The Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya are two of the world’s most famous National Parks and are home to the Great Migration. These parks are known for their open short grass plains with abundant wildlife. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.
The Great Migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing for Wildebeest and Zebras. As the rains end in May in the south eastern part of the Serengeti, the animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. Their big obstacle, the crossings of the crocodile infested Grumeti and Mara rivers into the Maasai Mara begins in July. At this time tens of thousands of Wildebeest and Zebras can be seen in large herds. Watching the animals cross these waters can be very spectacular with regular occurrences of panic and confusion. In October the herds start migrating south once again, returning to the short grass plains of the Serengeti in November. The precise timing of the wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. It is about 20 kilometres across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kilometres in area and is a truly a breath-taking natural wonder.
Kenya: Kenyan Shilling
Tanzania: Tanzanian Shilling
The time zone in Eastern Africa is GMT +3.
English and Swahili are widely spoken in Kenya and Tanzania.
British passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimise time spent queuing at the airport, it is advisable to obtain a visa before you travel.
All British passport holders need a visa to enter Tanzania. You should obtain one from the Tanzanian High Commission before you travel.
Nairobi is Kenya’s bustling capital city, often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips.
Nairobi, the vibrant, modern Safari capital of Africa boasting with cultural and natural diversity ranging from an elephant orphanage to the Karen Blixen museum. A short scenic drive to the north of Nairobi lies the sweeping wilderness of Laikipia, a paradise for walkers, birders and luxury safari enthusiasts.
MAASAI MARA & SERENGETI