Tanzania & Kenya

Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa’s visual masterpiece. It is a country of magnificent natural splendour, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns, ancient archaeological sites and geological wonders.

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, rises from lush, grassy plains and towers over the land. Its snow-capped peak is a sight to behold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is surprisingly easy, and standing on the roof of Africa is a life-changing experience.

The ideal bush and beach destination, visitors can witness the mighty herds of the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti plains, and end their unforgettable safari with a serene beach holiday on Zanzibar: the intoxicatingly beautiful and exotic Spice Island.

For many people, the aim of a trip to Tanzania or Kenya is to see the “Great Migration”.

The migration is not a once-off event, it’s a continuous annual process – and the herds of animals are present in different parts of the country at different times of the year.

Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife.

The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

We design your East Africa experience to ensure that you are in the right part of Tanzania or Kenya to view the amazing phenomenon of the Migration

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp – Tanzania

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp – Tanzania

Located in the Southern Serengeti (within the Moru Kopjes area), Elewana ...
Lemala Ndutu Mobile Tented Camp – Tanzania

Lemala Ndutu Mobile Tented Camp – Tanzania

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp is in the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation ...
Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Tented Camp – Tanzania

Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Tented Camp – Tanzania

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Olivers Camp – Tarangire

Olivers Camp – Tarangire

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Karisia AirBnC Walking Safari Camp  – Kenya

Karisia AirBnC Walking Safari Camp – Kenya

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Karisia Luxury & Classic Walking Safari Camp  – Kenya

Karisia Luxury & Classic Walking Safari Camp – Kenya

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Karisia Tumaren Camp – Kenya

Karisia Tumaren Camp – Kenya

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Kili Villas – Arusha – Tanzania

Kili Villas – Arusha – Tanzania

The Lodge and the villas are located on a private wildlife estate and offer a ...
Rivertrees Country Inn – Arusha – Tanzania

Rivertrees Country Inn – Arusha – Tanzania

Set in Northern Tanzania just outside the bustling safari town of Arusha, ...
Serengeti Migration Camp – Tanzania

Serengeti Migration Camp – Tanzania

Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp is the embodiment of the ‘camp’ experience. ...
Hemingways Hotel – Nairobi – Kenya

Hemingways Hotel – Nairobi – Kenya

Hemingways Nairobi, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is an ...
Sasaab Camp – Kenya

Sasaab Camp – Kenya

Sasaab Camp sits at the heart of a community conservancy, rich in raw Samburu ...
Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru – Kenya

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru – Kenya

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, in one ...
Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli – Kenya

Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli – Kenya

Elewana Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree ...
The Manor at Ngorongoro – Tanzania

The Manor at Ngorongoro – Tanzania

Poised adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Elewana The Manor ...
Tarangire Treetops  – Tanzania

Tarangire Treetops – Tanzania

On the path of an annual elephant migration, Elewana Tarangire Treetops sits ...
Lemala Kuria Hills  – Tanzania

Lemala Kuria Hills – Tanzania

Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge is remotely located in the Wogakuria Hills of the ...
&Beyond Bateleur Camp – Kenya

&Beyond Bateleur Camp – Kenya

The epitome of tented luxury, andBeyond Bateleur Camp comprises just two ...
Giraffe Manor – Kenya

Giraffe Manor – Kenya

Giraffe Manor is a peaceful retreat to start or end a safari in East Africa ...
Serengeti Under Canvas – Tanzania

Serengeti Under Canvas – Tanzania

Experience a classic Tanzanian safari in spectacular solitude and soothing ...
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp – Kenya

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp – Kenya

Steeped in the aura of classical safari, the recently refurbished andBeyond ...
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world ...
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the ancient crater rim and ...
Lemala Luxury Camp – Ngorongoro Crater

Lemala Luxury Camp – Ngorongoro Crater

Lemala Ngorongoro is an intimate seasonal camp set in a delightful ancient ...
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Remote and romantic, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in this game ...
&Beyond Kleins Camp – Serengeti – Tanzania (Luxury)

&Beyond Kleins Camp – Serengeti – Tanzania (Luxury)

Perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills, ten thatched cottages with whitewashed ...
&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp – Serengeti – Tanzania

