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If we open our safari to other clients, will we each get a window seat?

For all of our safaris, we use vehicles which (aside from the driver’s seat) afford 5 window seats for passengers. Where there are more than 5 passengers, a second vehicle will be provided, therefore allowing up to 10 window seats, each with its own, un-obstructed view.

Does the price you have quoted for the safari include transfers from Arusha?

Our safari proposition is based in Arusha. Therefore, all safaris, unless otherwise agreed, will start from and finish in Arusha.

I am trying to decide whether to go on safari in Kenya or Tanzania. I want to see the migration. Which option do you think is better, to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania or Masai Mara in Kenya? Or is there an itinerary that includes both places?

Assuming the Great Wildebeest Migration follows its traditional clockwise migratory pattern around the Serengeti, we would expect it to be within easy reach of departures from Arusha during the months of January – April as it establishes itself on the border region between Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti. During May – June we would expect to see it head west through southern Serengeti to the Grumeti River and then swing north through to July and August before arriving at the refreshed grasslands of the Masai Mara in September where it will reside until it heads south down the eastern border of the Serengeti through November and December before arriving back at the Ngorongoro / Serengeti border.

Generally speaking therefore, since the vast majority of the wildebeests’ annual migratory path is situated within the Serengeti, and spills over into the comparatively small area of Mara only in the very dry season for a few weeks, we would generally expect better viewing to be possible from within Serengeti (ie Tanzania) than in Kenya. An additional consideration is that Serengeti is very close to other stunning game viewing areas (such as Ngorongoro), so on the whole, we reckon that it represents a better deal in terms of wildlife exposure. By contrast, Masai Mara is relatively remote from other game viewing regions within Kenya and one has to invest quite a lot of time in reaching the area from Nairobi, whereas the Serengeti is a logical and efficient extension to a standard safari itinerary.

We are able to coordinate a mid-safari transition from a Tanzanian to a Kenyan safari, but in our experience, in consideration of the complications nowadays involved with residents crossing borders, Tanzanian guides almost always have a far greater knowledge of their own country, and likewise do Kenyan driver guides of their own countries. It generally will not secure the best results to send a Tanzanian driver to Kenya, and he will be less well connected in terms of obtaining seasonal information on game sightings and refreshing his intelligence. We therefore elect to hand over clients to a Kenyan driver when crossing the Kenyan border, but have an excellent relationship with our sister company in Nairobi, for this purpose.