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12 Days Trailing Great Migration Serengeti to Masai Mara

$3,890.00

Safari designed to follow the 2018 Great Wildebeest Migration path from the Serengeti National park to Masai Mara National Reserve during the river-crossing spectacle period, between June and October.  Lodging in a combination of mid-range lodges and luxury camps.

After the first night in Nairobi, drive to Amboseli National park for 2 nights. A night game drive is included on the second evening in Amboseli.  After a night in Lake Manyara and 2 nights in Ngorongoro Crater, stay for another 2 nights at Serengeti. The trip ends with the last 3 nights in Masai Mara, before driving back to Nairobi at the end of the safari.

Day Activities Hotels and Meals
Day
1
Nairobi
Meet and Greet
Transfer Airport to Hotel
EKA Hotel
Breakfast
Day
2
Nairobi – Amboseli (4 hour drive) – Afternoon Game Drive Amboseli AA Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
3
Full Day Game Drive with Lunch boxes – Night Game Drive Amboseli AA Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
4
Morning Game Drive in Amboseli
Drive Amboseli – Karatu (5.5 hour drive)
Farm of Dreams  Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
5
Lake Manyara  – Ngorongoro  Jeep
Morning Game drive.  Evening Transfer to Ngorongoro
Rhino Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
6
Full Day Ngorongoro Crater Tour with Picnic Lunch boxes Rhino Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
7
Drive Ngorongoro – Serengeti (4 hour drive)
Afternoon Game Drive in Serengeti
Mbalageti Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
8
Full Day Game Drive  Serengeti with Picnic Lunch Boxes Mbalageti Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
9
Drive Western Serengeti – Masai Mara (5 hour drive) Mara River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
10
Full Day Game Drive Mara Mara River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
11
Full Day Game Drive
Masai Village Visit
Mara River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day
12
Drive Masai Mara – Nairobi (6 hour drive)
Transfer to Airport
Depart
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi – Transfer to hotel

Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You are met by Hallmark Travel Planners representative and transfer to the EKA Hotel (15 KM/approximately 30 minutes) for your overnight stay. If your flights allow, you will be picked up for dinner and the Carnivore Restaurant. Overnight: EKA Hotel, Nairobi.
http://www.ekahotel.com/

Day 2: Drive Nairobi to Amboseli

Early breakfast at the hotel.  Depart for Amboseli. You’ll always be able to see your next destination in the distance, with Amboseli’s wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowcapped peaks in neighbouring Tanzania. Today you’ll arrive in time for lunch at Amboseli AA Lodge, surrounded by open plains in some of the finest elephant-watching country in the world. Then you’ll set off on a game drive in this park that is known as ‘the land of giants’. Stay: Amboseli AA Lodge.   www.aalodges.com/aa-lodges/aa-amboseli/

Day 3: Safari in Amboseli – Night Game Drive in Amboseli

Today, you are set for a full day of African safari activities the Amboseli.  After breakfast, leave with picnic lunch boxes for the safari activities in the park. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon.  Early dinner is scheduled on this day. After dinner, leave for night game drive.  Later return to the lodge for overnight.

Day 4: Amboseli to Lake Manyara via Arusha

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll transfer to the Kenya/Tanzania Namanga border. Once you have cleared immigration, you will change vehicles and guides and continue on to Arusha for lunch, and then on to  Karatu, very close to one of Tanzania’s best national parks. Stay: Farm of Dreams Lodge – http://farmofdreamslodge.com/

Day 5: Safari in Lake Manyara – Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro

Early breakfast followed by a game drive in Lake Manyara. Picnic lunch within the park.   After lunch, by mid afternoon,  depart for Ngorongoro Crater, arriving at your lodge in the early evening.  The lodge is located on the crater rim and enjoys spectacular views and sunsets. Stay:  Rhino lodge.
http://www.ngorongoro.cc/

Day 6: Full day Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Today you’ll depart early on a morning game drive down into the crater. Discover the diverse areas of forest, swamp lands, lakes and open grasslands in this volcanic caldera that’s home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. There is good game viewing year-round, as most animals do not leave the crater. You might also spot Maasai tribesmen guiding their cattle down the steep crater walls to graze. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Stay: Rhino Lodge.

