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Great Migration Safari - 13 Days

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Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti TanzaniaDay 01 : Arrival in Arusha

Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and transferred to the family- owned and managed Rivertrees Lodge built on the banks of a river and shaded under a canopy of beautiful trees in a thick African forest along a beautiful river. For those arriving early, optional activities can be arranged at an extra cost.

Days 02 - 03 : West Kilimanjaro

Girafee in Arusha National ParkDrive through a patchwork of farmland skirting the flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro before reaching into the beautiful highlands of the western edge of Mt. Kilimanjaro, onto a private Maasai conservancy reserve where Kivulini Safaris undertakes its award-winning elephant conservation efforts.

Spend two nights in a Luxury Tented Camp, the only guests on 60,000 acres. Game view in vehicles and track elephants on foot. Learn about the local Maasai and experience some of the most awesome scenery in Africa.

Day 04 : West Kilimanjaro - Lake Manyara

Spend the morning visiting sacred Maasai cave paintings with an optional visit to a Maasai boma and chance to buy Maasai beads and artifacts. Then, take a quick charter flight to the edge of The Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara.

Transfer to Kirurumu, an award winning tented lodge designed and built and perched on the very edge of the escarpment with phenomenal views of Africa. Time permitting, join a Maasai for an ethno-botanical walk to the edge of the Rift.

Day 05 : Lake Manyara - The Great Rift Valley

Baby ElephantsDawn game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, perhaps the most beautiful on the circuit. Famous for its elephants and lions-in-trees, the park boasts 20 times as many species of trees as in all of North America and outstanding bird life.

During the morning game drive you'll understand why this is where Out of Africa was filmed. In the afternoon explore an important elephant corridor and rich native forest in the Maasai community of Silela, with whom Peter has been working closely on a variety of conservation efforts. Meals and overnight at Kirurumu.

Days 06 - 07 : Ngorongoro Crater

Two remarkable days in one of the most phenomenal places in Africa, the 2000-foot deep, 100 sq. mile large Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro volcano at its nadir was probably about 15,000 feet high and would have resembled present day Mount Meru. Once the world's highest structure, an enormous volcano -- possibly 25 miles wide at its base -- collapsed inwards about 2-3 million years ago at a time when large fractures appeared creating the Eastern Rift wall. Today, the crater is home to over 20,000 large mammals.

Its rich grassland caldera is an animal paradise. See some of the world's largest elephant, large groups of black-maned lion, big herds of Plains animals like zebra and wildebeest. The crater is the last place in Africa where free-ranging black rhino are usually seen by all visitors. One afternoon Kombo will introduce you to a local Maasai chief who will escort you on a breath- taking walk through the area's outstanding hills.

The two days and nights will be spent at Tanzania's most lavish safari camp, Crater Lodge. Enjoy your own fireplace, stoked by your personal butler who also keeps the sherry glasses full and fresh Stilton at hand.

Days 08 - 09 - 10 : Serengeti Plains

Leave the crater on a spectacular drive that takes you first to famous Olduvai Gorge, then overland into the great Serengeti, the Grande Dame of African wilderness. For three days and nights you'll explore the southern Plains and western hills, where normally at this time of the year around 2 million wildebeest, zebra and a vast assortment of other Plains animals, congregate to feast on the nutrient grasses growing with the developing rains.

There is no other as impressive or dramatic wildlife spectacle on earth. During these three nights you'll be pampered in a Luxury Camp set near the migration but hours and days away from the main tourist lodges. At times, the entire veld will be yours alone. Kombo will also take you to sacred Maasai areas, where he will convey the drama and mystery of Maasai history and culture.

Days 11 - 12 : Northern Serengeti

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area represent more than 7,000 sq. miles of some of the finest pristine wilderness left on earth. Travel from the southern Plains to the far Northern reaches of the park near the Kenyan border.

Here among spectacular kopjes live noble Maasai very much as they have for centuries. Kombo will take you onto a private reserve where Kivulini Safaris has undertaken an award-winning conservation project that aims to protect important animal corridors and grazing areas from overuse and modern development.

Here you'll be able to take some stunning walks among the wild animals, while learning more about the proud Maasai and the important role they are playing in preserving the African wilderness. The beauty and solemnity of this area is undescribable and the perfect way to end a grand safari.

Day 13 : Serengeti - Arusha - Depart

A quick morning flight returns you to Arusha by noon. You'll be met and enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant, with time for sightseeing and shopping before returning to River-trees Lodge.

Private rooms are available for all until the evening Departures.

Included in the Package

  • All accommodations
  • All meals except while in Arusha on Departure day (account direct)
  • All government and hotel taxes and service charges
  • All land travel
  • All Intra-Kenya scheduled and charter flights
  • All park, reserve, and conservation area entrance fees
  • All game- viewing activities; guided walks, horseback rides, or 4x4 game drives in open top vehicles
  • All vehicle transfers to - from Bush Homes, airports, hotels, etc.
  • Half day tour of Nairobi with a private Drive - guide
  • AMREF medical evacuation coverage

Not Included in the Package

  • Some alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner while in Nairobi on Departure day (account direct)
  • Gratuities to drivers - guides and staff members - $7-$10 per person per day
  • Intra-Kenya Airport Departure taxes ($2 per flight payable at Departures)
  • Kenya International Departure tax ($40 payable at Departure)
  • Pre-trip inoculations
  • International Airfares
  • Kenya visa fees (estimate $75 per person)
  • Travel Insurance

Please Note:

All private charter flights are subject to weight limits that can not be exceeded for safety reasons. If these weight limits are exceeded then the travelers will be held responsible for the extra costs incurred to upgrade the charter flight.

Sometimes these flights cannot be upgraded due to all charter planes being booked - this could result in a delay in travel time and pose problems for the travelers. Your luggage weight should not exceed 33 lbs. per traveler.

Please advise us on the weight for your travel. Most charter flights are booked on single engine aircraft. In the event of bad weather prevailing, it may be necessary to upgrade to a twin engine plane which is approved for instrument flight conditions. If this occurs, the extra cost of the twin engine plane will be your responsibility.

Great  Migration Safari - 13 Days


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Judy Mosfat Kelling

The trip was beyond belief! Everything went like clockwork. We were met and taken care of by people in all three countries. Of all the trips I have taken out of the country (and there have been many), this was the easiest I've ever done. Wilderness Safaris has an incredible staff and wonderful camps too. Sefofane Botswana Charters did a fabulous job as well. One of the pilots even went on a game drive with us in the morning so we didn't miss it. We got to see all the animals I wanted to see and a lot more. We would go back in a heartbeat, so you may be hearing from us in the future. Thank you for setting up a terrific trip.

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