Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration: Migration Safaris in Kenya

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration: Migration Safaris in Kenya:

Kenya wildebeest Migration safari or Great Animal Migration tour in Masai Mara takes pace between Serengeti national park Tanzania and Kenya Masai Mara Game reserve who until recently was voted the seventh wonder of the world. The wildebeest migration tour in East Africa provides one the greatest spectacle of animal movement on the planet. The wildebeest annual migration in Kenia largely depends on the rains, between June and October the animals congregate in the savannah of East Africa, the setting of the world biggest animal’s movement. 450 animal species take a 300 miles African journey from Serengeti National Park to Masai Mara Game reserve Kenya, unfortunately a lot of them don’t make it , falling prey to lions leopards , crocodiles and drowning in the Mara river .

Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions operate classic safari tours along the Masai Mara Migration route and accommodation in lovely rustic Tented safari camps, Lodge and Budget or luxury camping in Masai Mara or Serengeti. Guaranteed rooms in Sopa Mara lodge and Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

Below is an example of a wildebeest migration tour in Kenya to Masai Mara:

Day 1: Nairobi / Jacaranda
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Jacaranda Hotelwhere you will be staying on a bed and breakfast basis.
Dinner and overnight at The Nairobi Safari Club
Meals plan : BB

Day 2: Sweetwaters
After breakfast, take a journey north through the Equator to this private game sanctuary. Arrive in time for lunch at Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Afternoon is free for optional activities as game viewing, walking safaris or night game drives. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meals : B,L,D.

Day 3: Mountain Lodge
Depart Samburu after breakfast and drive to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya arriving Serena Mountain Lodge (tree hotel) in time for lunch. Relax the afternoon away as you watch game from the balcony with an optional guided nature walk. Overnight floodlit game viewing - Mountain Lodge rightfully boasts of having the highest record of animal visits and sightings in the area. Dinner and overnight..
Approx Transit time: 3½ hrs
Meal plan: {B, L, D}

Day 4: Lake Nakuru
Depart Mountain Lodge in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley - to Lake Nakuru National Park making a brief stop at Nyahururu Thomson Falls. Arrive Lake Nakuru Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive.

Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild's giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru lodge.
Approx Transit time: 3 hrs
Meal plan: {B, L, D}

Day 5: Lake Nakuru/Maasai Mara
Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and drive further along the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving Mara Simba Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight Mara Simba Lodge
Approx Transit time: 6 hrs
Meal plan: {B, L, D}

Day 6: Maasai Mara
Spend the day in Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend entire day in the the park, or you can choose to have early morning and late afternoon game drives.

You will also have the option of visiting a local Maasai village (US$25 per person).
All meals and overnight Mara Simba Lodge
Meal plan: {B, L, D}

Day 7. Maasai Mara / Nairobi
Depart Maasai Mara in the morning and drive back to Nairobi arriving approx 13:00hrs. Drop at Jacaranda Hotel. Lunch on own account / afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis. Optional dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant.
overnight Nairobi Safari Club
Approx Transit time: 6 hrs
Meal plan: {B,B}

Day 8: Arusha/Ngorongoro
Depart Nairobi in the morning.Lunch at Impala Hotel Arusha then proceed to Ngorongoro crater rim. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Approx Transit time: 4 hrs
Meal plan: {L, D}

Day 9: Ngorongoro
After breakfast descend down to the crater floor for ½ day crater tour, returning to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure with optional visit to a local Maasai village. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}
Pls note: Only ½ day tours may be allowed at the crater.

Day 10: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast depart for Tarangire, arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Approx Transit time: 2 hrs
Meal plan: {B, L, D}

Prices include:
- Transportation in a custom safari minibus
- Services of a trained and experienced English speaking driver/guide
- Fullboard accommodation in the lodges as mentioned
- Game drives and all park entry fees

Not included:
- International air transportation to and from Arusha
- Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc

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