&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp – Serengeti – Tanzania

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote reaches of the Serengeti ...
15 Days Tanzania, Victoria Falls &  Cape Town

15 Days Tanzania, Victoria Falls & Cape Town

From the plains of the Serengeti , to the mighty Victoria Falls and ending ...
6 Nights Pinnacles, Rivers & Plains  – Karisia, Kenya

6 Nights Pinnacles, Rivers & Plains – Karisia, Kenya

This safari explores an area we call the Lower Ewaso Wilderness, defined by ...
Karisia – 4 Night Tumaren Camp Based Safari

Karisia – 4 Night Tumaren Camp Based Safari

Enjoy 4 Nights on safari at Tumaren Camp, a beautifully furnished home camp , ...
10 Days Tanzania & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

10 Days Tanzania & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

10 Days exploring the exceptional wildlife on offer in Tanzania followed by ...
10 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari

10 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari

10 Day fully private guided journey of the highlights of Kenya &, ...
11 Days Best of Kenya – Luxury

11 Days Best of Kenya – Luxury

A Luxury 11 Day Journey through Kenya. Created especially for wildlife ...
10 Days Luxury Tanzania

10 Days Luxury Tanzania

10 Days of luxury travel covering some of the best game viewing areas in ...

For many people, the aim of a trip to Tanzania or Kenya is to see the “Great Migration”.

The migration is not a once-off event, it’s a continuous annual process – the attached graphics show where the main herds generally should be at any particular time, but often they are NOT!  The herds often move backwards and forwards, and across the park, sometimes over 40 km overnight! It is also not one huge herd of animals, but numerous large and small herds, all with their own particular agenda.

The movement of the herds is governed by a variety of factors, each of which independently and jointly make the animals move.  Amongst others:

  • Rainfall – the time of the rains, and also the duration and intensity of the showers has an effect on the grazing and water quality.
  • Water sources and quality – basically, many of the streams and rivers that cross the Serengeti have a high chloride and fluoride content. The water smells and animals do not like drinking it – a good quantity of rain will flush out a lot of salts, leaving pools of decent water… low quantity of rain will not.
  • Controlled burning by National Parks and (uncontrolled) by poachers and natural fires on the edge of the parks – often drives the game away, until the new grass comes back – which can often only take a week or two.
  • Predation
  • Poaching and hunting outside the parks
  • Numerous other factors – it’s not an exact science

Another point is River Crossings – the famous “huge crocodile catches baby zebra” photo we all want.  Apart from the fact that professionals spend months at a time in the park obtaining the right image, you have to have patience. Often you can sit at a great spot, with a large mass of wildebeest on one bank waiting to cross, and they do nothing for 2 days …and as soon as you wake up late, or leave your spot for an hour, you return to the spot and THEY HAVE ALL CROSSED in 20 minutes and are standing on the opposite bank, with only a few fat crocodiles to show where they were!!!! (We once saw a whole wildebeest completely eaten in 4 minutes by 11 crocs on the Grumeti River).

The following should be used as a guideline when planning your safari to East Africa – movement of wildlife depends on a great many aspects – but this helps to explain the seasonality of game viewing. Remember there is resident game throughout the year in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro eco-systems.

JAN / FEB / MARCH

The big herds of wildebeest are generally in the southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system, calving takes place over approximately two weeks. Lots of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland.

APRIL / MAY

The herds start moving toward central Serengeti. This is typically the rainy season, however, game viewing is still excellent and there are some great discounts available at lodges and camps. It generally doesn’t rain all day. Photography is generally superb with moody skies and good depth of colour.

JUNE / JULY / AUGUST

The wildebeest move from the central area and split to the west and north, continuing their trek toward the Mara River. River crossings may be seen in both the western corridor (Grumeti area) and north (Mara River) within the Serengeti.

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER

Whilst some of the wildebeest successfully reach the Masai Mara, there are still hundreds of thousands remaining in the northern region of Serengeti, offering those with patience the chance to see river crossings (the Mara River runs through the Serengeti).

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

The big herds start to return from the north, to the southern plains, to start the whole process again!

REMEMBER…..

There is excellent game viewing throughout the year both in Tanzania and Kenya.

 

 

 

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