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Masai Mara Migration safari tour | Maasai Mara, Kenya

 
4 Days Masai Mara Migration safari tour
Departs daily at 07.30am

Day 1. Nairobi - Maasai Mara
Distance: 275 Kms (5 hrs). Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi at 7.30am and  drive into the Masai Mara with its amazing migration, concentration of wildlife and outstanding scenery. Lunch. Afternoon game drive. Overnight at
Mara Sopa Lodge, L,D.

Day 2 & 3. Maasai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in the finest game sanctuary in Kenya, noted for its wildebeest migration, lions and other wildlife,
Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.

Optional activities:
-Visit to a local Maasai village for a Maasai cultural tour: US$ 25 per person
-Hot air balloon ride: US$ 425 per person

Day 4. Maasai Mara - Nairobi
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi where the tour ends (Optional lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant: US$ 45 per person),
B.

Tour price: US$ 815 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 165

Tour cost includes:
-Guarantee price; Guarantee departure
-Ground transport in a safari van with pop up roof for game viewing, photography and touring
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin room sharing
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-Game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Start and end in Nairobi

Tour price excludes:
-Tips
-Laundry
-Drinks
-International flights
-Visas
-Items of a personal nature
-Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
 
 
 
Masai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara Lion African Safaris
Masai Mara Safari Tour and Holiday is an unforgettable experience. Welcome to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, an undisputed paradise for the sheer quantity safari and variety of wildlife. Renowned for its lions, elephant and for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya's greatest reserve is as magical as your wildest safari dream The Masai Mara is located in South Western Kenya. Together with Tanzania’s Serengeti it forms one of the worlds most diverse and spectacular eco-systems. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is administered by local country councils. It is probably the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film Out of Africa, much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the "Big Five" and many varieties of plains game.

Masai Mara Safaris information: the official Guide for Masai Mara safari is the right website for tourists organizing their Masai Mara tour and Vacation. Kenya budget or luxury holiday is the perfect vacation for the discerning traveler who enjoys all the comforts in Africa. A Masai Mara safari is the ultimate vacation experience combining the finest in accommodations in Masai Mara lodge, tented camps and lodge experiences. Masai Mara safaris are full of safe, fun-filled safari adventures and almost year-round sunshine: the perfect family holiday and Honeymoon destination.

As a tour operator to Masai Mara, we have hand picked some of the best Kenya safari packages and promises you and your family the safari holiday of a lifetime. We are proud in not only being child and family-friendly, but leaders in the field on specially structured children’s vacations programmed at specific lodges. On a Masai Mara Safari the sight of millions of wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra, eland and gazelle grazing, crossing rivers, arriving and leaving, is quite simply mind blowing. The migration is said to have been in existence hundred of thousands of years ago and the cycle plays out year after year.

Masai Mara Migration Safari
Welcome to the Masai Mara, Kenya (alternatively spelled "Maasai Mara"), recently designated as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Masai Mara animal Migration Safari promises you a ringside seat for what is indisputably the greatest wildlife show on earth - the crossing to Serengeti plains of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, with accompanying plains game such as zebra and other varieties, plus predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard in attendance. Join us to experience this migration tour of a lifetime.

With an average of 3 lions per square kilometer and the annual migration of over a million wildebeest – the game viewing in the Masai Mara is outstanding. Added to this are all the ‘big 5’ animals of Africa, spectacular balloon safaris, some excellent lodges and a landscape that is quintessential east Africa: flat savannah grassland stretching as far as the eye can see. Tourist to Masai Mara should bear in mind that even though the migration safaris are one of East Africa’s most remarkable Vacations, the Masai Mara is one of Kenya best wildlife location year round. Even if your visit falls outside of the peak migration times, it doesn't mean you won't enjoy what the Mara is renowned for: an incredible amount of wildlife. The Masai Mara is a reserve about a third of the size of the Serengeti National Park which also makes it a more manageable area for game viewing safaris.

Masai Mara Lodge Hotel Accommodation
The Masai Mara offers excellent hotel accommodation with luxury to budget tented safari camps, Lodge and budget camping safaris being assembled in prime wildlife viewing areas. A Masai Mara Safari involves being accommodated in lodge of hotels whilst observing the “great circle of life” that performs daily on the vast Masai Mara Plains. We design our Masai Mara travel packages to include premium hotels, lodges and safari experiences that are simply the best in Kenya. Imagine traveling in a well appointed 4x4 Safari vehicles with a qualified tour guide to witness the gorgeous Savannah of Masai Mara and then retreating to your private and stylish Lodge, Tented camp or hotel that allows you to throw your cares away as you unwind in the lap of Mara luxury.

Masai Mara Budget safaris tours
Masai Mara Budget Safari - the number 1 low price and budget tours and holidays in Kenya, which is solely aimed at the budget conscious traveler. We are a tour operator with offices in Nairobi. Being Kenya based has given us the understanding of the magnificent Masai Mara Game Reserve. It is our aim at to bring you the best value cheap safaris, low range backpacker safari, student, university and college camping tours and very cheap safaris to Masai Mara. Check out our Budget options. Cheap Budget safaris in Kenya does not necessarily mean cheap and nasty, in fact we at African safaris and Adventures have each of our tour options through the “tried and tested method”. Safari Price is foremost on our mind when creating our Masai Mara itineraries, and we therefore guarantee you that you will find no better prices for safaris tours out there than those available through Masai Mara safari website. We make use of our collective buying power from lodge, hotels and tented camps owners to ensure you the best safari deal possible. It is important to note that we do not compromise on the quality of tailor-made safaris; it’s just that we do not believe that you need to break a bank when travelling to Africa.

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MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE: THE GREAT MIGRATION:
Map of the Masai Mara great migration:
Lest look at it. Africa often seems not any more its past. The past thinking of wild animals was roaming free through unspoiled and savage wilderness, this has however been caused by human encroachment of traditional wildlife haunts, together with development associated to modern times. Today, human settlers are safeguarded from the occasional raging raids by hungry animals, by fencing most of the national parks and reserves in Africa. This also prevents the illegal hunting of birds and animals. Fencing is not easy, it disturbs and indeed not cheap at all. But even so, it helps to favour the much-needed progress in African countries that struggle to move forward as they continue conserving nature.

It is important to note that the charisma of an open and limitless land is still retained by some places. One of the only places in Africa that brings out the memory of the wildlife concentrations of the great white hunters, when the whole of East Africa was a free and wild hunting ground is the Masai Mara national Conservation, which is located at a remote southwestern corner of the Kenyan territory. The conservation is not fenced, and so this makes animals move at their whims without any obstacle, provided their mates’ territorial borders allow them to do so.

The wildlife moves around through the 1510Km2 encompassed within the protected area and they even go as far as north and east of the conservation, to the adjoining Loita Plains and Hills too, and further into the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania,-all this is so because there are no other limits that exist, or even the national boundaries. All this makes up the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem that comprises a 25,000Km2 worth piece of Africa.

Climate highly conditions the movements of the wildlife. Serengeti’s large plains allow a wide separation of large herbivore herds into a wide area, but the plains hardly support an all-year round provision of forage because of the fact that the precipitations they receive are seasonal. Masai Mara region proves to be the wettest area of the ecosystem, because it has got a permanent water source, which is the Mara river and on top of that, it receives rains from November through June with frequent storms throughout the year. Foe this fact therefore, Masai Mara has a strong force that pulls large herds that look for fresh pastures, no wonder therefore, the great migration has been a result of this park. Each year, a total of 1.5 million wildebeests (or white-bearded gnu), 250,000 Burchell’s Zebra and half a million Thomson’s gazelle move through the Serengeti-Mara complex along a cyclic march that covers annually some 1,800 miles.

