Join Ken Cushner and a few select others on an experience of a lifetime!
8-Day Tanzania Safari Wildebeest Migration and Wild Serengeti
July 11 18, 2015 (or beyond if you choose one of the many post-safari options)
About this Safari: About 7 years ago, I had the privilege of traveling on safari in Tanzania during the Great Migration period where wildebeest, zebra and other spectacular wildlife move from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania into the Masai Mara in southern Kenya. Without a doubt, this was the most incredible travel experience I have ever had and you know, over the years I have participated or led many exciting international adventures on all seven continents! As a result of this experience, I can now say that I know what a million is!
Hyla and I are planning to take Carter and Logan, two of our grandchildren who will be 11 at the time, with us on this adventure. A few others have expressed interest in possibly joining us hence this invitation. We plan to join up with the guide I traveled with in the past, Ernest Chiwanga, who now operates on his own safari operation World Wide Safaris.
Included in our itinerary will be visits to the best wildlife National Parks of Northern Tanzania which contain an abundance of wildlife seen nowhere else on Earth Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the vast Serengeti. The major aim of this safari is to witness the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzanias Serengeti National Park and Kenyas Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. Sometimes referred to as the Greatest Show on Earth', the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems. 400,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelles accompany them along the way, making a total of over 2 million migrating animals!
Although the migratory pattern and timing of the animals can never be guaranteed, a highlight of this trip will be five nights camping in the Serengeti in nice, comfortable tented campsites so we can be in the vicinity of the migratory animals, better able to locate them as they make their crossing of the Mara River.
As of now, travelers would meet in Arusha, Tanzania (the jumping off point for most of the Kilimanjaro climbs) on July 11. Flights can be arranged through Amsterdam (with Delta/KLM); Istanbul (with Turkish Airlines), or Frankfurt (on United/Lufthansa).
A general guide to the Wildebeest migration based on the movement of the mega herd over the last ten years.
From as early as December the Migration starts to move into the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The short grass plains here are rich in nutritious grasses, providing the herds with the best conditions to raise their newborn. Mid-February is calving season when approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day for a period of approximately 3 weeks.
From April to May, the herds migrate North with a split occurring when some wildebeest head directly up across the plains of the central Serengeti and the mega herd starts to push out to the Serengetis Western Corridor. The central splinter herds then continue North to the Mara with the very first herds crossing the Mara River in late June to early July. The mega herd meanwhile is concentrated by the Grumeti River at the end of May/beginning of June. The Mara river, however, is where the impressive crossings happen.
As early as the 1st July the very first crossings of the Mara River begin, with the front runners of the mega herd pushing through. It is here where we hope to be.
11 July, 2015: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where we will be met by our private car and guide and driven to Arusha for an overnight at Moivaro Lodge.
12 July, 2015: Morning safari briefing and then drive through Arusha town and towards Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.
13 July, 2015: After an early breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. Picnic lunch in the Crater, then drive back to Ngorongoro Farm House. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.
14 July, 2015: After breakfast, drive to Serengeti, stopping at a Maasai village on the way for a visit. Proceed to Serengeti with game drives enroute. Arrive in Seronera central Serengeti. Game drives at Seronera. Overnight at Ang'ata Camp.
15 July, 2015: After breakfast drive from the central Serengeti to Bologonja in the northern Serengeti. Game drives to the Mara River. Overnight at Ang'ata Camps Bologonja
16 July, 2015: Game drive in the Mara River areas. Overnight at Ang'ata Camps Bologonja
17 July, 2015: Game drive in the Mara River areas. Overnight at Ang'ata Camps Bologonja
18 July, 2015: Scheduled flights back to Arusha. Lunch and day rooms at Moivaro Lodge Evening Fly home. Or for those who wish to stay in Tanzania longer, there will be a range of post-safari options available to choose from. Ask about these.
COST FOR THIS TRIP
This cost for this safari is US$ 3700 per person, and include:
all transfers full board accommodation as per itinerary all meals as per itinerary meet and greet services services of an experienced driver guide all park entrance fees exclusive 44 vehicle for the entire safari game drives a bottle of water per day
We are both very excited to share this experience of a lifetime.
For additional information contact:
Ken and Hyla Cushner firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-310-7074 email@example.com; 330-310-7502