truly an iconic park, the Serengeti’s abundance of wildlife has numbers estimated at well over 3 million. Spend two days exploring the great plains, home to the largest annual animal migration – every year, over 2 000 000 wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

Lake Victoria

Did you know that Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area? It is also the largest tropical lake in the world. Enjoy the opportunity to stay on its shores and take a boat trip to one of the local fishing villages.

Masai Mara National Reserve

One of the world’s premium wildlife destinations, the Masai Mara was named after the Maasai tribe who live within this protected park. The Maasai people, who are nomadic traditional herders, are permitted to graze their cattle in this area of Kenya. This area is 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 plentiful in the rivers here, and the bird life is also abundant.

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Accommodation

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.

Day 1

The Boma Hotel (or similar)
Nairobi, Kenya

Day 2 & 3

Mara Eden Safari Camp (or similar)
Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Day 4

Serenity on the Lake Resort (or similar)
Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Day 5 to 7

Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp (or similar)
Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Day 8 & 9

Karatu Simba Lodge (or similar)
Karatu, Tanzania

Day 10

Tarangire Simba Lodge (or similar)
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Day 11

African Tulip (or similar)
Arusha National Park, Tanzania

Day 12 & 13

Kibo Safari Camp (or similar)
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Day 14

The Boma Hotel (or similar)
Nairobi, Kenya

Included

Included

  • All breakfasts and dinners are included as well as lunch on 13 days
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the full itinerary of the east African Migration Discoverer
  • All transport in a JENMAN safari vehicle
  • Unforgettable game drives and activities
  • Experienced local guide
  • Return airport transfers in Nairobi, Kenya on day of arrival and departure

Excluded

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Park Fees (quoted separately)
  • Park Fees & Activities: This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.

Travel Information

Group Size of the East Africa Migration Discoverer: Minimum 4, Maximum 12.

Accommodation

We make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation on this Kenya and Tanzania safari. 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.

Transport

JENMAN Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters and 12-seater 4×4 Safari vehicles (Chosen vehicle determined by JENMAN African Safaris).

Travelling Times and Distances

All travelling times in Kenya and Tanzania 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 great 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.

Meals

Most breakfasts and dinners on the East Africa Migration Discoverer will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas and Health Certificates

The onus is on the client to organize all visas and health certificates required to visit Kenya and Tanzania prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Itinerary

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
After breakfast if 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. Afterwards 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.
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. 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.
This morning we continue our journey southwards across the border into Tanzania and on to Lake Victoria. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore. Kindly be advised there will be a change of Guide and Vehicle at the border crossing into Kenya.
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 Southwards to Serengeti National Park. 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. We head towards the Serengeti through the stunning central 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.
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: 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 communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by 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.
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of 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.
This morning we have an early departure through stunning Southern Plains of the Serengeti. We continue 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. In the late afternoon we arrive in the small village of Karatu for overnight.
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 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. In the late afternoon we embark on a walking tour to Lake Papyrus. Here clients can view this magnificent lake filled with abundant birdlife and hippos. If time allows we can do some light trekking up to the waterfall. From here you will view the lake on top of the Rift valley wall; then onto the banana plantation and rice field, ending off the tour with a local village visit. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. The spectacular reserve is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, a hallow soda lake, which lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. We enjoy a scenic drive in the park known not only for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions.
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Tarangire National Park for a half day’s 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 an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. In the late afternoon we arrive in the town of Arusha – the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Amboseli. 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 north to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon. Kindly be advised there will be a change of Guide and Vehicle at the border crossing into Kenya.
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.
After breakfast, we continue back to Nairobi. After Lunch we visit 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 the Giraffe Centre and the 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. The baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you will be around them. In the late afternoon arrive at your hotel.
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.

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