ANNUAL MIGRATION SAFARI
ABOUT THE SAFARI
The Annual Migration safari watches hundreds of thousand of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara river, with resident Nile crocodiles, on their trip from Tanzania into Kenya. There will be plenty of opportunity to see animals like cape buffalo, elephants, leopards, giraffes, lions, zebras, birds, cheetahs… and so much more!
This trip is for the person who has always wanted to experience Africa’s magnificent animals. I describe this as your quintessential safari. It’s the safari you’ve probably always imagined. So whether an animal lover, occasional shutterbug or professional photographer, there is arguably no better place than the Masai Mara, to see wildlife up close and personal.
As your host, wildlife ambassador and photographer, I will guide you to sights you will never forget and help you capture your experience, creating memories which will last a lifetime. Our safari vehicles can accommodate 6-8 people, but since this is a private safari limited to just 6 guests, we will have at our disposal two vehicles, and each guest will have a row of seats with plenty of space for your camera equipment or simply to spread out.
Our small group has the additional advantage of a flexible schedule which means we can stay with a particular animal as long as we like or go back and visit an area again. While other vehicles will stop at a sighting and move on, we have the opportunity to spend more time with each animal and observe it in its natural environment.
ABOUT THE MASAI MARA
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages of Maasai people. It is arguably one of the best places in the world to see Africa’s majestic wildlife and the “Big 5” elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, lion, and leopard).
In 2017, the Masai Mara was named Africa’s leading national park at the World Travel Awards 2017. The Mara beat out Kruger National Park in South Africa, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda and Etosha National Park in Namibia.
Flights from the United States typically depart in the afternoon for arrival late evening the following day. Most guests will depart on Friday, but some may choose to depart Thursday to allow for an extra day (additional hotel stay not included). The following is our typical schedule, subject to change:
Day 1, Saturday
Arrive in Nairobi in the evening. Once you clear customs and retrieve your luggage you will be met by your driver who will take you to Hotel Serena.
Day 2, Sunday
After a group breakfast at 7:00a we will depart for Wilson Airport for our 45-minute flight to the Masai Mara. Our Entim Camp guides will meet us at the airstrip, then it’s a short 15-20-minute drive to camp unless we hopefully run into some wildlife! We will be greeted at camp with a welcome drink, followed by lunch. Our first game drive begins around 4:00p and returns at sunset unless we are delayed by animal sightings. We will then relax with drinks around the fire before our dinner.
Day 3, Monday
Our first full day in the Mara starts with an early morning wakeup call with coffee and biscuits at your tent followed by a morning game drive around 6:00a/6:30a and continues to mid-morning depending on the animal activity. Sometime during our drive, we will stop for a bush breakfast. Then it’s back to camp for lunch at 1:00 pm and then we can rest until our afternoon game drive around 4:00p/4:30p returning at sunset. We will then relax with drinks around the fire before our dinner around 8:00 pm.
Days 4, 5, 6 & 7 (Tuesday—Friday)
Our schedule will be like day 3 but will also include a visit to a local village and school and a lecture from a local conservation organization.
Day 8, Saturday
There will be time for a short game drive in the morning followed by a buffet breakfast at camp before we gather our luggage for our return flight to Nairobi at 11:00 am. The remainder of our day will be spent at Hotel Serena where we can relax around the pool or bar until our drivers take us to Nairobi Airport for our flight home. Most flights to the United States depart late in the evening.
Our first night in Kenya will be spent at Hotel Serena in Nairobi. Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and was selected as ‘Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2016. Despite its pivotal central hotel location in Nairobi, Kenya, the Nairobi Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities.
Our base in the Masai Mara is Entim, a tent eco-friendly camp. All the guest tents overlook the Mara River and include ensuite flush toilets and hot showers. The camp also includes a separate lounge, bar, and an open dining area. The central location is one of the best possible places to view wildebeest migration right outside your tent.
You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to Kenya. Please speak with your primary care physician or local travel clinic to determine your specific needs.
PASSPORT AND VISA
A valid passport is required for entrance into Kenya. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after our date of return. Visa’s will be obtained upon arrival in Nairobi.
The cost of the trip includes:
- Pre-trip planning meeting
- One night at Serena Hotel in Nairobi including breakfast on day 2
- All ground transportation with private driver
- Flights to and from the Masai Mara
- Ground transportation of excess luggage
- Six nights accommodation at camp
- All meals and beverages (including alcohol) at camp
- Private guide and vehicles
- Park Fees
- Maasai Village entrance fee
- Photobook of your safari experience
- Support of community conservation projects in Kenya
The cost of the trip excludes:
- International flights
- Dinner/Drinks on Day 1 due to late international flight arrivals
- Meals/Drinks in Nairobi on Day 8
- Kenya Visa ($50) upon arrival
- Emergency medical and evacuation coverage is mandatory (about $40/person). Trip cancellation is optional. I use Squaremouth to purchase my insurance. They provide quotes from multiple carriers.
- Tips for camp staff and guides.
Your reservation is secured by a $1,000 non-refundable deposit.