About The Listing
Type of Trip : Photo Tours
Level : Medium
Location : Kenya & Tanzania
Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Trip Start : Nairobi
Trip End : Nairobi
Get ready to witness one of the greatest migrations in the animal kingdom. An action packed 9 days of fun and adventure. During this time Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Leopards, Crocodiles wait around the Mara river. The diverse group of large mammals, plunge into the Mara river expecting greener pastures on the other side, only to be attacked. With the attack starts the battle of survival. This migration provides the best opportunity for photography and wildlife viewing.
Day 01: Arrival at Nairobi.
Your day one starts with your arrival at Jkia, Nairobi, flights from India generally arrive early in the morning. Meet-n-greet your driver-cum-game trackers in the arrivals lounge & assemble into the 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicles, equipped with pop-up game viewing roofs. Drive straight away to Masai Mara national reserve – where all the action has already begun. Arrive at Mara Leisure Camp in time for lunch. Relax before your afternoon/evening game drive, returning to Mara Leisure Camp for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 02: Full day exploring Mara.
Today you will be returning to Mara Leisure Camp for meals & overnight stay. Special care will be taken to ensure the famous river crossing. Don’t worry you are in safe hands.
Day 03: Drive to Isenabia Border Post, Tanzania.
After an early breakfast, enjoy a short game drive to the Eastern Mara Gate for a drive to Isenabia Border Post, Tanzania. Complete border crossing formalities & transfer to Tanzania in 4x4 Land Cruiser vehicles for a short drive to Serengeti National Reserve – Tanzania. Enjoy another short game drive arriving at Seronera Wildlife Lodge in time for lunch. Relax before your afternoon/evening game drive in Serengeti, the other side of the migration! Return to Seronera Wildlife Lodge for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 04: Full day exploring Serengeti.
Catch all the action, “See how millions of wildebeests & zebra cross into Kenya (without any VISAs), passing Lion/Cheetah/Leopard infested plains, Crocodile infested rivers & much more”. Return to Seronera Wildlife Lodge for evening entertainment, dinner & overnight stay.
Day 05: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
After breakfast, enjoy another short game drive on your way to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. See how their trained drivers tackle the drive up to the rim of the crater. Arrive at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge in time for a well required lunch. After lunch, descend inside the crater for your afternoon/evening game drive, returning to the lodge for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 06: Lake Manyara National Park.
After breakfast, enjoy another scenic drive to Lake Manyara National Park – famous for “tree climbing lions”. Arrive at Lake Manyara Lodge in time for lunch. Relax before your afternoon/evening game drive, seeing the tree climbing lions, pink flamingos, elephants & plenty other wildlife. Return to Lake Manyara Lodge for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 07: Drive to Namanga Border Post.
After breakfast, enjoy a most scenic drive, with Mt. Kilimanjaro always in the background, to Namanga Border Post, Kenya. Complete border crossing formalities, change back into 4x4 vehicles for a short drive to Amboseli National Park – also known as “The Kilimanjaro Forecourt” & Tusker Land – Elephant Terrain. Arrive at Amboseli Sopa Lodge in time for lunch, before your afternoon/evening game drive in Amboseli. Return to Sopa Lodge for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 08: Full Day exploring Amboseli.
Enjoy exceptional views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, with huge herds of Tuskers crossing the lion & cheetah infested plains. Return to Sopa Lodge for meals & overnight stay.
Day 09: Drive back to Nairobi.
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi for your flight back home – with fond memories of Kenya & Tanzania, and a promise to visit again very soon.
- Airport transfers in Nairobi on arrival / departure.
- Twin sharing accommodation.
- Movement in 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicles.
- Services of driver-cum-game trackers.
- All meals.
- One bottle of mineral water per person per safari.
- All airfare and VISA.
- Park entrance fees.
- Insurance, laundry and phone bills.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Camera fees.
- Tips to Hotel Staff and Game Drivers.
Terms & Conditions
- Rs 5000 cancellation- if cancelled 61 days prior to start of package.
- 25% cancellation – if cancelled 60- 45 days prior to start of package.
- 50% cancellation - if cancelled 44- 30 days prior to start of package.
- 75% cancellation - if cancelled 29-16 days prior to start of package.
- 100% cancellation – if cancelled 15 days prior to start of package.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. How different are tours and photo tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All photo tours are fun, with loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only, it makes your experience more focused and fun filled.
2. What is so special about Masai Mara during migration?
The Great Annual Migration of Masai Mara is much more than a mere river crossing. It is a phenomenon in itself for it is here you see the best of nature and its various forms. The African savannah is flooded with wildlife and numbers can sweep you off your feet. Over 1,240,000 wildebeests, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18000 elands and 500,000+ Thomson’s gazells – the statistics are staggering.
This is a period when predator behavior in Mara changes on a daily and weekly basis. While the mean Nile crocs have a feast during the initial river crossings their responses become slower as the migration progresses. With more and more wildebeests covering the entire landscape of the Mara Triangle, the lion action heats up.
3. What is the process for obtaining a visa for travel in Nairobi?
You can obtain your visa at the Immigration desk when you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport-NBO. You will approach the Immigration desk before you reach the baggage claim. You will need to have two forms in hand, a completed visa application form and the arrivals card you would have received on your flight prior to landing. Additionally, you will need to present a current passport and cash to pay the visa fee. Passports should be at least 6 months prior to the expiration date. You will be photographed and fingerprinted at the Immigration desk.
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