The Lowdown of the Serengeti Migration
Feb15

The Lowdown of the Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti migration is one of the world’s most spectacular mass movements of wildlife. The migration comprises thousands of wildebeest moving in a circular pattern on an annual basis. The wildebeest are accompanied by herds of zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, eland, impala and other smaller groups of plains game. Wide open plains are literally littered with wildebeest, and waiting in the wings during the breeding season, are a splattering of powerful predators. The timing of the migration is dependent on rainfall patterns, but annually, wildlife movements and timings are semi-predictable. So why do wildebeest and other game migrate? We speculate it is because plains game seek fresh grazing grounds and access to pristine water. The migration takes place over Tanzania’s Serengeti plains in the south and the Maasai Mara up north in Kenya. While there are hundreds of thousands of wildlife on the move, there are periods of time when they are sedentary, which means a variety of sightings in different regions. The most photographed and iconic images of the migration happen when the herds attempt to cross the Mara River, which sees huge beasts struggling on the banks and jostling to get across the flowing waters. There are times of the year when the herds give birth and times when the herds splinter. If you’re planning a safari to the Serengeti for the migration, you might want to make use of the below timeline and do plenty of other research before you travel to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time. Here is a rough timeline of the Serengeti Migration:  Nov – Dec: This is the beginning and end of the migration route. November sees the start of the rains and the herds are all in the northern part of the Serengeti region. December is when the herds become twitchy. There is still rain but less of it, so herds begin to migrate southwards towards the open plains. Jan – March : This is the time when the herds are sedentary and have settled somewhat in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and spill into the Serengeti National Park. This time of year, the grass and grazing conditions are ideal and there’s an abundance of water. It’s not only wildebeest dotted across the open plains, but also dazzles of zebra and other game. Because herds are sedentary and there’s a wealth of food resources, it’s the ideal time for the females to give birth. Birthing normally happens during February, which means there are plenty of predators about. As heartbreaking as it is, this is the perfect time to see predator action. Accommodation options in this area : Positioned on the lower slopes...

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Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation
May11

Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation

Visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation & enjoy free internal air transfers between camps ! Travel in style to some of the most beautiful locations, staying in stunning and luxurious camps in Botswana or Kenya from 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2016 and your inter camp charter flights are free! This is a potential saving of US$500 or more per person !! Conservation Tourism is in the heart of Great Plains Conservation camp’s ethos, which they define as “the use of quality led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with benefits going specifically into making the conservation of an area viable and sustainable.”  By visiting these beautiful camps you know that a large portion of your cost is going straight back into conservation. Great Plains Conservation are also responsible for the #RhinosWithoutBorders initiative which aims to move 100 rhinos into the safety of the Botswana reserves. Here are some of the beautiful camps that can be included in this offer. Contact the Sun Safaris team for some more info! T&C’s apply and offer is subject to availability and changes.    Zarafa Camp in the Savuti area of Botswana has magnificent villa style tents all with magnificent views over the lagoon. Each tent has a private plunge pool and outdoor showers! Game drives, guided walks and boat cruises are all part of the safari experience at Zarafa.   Selinda Camp is in the north of Botswana, resting on the Selinda Spillway, which links to the Okavango Delta.  Selinda Camp is a stunning tented camp offering both land and water based safari activities.   Duba Plains Camp is a remote and intimate camp on a private concession island deep in the Okavango Delta, only accessible by light aircraft! This is home to the legendary swimming lions as well as National Geographic explorers and Great Plains founders, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.   ol Donyo Lodge is located between two of Kenya’s best wildlife parks, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo east, in the Chyulu Hills. Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from ol Donyo Lodge providing a magnificent backdrop to a range of safari activities which  include horse riding, mountain biking, hiking and learning more about conservation and community projects. Mara Plains Camp lies in prime position on the Ntikitiak River in a private conservancy next to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Walking through a riverine forest to get to the luxury safari tented camp, your views across the East African plains unfold in front of you. This is a wonderful year round wildlife experience as well as a great place to watch the seasonal migration of wildebeest and...

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Safari special to Kenya’s Amboseli & Masai Mara
Oct23

Safari special to Kenya’s Amboseli & Masai Mara

12 Night Kenyan Wildlife Safari from US$4880 to US$5990 Rate is per person sharing and seasonal, and is subject to availability. To Secure this wonderful safari special you need to book and pay the deposit before the end of November. Contact us now for more information. This Safari Special takes you to the wildlife mecca of Amboseli, Laikipia and the Masai Mara. 2 nights at Nairobi Tented Camp located in Nairobi National Park. 3 nights at Porini Amboseli Camp located in the Selenkay Conservancy Visit to Amboseli National Park 2 nights at Porini Rhino Camp located in the OlPejeta Conservancy. 2 nights at Porini Mara Camp located in OlKinyei Conservancy. 3 nights at Porini Lion Camp located in the OlareMotorogi Conservancy adjacent to the Mara Reserve. Visit to Masai Mara National Reserve Prices include: Nairobi Tented Camp includes full board basis, two airport transfers, three shared game drives or two game drives & a visit to Elephant Orphanage, sundowner, soft drinks, mineral water, beer, wine, gin & tonic then Porini Camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water, return conservancy airstrip transfers, day & night shared game drives in open sided 4×4 safari vehicle with qualified guide, sundowners and walks with Maasai warriors. Prices exclude: International flights, travel insurance, visa fees, tips & gratuities and any items of a personalnature   Wildlife and Safari Highlights: Flights between areas to get you straight to the wildlife without spending hours travelling between the parks over rough roads. Game drives from the camps in shared 4×4 safari vehicles (not vans) with professional guides. (Private vehicles available at a supplement). Walks with Maasai warriors, visit to authentic Maasai village, opportunity for night game drives, exclusive wilderness areas with no tourist minibuses. An authentic safari experience staying in small exclusive camps with spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, solar lights and located in attractive unspoilt natural settings. At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin & tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price. The Porini Safari Camps are small and exclusive and run on the same environmentally sound principles – working closely with the local communities. All camps are specially designed to have minimum impact with no permanent structures. Itinerary 2 Nights Nairobi Tented Camp – 3 Nights Porini Amboseli Camp – 2 Nights Porini Rhino Camp – 2 nights Porini Mara Camp – 3 Nights Porini Lion Camp Day 1 Pick up from Nairobi airport and transfer to Nairobi Tented Camp for 2 nights. This offers a superb alternative to staying in a hotel in...