The migration is relatively a recent phenomenon. Dr. Bernhard Grzimek observed seasonal treks before the 1960’s and he is the very one who first described a definite pattern in the migratory moves. In the 60’s and 70’s, the wildebeest population increased suddenly, peaking from some 250,000 to the current nearly one and a half million, making the migration an extremely large display that could well rank top in a list of the world’s nature wonders. Meanwhile, there is a lot of competition between “the wild cattle” and the livestock, which the local Maasai people rear. This is because these native Maasai people believe that the wild cattle are a calamity since they poison the waters with their foetal sacs and even transmit diseases to their own cattle.

One wonders when and where does the migration start. However, the answer is clear, that; the migration has no start nor does it have an end, the fact is that each wildebeest in the Serengeti pilgrims constantly not until the animal’s life comes to an end.
Therefore, the only beginning to consider is birth. Serengeti is a nice habitat when the season is wet. This is because grass abounds on the southern plains and in the Ngorongoro reserve area, and so the animals find it a better place to graze and drop their calves. Important t note is that 400,000 wildebeests are born a long a period of six weeks,-from late January to mid-March, however, many of these do not get a chance of going for pleasure walks, because of the fact that jackals and hyenas grab them when they are still so young. Those that remain have very limited time of strengthening their legs, since the journey starts in April when the rains are over in southern Serengeti and when the plains have already dried up. Hence, the great herds get together and so northwards and westwards they trek.

A constellation of carnivores especially lions and hyena will leave the solemn procession travel alone. They will follow closely, as whilst the vulture squadron over fly the parade. Very many weak or ill animals will join the journey and these with no doubt will end up devoured, yet still very few calves will live to see Serengeti again.

By the power of a mysterious shepherd God, the lawn mowers go for the tall grass of the Western Corridor, near the shores of Lake Victoria, leaving the grasslands of southern Serengeti that tend to be completely used. Since zebras like the long woody stems and yet wildebeests hate them, then the compenetration between the two is perfectly accomplished by biologically favoured.

In Masai mara, the northward side of the human’s border experiences rains in late May. This is the very period when the herds leave the western corridor and take the northern Serengeti plains and woodlands, where they exhaust the prairies smelling the rains. The fresh, tender and mineral-rich pastures are so attractive that wild cattle cannot leave them before they finally invade the Kenyan reserve, an event which normally begins in late June and ends in early July. The troupes from the south then meet here another migratory contingent; the resident wildebeest herds of the Mara region. These animals that add up to 100,000, stay in the Loita plains and Hills, northeast of the Mara, not until they move on to look for the evergreen Mara basin, after the dry season bringing them the tougher days.

The herds normally cross the sand River: a mostly dry tributary of the Mara, which roughly follows the boundary line between Kenya and Tanzania, during the month of July, and so the parade moves to the eastern sector of Masai mara, surrounding the Keekorok lodge area. The journey then continues westward, and this includes crossing the Mara river and frequently also its tributary, the Talek, which is the major challenge to the herds during their search. By this time, the stream is fed to its highest levels by the rains t the Mau escarpment, where the Mara rises. The trunk-looking basking crocodiles which seem almost to be expecting their annual banquets populates the steep banks.

A long the migration, the operation of walking across a shallow place on a river is the most delicate and this seems to make wildebeests plunge in a state of worry and fear, until the crossing by the whole herd is done. It is so interesting to watch the highly social and gregarious behaviour of these animals, resembling more a flock for its co-ordinated movements. The animals which are trekking, continue to move along the left (eastern) bank of the Mara until they get the best crossing point. A long the course, are many of the preferred crossings, which are easily identifiable by the lack of vegetation, the depressed slopes and the deep grooves carved by the animals’ hooves. Such places are therefore the most secure ones when it comes to walking across the river, and no wonder therefore, they even ensure minimal death rates. However, the apparent programming of the whole process may sometimes fail to work out well, and many of the animals end up breaking their legs down the cliff or even fall flat into the waters, because these nervous herds occasionally choose places where the banks are too steep. Getting together at the suitable points, the herds wander around nervously, and their loud grunts fill the whole place.