Day 7: Drive Ngorongoro to Serengeti

After breakfast you’ll set off for the Serengeti, stopping en route to visit Olduvai Gorge – a rich archaeological site where evidence of the first signs of human life was found. Travel on to the Serengeti  to arrive in time for lunch followed by your first game drive in one of Africa’s most iconic wildlife-viewing areas. Hope to spot the national park’s resident big cats as well as the Big Five among its rolling plains.

Return to the Mbalageti Lodge for the night. This unique lodge is earthy in colour on the outside, with a flat roof offering the optimum spot for sundowners, and houses a vibrant interior and spacious rooms. Stay:  Mbalageti Lodge.

Day 8: Safari Activities  in Serengeti

Today you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. There’s also the option for a hot-air balloon safari over the Serengeti plains. You’ll rise early and take off at dawn in order to witness sunrise over the vast savannah. Stay: Mbalageti Lodge.  www.mbalageti.com/

Day 9: Drive from Serengeti  to Masai Mara Reserve

We plan to depart very early today. It is going to be a relatively long day, and drive. We leave with picnic lunch boxes. After an early breakfast depart for Kenya-Tanzania border at Isebania (300 KM/approximately 5 hours), where we cross back into Kenya and head for the breathtaking beauty of the Masai Mara National Reserve (100KM/approximately 3 hours – travelling time depends on game viewing opportunities).

Each year the Mara explodes into life, as the annual migration of great herds of wildebeest journey from the Serengeti to fresh pastures in the north. Between July and October the Mara River becomes the setting for the crossing of some 1.3 million animals, bringing with them the inevitable predators and the inevitable dramas. Dinner and Overnight Mara  River Camp.

On arrival transfer to the Mara  River Camp for a stay of 3 nights. Dinner and Overnight Mara River Camp.   http://www.mararivercamp.co.ke/

Day 10: Safari Activities in Masai Mara – village visit

This day is packed with safari activities including a local village visit.

With almost every species of animal great and small in the park, this is one of Africa’s premier wildlife areas and today we enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Cats and the  ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino).

The heartland of the Masai, presents a landscape where Africa is laid bare in all its majesty. Here the endless struggle for survival is played out across the vast open plains and riverine forests of this captivating land.  Dinner and overnight at Mara River Camp

Day 11: Safaris in Masai Mara – Possible Hot Air Balloon Flight

On this day, you may opt for the Hot Air balloon safari (extra cost).
Those not talking part on the balloon flight excursion will enjoy another day of safari activities in the Mara,  either full day following the migration or 2 extend game drives, subject to group consensus. Dinner and overnight at Mara River Camp.

Day 12: Drive to Nairobi – Depart

Breakfast at your camp.  Depart for Nairobi to arrive with picnic lunch boxes to arrive in the  early afternoon. Transfer to  the airport for flight out of Nairobi.

Tour Price Per Person

Dates 2 People 4 People 6 People
02 Jan to 31 Mar 2018
01 Nov to 15 Dec 2018
 n/a  n/a  n/a
01 Apr to 30 May 2018  n/a  n/a  n/a
01 Jul to 31 Oct 2018
16 Dec to 01 Jan 2019
 $3890  $3890  $3890

Single Room Supplement – US$672 per person

Rates are subject to change with notice.

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • Rates include a fixed budget for flights during this tour. Flights may cost more, depending on travel dates. If so, your quote will reflect this.

12 Days From US$ 3,890 Per Person

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Starts from Nairobi City and Ends in Nairobi City

2018 Serengeti – Masai Mara Migration
DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2018

06 Jul 2018 – 6 seats available
03 Aug 2018 – 4 seats available
14 Sep 2018 – 6 seats available
12 Oct 2018 – 6 seats available

INCLUDED:

  • Park entrance fees where applicable
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Hotel Accommodation on the first day
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on the last day
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

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