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Come and join the Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris team in tracing the footsteps of the great wildebeest migration in East Africa. This wildlife spectacle, where thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrate in search for fresh grazing, takes place between Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. The massive herds are closely followed by predators like the lion, hyena, and cheetah, making the phenomenon even more exciting.
Accommodation is based on two persons sharing a twin room or tent. Where possible, rooms with private baths are requested. Single rooms are available at an additional cost but cannot be guaranteed. Venues are named as an indication of category and rooms may be reserved at similar venues. Avoid alterations by booking in advance to reserve the rooms. For the first night, you will stay at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi.
For the second and third nights, you will stay at the Tipilikwani Mara Camp. For the fourth night, you will stay at the Serengeti Acacia Camps. For the fifth night, you will stay at the Lobo Wildlife Lodge. For the sixth night, you will stay at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. For the seventh night, you will stay at the Rhino Lodge. For the eighth night, you will stay at the Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp. And for the ninth night, you will stay at the Mvuli Hotel.
Romantic, remote, wild - that is what this lodge is. Located in the northern area of the Serengeti National Park, this camp has the most spectacular scenario of wildlife in its pure essence. It is a dream of romanticism in its remote location, strategically built into an enormous, volcanic, rocky outcrop. It is the largest lodge on the migration route and it's elevated position means that the migration event can be viewed from the comfort of a sun lounger, or even the pool.
Artistically made of stone and local timber around clusters of large boulders, the lodge harmoniously merges with its surroundings. It is the first lodge on the way from Kenya to Tanzania, only 28 kilometers from the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Lobo Wildlife Lodge invites you to an unforgettable safari experience from its privileged location, unrivaled by any other both for game viewing and scenery.
A waterhole below the lodge attracts a variety of wildlife during the day and is lit each evening, revealing an interesting array of nocturnal animals, providing a close encounter with the very authentic wildlife. All 75, elegant guestrooms offer superb views of this unbelievable natural phenomenon, and the sumptuous swimming pool is situated on the very edge of the rock, offering uninterrupted views of the horizon.
Somewhere in the middle of the rolling grasslands of Tanzania, against the dramatic angles of the Rift Valley escarpment and overlooking Lake Manyara, stands the Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp. The 600-meter high, golden Rift Valley escarpment creates a crater on the edge of which the camp is located. The camp is able to offer the most luxurious safari accommodations while remaining true to the natural element of the safari experience.
The camp is comprised of 10 luxurious canvas-tented lodgings and 16 self-contained cottages, all with private balconies overlooking the real Africa - majestic, unfiltered, and unadorned. The honeymoon suite is particularly impressive, with two private viewing decks, Jacuzzi bathtub, and king-sized bed, with rich furnishings including luxury bathrobes.
The bush dinner experience is not to be missed, as special performers will join you at the dining site to showcase some real Tanzanian culture. The camp also offers night drives upon request, enabling you to view Lake Manyara’s diverse nightlife. The renowned restaurant caters to all tastes, serving up a delicious variety of barbecue, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Continental dishes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
All of the bedrooms include large beds, en-suite bathrooms, private balconies or viewing decks, electricity during fixed generator hours, and luggage storage space, as well as an infinity swimming pool. The full-service sports bar is open until midnight and offers a range of alcoholic beverages. The upstairs lounge houses a large, flat-screen television for your enjoyment. All room reservations include a continental breakfast meal, served from 6 to 10 a.m.
Travelers through the African savanna land approach the tall Mvuli tree with relief, with its leaves spreading out like an umbrella and providing a cool refreshing shade. Situated just three and a half kilometers from the Arusha central business area (the Geneva of Africa) and 800 meters off the Moshi-Arusha highway, the Mvuli Hotel provides a countryside environment within a city.
The hotel is surrounded by large, lush gardens bordering a beautiful tree plantation, and a stream of fresh, clear water flowing all year round from the surrounding mountains, providing a unique charm. In terms of tourism, the Mvuli Hotel is just a few hours drive from world-renowned national parks, some of which are listed in the seven wonders of the world and Africa. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire are just a few in the list.
There are several room options to make your stay in Arusha always comfortable. The hotel also has a number of valuable facilities such as a restaurant, free
Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, air-conditioned rooms, telephone extensions services, satellite television, 24-hour security for the whole area, secure and ample parking
space, garden, playground and games for clients' children, and a conference hall which is currently under construction.
Ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, this lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the crater and its surrounding area. With 24 comfortable, en-suite rooms, a cozy living space, friendly local staff, and generous, African-inspired meals, the Rhino Lodge welcomes its guests to Africa's most remarkable game park.
