The Great Migration Safari in Style (2016)

  • Tour Code:: KE0001
  • Availablity: 2016/01/01~2016/04/30

The Great Migration

Luxury Small Group Journeys: The finest small-group travel experience

Limited to 18 guests | Days: 14

Witness East Africa’s abundant wildlife on game drives through the region’s most stunning parks and reserves, staying in our best boutique camp and luxury lodge accommodations.

The Great Migration Some 1.4 million wildebeest, 250,000 Burchell’s zebra and a smattering of trailing Thomson’s gazelle make the yearlong, round-trip trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya. The herds make the 1,200-mile oval circuit with two things in mind: food and water.In fact, around 250,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra perish in this tough trek, mainly younger ones.That is one wildlife encounter to witness among many during a visit to East Africa, where the Great Migration’s mind-boggling scope and raw beauty are on full display throughout the year. Africalink Advantages : •Africalink’s flagship East Africa safari, featuring the best boutique camp and luxury safari lodge accommodations •Experience six nights in the heart of Great Migration country – three in the Serengeti and three in Masai Mara •Discover Africa’s astounding diversity with Africalink’s expert driver-guides in our own custom-made vehicles •Enrich your journey with a private visit to Amboseli Elephant Research Project, as well as a meeting with a Maasai elder to learn about local culture and traditions

Signature Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your luxurious accommodations. Probably Kenya’s most famous hotel, Fairmont The Norfolk is in many ways the heart of Nairobi and has been welcoming generations of safari-goers since it first opened its doors on Christmas Day 1904. Fairmont The Norfolk

Day 2: Amboseli National Park | At the Foot of Kilimanjaro
Spend a full day exploring wildlife-rich Amboseli National Park, watching for lions and buffalo on morning and afternoon game drives. After lunch, visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project to learn about elephant family structure, life cycle and behavior.

Tawi Lodge | Meals: B L D

Day 3: Amboseli National Park | Elephant Encounter
Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Your local expert driver-guide draws on years of experience in the bush to locate the best wildlife viewing opportunities right as they happen. This afternoon, learn how to prepare local dishes like ugali and kachumbari as part of an Africalink Chef’s Table experience.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

Day 4: Tarangire National Park | Abundant Game Viewing
Drive to the Tanzania border, continuing to Tarangire National Park. Settle into your luxurious accommodations. Sanctuary Swala’s large tents are built on raised decks under umbrella acacia trees overlooking the Gurusi flood plains. The layout is very open with resident herds of impala often grazing in camp. Wide panoramas of wooded savanna stretch in every direction at Tarangire National Park, which is fed and nurtured by the permanent Tarangire River and populated by an abundance of big game, including majestic lions, elephants and buffalo. Its dusty red landscape also hosts a large bird population. Tonight, enjoy dinner in camp.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

Day 5: Tarangire National Park | Into the Wild
Today, embark on morning and afternoon game drives, seated six to a vehicle so that every guest enjoys a window seat. Spend your day exploring Tarangire National Park backdropped by the spectacular, rust-hued Great Rift Valley. At Tarangire, find a stunning concentration of animals — herds of elephants, impalas and zebras — all of which traverse the plains until the river calls. Look, too, for pythons and the twitching tails of leopards, who hide high above in sausage trees. As dusk falls, search for nocturnal animals rarely seen by visitors. You may encounter an African wildcat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. With specialized lighting, look for lions and hyenas and smaller creatures — spotted genets, servals, bat-eared foxes, owls and nightjars. While at Swala you also partake in a Chef’s Table experience, including a cooking demonstration of local dishes such as ugali, makande and kachumbari, followed by an opportunity to taste them.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Wildlife-Rich Haven
Travel overland toward Ngorongoro Crater, stopping en route for a Market Visit at Mto wa Mbu Market. Arrive at Gibb’s Farm, on the forested slopes of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and get to know your accommodations. Established as a coffee farm in the 1920s and refurbished as a warm, rustically luxurious boutique inn, Gibb’s Farm offers the charm of another era. Its organic-vegetable and terraced-flower gardens provide a tranquil setting for afternoon tea or a quiet walk.

Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B L D

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater | Maasai Village Visit
Today, set out on a full-day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, exploring the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera, a home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles. The diverse and profuse wildlife dwelling within the encircling crater walls led this incredible “Lost World” to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also see colorfully garbed Maasai herdsmen, who call the stunning landscape home. This afternoon, visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder to learn about local culture and traditions. Also, witness a traditional bead work demonstration as part of an Artisan Visit.

Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B L D

Days 8-10: Serengeti National Park | Telling Excavations
Drive to Serengeti National Park, pausing for a privately guided visit at archaeologically rich Olduvai Gorge en route. The vast Tanzanian landscape hosts one of earth’s last remaining wildlife spectacles: the annual Great Migration, when a staggering number of herbivores trek across the Serengeti plains in search of water and fresh grass, with hungry predators following in their wake. Over the next two days, your adventure may reveal giraffes, wildebeests, elephants and far more on morning and afternoon game drives through the boundless Serengeti, home to one of the largest wildlife populations in the world.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti | Meals: B L D

Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Kenya’s Crown Jewel
Fly to the Masai Mara. After settling into your riverside accommodation within the Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti, immerse yourself in the wild during an afternoon game drive. Follow the Mara River to see crocodiles bask in the sun; hippos as they wallow in muddy water; and monkeys, busy sparking mischief overhead. Here, too, reside over 500 species of birds, among them eagles who glide effortlessly above the sun-soaked landscape. During your time in the Mara, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your large, comfortable tents — complete with en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers — await you at each day’s end. Each tent also features a private veranda for game viewing, reading or simply absorbing the magical scenery around you. Tonight, join fellow guests for cocktails, followed by an elegant dinner.

Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D

Days 12-13: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Unmatched Wildlife
Spend two full days exploring the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings: leopards, who retrieve kills from acacia branches high above, or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, especially when the dramatic, annual Great Migration unfolds. Keep your eyes trained for elephant, zebra and lion as well as a variety of gazelle species. Amid the stunning scenery, watch as Maasai tribesmen traverse the plains or herd goats and cattle. During one of your mornings in the Mara you may choose to go on a hot air balloon ride, at an additional cost, floating above the game-dotted plains.

Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D

Day 14: Depart Nairobi
Fly back to Nairobi and spend the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight or begin a Post-Tour Extension to Uganda.

Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) | Meals: B

High season (July –October) USD3110

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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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