Eventually, one of the animals moves forward trying to get to the circular edge, when it gets there, it looks carefully at every part of the opposite edge and so it analyses if any danger might be awaiting them after they cross. If it finally dives into the stream, the rest of the herd is pulled, and so more animals follow in a singe line across the river, while the lagged ones throw themselves towards the stream until the group that is protecting at the back pushes the troops to the extremely frightened race that leads to some animals lying a side the course, as they continue to be stepped on heavily to death.

If only any animals senses any danger during crossing, it will jump back pulling the other animals as well to a general retreat, which sometimes brings panic and as a result, animals will start running in the same direction because they are frightened. When the line breaks, the animals that succeeded in crossing will hardly follow their journey before the whole herd has passed: they will continue grunting at the opposite bank. On a rare basis it is the zebra minority who takes the concern of keeping the animals together, infrasepresented though these animals are.

Actually, zebras are not relay herd animals, but they form small groups, which a dominant fully grown horse heads, and it is during the migration that they mix themselves up with the wildebeests to the extent that they seem to be fully identified with their-bearded pals, and all this trey do to get herd’s protection. Lastly, once the herd has resumed the fording, the leaders head on towards their destiny that is not known.

The crossing has ended and some animals have lost their lives, the crocodiles’ jaws have smashed them to pieces or they have been heavily stepped on by their mates. Generally, the fording as determined by the wildebeests’ survival instinct, ironically brings many of them to the end. The riverbanks where carcasses decay then become permanent residents for vultures and marabou storks. The disgusting massacre landscape, that literally stains I red the chocolate waters, is nothing but one more step in the circle of nature, actually, it is not a scene of death but one of life, since the abundance of meat feeds a great lot of species and controls the herbivores’ population.

Te crossing repeat over and over long the boreal summer, and unless disturbed by the early-morning and late-evening hunts of lions and cheetah-the preying on the calves, the survivors continue feeding peacefully on the Mara Triangle grasslands. There is an additional threat at night, hyenas, which despite their fame of carrion-seekers, get into groups and they frequently make the herds lose their prey to lions after the sunrise, as they continue to siege them.

Due to the fact that, the rains heads south back to Serengeti by October, the pace of the March reverses and during this time, the herds once again start searching for the southern grasslands. The operation of crossing the river is again part of nature’s call. Late October experiences the migration on to the large plains of southern Serengeti, and here, a new generation of calves will be born and so the whole life cycle repeats itself.

The image of the wildebeest columns crossing the plains is one of the most beautiful the visitor can watch in Masai Mara, and this normally happens from July to October. The grasslands are populated by the large herds while we drive long the reserve’s roads and tracks and any lookout conveys the superb display of the lines crisscrossing the landscape in different directions. The choreography reaches its top splendour when seen from above, from one of the balloons that fly with the first morning lights.

Mara’s banks are flanked by tracks from where, if you are a bit lucky and you are a bit patient, you can catch a trilling glimpse of the herds crossing the river. The right (western) bank is bordered by a track that starts in the north, near Oloololo Gate, and follows the stream southward through Mara Serena Lodge to the New Mara Bridge, t the southern ends. At the eastern bank, there is a track from Governor’s camps, which borders the Mara down to the junction with the Talek.

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Easily known as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 6 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. It is the easiest route to Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak but least scenic. More details....

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Sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame route better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days. More details....

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Rongai Route This remote and less frequently used route is the second easiest route to Kilimanjaro. The approach to the mountain is from the less-forested north side and the descent is by the Marangu Route. There are several variations, the one described below is a longer route taking in Mawenzi Tarn. More details....

 

Umbwe Route The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. More details....

 
Lemosho Route This is the longest and most remote route to Kilimanjaro. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. Groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other game. More details....
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At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of activity (3.1–2.6 million years ago) it is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. There are three main climbing routes, which penetrate the forest and the moorland - Naromoru, Sirimon and Chogoria.

