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Do I really Want to See the Great Migration?

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Resarching a first trip to Africa in 2013 to Tanzania (northern circuit), Kenya or both. We are in our 60s but not retired. I know many say to plan on future trips to Africa but I cannot be so sure considering the enormous cost of this one. Need to keep it to 14 days or less on the ground. I'm also looking for cultural experiences as much as wildlife. My husband and I know we will find the wildlife safaris exciting but we are not 'wildlife' afficionadoes and I'm a bit squeamish with viewing "kills" by the carnivores. (I'd much rather see happy babies with their moms!)

I started out thinking I'd want to go in July - Sept to see the great migration but based on the photos and the crowds, and the dust, I'm now not so sure. It looks like the wildebeast could really dominate the scene to the exclusion of other animals of greater interest to us. When I hear that lions might be sluggish since they are so well fed, or read that others find it exciting to see Wildebeast drown in a river crossing or babies snatched by croccidiles....well, maybe that's not for me? I have no desire to even see croccidiles, frankly.

If we instead travel in February, do you think I'll regret missing the Great Migration? Also airfares (from LAX) seem to be much less in Feb. My hope is to see lions, giraffe, elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebra and chetahs. Anything beyond that will be an extra prize! (We might spluge with Rwanda to see Gorilllas).....

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