Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 http://healthpluscogni.com/test-boost-elite/
  2. 2 Trip Report Trip Report : Mauritius and Rodrigues
  3. 3 First Trip to Africa, first safari...which itinerary should I go with?
  4. 4 South African Safari Company Recommendations
  5. 5 Help please! Trying to plan an African trip!
  6. 6 Help with Kenya Safari plans.
  7. 7 Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, hidden gems not on the normal tourist path?
  8. 8 Hire a driver for a week in Morocco
  9. 9 Yom Hazikaron
  10. 10 Yom Haatzmaut
  11. 11 Morocco April Itinerary 10 days
  12. 12 May 10-July 10 in Africa
  13. 13 recomendation on African Safari company
  14. 14 Kenya Vs. tanzania
  15. 15 Comparing a few cities in Morocco
  16. 16 Tour with friendly planet to SA in October 2016
  17. 17 One extra day in Jordan
  18. 18 Trip Report Burkina Faso travel tips route tourist attractions photo gallery
  19. 19 Where to stay for a night in Johannesburg?
  20. 20 Recommendation on where to stay in Durban?
  21. 21 April Budget Safari - Tanzania
  22. 22 Israel in Late October or November?
  23. 23 One month in Africa
  24. 24 Trip Report Trip Report: Madagascar and Rwanda
  25. 25 Route planning and advice visiting Southern Africa by car.
View next 25 » Back to the top

Crazy (not) to add Serengeti to Mara in late May?

Jump to last reply

Greetings all. Long-time lurker, first-time poster (and I hope this is the right forum). You all have provided such great feedback here (I think I’ve probably read them all…), and after months of research I’m honing in on a final itinerary for our trip to Kenya & Zanzibar for the second half of May, and would love some opinions.

For context, I did 4 days of safari at &Beyond camps in South Africa in December, but this will be my wife’s first safari. We will arrive on May 11 and be staying with friends in Nairobi for 3 nights, and doing a day trip or overnight with them to Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha on one of those. We then have 13 nights to spend on safari and in Zanzibar.

We know that we will end with 3-4 nights at &Beyond’s Mnemba Island (and 1 or 2 nights in Stone Town at the Serena Inn), and in order to take advantage of &Beyond’s current 6/4 special, we need to spend 2-3 nights at another &Beyond lodge, which brings me to my question.

For the Mara, I am currently thinking about 3 nights at Encounter Mara (a non-&Beyond lodge which has a stay 3/pay 2 special) on the Naboisho Conservancy, then 2 nights at Mara Explorer inside the park.

This leaves the 2-3 nights for an &Beyond camp. If we were to stay in Kenya, this would need to be at Kichwa Tembo, which is just outside the park to the NW, and apparently does its drives mostly to the west of where Mara Explorer does theirs. This would mean we would stay in a camp to the NE in a conservancy, one inside the middle of the park (Confluence I believe), and one to the NW that does drives in the Triangle.

The other possibility would be to instead of Kichwa Tembo, fly down to Tanzania and do 3 nights at Serengeti Under Canvas, which will be in the central region around Seronera. This would also require a transit night in Arusha. The incremental cost of adding the Serengeti is about $3k. So my question is, would folks recommend the extra hassle/expense to get down to the Serengeti and potentially seeing the migration, or just stick with the all Mara experience and Zanzibar? Are we crazy not to go to the Serengeti?

Hopefully this will not be our last trip to east Africa, as I would love to do more of a Tanzanian circuit next time…but of course you never know, and next time the migration might be up in the Mara…

If you've made it this far, sorry for the long note, but I wanted to get as much out on the table as possible. Many thanks in advance!

Tim

6 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement