Overview

One of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Great Migration is the ever-moving circular migration of over a million animals across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The ever-moving columns of wildebeest, joined by a host of companions, follow an age-old route in search of grazing and water. This journey takes them across the plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya, all the way south into Tanzania, through the Serengeti to the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, before circling up and around in a clockwise direction. Along the way, high drama is always present, as thousands of animals are taken by predators, and thousands more are born, replenishing the numbers and sustaining the circle of life. Every year, around 1.5 million wildebeest; 350,000 Thomson’s gazelle; 200,000 zebra; and thousands of eland and other ungulates (hoofed animals) participate in what has been called ‘the greatest show on Earth’, The Great Wildebeest Migration.

Tour Highlights

  • You can see the Great Migration in Tanzania all year round – they migrate in a circular motion around the Serengeti National Park as such it is an ongoing event.
  • The three groups of migrant grazers have different grass-eating habits: as one group eats the top of the tallest grass, the next group will eat away some of the medium-height grass, until finally it is almost completely eaten, and the herds move on.
  • This means each group sticks to their own kind with only a small overlap in their distributions.
  • The grasses of the plains have the highest protein content in the whole of the Serengeti, as well as being high in calcium.

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Include

  • All airport pick up and transfers
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • mineral water
  • Hotel, Lodges & Tented Camp
  • Meals

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure.
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic Drinks and beverages in lodges

Safari Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival In Arusha

We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).To Arusha at Moivaro Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Moivaro Lodge, which is beautifully located on the coffee farms and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Dinner and overnight at Moivaro Lodge: Half board

Hotel: Moivaro Lodge

Day 2 Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

After your breakfast, start your safari by driving to lush and beautiful Manyara National Park for game viewing. At 1300 hrs takes your lunch in the park picnic area. Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel: Full board.

Hotel: Serena Hotel

Day 3 Lake Manyara To Serengeti National Park

Morning breakfast at like Lake Manyara Serena Hotel. Game drive enroute to the great Serengeti Plains via Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After a picnic lunch proceed with your game drive in the central Serengeti national park around Seronera or trace the direction of the migration. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Simba Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Serengeti Simba Lodge

Day 4 A Full Day Game Drive In Serengeti National Park

Depending on the time of the year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffe, zebras, Monkey, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes as well as a multitude of birds. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Simba Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Serengeti Simba Lodge

Day 5 Another full day game drive in the South of Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we will take the packed lunch with us and 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 south western 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 Dunia Tented Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Serengeti Dunia Tented Lodge

Day 6 Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

An early morning game drive in the Serengeti followed by picnic lunch on the way to Ngorongoro crater. We will stop at Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater

Today we will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for your crater tour. Here you we will explore the forest areas inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where we may see flamingos. We will also visit the open savannah where the lions hunt. Picnic lunch will be served in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Gibb’s Farm Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Gibb’s Farm

Day 8 Ngorongoro to Kia Lodge

This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among the gardens. The open air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. A late dinner buffet for those flying in late is provided. Dinner and overnight at Kia Lodge: Full board.

Hotel: Kia Lodge

Day 9 Departure

Kia Lodge to the Airport we will arrange a private transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after your safari.

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