Luxury Safaris To See Wildebeest Migrations In Africa
Traveling luxury for great Wildebeest migration in Africa comes with comfort and having the best views of the entire experience even at the veranda of your lodge. Most luxury or upmarket accommodation facilities in either Serengeti National park or Masai Mara National reserve offer exceptional views of the great migration even when seated by the poolside.
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The mean of transport you use to get to Serengeti National park or Masai Mara National Reserve even within the park adds volume the luxury safari package during great migration season.
When you opt to use road transport to Masai Mara national Reserve or Serengeti National Park, it must be a 4×4-safari land cruiser with a porch or pop up roof, a well-kept land cruiser in and out. It must be spacious with each tourists having a window seat for a great view.
In case you opt for fly-in great wildebeest migration safari, a number of domestic flight services are available but require prior booking so that air clearance with Civil Aviation Authority of Kenya or Tanzania can be made.
There options of daily scheduled safaris to the game parks or charter flight arrangements can be made for super luxury safari packages. You must respect the maximum luggage allowance set by the flight service company or pay surcharge for excess baggage.
Hot air balloon experience during the great wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park or Masai Mara National Reserve is one option worth adding to your Africa safari experience. You need to follow the guidelines given by the pilot to enjoy the aerial view of huge crowds of wild animal at the floor of the expansive rift valley.
How To Plan Itinerary For Luxury Safari To See The Great Migrations In Africa
Transport To Serengeti National Park or Masai Mara National Reserve
When you select the fly-in luxury great wildebeest migration package, you must book flights in advance. Kenya and Tanzania have domestic daily flights that land in the Airstrips close to Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park. During the peak seasons, the seats get sold out fast so you need advance booking.
The charter flight services are available however all necessary clearances must be done in advance. In case you wish to charter from your country to Serengeti National Park or Masai Mara National Park, you must seek respective government permission and do all necessary clearances in advance.
Road transport to Masai Mara National Park or Serengeti National park is possible in a 4×4 safari land cruiser because of the bumpy and dusty nature of the roads.
Luxury Great wildebeest Migration Itinerary To Serengeti National Reserve
Day 1 Drive To Lake Manyara National Park
Early morning your driver guide picks you from your overnight hotel or from Kilimanjaro International Airport to embark on a journey to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy the spectacular view of different landforms resulting from the work of faulting as the great Rift valley formed.
The park has great vegetation composed of lush acacia forest, giant fig trees, mahogany trees and others. These are homes a number of primates like olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and others.
Enjoy a game drive especially around Lake Manyara may give you chance of seeing wildlife rich park where you may get to spot wildebeest, impalas, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, herds of buffaloes to mention but a few.
Those looking for a natural photoshoot location this is one of the best choices as you may capture wild animals in the background and Lake Manyara. Dinner and overnight at your selected luxury lodge
Day 2 Drive To Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, the driver guide will pick you from your lodge to drive to Ngorongoro crater. This crater is has about 3000ft high walls with the bottom spreading approximately 102 square miles. It is referred to as Africa’s Noah’s Ark as chances of spotting some of the rare wild animals like the Black Rhino, huge elephants with enormous tusks in Africa are in the open here.
The crater is the congregation center for most wild animals and birds that Tanzania is proud of.
Within the crater are a number of other interesting features like the swamps, the soda lake flocked by flamingos, forest cover, rivers that attract wild animals especially during severe dry seasons.
Enjoy a game drive in the conservation area before ascending to relax at your lodge.
Day 3 Drive To Serengeti National Park
Locally Serengeti means endless plains and indeed the name is apt for the park. Early morning, your driver guide picks you from your overnight accommodation to embark on a long journey to Serengeti National park.
Look out of the window for a spectacular view of areas along the road and finally when you arrive Serengeti National Park, you will confirm the reasons why it was given that name.
Before you check in, just from the door steps of your lodge, you may right away view some animals.
Check into your room to relax
Day 4 The Great Wildebeest Migration Safari in Serengeti National Park
Early morning, take breakfast and head for an entire day game-watching event of welcoming the migrating wild animals. This is a whole day event so do not forget to carry snacks, drinking water and packed lunch early morning before departing for the game drive. At Encounter Africa Safaris we provide free water in the safari vehicle so request for it from the driver guide.
Through the window or porch watch arriving, struggling, strangled among others in huge crowds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, and others make there way through Mara River. This is the river of life and death as predators also have the chance to grab a meal with less struggle.
A number of events happen at the Mara River during the grand crossing where you may witness predators losing the battle to prey, Nile crocodiles grab there share of the migrants and others. It’s the bloody river of that season as many wild animals loose there lives trying to cross from Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara National Reserve
You get to sport thousands of gazelles, herds of Zebras, countless wildebeests, impalas and other ungulates. Your eye may not miss the presence of predators like lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackals and others.
Return To Your Lodge to relax.
Day 5 Second Game Drive In Serengeti National Park or hot air balloon
Another day of game driving and great wildebeest migration watching. Do not forget to carry packed lunch and snacks. The first day of watching the great wildebeest migration is full of drama that keeps you mesmerized all the time. Its hard to focus on a particular event as many happen in a snap at unplanned time.
You may get to see mothers struggling to get there infants through Mara river as crocodiles also await to grab the weak migrants, carnivores are busy shopping for the day’s meal and much more
The hot air balloon is one of the options you can take instead of repeating on ground game drive. This arrangement must be done in advance to clear all necessary requirements.
From up in the air, you get to enjoy the ungulates from an aerial view over a wider plain. Endeavor to attend briefing from the pilot of the hot air balloon. For to enjoy the entire experience, follow the rules of watching wildebeest migration from the sky.
Have fun enjoying all sides of the great wildebeest migration from above the ground. You get to watch Mara River negotiating gorge which over time it has eroded from the rift valley floor. Look over the mesmerizing green acacia trees surrounded by green vegetation cover where gazelles, wildebeest, impalas feed. Take the aerial view of this world wonder of the great migration of wildebeests in Africa.
Day 6 Fly to Kilimanjaro National Park
Departure date after the great wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park, fly to Kilimanjaro National Park to catch up with your flight back home. You can also do the last game drive in the park to capture the last minutes of your stay during the great wildebeest migration. Afterwards, you can catch up with your check in time for the domestic flight.
How Much Is Luxury Great Migration Safari In Africa
After the cost of park fees for Masai Mara National Reserve or Serengeti National Park that do not distinguish whether booked on Luxury, Mid- range or Budget, the rest may vary.
The gross cost of luxury great wildebeest migration safari depends on type of accommodation to stay at, number of safari days, mean of transport to use, people travelling with, type of vehicle to hire for the safari, booking time for the great migration safari, activities to combine with great migration to mention but a few.
There are optional activities you can privately include in the great wildebeest migration cost like the hot air balloon arrangement in case you want change in location off the crowded ground.
When To Plan Luxury Great Migration safari In Africa
A year in advance is the best timing to plan the great wildebeest migration in Africa. The great wildebeest migration in Africa is predicted to follow a rain patterns but when weather changes suddenly happen, the prediction becomes null.
Wildebeest yearly great trek through thousands of miles is ignited by instincts, need for survival and scent. Even when such factors are known, it is still a challenge to specify when to start or end the great wildebeest migration in Africa
Episodes of documentaries from world renowned wildlife production companies about the great wildebeest migration have been produced and more are being prepared but none can specify the exact timing for the start of the migration.
Calving season, which normally starts in January through March, comes with additional population of wild animals and as they grow, put pressure available pasture. A few animal especially the zebras starts there annual journey when they release the need for new feeding grounds.
By this time, stakeholder interested in the great Wildebeest migration start-giving updates about it to the world. The crowds of wild animals slowly start there journey northwards taking into consideration the still wobbly legs of the infant.
April to May when the infants have gained some strength to move the trek may start as the amount of pasture that is consumed by the huge crowds of ungulates lessens.
June to July the pace is increased because infants have outgrown and gained strength to move faster. The rest of the months that is July, August, September see the peak season of the great wildebeest migration. Large crowds of wildebeest, gazelles, Impala, Zebras cross into Masai Mara and by October Tanzania ( Serengeti National Park) loses ownership over the wildebeest for some months. Later November through December the wildebeest cross back into Serengeti National Park to start the calving season then there circle of life restarts.
When Is The Best Season For Luxury Great Wildebeest Migration Safaris In Africa
June to September is the best time for watching the great wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park or Masai Mara National Reserve.
The great wildebeest migration is an annual that starts from southern part of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The momentum of this great animal trek is gained as months unfold but it is not just a single day event.
A part from the renowned peak season for the great migration, you can still follow the procession right from Tanzania. The crowds of pilgrim animals are expected to arrive in certain parts of the Great wildebeest Migration journey during particular periods. Luxury facilities like accommodation are available in each of these locations.
Some of the stopovers for the great wildebeest migration include Grumeti River, Ngorongoro crater and others. When the year is still young that is February to March, this is calving season in the southern Serengeti National park and April to May some animals may start moving north wards. June to July the infants are expected to have stronger limbs to move faster through August, September.
By October, the crowds of arrivals into Masai Mara National park start to reduce as Tanzania loses its claim on the great wildebeest migration for some months.
The low seasons that is March to May are also comfortable for the great wildebeest migration in especially Serengeti National park. Crowds of wildebeests and gazelles are more stable so you expect to find them feeding in particular locations.
There are no human crowds to obstruct you from clearly watching and observing wild animals. Expect to see less predator-prey drama since the grass is high and ungulates camouflage in it.
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