All guest rooms have a veranda overlooking a stretch of high, montane forest. Each room has its own shower, toilet, and hand basin. To keep away the cold, each room has a wood-burning stove, and hot-water bottles can be filled if you want one. In the bar/dining room, there are two large fires which are a natural focus for guests to meet and exchange stories of the day. You can also enjoy the view and nearby wildlife from the outside terrace behind the restaurant.
This intimate safari camp offers guests the perfect blend of old, African charm and elegance in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. It is tucked beneath an acacia tree and has breathtaking views of the savanna plains of the park. In this camp, you can experience full luxury in the wild. It has 10 canvas tents that are all furnished with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets, and other essential amenities.
These tents have paved pathways that connect them to the centralized lounge and dining areas, which are located under a soaring canopy of acacias in front of the camp. The en-suite options include a double tent which is ideal for couples, a family tent which is ideal for two adults and two kids, and a triple tent which is perfect for groups of three.
Located on the edge of the escarpment, overlooking the plains of the southwestern Serengeti National Park, this lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is an oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.
With the Sopa tradition of excellence, it goes without saying that the lodge's fully en-suite guestrooms and suites have been designed, decorated, and furnished with only your total comfort in mind. There are 69 standard rooms, all with two queen-sized beds each, and are carpeted and tastefully-furnished with local fabrics and pictures.
One entering the room is a lounge with a mini bar. In the front is a veranda with two comfortable chairs and a coffee table, with glass windows facing the vast Serengeti plains which extend as far as the naked eye can see. One of these rooms are suitable for the physically handicapped. There are four, very spacious, double-story suites, with a lounge area on the ground floor where one can dine and sit out on the balcony facing the Serengeti plains.
Upstairs is the bedroom with a king-sized bed on a raised wooden platform, and a bathtub facing the plains on one side. There is an outside open shower as well.
The interior of the suites is painted with the same colors as the main building - terracotta, mustard, and blue - which is incorporated in the fabrics. A veranda extends from the room facing the plains, ideal for relaxing and watching the spectacular Serengeti sunset.
This hotel is a picturesque holiday and business destination that is among the best Nairobi has to offer. Located in the heart of Kenya’s capital, on a sprawling and beautifully-landscaped five-acre property, the hotel’s unique architecture echoes an out-of-Africa theme, and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy authentic African hospitality while being provided with services and amenities of an international standard.
The hotel’s 171 en-suite rooms are spacious, modern, and well-appointed with a host of facilities to ensure the comfort of our guests. The hotel is conveniently-situated so that guests enjoy easy access to nearby attractions like the Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Park, Nairobi National Museum, Karura Forest Reserve, and Giraffe Center.
This camp offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. Between June and October, the Maasai Mara National Reserve plays host to one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth - the great annual migration of over a million wildebeests and zebras as they enter the Mara ecosystem from Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania.
Tipilikwani's tents enjoy river frontage and are decorated with warm, rich Maasai colors. The family tents have a stand-alone bathtub in addition to showers. Excellent food, personalized service, and traditional Kenyan hospitality further compliment the prime location.
Amenities include spacious, open-sided dining and lounge areas to maximize views, free Wi-Fi, private meal arrangements on the guest tent veranda or under the stars upon request, continental style-cuisine and catering for other dietary requirements, and 240-volt charging facilities in the lounge.
The wildebeest migration in East Africa, also known as the Great Migration, takes place between Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve and is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. Thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrate between the two areas, constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing.
The massive herds are closely followed by predators like the lion, hyena, and cheetah, making the most of every opportunity to catch their next meal. The precise timing of the annual wildebeest migration depends on the rains. It is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event, with calving season taking place in the Serengeti between January and mid-March. The wildebeest migration starts to head towards the Western Serengeti in May or June.
After a meet-and-greet session, you will be transferred to the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi for an overnight stay.
You will be picked up from Nairobi and taken to Maasai Mara, arriving at around 12:30 p.m. and in time for lunch. At around 3:30 p.m., you will have an afternoon game drive in the reserve until later in the evening. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Tipilikwani Mara Camp.
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the reserve, complete with packed lunch. Return to your the Tipilikwani Mara Camp in the evening for dinner and another overnight stay.
After your early morning breakfast, you will depart for the Serengeti National Park. You will be dropped off at the Isebania border for standard border crossing formalities. Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and also the largest at 14,763 square kilometers of protected area that borders Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Serengeti Acacia Camps, or a similar accommodation.