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Lemosho Route This is the longest and most remote route to Kilimanjaro. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. Groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other game.
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Kilimanjaro Climb Expedition tips and advice to follow:
>Find a good tour operator: You can only climb Kilimanjaro with an organized trek and along established routes, so you have to go with an expert operator. The Kilimanjaro climbing operators vary from excellent to downright negligent so be selective and try not to be too cheap if you want to have the most enjoyable climb experience. you can count on Kilimanjaroclimbexpedition.com

>Book in advance: If you intend to climb Kilimanjaro, be sure to book in advance. This will enable you to go in high season, which is January-March and September-October. High Season is a good time to go simply because the weather condition is safest for Kilimanjaro climbing.

>Get fit & prepare well: Break in your hiking boots and walk the dog; climb stairs; hike some hills with a pack on. Walking is the best way to prepare yourself for the long hike up Kilimanjaro to ensure you have right fitness. You need to build up stamina. It's a good idea to get a basic medical check-up before you go. You don't want to be dealing with an ingrown toenail or worse at 18,000 feet. Travel insurance that includes medical is also a must.

>Pack well:  Pack light but make sure you have everything you need to deal with altitude and variation in temperatures. Don't worry about carrying it yourself since a porter/s will take up to 30lbs (15kg) of your personal gear in a duffel bag. You can rent some equipment and clothing locally but you may end up with teeny sleeping bags and a fraying pink jacket. See our recommended climb checklist.

>Choose your convenient route: Make sure your hike is at least 6-7 days to provide the much needed Kilimanjaro commodity, acclimatization if you want to have maximum success. Any shorter and you will not be properly acclimatized. Routes vary in degree of difficulty, traffic and scenic beauty. The least difficult routes are Marangu and Rongai; the more difficult routes are Machame, Umbwe and Lemosho. The longer routes may have more difficult hiking but you'll be more acclimatized and your chances of reaching the summit are therefore higher. The longer western routes also allow you to start your summit day at a more reasonable hour. For details on each route see route descriptions.

>Dealing with altitude: Pace yourself; you will hear the Swahili phrase "pole pole" - slowly slowly, heed it well. Drink lots of water about 4-5 liters a day is recommended. Luckily the mountain streams after the first day are good to drink and naturally cooled. Walk high and sleep low. Take a walk to a higher elevation during the day and come back down to sleep. Consult a doctor before you go and get some medication to prevent altitude sickness. Also make sure your guides are carrying the proper medical equipment such as oxygen, radios and a recompression bag to deal with altitude sickness if it arises.

>Reaching the summit: The hardest part of the trek. Pace yourself, be determined, and you will reach the Uhuru peak. The final ascent is usually timed so you can watch the sunrise over the crater and distant plains. Enjoy the view take a few photos and get back down before you get too affected by the high altitude. Take a well earned nap.
 
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania stands at 19,340 feet (5895 m) and is Africa's tallest mountain. The attraction of hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro is that it's not a technical climb so no equipment such as oxygen and ropes are necessary. But it's no walk in the park. As you you'll see from the images below, trekkers make their way through 5 climatic zones before reaching the summit. Weather changes from moment to moment and the high altitude wreaks havoc on the body and mind...read more.

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East Africa travel destinations that we include in our catalogue include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. East Africa is home to the safari, since this is where the African savannah is at its best and the plains are filled with wildlife. Hikers also come to East Africa to enjoy the mountains, including Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mount Kenya, Mount Longonot and Mount Meru. The East African coastline has some of the best beaches in the world, including the famous spice island of Zanzibar.
 
Kenya Safari:
Kenya is the original safari country where the 'safari' (Swahili for travel) begun. In Kenya, you can mix the idyllic experience of a tropical beach vacation on the warm Indian Ocean with an East African wild animal safari expedition. Combining the two makes for a unique holiday. Part of your vacation is filled with excitement as you observe African wildlife at close quarters, while part is spent relaxing and soaking up the sun on a sandy beach.

A beach and safari break in Kenya is an exotic getaway from the daily routines of city life. It also makes for the ideal honeymoon for newly weds, with time to relax as well as a touch of adventure.