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Kenya offers exceptional value for luxury safaris
Jun09

Kenya offers exceptional value for luxury safaris

Kenya offers exceptional value for luxury safaris at the moment, including safaris during the annual wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. Here is one of our favourite specials: 6 night Migration Safari Special  – Travel between 01 Jun – 19 Dec 2012 3 nights Porini Mara Camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Mara Naboisho Conservancy 2 nights at Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy and Motorogi Conservancy 1 full day inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Day 1 Road Transfer by shuttle minibus from Nairobi to Ol Kinyei (140 miles, 3 ½ hours) arriving for lunch at Porini Mara Camp. This is a small eco-friendly bush camp of just 6 tents for a maximum of 12 guests giving an intimate and more personal safari experience and where you will be looked after by the Maasai who own the Ol Kinyei Conservancy. In the afternoon, take your first game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in an open-sided 4×4 safari vehicle with an expert Maasai guide and spotter to look for the abundance of animals that have been seen in this very scenic 15,000 acre wilderness area which has a variety of landscapes including hills, valleys, acacia forests and open plains. The Ol Kinyei Conservancy is reserved exclusively for guests of the Porini Mara camp so there are no other tourist vehicles allowed into the area, giving you the chance to experience the big game of the Mara without the hordes of tourists seen in the park. In the evening you will stop at a scenic spot for a sundowner followed by a night game drive in the conservancy, then head back to camp for a shower and dinner. Overnight Porini Mara Camp. Day 2 Awaken at dawn and head out on a game drive into the adjacent Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a 60,000 acres wilderness area which is exclusive to a few small safari camps which have joined with Gamewatchers Safaris in leasing the area as a wildlife conservancy owned by the local Maasai community. The open plains and valleys with scattered acacia woodland abound with wildlife including resident lions. Hippo and crocodiles can also be seen. Stop for a picnic bush breakfast in a scenic spot and continue exploring the Naboisho Conservancy, returning to Porini Mara Camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will have a nature walk, game drive and the option of a visit to a nearby Maasai village, the home of the families of the camp staff who will escort you. Day 3 A full day to have game drives in the Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies to further explore the wilderness with...

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4 Night Family Safari To Masai Mara in Kenya From R75 280 (2 adults/3 children)
May11

4 Night Family Safari To Masai Mara in Kenya From R75 280 (2 adults/3 children)

Celeste’s clients booked a safari holiday to the Masai Mara region in Kenya – one of the leading safari destinations, home to the annual wildebeest migration. Celeste’s clients were a family of 5 and thus required a bit more exclusivity than the average holidaymaker. We arranged private safaris in their own game vehicle, which we incorporated into the below quote. Contact us if you’re interested in taking your family on safari to Kenya. 4 nights for 2 adults and 3 children (under the age of 12) = From R75 280 * Subject to change depending on season and availability   Day 1: Road transfer from Jomo Kenyatta (Nairobi) International Airport to Norfolk Hotel. Overnight Norfolk Hotel in a Fairmont Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis Day 2: Road transfer from Norfolk Hotel to Wilson Airport. Light air transfer from Wilson Airport to Kichwa, Masai Mara. Overnight Kichwa Tembo in a Classic Tent on a full board basis with game-viewing activities in a private safari vehicle. Did you know? The Kichwa Tembo camp lies at the base of the Olooloo Escarpment which forms part of the path for the Annual Wildebeest Migration. Day 3 : Overnight Kichwa Tembo in a Classic Tent on a full board basis with game-viewing activities in a private safari vehicle. Day 4 : Overnight Kichwa Tembo in a Classic Tent on a full board basis with game-viewing activities in a private safari vehicle. Day 5 : Light air transfer from Kichwa to Wilson Airport. Road transfer from Wilson Airport to Jomo Kenyatta (Nairobi) International Airport. End of Services. INCLUDED Norfolk Hotel Bed & breakfast basis Kichwa Tembo Accommodation, three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day, emergency medical evacuation insurance and transfers to and from the lodge airstrip. Road transfers All and their taxes as described in the itinerary above Scheduled flights All and their taxes as described above in the itinerary Light air transfers All and their taxes as described above in the itinerary above Other Masai Mara park entry fees Private safari vehicle at Kichwa Tembo EXCLUDED All items of a personal nature, all alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, visas, tips & gratuities, travel & medical insurance, any item not described above. Flights to Kenya are...

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