The Great Migration Safari
The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the masai Mara thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.
The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March, before the Wildebeest Migration begins, heading towards the western Serengeti in June. The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. There are a few excellent camps in this area where you can stay to witness this natural phenomenon. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in the Mara between October and November. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti.
We believe that going on safari to witness the Wildebeest migration is one of the ultimate safari experiences that Africa has to offer. Come and see the World’s Greatest wildlife migration – visiting Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire!
8-Day Tanzania Wildlife Migration Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi – ArushaBoard a shuttle bus to Arusha from Nairobi via Namanga boarder to arrive Arusha by 1400 hrs. Drop off at Kibo Palace Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Arusha – Lake ManyaraLeave Arusha at 0800 hrs and proceed to Lake Manyara national park for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight Lake Manyara Serena lodge.
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay this park a visit. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world – a fact that makes for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
Day 3: Lake Manyara – SerengetiAfter breakfast depart for Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, the archeological site of the Leakey family. Meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 4: SerengetiA full day with morning and afternoon game drives to explore the plains. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. It is the Migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
Day 5: NgorongoroAfter breakfast you will depart for Ngorongoro, one of the natural wonders of the world. Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro CraterAfter early morning breakfast, leave with picnic lunch for a full day crater tour. You will be taken 2000ft down the crater by a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Explore the crater before ascending back to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.
The Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the World.” A visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is home of Ngorongoro Crater. It was formed some 2.5 million years ago from a volcanic mountain sinking due to inactivity, and was initially thought to be higher than Tanzania’s famous Kilimanjaro. The crater has evolved into a unique and integral part of Tanzania’s eco-system. The crater is actually a caldera, measures 22.5 km across and the rim walls stand 600m high. Views from within and from the rim are breathtaking. The crater houses 30,000 animals and a large variety of birds, which rarely move from the area due to the availability of water through wet and dry seasons.
Day 7: TarangireAfter breakfast drive to Tarangire. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge/Sopa Lodge.
Tarangire National Park – one of the hidden jewels of Tanzania. This park measures 2,600 sq km and boasts a concentration of wildlife second only to Ngorongoro Crater. It features an impressive amount and array of bird life and plant life. Situated only 160km from Arusha, the park is nestled to the south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasailand. It is named after the Tarangire River, which runs directly through the center of the park and is the only permanent water source for the animals. Along the banks of this river you will find herds of wildebeest (or gnu) and zebra, followed by Grant’s Gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle and many others. Lurking in the background lion and leopard keep a watchful eye on a possible meal. The park offers views of grass and floodplains with impressive baobab and flat topped acacia trees scattered throughout. During the dry season the park may look quite ordinary, but activities continue even more earnestly due to the now increased competition.
Day 8: Tarangire – ArushaEarly morning game drives, and then return to the lodge for breakfast. Drive to Arusha to arrive by lunch time. Board an afternoon shuttle bus to Nairobi to arrive by 1800 hrs.
- Full board accommodations while on safari in a twin.
- Nairobi/Arusha/Nairobi shuttle bus.
- 1 night hotel accommodations in Arusha on Bed and breakfast basis.
- Service of an English speaking driver guide.
- Transport based on a 4WD Safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing.
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver/park entry fees.
- Game drives as per the itinerary.
- Government taxes.
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Entry visa.
- Tips to porters and drivers.
- Hotel accommodations in Nairobi before and after the safari.