In the morning, at around 9:30 a.m., you will be picked up from your camp and taken with your lunch box to the park for game drives and lunch en-route. Lobo is where the trails of the Serengeti's wildebeest migration passes through coming back to Serengeti from Maasai Mara in Kenya. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
Spend the whole day game viewing in the park. Your skilled driver knows the Serengeti and where to locate even the most elusive of animals. Morning and afternoon daily, wildlife viewing affords you the opportunity to track and photograph the big five. You will be doing game drives while tracing the direction of the wildebeests.
At around 6:30 a.m., enjoy an early-morning game drive in the park. Return to lodge at around 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and relaxation at leisure. Lunch will be served at your lodge at around 1 p.m. At around 2 p.m., enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park. Return to the lodge in the evening for your dinner and overnight stay. Your accommodation and overnight stay will be at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge, or a similar accommodation.
At around 6:30 a.m., enjoy another early-morning game drive in the park. Return to lodge at around 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and relaxation at leisure. Lunch will be served at your lodge at around 12 p.m. At around 1 p.m., you will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Your dinner and overnight stay stay will be at the Rhino Lodge.
Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, at around 7:30 a.m., you will descend into the crater for a tour around the unbroken caldera that encloses the wildlife. This 100-square mile natural amphitheater hosts an astonishing array of wildlife and you may be lucky enough to see the rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, and large herds of zebras and wildebeests.
At around 12 p.m., enjoy a picnic lunch break which will be held in the crater. After lunch, at around 1 p.m., ascend the crater and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp.
After breakfast, at around 8:30 a.m., you will depart for a game drive at the park. At around 12 p.m., enjoy a lunch break, which will be either held at a picnic site or served at your lodge. At around 2 p.m., you will drive to the Mvuli Hotel in Arusha for your overnight stay.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight back home.
This safari holiday will take place in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater, and Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania.
A major attraction of this park are the tree-climbing lions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will spot them. However, there are other things to see such as elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, baboons, and plains animals, as well as a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory.
At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos that are attracted by the lake itself, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans, and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks, and the rare pygmy geese. The most noticeable of the landscape within this park are the very impressive baobab trees with their huge trunks.
This area encompasses the Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Lake Masek, and Olduvai Gorge, which is famous for its paleontological relics. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to a small number of black rhinoceroses. It also sustains a huge population of ungulates and has the most concentrated numbers of lions known. However, there are an estimated 30,000 animals living in the crater. Encounters with animals are frequent and there is a wide variety of game.
These include lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, Thomson's gazelles, wildebeests, and zebras. You are likely to see ostriches as well. Lake Magadi, the soda lake at the crater floor, is also home to thousands of flamingos. There are also dive-bombing kites that are recognized for their skill of snatching visitors' food at the Lerai forest, which is a good place for picnic lunches.
This park is, perhaps, most well-known for the annual migration that takes place across its great savanna plains. This is a phenomenal sight as there are thousands upon thousands of animals, particularly wildebeests, as far as the eye can see.
During the rainy season (from November to May), the wildebeests, whose population has been estimated at around 1,500,000, are found in the eastern section of the Serengeti and also in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to the north. When the dry season begins at the end of June, the annual migration commences as the animals move in search of food pasture.
The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards, and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plains. The elephant population in Serengeti was decimated by poaching, estimated to have fallen five-fold during the 1970s to 1980s. Since then, the numbers have slowly increased.
Bird life is also prolific in the park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds, rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills, and ducks. Birds of prey include the Rüppell's and hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks, and harriers. There is also a hippo pool by the name of Retina, where you can have clear views of hippopotamuses and even crocodiles.
Eight breakfasts, eight lunches, and seven dinners are included in the price of this retreat. You will be pleasantly surprised by both the quality and the variety of the food available on safari. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style so you can choose what you like. The food is prepared according to western tastes, with some curries and local cuisine included. Bottled mineral water is provided during game drives and in campsites, and you can purchase quality bottled water at all accommodation venues.
Therefore, please do not drink water from the taps. On another note, special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian or diabetic meals, can be easily arranged with advanced notice. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may wish to bring some alternative protein sources. If you have multiple food allergies, you'll definitely want to bring supplementary snacks. It is important that Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris know of any possible dietary restrictions as soon as possible.
You can capture photos of the sights and scenery, enjoy the game drives, explore the surroundings, meet and interact with the locals, relax at your accommodation, and see the stunning views and wildlife. But if you're feeling more adventurous, Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris can help you organize optional activities at an extra cost.
En-route to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the tour's seventh day, you can opt to stop over at the Olduvai Gorge, a historical site where the early man was believed to have lived. You can also visit the nearby Maasai bomas if you are interested in the real African life, tradition, and culture.
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