Guided by Jim Heck
July 25 – August 5, 2023
This classic “Dry Season Safari” allows you to tour Amboseli, Kenya, Tanzania – or all three! The highlight of the tour is the great wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and the possibility of witnessing a dramatic river crossing.
Although it is called the “Dry Season Safari,” the reason the million or so wildebeest are in the Mara, now, is precisely because it’s the only place in East Africa’s great big game parks where it’s still raining! The wildebeest are drawn here from all over East Africa, mostly north from the great Serengeti because those areas are now dry as a bone and the grass has stopped growing! Wildebeest eat nothing but grass. So at this time of the year Kenya’s Maasai Mara is the most productive, beautiful and exciting place in all of the continent!
The Kenyan safari visits three radically different ecosystems (four if you add Amboseli). The Aberdare is smack dab on the equator but between six and eleven thousand feet high, an unusual and spectacular highland rain forest. The brilliant jungle-like vegetation in a sometimes cold atmosphere gives rise to incredibly beautiful plants, animals and very rare birds. Loisaba in Laikipia is where this highland plateau meets a semi-arid lowland many compare to America’s southwest, but the wildlife here is stunning and extremely rare, including the world’s most beautiful giraffe, rare Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and other unusual species. Birdlife is outstanding and includes the most colorful species in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Ending in the Mara without question will provide the best game viewing in all of Africa at this time of the year. In addition to the million wildebeest and zebra which have migrated here for the abundant grasses, virtually every other species of big game can be seen from elephant to buffalo. And the Mara has the highest density of all the cats of any park in Africa, now. Add Amboseli and you have Africa’s most magnificent wetland incomparably set literally just under Mt. Kilimanjaro!
And remember that guided by Africa’s legendary Jim Heck, you’ll be introduced to a lot more than just East Africa’s animals. Early man, contemporary politics and fascinating history are all on the agenda!
This page details the Kenya tour. You can choose to visit Amboseli, Kenya, Tanzania or all three:
|Amboseli||July 22-25||$ 2,770||$ 3,440||$ 0|
|Kenya||July 25-Aug 12||$ 9,995||$ 11,990||$ 820|
|Tanzania||August 5-12||$ 6,890||$ 8,790||$ 1,585|
Jim’s been guiding safaris in Tanzania for nearly a half century. His experience and field knowledge is unmatched and his love of showing you this most amazing part of the world cannot be duplicated by anyone else. Join him on this certain trip of a lifetime!
About your guide . . . . JIM HECK
Few people know Africa as well as Jim Heck. For nearly a half century he has worked, lived and guided in Africa. His popular blog, Africa-Answerman, includes investigative journalism of some of Africa’s most critical news stories as well as anecdotes and features of daily African life. His award-winning novel, Chasm Gorge, will soon be followed by a second one, The World by Ole Kulit. His companies have organized safaris into Africa for more than 10,000 visitors including most of the country’s major zoos and conservation organizations. And in 2016 he became the first American to be named an honorary senior elder by Kenya’s Maasai tribe.Jim was the first westerner allowed to leave Addis after the Red Terror; had canoes overturned among crocs and hippos on the Zambezi; been charged by an elephant that he hit with a plate of waldorf salad; lost in the jungles of Cameroun; marooned in the Ituri Forest and rescued by Rhodesian sanction busters; and was among the few outsiders to travel through Uganda during the time of Idi Amin. Jim has never lost a client or fired a gun.