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Serengeti Migration

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Serengeti Migration

My father-in-law would like to take two friends on safari to see the migration. They are elderly and need a tour operator who would provide excellent accommodation and safari experience. They are wanting to go in September if that makes sense. Please give us some advice on which tour operators to use from South Africa and where should they ideally be headed? They want to see 'the migration' if the timing is right, but are also keen bird-watchers and photographers.

Many thanks,

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1. Re: Serengeti Migration

You may want to check out Planet Africa (used to be Green Footprint). They're based in South Africa. The were one of the "finalists" we considered, and were very pleasant to deal with. They are recommended by Asilia, also based in South Africa, and owns some wonderful tented camps that definitely qualifies as "excellent accommodation".

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In September, the migration is more in the Northern Serengeti. This would allow a fly in / fly out option to some of the camps that are just outside the Serengeti conservation area. Klien's camp, and Olakira have camps outside, and there would be numerous mobile camps in N Serengeti (and an different airport).

However, if bird watchers and photographers, they should also include:

Tarangire (lots of elephants and excellent birding)

Manyara (more excellent birding)

Ngoronogoro Crater ( a great ecosystem)

You can fly into Tarangire Park, but it may require a return to Arusha from Serengeti if you want to link the 2.

The flying will add to the costs, but as you call them "elderly", the drives between N Serengeti and Ngorongoro will be very hard. There is no pavement on any of the roads; unlike Kruger.

If you had to choose one location, I would suggest the 3 parks closest to Arusha - Tarangire, Ngoro Crater & Manyara and bypass the "migration".

Hopefully budget and time will allow for both, however.

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Kleins Camp is in the northern Serengeti (NW) very near to the Kenya border, and is a private concession owned by andBeyond, out of Capetown.... It is luxury, with individual stone houses for all, excellent service and food. They can also go off road to view animals, and the birding is superb. We we there for three nights this past December, and loved it. AndBeyond has some special deals if you stay several nights,and even split between their various camps. Not inexpensive, but all inclusive and fab staff. Check it out www.andbeyond.com

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Thanks Marla for chiming in. I was hoping you would as I remembered you had visited these parks and had done flights between them.

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Thanks everyone - your contributions were most helpful.

Happy travelling!!

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7. Re: Serengeti Migration

Are there any flight options out from Serengeti? to Dar es Salam

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CTownian - your comment: "My father-in-law would like to take two friends on safari to see the migration. They are elderly "

--- I always wonder when reading such 'how old?"

Realize that a great number of safari goers are from age 50 to 80+.

Cheryl - from Serengeti you fly to Arusha/ARK (the small domestic) or Kilimanjaro/JRO (the international) airport for connecting flight to DAR.

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