East Africa, including Kenya, does not yet have a high profile as a holiday destination in America, but is growing in reputation as a unique vacation experience. Europeans, and the British in particular, have less distance to travel to Africa, and have been been the mainstay of Kenyan tourism, attracted by the unique mix of the tropical beach and African safari vacation. Luxury vacations have become more affordable as European currencies have strengthened, prompting investment in Kenyan tourist facilities.
 
Tanzania Safari:
Safari in Tanzania is a worth undertaking. We are the original safari company offering quality Tanzania safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, animal migration tours in Serengeti, Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania  honeymoon vacations in Zanzibar Island, family holidays in spice island and luxury beach resorts of pemba island. A variety of accommodation in Tanzania is offered from lodge, hotels and safari tented camps...Read more.
 
The best time to go for an African safari is when the animals are easy to find and in dense numbers. Deciding when to go on safari depends on what country you would like to visit and when you are able to plan your trip. Seasons differ in East Africa so you can really plan a great safari for almost every month of the year, if you are flexible about where you want to go to.....:
 
Kenya:
The best time to go on safari in Kenya and experience a huge density and diversity of wildlife is when the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnu's descend on the Mara plains with predators close behind. The best time to see this wildlife spectacle is from July to October. Other parks in Kenya are also excellent and the best time to visit these would be during the dry seasons - January through March and July through October.

With the scarcity of water during the dry seasons, the animals tend to gather in more concentrated numbers around permanent water holes, rivers and lakes, so they are easier to find. The vegetation is also less lush which simply means that viewing animals from a distance is easier.

Tanzania:
If you want to see the Great Migration unfold, head to Tanzania's northern parks; the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The best time to witness the annual migration is probably February - March when the wildebeest and zebra have their young. Not only can you enjoy seeing baby animals, but the predators are at the highest number too. Because the herds also concentrate in the south of the Serengeti, it's easy to plan your wildlife viewing in that area and find a safari company that offers lodging there.

June to November is Tanzania's dry season and is the best time to visit all the parks (and you can always hop over to Kenya's Masai Mara to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration during this time). Tanzania's Southern Parks are perfect to visit during this time since the animals tend to congregate around permanent water and it isn't so hot and humid.

All of Tanzania's parks suffer from the rains which generally fall from March to May in the North, and from November to May in the South and West. Roads get washed out and given the sheer size of Tanzania's parks, the animals tend to spread out, and this makes wildlife viewing less satisfying (if you're looking for sheer numbers of animals).

December through March can get quite hot and humid, especially in Western and Southern Tanzania which makes it a little uncomfortable to spend a lot of time in the bush.

If you want to add a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro to your safari, the best time to hike is January - March and September - October.

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Amboseli Budget Safari (3Days/2 Nights)
This 3 days safari takes you to Amboseli National Park, at the foot Of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5895m. Amboseli is one of the most popular of Kenya’s national parks. Large herds of elephants roam the park. Elegant Masai tribesmen will be seen around the park. Accommodation is basic camping.
 
Hemingway Trail Budget Safari
This is a 3 day basic camping tour to the world-famous Maasai Mara. You travel by road. This tour is for the adventure lovers willing to enjoy the wild at its best.
 
Kifaru Budget Safari
This is a 4 day budget safari that will take you to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru National park. Maasai Mara is one of East Africa's best known game viewing areas and it adjoins the Serengeti Park of Tanzania. A land of undulating hills and rolling grasslands supporting a huge animal population.
 
Mara Budget Safari (3 nights/2 nights)
This safari takes you to the Maasai Mara, Kenya most famous game sanctuary Over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. The Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeests and zebra, there are also resident wildlife year round. Accommodation is based on basic camping.
 
Samburu National Reserve days Camping (3Days/2nights)
This 3 day budget safari takes you to one of the Kenya’s best reserve on the North. Known for its abundant game - lion, leopard, elephant and the beisa oryx - Samburu National Reserve is also home to the semi-nomadic tribe of the Samburu people.
 
