This trip offers incomparable game viewing with a chance to witness the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration crossing the Mara River, a visit to Tarangire National Park famous for its baobab trees, and game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, with evening relaxation at excellent quality authentic tented camps in the African bush. The best time to do this tour is February, March, August, and September
February is the easiest month to predict where the migration will be in the Serengeti. In February we call it Calving season a period when wildebeest, zebra and other migratory animals give birth to their offspring. Once the calves are born, the herds don’t move much. The chance of witnessing a wildebeest birth is high. Predator interaction is also very likely, as lion and leopard move into the region to prey on young and vulnerable calves.
In March can be fairly wet. Grasslands are lush and green, providing much-needed sustenance to the large wildebeest herds. The herds move slowly and predictably, as the one-month-old calves are fed constantly. The glut of calves makes easy prey for predators. Expect lots of lion and leopard encounters.
August is your best month to see the dramatic Mara River crossings in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara. August is a hot and humid month as the dry season kicks into overdrive. The wildebeest herds will continue their search for lush, greener grass and by doing so, attempt to cross the dangerous, and crocodile infested water of the Mara River.
September is similar to August. This month offers more hot and dry weather, as the dry season continues in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. Most of the wildebeest have crossed the Mara River, and the majority of the herds will be in the Greater Maasai Mara area, eating the lush green grass resources before venturing north towards the private conservancies (Mara North, Olare Orok). September is an easy month to predict where the herds will be. You can still stay in the Serengeti early in the month, but it’s safer to stay on the Masai Mara side to view the last of the Mara River crossings.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
Arrive any time at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will meet our Professional Driver Guide who will transfer you to Arusha Out Post Lodge for Overnight on BB which is beautifully located at perfect and cool place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm or right after arrival before check in for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Stay Overnight at Out Post Lodge ready for safari the next day
DAY 2: GAME DRIVE IN LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park. We will arrive there around 9 – 10am then start game drives till lunch time when you will get short stop to take lunch at picnic site. Thereafter proceed with game drives for the rest hours of day. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the evening we make a short journey from the park to Tloma Lodge in Karatu for Dinner and Overnight
DAY 3: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING
After breakfast, drive from Manyara game on the way heading to Serengeti National Park. Before reaching Serengeti National Park you will have an optional to visit Olduvai Gorge with an extra cost of $35 per person. It is within this steep-sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum, we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, February and March we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to Serengeti Heritage Luxury Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 4: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the exclusive leopard and cheetah, as well as different species of interesting birdlife, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 5: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING
After breakfast take the packed lunch with you then proceed with the game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the southwestern direction. Around 1230 and 1300 break for your lunch. After having our lunch we will proceed with our game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately 1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles and 200,000 Zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp.
DAY 6: NDUTU WILDEBEEST TRACKING
After breakfast we will start at 8:30 am for a full day Ndutu area. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu – one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Tanzania is spoilt because of the migration. No other African county has game like it. In the dry season, the game around Ndutu is much like game viewing in any of the southern African countries. In some cases it is still better and you can never take away the feeling of space and wonder that the Serengeti evokes. Dinner and Overnight Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp
DAY 7: GAME DRIVE IN NGORONGORO CRATER
Two game drives on this day. We will start the day with an early morning game drive for about 1 -2 hours. Thereafter drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that, the conservation is managed with both the Wild animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive to Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally, we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon, we travel just outside of the Crater to Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 8: GAME DRIVE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is sixth large National Park in Tanzania which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set out the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. Dinner and Overnight will be at Roika Tented Safari Lodge.
DAY 9: TARANGIRE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE TOUR
Morning breakfast at Tarangire Safari Lodge the rest of the day is free to relax and or explore the Maasai cultural experience, you will go on a walk to visit datoga tribes. The Maasai live in the areas as well as the Datoga. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from several hilltop peaks in the area. Dinner and Overnight Out Post Lodge in Arusha.
DAY 10: TARANGIRE TO KIA LODGE
After having your breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home
- Park fees(For non-residents)
- All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation(Unless listed as an upgrade)
- Camping equipment(Sleeping bag excluded)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinking water(On all days)
- Sleeping bag
- International flights(From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Bath towels
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- A government-imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees