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Migration Safaris

Wildebeest migration safaris

Wildebeest Migration Safaris

Serengeti & Masai Mara and the Circle of Life

 

Wildebeest spend most of the year grazing in the expansive Serengeti plains. Their migration begins on a quiet note, with vast herds spread over Tanzania’s southern Serengeti around Lake Ndutu. The animals usually move to this region in December after the short rains subside. At that time, the grass throughout the plains has had months to regenerate. Most of the cows are then noticeably expectant. The wildebeest happily settle here, until the onset of the long rains around March or April.

In February the Serengeti becomes an extensive maternity unit with over 400,000 calves being born every year at this time. With the cows’ continued good diet and state of rest, the calves are usually born strong and lively. Within just 3 hours of birth, they are up and running, wasting no time to practice for the long and hard journeys ahead.

By around mid March, hoards of Gnus begin their annual migration. The grass begins to dwindle, putting pressure on lactating mothers to seek better and more nutritious grass elsewhere. They slowly begin to herd together and move northwest in columns towards the Serengeti plains, past the Naabi Hills. They trek steadily at a slow pace; by now only a few hundred thousands are on the move. The little ones are a few weeks old, and some even only a few days into the world. But they are strong enough; they tag alongside their mothers into the new, mineral-rich territory. The animals munch on the wholesome grass as they move along towards the west.

Between late July and November, over one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by half again as many zebras and gazelles, migrate from the short-grass plains of the Serengeti to fresh pasture in the grasslands of the Masai Mara in Kenya; 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. Towards the end of October they begin crossing back into Tanzania.

The actual timing of the migration, however, is dictated by the weather and does not always run to schedule. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous ‘big cats’ and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena.

A sample of our Migration Safari Experiences:

TRΛVELBOECKER TΛILOR-MΛDE
– combing your personal preference with our expertise.
We create unique & authentic experiences
designed to suit your travel budget and desired style of travel.

Contact Africa Travel Expert
Christine Boecker

to book your Migration Safari

Testimonial:
“We would like to thank you for planning the most amazing trip, it went beyond our expectations.
We loved the fact that it was just us in the vehicle.
We saw all the animals we had dreamed of and actually had the Big 5 in one day.
The accommodations were great, the locations were perfect, the tented camp was really cool
but the highlight was the Meru-style tents in the Serengeti.”

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Wildebeest migration safaris

Guided Migration Safari

13 Days from Nairobi, Kenya in September 2018

Designed to track the progress of the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya, this migration safari will be guided by Christopher Nyambu and Francis Kembo, both wildlife conservation specialists, migration experts and Kenya / Tanzania accredited guides.
More about our migration experts…

Travelling by road, this safari starts and ends with 1 night in Nairobi (at the beginning and end) and allows visitors to experience both the thrill of a luxury tented camp and the comfort of a traditional safari lodge.

Itinerary Highlights:

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TOUR COST: from US$5,995 per person sharing twin
Single Room Supplement US$1290

Includes:

  • 12 nights in Meru-style tented camps and traditional Safari Lodges, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned and in open game drive vehicles
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

Note: Travel Visas are are required by most passport holders.

Contact Africa Travel Expert
Christine Boecker

to book your Migration Safari

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Photo courtesy of R.Vanderdrift

About the Migration Guides:

Kenyan born Christopher Nyambu is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast and a remarkable safari guide. With over 10 years’ on-the-job experience and accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA), Chris possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan wilderness, both flora and fauna. In addition, he displays an unmistakable conversance with the country’s wildlife parks and reserves, geography, history, people and the various cultures.

Passionate about what he does, Chris heartily shares his vast knowledge of the African wilderness with ease and is often highly commended by every group he guides. Driven by a responsibility to conserve nature and a love for wildlife he is an active member of the Friends of Tsavo, a charitable trust committed to the preservation of Tsavo Conservation Area.

A highly trained nature and safari guide, Francis Kembo has 16 years of experience in professional guiding. Confident and knowledgeable, the former Tanzania National Basketball Team player holds advanced certification in wildlife and nature management as well as in geology.

On every safari he guides, Francis has a commendable track record. He offers vast knowledge of Tanzania’s wildernesses, with specialty in wildlife behaviour and excellent local knowledge. He is professionally accredited by the Tanzania Tour Guides Association and is a conservationist at heart with a profound love for what he does.

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Contact Africa Travel Expert
Christine Boecker

to book your Migration Safari

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Spring-time Wildebeest Migration

16 Day Private Fly/Drive Safari East Africa & Zanzibar
December through March
[AH-KTZS]

The first rains of the season transform the landscape into a bright green carpet of nutrient rich grasses, attracting the pregnant wildebeest to graze and give birth.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to a luxury hotel near Nairobi’s international airport.

Optional Nairobi tours:
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – where a trained team of elephant keepers replace the orphans’ lost elephant family until such time as the transition to the wild herds can be accomplished.
Rothschild Giraffe Centre – an educational institution in conjunction with rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes. Their main objective is to provide conservation education for school children and youth of Kenya.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru
Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and enjoy your first game drive through this park, seasonal breeding ground for thousands of flamingos and home to white rhinos, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, waterbuck, warthogs, large herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, leopard, hyrax, hippos and many more species.

Day 3: Maasai Mara
Travel up the floor of the Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the most famous reserves in Africa and the traditional land of the nomadic Maasai people, and enjoy your first game-drive in vast the Mara plains.
Our tented camp, in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is laid out over the sprawling grounds adjoining an authentic Maasai Village

Day 4: On safari in the Mara
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara, a pristine wilderness of haunting beauty promising a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity in search of the ‘Big Five’.

Day 5: Fly to Serengeti, Tanzania
Depart from the local airstrip on a light aircraft transfer to the Serengeti. Here you will be met by our Tanzanian  guide and his 4×4 safari vehicle. Enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your lodge, set high on a tree-clad ridge with commanding views over the endless miles of lion-gold savannah that is the Serengeti.

Day 6: Central Serengeti
Enjoy a full day on safari with morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena for a plethora of wildlife species, including the Big 5.

Day 7: Ndutu, Serengeti – Wildebeest Migration
Drive to the Ndutu Plains – the heart of the Wildebeest migration route at this time of the year.
The semi-permanent Meru-style tented camp is comfortable, stylish and well run – expect leather sofas, chandeliers, chunky wooden furniture and quirky cow-skin rugs strewn over the floor, all fairly stylish but certainly without losing that bush-camp feel.

Day 8: Ndutu – Wildebeest Migration
Enjoy full day in Ndutu with its thunderous theatre of the million-strong wildebeest migration, followed closely by their predators – the lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge
Travel to the enthralling Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. En route visit Olduvai Gorge – the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and site of hominid fossils, one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history.
Then descend to the crater floor for a game drive, before arriving at your lodge, situated on the edge of the crater wall.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy a morning safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, stretching across some 8,300 km² and home to a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa.

Day 11: Tarangire National Park
Travel to Tarangire National Park, an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees and towering termite mounds. It is the home of the greatest concentration of elephants in East Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard and over 400 bird species.

Days 12 – 15: Zanzibar
Drive to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar, where you will enjoy the next four days of relaxation at a beachfront resort.  With white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, the resort offers a wide selection water sports and cultural entertainment, as well as a tour of historical Stone Town.

Day 16: Depart Africa
Enjoy your last morning in this exotic land, before being transferred to the airport for your homeward flight after an authentic and memorable African safari!

TOUR COST: from US$6,925 per person sharing twin on a private tour
Single Room Supplement US$1385

Includes:

  • 15 nights in first class Meru-style tented camps, traditional Safari Lodges and resort, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned and in open game drive vehicles
  • Flights to the Serengeti and to Zanzibar
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

Contact Africa Travel Expert
Christine Boecker

to plan your Migration Safari

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Wildebeest migration safaris

Photo courtesy of R.Vanderdrift

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