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The Great Kenya Migration Safari

8 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya 
Our Kenya safari begins in Nairobi, where we transfer to our boutique hotel located in the quiet residential suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city. This area at the foot of the Ngong Hills is named for Danish author Karen Blixen, also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote the famous memoir Out of Africa, chronicling her life on a Kenyan coffee plantation in the early 20th century. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with our safari Expedition Leader, and a preview of the adventures that lie ahead. 
 
Days 2–4: Private Mara Naboisho Conservancy—Nat Hab's Private Mobile Camp
Transfer to the airport for our flight to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Secluded within this private 50,000-acre reserve, Nat Hab's own private mobile camp offers bush luxury in classic canvas tents, surrounded by all the natural wonders of the Maasai Mara ecosystem without the crowds. The conservancy, established in 2011, has made a name for itself as a place to experience the Mara’s spectacular wildlife in peaceful seclusion, and Nat Hab's private mobile camp is one of just a handful of camps located within its bounds. Strict limits on guest numbers mean unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity. The conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east.
 
A multitude of species flourishes here, and Naboisho actually has a higher density of wildlife than the adjacent Maasai Mara National Reserve. Great herds of antelope dot the grassy, rolling plains while stands of acacia woodland shelter prolific birdlife. Rich volcanic soils nurture a verdant landscape where we find more lion per square mile than anywhere else in Kenya—some 100 lions live on the conservancy, including the largest pride in the Greater Mara region. Impressive herds of elephant, giraffe and zebra are also at home here. Our activities make the most of our unrivaled access to pristine wilderness. In addition to daily wildlife drives, enjoy guided bush walks, wilderness picnics, off-road safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife—pursuits not permitted in the national reserve.
 
Please Note: 2018 itineraries will stay at Encounter Mara camp within the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. 2019 departures will utilize Nat Hab's Private Mobile Camp–Naboisho.
 
Days 5–7: Maasai Mara National Reserve—Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp
Transfer via a safari drive into the Maasai Mara National Reserve for another exhilarating vantage point on the heart of the annual wildebeest migration. The legendary Mara is the northern portion of the Serengeti Plains, and we find excellent wildlife viewing in these grasslands. The reserve is named for the Maasai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who still graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it. 
 
We stay at Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp–Maasai Mara, our private luxury mobile camp that allows access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River where wildebeest cross during the migration. Deluxe canvas tents are situated in a private and secluded spot, with ample trees providing shade from the midday heat. Located in a wildlife hotspot, the site also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve, including the main river systems. Wildlife drives take us among myriad plains animals—not only the thundering herds of thousands of wildebeest and their zebra companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. Predators follow in close pursuit, and the Mara is especially famed for its lions—we may see them hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting beneath acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa. Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast upon landing are also available (additional cost) during our stay at Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp.
 
Day 8: Nairobi / Depart
Fly back to Nairobi today, where day rooms await for refreshing and relaxing on arrival. Later, we'll have a farewell meal together to close our Kenya safari tour before evening departures for international destinations.
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All This Included
No wildlife event on the planet rivals East Africa’s Great Migration for sheer drama. Each year, the enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra, 2 million strong, make a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains as they travel from Tanzania into Kenya's famed Maasai Mara and back, following the new grass that sprouts with the seasonal rains. A host of predators follows in stealthy pursuit. To witness the migration in the Mara is on many a safari aficionado's bucket list, and our private luxury mobile camps are designed to place you in the heart of the action. There’s simply no nature adventure on Earth to match it! Back at camp each night, sip sundowners before sumptuous dinners and exchange stories around the crackling campfire under a sky full of glittering stars.
  • Activities
  • Accommodations and internal scheduled light aircraft flights as detailed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day
  • Meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on final day
  • Drinking water throughout the trip
  • Non-alcoholic drinks at camps, with meals, and in vehicles
  • House alcoholic drinks in camps
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leader
  • Local guides and lodge staff
  • Some gratuities
  • All permits, entrance fees and taxes
Highlights
  • Enjoy unparalleled privacy and proximity to wildlife during exclusive stays at two NHA luxury mobile camps in the Maasai Mara and private Naboisho Conservancy.
  • From open 4x4 vehicles, watch lions stalk thousands of migrating wildebeest and zebra as the huge herds traverse the vast savannas of the Maasai Mara. 
  • Guided by top Expedition Leaders who know this land intimately, gain the benefit of their local expertise as we track wildlife away from crowds.
Accommodations
Nairobi: The House of Waine or Hemingways Nairobi
Mara Naboisho Conservancy: Encounter Mara
Naboisho Conservancy: Natural Habitat’s Private Mobile Camp–Naboisho
Masai Mara National Reserve: Natural Habitat's Migration Base Camp 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Day in Nairobi - 1 Day / Jul–Sept, from $625
Discover cultural and wildlife highlights of Nairobi with visits to the Giraffe Center, Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum.
 
Lewa Downs Extension - 4 Days / Year-Round, From $3595
Extend your safari with a 3-night trip to Lewa Conservancy, a global pacesetter for protecting endangered species including black and white rhinos.
 
Ol Donyo Lodge Extension - 3 Days / Year-Round, From $2995
Add two unforgettable nights to your safari at Ol Donyo Lodge, one of Africa’s most luxurious bush lodges, on a private reserve teeming with wildlife.
 
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Extension - 5 Days / Year-Round, From $3295
A 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas. Hike through the rain forest and spend rare moments with a habituated family troop.
 
Uganda Mountain Gorilla Extension - 5 Days / Year-Round, From $2795
A 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas in the rain forests of Uganda. A once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter!
Notes
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 12 Travelers.
  • Not Included: Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
  • Physical Requirements: Easy. A safari vehicle frequently offers a bumpy ride. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and may pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of raised 4x4 safari trucks. Travelers must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, sometimes walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Additionally, while any short walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground without assistance. Days spent on safari can be long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot so it is critical that travelers come prepared. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
  • Mandatory Insurance: Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number.
  • Important Information About This Trip: Kenya, teeming with wildlife, is among the original safari destinations, and rightly so. This itinerary takes advantage of the movements of one of our planet’s most astonishing wildlife events: the Great Wildebeest Migration as it crosses from Tanzania.
  • Please plan to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya by 5 pm on Day 1 in order to attend a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Nairobi after 6 pm on the final day.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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