Turkana Truck Safari via Lake Baringo
This rugged 1,800 km expedition in a purposely- built truck takes you into the heart of the northern part of Kenya. You will traverse along some of the Africa’s worst roads, see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). You will see a great variety of tribes and cross the Chalbi Desert if dry.

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Amboseli, Taita Hills and Tsavo National Parks
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Samburu, Laikipia and Northern Kenya
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Tanzania Hotels, Resorts and Safari Lodges and Camps located in the town of Arusha, Moshi, Mt Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro and surrounding areas. Tanzania, Zanzibar and Dar-es-salaam hotels and resorts Coastal resorts and beach holiday stay specialised hotels

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Kilimanjaro Climb Expeditions, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, an expert comprehensive guide to trekking snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro hiking is done inside Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa and African holiday: Masai Mara trip: Umbwe route: Kenya holiday: Kenya offers excellent value for safaris. Its wildlife parks are world famous for the quality of game viewing and the variety of wildlife preserved through a highly reputed system of scientific game management. Affordable Kenya and Tanzania safaris stay in standard camps and lodges, using Kenya's excellent road system for transfers between parks.
 
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Masai Mara - Serengeti wildebeest migration:
Wildebeest migration to and back from Serengeti into the Maasai Mara is the single most popular wildlife spectacle in Kenya. The wildebeest migration is such a phenomenon it involves movement of over 1 million animals crossing plains and rivers in the Mara migration. River crossings are the most spectacular where the wildebeest of Mara jump into rivers full of crocodiles and surging currents. The wildebeest is feted as the clown of the Savannah. Also known as a gnu, the animal has a structure resembling a young horse with a heavily built frontal shoulders and chest and a slender posterior. Its legs are so slender it’s intriguing how it supports the proportionately larger body frame. The ‘clown’ title results from its unusual behavior considered to other bovids, for example a gnu herd will usually scatter in different directions when attacked by a lion.
 
 
Lamu Town began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement. But the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. Despite all these influences, Lamu developed its own particular culture which has ultimately endured. The island is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. Dense mangrove forests fringe the mainland and the inland sides of the island. The beach on Lamu Island is 12km of empty sands backing on to an ocean protected by a reef...Read more..
 
 

Mount Kenya: Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya plays a crucial role in the life of the country being Kenya's single most important permanent watershed and her largest forest reserve. The fertile soils of its lower slopes also sustain the growth of the nation's richest farmlands whilst much of its vegetation is globally unique. In recent years, however, the Mountain has suffered greatly from the adverse effects of deforestation, resulting in large tracts of its lower slopes being entirely denuded of trees and occupied by squatters. And, although much of the vast forest cover remains intact, the growing demand for timber (Kenya's staple construction and fuel source) threatens to lead to even more serious deforestation and subsequent soil erosion.....Read more...

 
 
Bwindi , Uganda
Formerly known as the 'Impenetrable Forest',
this park is home to one of the largest surviving numbers of the mountain Gorilla in Africa and a superb location for a gorilla safari trek.. more
Zanzibar
Also known as the spice islands, these exotic islands are one of the best honeymoon destinations and also make for a relaxing African beach holiday ... more

Shaba National Reserve
It is impossible to talk about the Shaba National Reserve without mentioning Samburu National Reserve, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, because they are all intertwined, and they form a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries, and all neighbours.

Shaba is a relatively small National Park being a little over 239 sq. kms, and it is only 70 kms north of Mount Kenya, at an altitude varying between 700-1500metres.

Visitors go to Parks to see wildlife, and the Shaba Game is outstanding. You have a very good chance of seeing Giraffe, Cheetah, leopard, and lion. You can add to this gazelle, oryx, zebra, and Gerenuk, but of course it is the predators that are most sought after....Read more.. Masai Mara Migration Masai Mara safari tour Maasai Mara Kenya Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya wildlife reserve balloon safaris Kenya Maasai people Mara Sopa lodge.
 

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