Richard’s East Africa September Migration Safari – Departing 1st September, 2024

Overview

Owner and MD of the African Travel Specialists, Richard Ruskin, guides his favourite event of the year – the annual Wildebeest Migration. Having guided during the Migration every year for the last 20 years, Richard can attest to it being one of the most exciting events in the world. This safari visits some of the best areas for game viewing such as Samburu National Reserve, Lake Elmentaita, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the jewel in Africa’s crown, the Masai Mara – home to the Migration at this time of year. Accommodation comprises of four and five star luxury tented camps, lodges and hotels. Suited to people of all ages, families and groups, this is a wonderful way to see the wildebeest migration, as well as amazing wildlife and birds, and all in the care of specialist safari guide Richard Ruskin.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Two-nights at FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK HOTEL where you will be met by Richard Ruskin.

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, with lunch at Tamambo Restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: NAIROBI – LAKE ELMENTAITA

This morning you will be met at reception and begin your safari with a drive to Lake Elmentaita, locatetd in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Overnight at LAKE ELMENTAITA. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: LAKE ELMENTATIA

Today you will be taken on a morning and afternoon game drives to Lake Elmentatia National Park, home to amazing aquatic birdlife including flamingos. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: LAKE ELMENTAITA – SAMBURU

After breakfast, you will continue your safari driving to Samburu. Two nights at SAMBURU INTREPIDS. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Today, you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu National Park. It is here you will have the opportunity to see the ‘Special 5’ – the Reticualted Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk and Beisa Oryx, as well as other varities of game. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: SAMBURU – KILIMANJARO

After breakfast, you will fly back to Nairobi for your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to the FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON ARUSHA for your overnight stay. (B, L)

DAY 8: KILIMANJARO – LAKE MANYARA – NGORONGORO CRATER

This morning, you will be driven to Lake Manyara for a game drive, followed by lunch at Lake Manyara Serena. In the afternoon you will travel y road to Ngorongoro Crater. For the next two nights you will stay at NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: NGORONGORO CRATER

This morning you will descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing and a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon you will visit a Maasai Village. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: NGORONGORO CRATER – SERENGETI NP

Today is a long but exciting day with most of the time spent driving through the Serengeti to MBALAGETI SERENGETI, which is located in the western corridor. You will have a picnic lunch and an afternoon game drive en-route to the lodge. Many clients say this is one of the highlights of the safari. (B, L, D)

DAY 11: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives. This park is known as one of the world’s last great wildlife refuge, home to 35 species of plains game and 500 birds. Overnight at MBALAGETI SERENGETI. (B, L, D)

DAY 12: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – MASAI MARA

This morning you will be transferred to the Grumeti Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Tarime. On arrival you will be taken by road to Migori connecting with your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival, you will be met and transferred a short distance to Kichwa Tembo in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. For the next three nights, you will stay at KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP. (B, L, D)

DAYS 13 – 14: MASAI MARA

Two days spent in the Maasai Mara game viewing with the option of taking a balloon safari (additional cost). The Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife with 320 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and treelined rivers creating an eco-system which supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. It is here that the Wildebeest Migration should be in full swing, providing opportunities to see them amassing as well as crossing the river. (B, L, D)

DAY 15: MASAI MARA – NAIROBI

After breakfast, you will board your scheduled flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be transferred back to FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK HOTEL for your overnight stay. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 16: DEPART NAIROBI

After breakfast you will be transferred to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta 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 brochure), 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

• 15 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 $809.*

* 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.

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