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Migration Kenya-Tanzania Safari

Unforgettable memories of the land the Masai call home


Back to our roots! Born and raised in Kenya, we at E.Y.H.O. love, live, and breathe Africa.


Our first safari was timed to experience the annual wildebeest migration between Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti. I always insist on covering both Kenya and Tanzania. Because we must book a year ahead, there's no knowing if the herds will be in Masai Mara or Serengeti.... it depends on rainfall patterns.


My hunch proved correct. Masai Mara was devoid of the big herds in late August. But we saw plenty of big cats.




The herds weren't in the Mara because they were in the Serengeti. Good job we disregard human-imposed borders - just like the herds!


As soon as we crossed into the Serengeti, we were surrounded by HUGE herds, perhaps hundreds of thousands strong. We gazed in awe at countless animals lowing, peacefully grazing, and tending to their young. I was struck by the insignificance of human existence as we were absorbed into the natural phenomena unfolding around us. Truly National Geographic.




Just as I wondered how to top the previous day, we hit the mother-lode: a crossing.


Crossings are incredibly difficult to catch. You could stay parked for hours, even days on a river bank. And nothing happens. The herds might spy crocodiles swilling about in the water and decide to cross on another day.


That day we were outlandishly lucky. We watched the first wildebeest brave it across. A stampede ensued. The crocs were waiting. High drama unfolded.



Descending into Ngorongoro was magical. Followed by an encounter with the Masai.



Our accommodations - always an attraction in their own right. Luxury in the wild, picnic lunches, yoga on the plains . . . slumming it we definitely were not



Delight popped up in equal measure to the anticipation.



Cooling off in Stonetown for a couple of nights, followed by the idyllic north beaches, Zanzibar



Each safari is finger-print unique. You never know what you will see, if, and when. Africa teaches you the rewards of patience. It isn't just a trip. Africa is a philosophy.


Why I never tire of Africa!



Accolades

"I cannot imagine anyone could have done a more professional, more well thought out, more well organized, more intellectually stimulating, more interesting, more fun trip than you! My personal reasons for feeling I was making a good choice with you include your current and lifelong experiences living (and traveling) in Africa, reading the kind of trips you offer and style of travel, and, of course, your being a woman. I can go on and on and on and on. To sum up.. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE!" -- Meg H. NYC


"It’s been a truly wonderful experience and one where memories have been formed that will last a lifetime. Our tour leader, Shila of E.Y.H.O. Tours, was outstanding - as we know she always is." -- Frank M., Toronto


"This was an extraordinary safari: truly the trip of a lifetime! There are not enough adjectives in the English language to capture the magnitude of the experience. We were incredibly fortunate to see the great migration: a crossing after only a few minutes’ wait! Then so many animals on every game drive! (I think Shila called ahead to have them all in place for us.). Everything was perfect: the lodgings, the drivers - huge thanks to Goodluck and Godlove! - the food, even the weather. The experience of seeing the animals was life-changing: truly shifted my perspective from everyday puny to a monumental scale. Thank you." -- Liz H., Santa Fe, NM




We will do it all over again in August 2025. Join us!

For advance registration, contact me.


 

Thanks for taking a look! I am Shila Desai, owner of E.Y.H.O. Tours. I personally handcraft itineraries, infusing them with curated activities, accommodations, and sightseeing. Together with my in-country teams, we deliver exceptional holidays every time. I invite you to leave me a comment or write shila@eyhotours.com








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