Migration serengeti or mara.... for cats ??

Jan 26th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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Migration serengeti or mara.... for cats ??

Hi....long time, been busy with work, planning to go to east africa btw mid feb to mid march.... want to see loads of lions and leopards.... 10 night max.... budget is 500$ to 700$ per day....suggestions required, thanks Sonali
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Jan 26th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Actually I don't know about the Masai Mara. I do know that central Serengeti is a great place to spot big cats, like lions and leopards. Also many cheetahs live in this area.
There are many lodges in this area, e.g. Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti Sopa lodge and a little bit north of central Serengeti is the new Kempinski property, Bilila.
Also Mbuzi Mawe tented camp is nice, it is also a bit north.
Dunia Camp (a camp of Asilia) is located central/south Serengeti.

You could combine the Serengeti with the Ngorongoro Crater, which is also a good place to spot lions.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 07:12 AM
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Hi Sonali,

February ,March go to Southern Serengeti, NCA.

Normaly you will catch the Migration there,with thousands of baby wildebeest just born.
You will see many lions and cheetah.Leopards more difficult.

We went first week of April and show 11 cheetah and over 50 lions.Also 2 leopards but in the Seronera area.

I let the experts with more detail advice.

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Jan 26th, 2010, 09:34 AM
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hi Sonali - Habari za siku nyingi?
well, you haven't changed - still "Feline-philic" ;-)

both parts of the Serengeti ecosystem (though one is called Mara)are superb cat country. Lions are no problem...
I agree with LuckyB: SERONERA area is the place to look for Leopard (better than the Mara sections i've visited maybe a hundred times)
so if you decide to come to Serengeti, feb-march should be good for Cheetah on the short-grass plains from Seronera to Ndutu (especially since the huge grass-mowing "machine", called migration, has passed through)
bonus I: migration
bonus II: you may get a glimpse of another feline - the Serval
{often} seen in Ndutu area and surrounding

good luck


PS promise me that if you happen to run across some canines, you'll stop the car for a minute, and get your binocs...
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Jan 26th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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Hi Sonali. Nice to see you are back.

Great advice you've been given.

Divewop was just contemplating a 5/5 trip. Five in the Mara, then 5 in Serengeti. I believe you can be in the Mara in the morning and the Serengeti by late afternoon. But don't know what that does to your $500-$700 per day budget.
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