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The Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in north Tanzania and extends to south-western Kenya between latitudes 1 and 3 degrees south latitude and 34 and 36 degrees east longitude. It spans some 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Kenyan part of the Serengeti is known as Masai Mara.
As Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, and also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
If you go on an organized Safari with a tour operator you will mostly sleep in mobile camps. Here facilities are more limited. The tents usually have simple beds with lining and duvets, camping toilets and showers depending on the Safari Operator.
Many lodges and tented camps operate their own generators or solar lighting systems providing intermittent electricity.
The term and the concept of the Safari Lodge are of Tanzanian origin. Here you will find buildings of exciting design, specially build to fit in with the wild landscape of the parks, yet with all the amenities of a luxury hotel, such as swimming pools and fine food. As you eat, drink, laze by the pool or sit on your private veranda, you will be able to observe game, often at only a few yards distance.
Luxury Tented Camps
There are a few Luxury Tented Camps in the Serengeti offering an absolutely unique Safari experience. The tents usually offer fully equipped en-suite bathrooms, private verandas and elegant furniture. At night you can listen to the wild sounds of the Serengeti cuddled up in a warm and comfortable bed!
A much cheaper alternative is to stay on one of the Serengeti’s nine campsites.
Maybe your local zoo has lions, leopards, zebras or elephants. Maybe they even have a wildebeest. But i bet they don’t have 1.3 million wildebeest—never mind 1.3 million wildebeest in migration, with predators in hot pursuit. It’s one of the most awesome sights in nature, and you can see it at Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Kenya’s flagship conservation area, the Masai Mara National Reserve borders Tanzania’s Serengeti and together they comprise the setting for the famous migration, a dramatic mass movement of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra that is irresistible to wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers. The abundance of child-friendly accommodation makes for great Masai Mara family safaris while exclusive lodges in tucked-away locations are the natural choice for a Masai Mara honeymoon.
So you you want to see wild Africa, then the masai mara is the place to be.
Like my friend John always says Your local zoo doesn’t count. You aint seen wild animals unless you have been to the masai mara.
Known as elephant country and second in popularity to the legendary Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park not only offers great game viewing but it’s also the place to go for the best views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. Amboseli has a postcard-perfect view of its snow-capped peaks, rising almost six vertical kilometres above the savannah.
The best time to view ‘Kili’ is at dawn and sunset when the clouds lift and the light is clear and soft.Located about 200km south-east of Nairobi and accessible by road or air, Amboseli is an area of low scrubby vegetation and open grassy plains, all of which makes for easy game viewing. Accommodation is available in Amboseli in the form of several luxury safari lodges and you’ll explore the park on game drives, horse-back safaris and guided nature walks.
At only 392km² Amboseli is a small park and the range of animals is not as extensive as that of other parks in Kenya but streams from Kilimanjaro surface in the centre of Amboseli, creating wetlands that support a rich diversity of wildlife and most of the classic big mammals are there. The species list includes lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe and cheetah, and bird watchers will be happy with a bird list that tops 300 species.
Compact enough to experience in a day or two, Amboseli National Park is included on most Kenya safari itineraries and combines well with a Masai Mara safari or nearby Tsavo National Park – Kenya’s biggest conservation area. Close by lies Chyulu Hills National Park, a small conservation area based around dramatic, ancient volcanic hills that offer great views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are home to a range of animals that include elephant, buffalo, leopard and many antelope species.
An Amboseli safari can also be combined with several Tanzanian parks. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and Arusha National Park lie just across the border and are the closest, but the highlights of Northern Tanzania – the Serengeti, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater – are easily accessible from this region.
Are you wondering if it’s a good idea to take your kids on safari in Africa? Kenya has long been delivering safe and rewarding family safaris in world-renowned Big 5 game reserves as well as beach holidays on the country’s dazzling coastline and Indian Ocean islands.
Not to mention that Kenya is also home to the greatest wildlife spectacle of them all – the Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration.Spend an unforgettable family safari in Kenya tracking big cats on game drives on a Masai Mara safari; drifting over vast plains on a scenic hot air balloon flight; going on guided bush walks led by red-robed Maasai warriors and hand feeding giraffe at the well-known Giraffe Manor.
Your kids can join in junior ranger programmes if they are adventourous with unforgettable experiences such as learning to shoot a bow and arrow, making fire with sticks or casting animal tracks in plaster.Wildlife-rich game reserves, white sand beaches, Maasai warriors, once-in-a-lifetime activities and all the atmosphere of big game Africa – how could you not bring the kids on safari in Kenya?
Our selection of family-friendly accommodation and tours includes private villas, intimate tented camps and luxury lodges in prime locations from the Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park to the beach-fringed island of Lamu. And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, contact one of our well-travelled Africa Safari Experts and they will tailor-make a Kenya family safari guaranteed to thrill every member of your family.
Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp is located on a private farm on the western edge of Tsavo National Park, in Kenya. It is a family Safari camp so if you have children then your children can enjoy an educational eco-safari, and the Voyager children’s guides have been described as some of the finest on the continent.
The camp offers Variety. Combine close encounters with Kenya’s big game, with interesting insights into fascinating tribal cultures, and historical tours of battlefields.
There are also numerous Safari Activities to choose from. Day & night drives, game walks, boating trips and horse trails in both the private reserve & the neighbouring Tsavo West National Park.
Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp is located on a private 30, 000-acre farm on the edge of Tsavo West National Park. The camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River – home to turtles, crocodiles and hippos.
You can choose from a host of exciting safari activities including game drives in Tsavo West, night drives to view hippos and nocturnal game, walks with highly qualified naturalists, and boating among crocs and turtles on Ziwani Dam. This Voyager Safari Camp also offers trips to the twin volcanic lakes of Chala and Jipe.
In addition to game viewing activities there are interesting cultural excursions to battle fields and colonial relics along the Tanzanian border, including walking trails around historical Grogan’s Farm.
Children aged 4 to 12 can join the Adventurers’ Club which offers a wide range of exciting activities, and is run by hospitable and knowledgeable hosts. The Young Rangers’ Club for children aged 12 to 17 provides a comprehensive programme of conservation education, community interaction and practical ‘bush skills’.
The ultimate safari destination, if you want to see Africa’s wildlife at its most extravagant, a safari in the Serengeti is hard to beat. Home not only to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife but also its most spectacular natural migration, the Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s flagship conservation area and must-do centrepiece of the Northern Safari Circuit.
Known as ‘The Land that Moves on Forever’, the Serengeti’s unmistakable African setting will resonate with travellers on their first trip to Africa as well as old safari hands. Its vast rolling grasslands give a soul-stirring feeling of space and support hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as well as buffalo, elephant, giraffe and many gazelle and antelope species; red-robed Maasai tribesmen watch their grazing cattle warily – no prizes for guessing that the Serengeti is a big cat – and a photographer’s – paradise.
Contiguous with Kenya’s Masai Mara, the Serengeti’s pleasant climate and abundance of resident wildlife ensures that it is an excellent year-round game viewing destination but it is of course the great wildebeest migration that attracts most attention. Between November and August the herds are on the move in the Serengeti, providing visitors with some of the continent’s most astonishing game sightings and predator-prey interactions – guided game drives and hot-air balloon safaris enable you to witness this phenomenon first hand.
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