Guided by Jim Heck
May 30 – June 15, 2022
June is one of the best times for a safari! The long rains have ended, decorating the veld with a myriad of wild flowers. New calves from the great herds have been feasting on nutrient grasses for four months and are now strong enough to begin the frantic great migration north! Predators are fat and sassy. The air is fresh, there’s little dust and temperatures are wonderfully cool!
For this safari, you can choose to visit Kenya & Tanzania or just Tanzania. The main Tanzanian safari visits several famous game parks but focuses mostly on the Serengeti. This is where the great migration is found, sustaining a greater biodiversity and range of scenery and habitats than anywhere else in Africa.
Jim’s safaris include a lot more than just animals. His passion for early man takes you into the nooks and crannies of Olduvai Gorge. His expansive knowledge of the history and politics of East Africa connects the struggles of conservation with those of modern societies. Nairobi is one of the best places for Jim to convey this rich, complex history and modern day aspirations of East Africa.
The optional week in Kenya is designed especially to show you habitats and animals that can’t be found in Tanzania! The wondrous Great Northern Frontier is an Arizona-like environment with some of the rarest and most beautiful animals and birds on earth. The 11,000-foot high Aberdare Mountain range is a highland rain forest on the equator! This lush and beautiful environment is filled with animals, rare birds and monkeys.
Accommodations for the trip vary enormously. This is because Jim won’t be constrained from visiting the locations that he insists you see! Sometimes this might mean places that “seem over the top” but there are plenty of simple ones, too. But nowhere are your accommodations anything less than totally comfortable.
Would you rather skip Kenya and just visit Tanzania? Click here for the shorter, Tanzania-only program.
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.