I'm thinking about travelling to Kenya 2008. To photograph the Migration. I'm thinking September, depending on the rains and the migration. Could anyone please give me some infor. about what company to go with in order to do a solo 4x4 photo trip through Kenya/Tanzania.
I've looked at a couple of tour groups and they keep quoting me luxury prices without air flight...
I don't mind tenting it. but will need to charge my camera batteries.
Masai Mara, Lake Nivasha in Kenya
The Ngorongoro Crater and/or Serengeti plains in Tanzania
Thank you, any help would be greatfully accepted.
Depending on how adventurous you are, you could always just rock up to Arusha and book a safari when you get there. If that's a little out of your comfort zone, you could do the same in Nairobi, and do the legwork on the ground when you get there as its a much bigger city with more "modern marvels". You might be able to group together with some other travelers to book out a safari as a group to keep costs down.
The Spectacular migration starts in July and ends in October. This period is peak season both in Kenya and Tanzania and all lodges tend to be full. Booking your safari on arrival in Kenya will be extremely risky since you may end-up failing to get rooms available or sub-standard one. The wisest advise would be to book and pay in advance. This what 99% of clients do. This enables the tour operator get some good accomodation for you, pay for it in advance hence all is sure before you set-off.
You seem to be interested in both Kenya and Tanzania. I would like to propose the following:-
Day 01 - Lake Nakuru national Park
Day 02 - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Day 03 - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Day 04 - Serengeti National Park - Tanzania
Day 05 - Serengeti National Park
Day 06 - Ngorongoro Conservation
Day 07 - Ngorongoro
Day 08 - Depart
According to the way you like it, a suitable programme can be designed for you.
Quality land-cruisers are available
Check out the information in the travel guide here on booking Tanzanian safaris. They don't need to be super expensive, especially if you work through a local Tanzanian or Kenyan company. I paid around $US 600 for a 5 day camping safari back in 2005, though prices have risen since then due to rises in national park fees in Tanzania. I understand Kenyan safaris are less expensive than Tanzanian ones.
We had two places with power when we were there - one was a camp site at Lake Manyara (first day of the trip), and then we stopped and spent 3 hours hanging around in the lobby / bar / restaurant of one of the lodges. In either place, I'm sure you could have scoped out some power to charge your camera.
If you need to charge your camera more frequently than that, I'd suggest looking at a lodge safari. They aren't as expensive as you might think. The basic lodges (still pretty nice) started in 2005 at around $US 150 a night, so it would probably bump the total cost of the safari into the couple of thousand.
Hope this helps.
Thank you all for all your good insights and places that I should check out. Luckly I started looking into this a year ahead. It sure is hard to plan this trip only because I'm travelling alone and on a custom trip. A couple of travel agents have been trying to push me into a group tour... I hate when they do that. a couple of others only want me to visit Tanzania... Gggrrrrr.. Well at least I can plan now and relax on vacation in nature.
any other infor that anyone has is greatly appreciated. Thank you
Most safari operators nowadays have inverters to charge off of. And you should ask them in advance if they do.
If you are looking for remarkable safari, try http://www.africanconservationfund.org/content/blogcategory/23/34/
A couple of travel agents have been trying to push me into a group tour... I hate when they do that.
I should point out that the prices I quoted in my response were for a group trip with 5 paying customers, not a solo trip.
Hi GregW. I thank you for your input, however I was referring to other travel agents that I had called.
just wondering: did you ever manage to book your trip?
We'll be leaving for the Masaai Mara on Sept. 2nd to watch and photograph the migration, amongst other things offcourse, maybe we stumble into each other.
We are doing a solo trip, booked a lodge and landcruiser (incl. driver) so we're set to go!
I believe September is the best time to see the wild beast migration and also big five and other animals.The grass and other vegetation are very short after the wild beast eating them thus making it easy to spot the animals.lake Naivasha is NOT a national park,there are no animals except the hippos but is very wonderful for the bird lovers because there are many species birds but you need to boot ride to birds paradise island for a maximum enjoyment.But if you are interested in both animals and birds i can advice you to go to lake nakuru instead. In Tanzania,Ngorongoro is among the best., Serengeti is very cross to masai mara because they are in the same ecosystem but worthy visiting.there are other parks like lake manyara,tarangire etc,but visiting all these will highly depend on your time schedule.i've sent your a private message just in case you need further advice.All the best.