Richard’s East Africa June Migration Safari – Departing 23rd June, 2024

Overview

In the heart of East Africa, one of the world’s most remarkable events takes place. Join renowned safari guide and owner of the African Travel Specialists, Richard Ruskin as he guides his favourite event of the year, the Wildebeest Migration. Join this safari to witness the captivating wildebeest migration as it descends on the savannah; evading predators, traversing treacherous rivers and seeking greener pastures. Explore some of the best regions for game viewing, such as Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara and of course, the Masai Mara. Enjoy the luxury 4- and 5-star accommodation in tented camps, lodges and hotels. This safari offers an unforgettable experience of the migration and the captivating wonders of East Africa.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you will be met by Richard Ruskin and transferred to FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK HOTEL for your two-night stay.

DAY 2: NAIROBI

After breakfast you will be taken on a tour of the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Centre. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will be met at the hotel reception and begin your safari with a drive to Amboseli National Park. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge at sunset. The next two nights will be spent at AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Today you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National Park, hopefully seeing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – ARUSHA

This morning you will travel by road to the Namanga Border and cross over into Tanzania, where you will continue to Arusha for a late lunch (own expense). Overnight stay at FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON ARUSHA. (B)

DAY 6: ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA

After breakfast, you will be driven to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. After lunch you will continue to LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE for your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: LAKE MANYARA – NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, you will depart on a game drive within Lake Manyara National Park. After lunch, you will continue onto NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  his will be your accommodation for the next two nights. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon you will visit a Masai Village. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: NGORONGORO CRATER – SERENGETI

Today is a long but exciting day with most of the time driving through the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an afternoon game drive en-route to MBALAGETI SERENGETI where you will stay for the next three nights. Many clients say this day is one of the highlights of the safari. (B, L, D)

DAYS 10 – 11: SERENGETI

For the next two days you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives to hopefully see the Wildebeest Migration as it heads North to the Mare River. This park is known for its amazing   abundance of plains game and predators especially lions. (B, L, D)

DAY 12: SERENGETI – MASAI MARA

This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be transferred to Kichwa Tembo in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara. You will spend the next two nights at KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP. (B, L, D)

DAY 13: MAASAI MARA

Today you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  The Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife with 320 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creating an eco-system which supports huge numbers of

bird and mammal species, especially lion, cheetah, and leopard. (B, L, D)

DAY 14: MAASAI MARA – NAIROBI

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be transferred back to FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK HOTEL for your overnight stay and a farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 15: DEPART NAIROBI

This morning you will be transferred to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Richard Ruskin

Richard Ruskin is a professional safari guide, who has been guiding in East Africa for nearly 20 years. Richard will open your eyes to the animals, plants, birds and scenery that makes this area the most exciting in Africa. A keen photographer (many of his photos are in this website), he is on hand to help potential photographers improve their photos whilst on safari. Richard also has great friends in various villages in both Kenya and Tanzania, giving you a more intimate opportunity to meet these amazing Africans. Richard hand picks the African Travel Specialists driver/guides that accompany this migration safari.

Includes

• 14 nights in 4 and 5 star luxury accommodation on a twin share or single basis

• All airport transfers

• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)

• Specialist guiding by Richard Ruskin

• Services of English speaking driver/ guides

• Game Park and National Park Fees

• Internal flights and transfers

PLEASE NOTE: There has been an increase in park fees as of 01 January 2024 and there is now an additional payment of $634.*

* The Kenya Government introduced large increases to Park Fees effective for all travel to National Parks, Game Reserves, Visits to Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage etc for all visitors entering parks from 01 January 2024, which is the additional cost listed above. Not all parks have increased in price, and ongoing discussions are continuing as to whether they will increase or not. There is also talk of introducing a mandatory concession fee levy on all lodges and accommodation in and around the parks. Should these be introduced, as they are out of our control, these will need to be added to the above costs.

Subject to change without notice.

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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is set on a crater rim overlooking the Ngorongoro crater described as the eighth wonder of the world. The lodge is built from local river stones and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape. Strung around the Crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the 75 rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylised prehistoric cave paintings. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater’s unmatched splendour.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is an authentic African-styled safari lodge situated on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment with panoramic views of Lake Manyara. This lodge offers 67 rooms with circular, double-storey, white-washed ‘rondavels’, and each has a small veranda. Enjoy views of the lake from the infinity pool and watch cultural dances in the evening from the lounge. 

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is in the lush forests of the Oloololo Escarpment and golden plains of the Masai Mara. This stunning safari camp features 40 “Hemingway – style” safari tents with beautifully furnished African furniture and art objects. Each one is spacious with panoramic views over the plains or the bush. Treat yourself to a holistic massage or take a dip in the rim-flow swimming pool which is literally on the edge of the Mara and boasts extraordinary views.

Mbalageti Serengeti

Mbalageti Serengeti is in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. This lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Accommodation is offered in tented chalets, family suites or lodge rooms.

Four Points by Sheraton Arusha

Conveniently located in the city centre of the safari capital of Tanzania is Four Points by Sheraton. This hotel offers 106 air-conditioned rooms and suites with modern African-style decor. Hotel amenities include four restaurants, an outdoor pool, a coffee lounge, a garden, a fully equipped gym and massage services.

Fairmont the Norfolk

Fairmont The Norfolk has played a leading role in Kenya’s colourful history. It opened its doors in 1904 and has changed and improved with the growth of Nairobi. The finest and the best-known luxury hotel in town, enjoy beautiful traditionally furnished guest rooms and suites in a colonial style. The hotel is still the traditional starting point for safaris, and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi’s most famous meeting place, for drinks and light meals.

Amboseli Serena Lodge

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. The lodge offers comfortable rooms with African décor and furnishings, all set amongst beautiful gardens.