Combine North and South Serengeti – Mike’s Little Secret

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Stephanie Hunt in Safaris: Tanzania, Uncategorized.

NOTE: This safari idea only works between December and March.

The Serengeti is synonymous with the wildebeest migration.  Most travellers try to be in the right part of the massive Serengeti plains at the right time of year to catch the migration.  Which usually means that people tick the Serengeti off their list having seen only one end of these mighty plains.

We’ve got a better idea.

Go South

In the months between December and March the wildebeest have amassed on the vast, seemingly endless grasslands of the southern plains.  The trick is to witness the grandeur of the migration without also having to witness the massive influx of tourists.  For this we recommend Alex Walkers Serian Serengeti South Camp.

Alex Walker is an exceptional guide who not only knows how to track wildlife, but also knows plenty of secret corners of the Serengeti.  The camp is positioned away from the main cluster so you are afforded an opportunity to see one of nature’s great wonders the way it was designed to be seen – one your own.

This is a semi-mobile, tented camp that stays up only while the wildebeest are running, so it’s more rustic than some luxury lodges but it’s still very comfortable.

South Serengeti Game Drive


Then Head North

The northern end of the Serengeti is completely different to the southern plains.  Lush, rolling grasslands collide with tree lined watercourses and rocky outcrops, known as kopje.  The feeling is wilder, more dramatic.

And here’s our secret.  The wildebeest may have migrated south, but the zebras, gazelles, buffalo, giraffe, elephants, lions and leopards are still here, along with a very few privileged people who are in the know.

We recommend Lamai Serengeti, an up-market permanent lodge tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.  Explore the intricacies of the area with game drives or take a walking safari.

And congratulate yourself on having discovered a little African secret
Lamai Serengeti

Planning note: The Serengeti combines well with Lake Manyara where we would recommend either the luxury of Chem Chem Lodge or a more adventurous stay at Little Chem Chem Bushcamp.

Take an Intimate Wilderness Safari

Posted on May 26th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Uncategorized.

11 Days in Small Rustic Camps in Chobe and Okavango

This Journey takes the time to explore Botswana’s contrasts and extremes in prime areas where few people travel. Experience a nostalgic luxury camping & lodge safari that takes in the world-famous Victoria Falls, Botswana’s scenic northern areas, including the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta and the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation includes a combination of Wilderness Safaris camps and fully serviced camping, all in private concession areas. Continue reading …

Lion Sands, South Africa

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Uncategorized.

Singita Safari, South Africa

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Uncategorized.

Equatorial diversity, Congo & Kenya

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Uncategorized.

Begin with a journey through the life-filled African rainforest – along with the privilege and thrill of observing one of our closest relatives in the wild – the western lowland gorilla. A six-night itinerary enables you to experience a wide variety of ecosystems, habitats, activities and wildlife sightings.
Then, on to Segera Retreat, nestled on the foothills of Mount Kenya, with its rich diversity of free-roaming wildlife exclusively reserved for Retreat guests. Continue reading …

The Great Walk of Africa, Kenya

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Uncategorized.

Following game trails you will make a 12 day crossing of the immense wilderness of Tsavo, Kenya, in a true explorer’s style safari. The route will take you along the courses of both the Tsavo and Galana Rivers, moving camp every day, and experiencing Africa’s unique wildlife and birdlife. Tsavo is big game country: elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, lion and leopard.

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