Follow the Migration Camping Safari

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Price: From USD 3910 per person

    Follow the Migration Camping Safari

    Experience the famous wildebeest migration as you explore Kenya and Tanzania’s best national parks on this 10-day camping safari.

    Fast Facts

    • Start: Arusha
    • End: Nairobi
    • Type: Camping
    • Comfort: Standard
    • Vehicle: Safari vehicle
    • Duration: 10 days

    Day 1: Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

    Connect with your guides in Arusha, before setting off for Tarangire National Park which - although it is only the sixth-largest park in Tanzania - is home to at least 550 recorded bird species, the most to breed in one place on earth. Birders should keep an eye out for kori bustards – the world’s heaviest flying birds – as well as ashy starlings and flocks of colourful yellow-tailed lovebirds. The park’s variety of habitats also support more unusual creatures like fringe-eared oryx, long-necked gerenuks and pythons that are capable of climbing the iconic sausage trees. Look out too, on your afternoon game drive, for the big cats who prey on the multitude of antelope species, including the stately eland.

                   
    • Highlights: Tarangire National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 2: Visit Mto wa Mbu

    About 120km from Arusha lies the town of Mto wa Mbu in the fertile Monduli district that is traditionally home to over 120 different tribes, making it a melting pot of cultures. On a walking tour of the town, visit plantations, rice paddies, traditional brewers and a local school before a traditional African lunch enjoyed in the village. Mto wa Mbu is a major exporter of bananas and more than 30 different species of this fruit are known here as well as being fermented into a tropical banana beer.

    After lunch, depart for the Great Rift Valley highlands, where spectacular views open up before you. Your campsite for the evening is on the rim of the massive Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its dense concentrations of game. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mto wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 3: The magic of Ngorongoro Crater

    For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, get up before dawn to see the sun rise over crater, which is 600m deep and 20km across. With the world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera or rim to protect them, about 26 000 game – including lions and critically endangered black rhino – live here. After a day of superb game viewing, leave the crater behind for the famed golden plains of the Serengeti.

                   
    • Highlights: Ngorongoro Crater
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 4: The teeming Serengeti

    An early start will ensure you see the best of the wilds of the 30 000km² Serengeti as the sun rises. These ancient plains are the stage for the Great Migration, an annual pilgrimage made by about 1.7 million wildebeest, zebra and antelope who move from south to north in search for fresh grazing and water… pursued relentlessly by hungry predators. It is easy to see why the Serengeti is one of the 10 Natural Wonders of the World. After breakfast, head to the Visitor Centre where a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society will present fascinating aspects of their research gathered over the past 30 years. After an afternoon game drive, spend dinner time under a canopy of a million stars. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 5: Through the Serengeti to Lake Victoria

    A morning game drive will lead you to the shores of Lake Victoria, the source of the White Nile and the world’s largest tropical lake. Maps of the lake date back to the 1100s and it is an important source of water and income for farmers and fishers in the area. Tour the lakeside villages and a local school to experience a way of life largely unchanged for centuries. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Victoria
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 6: Lake Victoria to the Masai Mara

    Start the day helping a local fisherman haul in his catch and learn all about effective traditional fishing methods. Once back on shore, drive north the game-rich plains of Masai Mara in Kenya. A major centre for spotted hyena research, ‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ and refers to the circular clumps of trees and vegetation that dot the landscape.

                   
    • Highlights: Masai Mara
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days 7-8:: The magic of the Mara

    During the next two days you will experience the wonders of this incredible reserve. Driving in 4x4 safari vehicles, you seek out the lions and other big cats that make the region famous, as well as visit the Mara River, which is a major obstacle to the animals on the Migration. During October and November, the river becomes a swollen torrent teeming with some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa, and the determined masses of wildebeest and zebra have to make it across to reach the sweet new grasses in the plains beyond. 

                   
    • Highlights: Masai Mara National Reserve
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 9: Drive to Lake Nakuru

    Depart the Masai Mara and drive north, arriving at Lake Nakuru in the afternoon. This alkaline lake attracts sometimes millions of flapping, squawking flamingos, and their feathers turn the fringes of the water bright pink. The lake also hosts a great multitude of other waterbirds, and the surrounding reserve is home to a great number of large mammals, including both black and white rhino. Oddly, Nakuru means ‘dusty place’; the best vantage point is Baboon Cliff, from which the lake is sometimes invisible beneath the throngs of candy-coloured flamingos. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast
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    Day 10: Drive to Nairobi

    After breakfast, depart Lake Nakuru for the drive to the bustling Kenya capital of Nairobi, where your adventure comes to a close. Nairobi, founded in 1899, is home to the Nairobi National Park, which hosts 400 bird species and is the place to take unique shots of giraffe and other game with incongruous skyscrapers in the distance!

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 USD 3910 N/A
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • November 19 November 2017 28 November 2017 December 03 December 2017 12 December 2017 December 17 December 2017 26 December 2017 December 31 December 2017 09 January 2018