JENMAN African Safaris

East Africa Migration Discoverer (R) • 15 Days

East Africa Migration Discoverer

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Explore the wonders of this magical part of Africa on our East Africa Migration Discoverer! Join us on a 15-day adventure through Tanzania and Kenya, witnessing the incredible wildebeest migration and uncovering the region’s hidden gems. This small-group safari ensures a comfortable stay in lodges, chalets and permanent tented camps each night. Starting and ending in Nairobi, the tour covers Serengeti, Amboseli, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. Uncover the secrets of East Africa with our fully guided and expert-led tour!

Highlights of the Tour

Nairobi

Nairobi is the lively capital city of Kenya where urban sophistication blends seemlessly with the surrounding natural beauty. Explore the iconic Nairobi National Park or visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to witness the heartwarming rehabilitation of orphaned elephants. Browse local markets for traditional crafts and savour the diverse culinary delights at food markets.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park in Kenya is a breathtaking natural sanctuary with unparalleled views of majestic elephants roaming against the backdrop of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. The park offers an array of activities including thrilling game drives, guided nature walks and birdwatching expeditions.

Marangu

Nestled at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Marangu is known as the gateway to the “Roof of Africa”. The town offers a starting point for the iconic Marangu Route trek to Kili’s summit. Get to know more about Chaga culture, explore local markets or hike to any of the many waterfalls in the area.

Arusha National Park

Arusha lies at the foothills of Mount Meru and is known for its breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness. Visitors can explore Arusha National Park, gain more knowledge about the local Maasai culture or go on an authentic safari adventure as Arusha serves as the gateway to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a breathtaking gem in Tanzania’s wildlife-rich landscape. Renowned for its diverse ecosystems, visitors can witness the spectacle of tree-climbing lions and thousands of pink flamingos against the backdrop of the shimmering lake. The park offers a unique blend of game drives, birdwatching expeditions and walking safaris, providing enthusiasts with an enthralling safari experience.

Mto wa Mbu Village

During an engaging visit to this colourful town, get to experience a variety of cultures and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Learn more about the customs and traditions of the mesmerising and distinctive Maasai Boma tribe during a special visit. This tribe is one of the most iconic and easily recognizable ethnic groups of East Africa.

Maasai People

A visit to a Maasai boma is a cultural journey as ancient traditions come to life amid the Kenyan landscape. Marvel at traditional dances, with local tribes people dressed in their iconic red attire, and engage in authentic conversations about their way of life. This unique experience offers a glimpse into the resilience and unity of the Maasai community.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania and home to massive herds of elephants, wildebeest and zebra. It is also well-known for its iconic baobab trees that dot the landscape. Visitors can embark on thrilling game drives, witness the breathtaking Tarangire River and participate in an extraordinary bird-watching experience.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania, is a breathtaking natural wonder that boasts unparalleled biodiversity within its caldera. This diverse ecosystem is a haven for the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos) and provides an unparalleled wildlife viewing experience. Travellers also have the opportunity to explore archaeological sites and experience unbelievable birding, ensuring an unforgettable journey through this natural masterpiece.

Serengeti National Park

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans over 14 000 square kilometres in Tanzania. Home to the iconic yearly Great Migration, the park offers visitors a front-row seat to the breathtaking yearly spectacle of millions of wildebeest and zebras crossing the vast plains. More than 500 bird species also roam the park’s skies, keeping the twitchers happy.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest freshwater lake and offers breathtaking panoramas. Engage in a diverse range of activities like fishing expeditions and boat safaris to discover diverse bird species, all the while witnessing stunning African sunsets.

Masai Mara National Reserve

One of the world’s premium wildlife destinations, visitors to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve can witness the spectacular Great Migration, where vast herds of wildebeest and other animals traverse the plains in search of greener pastures. It is an integral part of the greater Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and safari-goers will also be able to spot other animals like lions, leopard, cheetahs, giraffes, buffalo, jackal and topi.

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Accommodation

We make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Day 1

The Boma Hotel (or similar)
Nairobi, Kenya

Day 2 & 3

Mara Eden Safari Camp (or similar)
Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Day 4

Serenity on the Lake Resort (or similar)
Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Day 5 to 7

Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp (or similar)
Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Day 8 & 9

Karatu Simba Lodge (or similar)
Karatu, Tanzania

Day 10

Tarangire Simba Lodge (or similar)
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Day 11

African Tulip (or similar)
Arusha National Park, Tanzania

Day 12 & 13

Kibo Safari Camp (or similar)
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Day 14

The Boma Hotel (or similar)
Nairobi, Kenya

Included

  • All breakfasts and dinners are included as well as lunch on 13 days
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the full itinerary of the east African Migration Discoverer
  • All transport in a JENMAN safari vehicle
  • Unforgettable game drives and activities
  • Experienced local guide
  • Return airport transfers in Nairobi, Kenya on day of arrival and departure

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Park Fees (quoted separately at USD USD 1,185)
  • Park Fees & Activities: This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.

Pre-Tour Information

Group Size of the East Africa Migration Discoverer: Minimum 4, Maximum 12.

Accommodation

We make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation on this Kenya and Tanzania safari. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Transport

JENMAN Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters and 12-seater 4×4 Safari vehicles (Chosen vehicle determined by JENMAN African Safaris).

Travelling Times and Distances

All travelling times in Kenya and Tanzania are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a great distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Meals

Most breakfasts and dinners on the East Africa Migration Discoverer will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas and Health Certificates

The onus is on the client to organize all visas and health certificates required to visit Kenya and Tanzania prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet your guide and the rest of the group at reception for your pre-departure meeting at 08h00. Kindly ensure you are packed and checked out prior to your pre-departure meeting as you will depart shortly after this. The day starts with a morning game drive in Narobi National Park. We then make our way to the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. The baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you will be around them. Afterwards we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah.
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here, the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant.
This morning we continue our journey southwards across the border into Tanzania and on to Lake Victoria. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore. Kindly be advised there will be a change of Guide and Vehicle at the border crossing into Kenya.
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey Southwards to Serengeti National Park. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. We head towards the Serengeti through the stunning central Plains. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for – the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges.
Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard.
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the afternoon, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight.
This morning we have an early departure through stunning Southern Plains of the Serengeti. We continue for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the ‘Big 5’, including a small population of endangered black rhino. In the late afternoon we arrive in the small village of Karatu for overnight.
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. In the late afternoon we embark on a walking tour to Lake Papyrus. Here clients can view this magnificent lake filled with abundant birdlife and hippos. If time allows we can do some light trekking up to the waterfall. From here you will view the lake on top of the Rift valley wall; then onto the banana plantation and rice field, ending off the tour with a local village visit. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. The spectacular reserve is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, a hallow soda lake, which lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. We enjoy a scenic drive in the park known not only for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions.
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Tarangire National Park for a half day’s game drive. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. In the late afternoon we arrive in the town of Arusha – the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Amboseli. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls – which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shoes and a degree of walking fitness). We continue north to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon. Kindly be advised there will be a change of Guide and Vehicle at the border crossing into Kenya.
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya’s most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
After breakfast, we continue back to Nairobi. We enjoy a picnic lunch before we visit the Giraffe Centre  and Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. In the late afternoon arrive at your hotel. If time allows, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop.
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.
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