Arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle in Africa, the migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains climaxes with a series of perilous river crossings.
Witness the most amazing wildlife spectacle in Africa at the Mara River. The Mara River is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries. One of Tanzania’s best kept secrets is the fact that nearly half of the Mara River is situated in the North Serengeti versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya. While there are hordes of vehicles just a few miles upriver in the Masai Mara, the Serengeti side is virtually devoid of tourists.
Jomo Kenyata International Airport
You’ve been dreaming of your safari for so long and now it’s finally about to begin. You’ll meet your guide who will tell you everything you need to know to get your safari started. We’re as excited as you are to get your trip underway.
Kenya’s capital is your gateway to the national parks and reserves where you’ll enjoy your safari. Nairobi is a dynamic, intriguing city, rich in local culture. It has a number of wildlife-themed attractions to help get you excited about what lies ahead. Nairobi also has wonderful restaurants serving a range of cuisines, as well as good nightlife, busy markets and excellent accommodation.
Accommodation: Eka Hotel Nairobi
You’ll be visiting one of the best safari parks in Africa when you come to Amboseli. The park is filled with bigtusked elephants, and Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m), looms over Amboseli. This combination makes for some fantastic photos, especially when the clouds clear over the summit as
they do most days around sunrise and sunset. You also have a good chance of seeing lions, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes (out in the park’s east), wildebeests and plenty of gazelles. The park is also terrific for birding, with 420 species recorded.
Come with us on a guided game drive through Amboseli National Park. Your guide will make sure you’re well-placed to possibly see elephants and big cats with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background
Accommodation: AA Amboseli Lodge
Big cats are sure to be a highlight of your time in the Masai Mara, with lions, leopards and cheetahs all commonly seen stalking prey on the Masai Mara’s savannah grasslands. Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes,
wildebeests, zebras, hippos and hyenas are also often seen here, sometimes in front of a background of flattopped acacia trees. Impalas are everywhere. Birdwatchers will also love the chance to see more than 500 bird species.
Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
After breakfast, we start game viewing en route to central Serengeti. Apart from the large mammals, Serengeti is also home to gaudy agama lizards; Rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. Wide varieties of dung beetle were found, and around 500 bird species have been recoded ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
Later in the evening drive to the camp for evening leisure and overnight.
Accommodation: Kubukubu Luxury Tented Camp
Your first sight of Ngorongoro Crater is likely not one you’ll easily forget. As seen from the crater rim, this natural bowl, both vast and intimate, is one of Africa’s most beautiful natural features, stretching 19 green kilometers (12 miles) from one side to the other. Down in the crater itself, you’ll explore an astonishingly rich, self-contained ecosystem that is protected by high crater walls. Here, lions and hyenas hunt wildebeest and Grant’s gazelle within sight of elephants and black rhinos. Your day spent here will reveal a surprising variety of habitats, from the Lereal Forest and salty Lake Magadi to the plains that rise and fall gently all across the valley floor.
Accommodation: Farm of Dream Lodge
We think you’ll be impressed with Tarangire National Park. Most visitors love the distinct shapes of the baobab trees silhouetted against the sky that make this place feel like a fairy-tale African landscape. Or visitors remember the elephants that roam in family bands everywhere throughout the park. If you’re
lucky, you’ll also encounter the big cats – lions especially, but also cheetahs and leopards – that are
always a possibility here. And there’s a fair degree of certainty that you will tick wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, buffalo and zebra off your wildlife-viewing list.
Accommodation: Kibo Palace Hotel
This is the last day with us, our driver guide will Transfer you to Nairobi via Namanga border to catch your flight at Jomo Kenyata International Airport