Overview - TANZANIA SAFARI
The Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
The Best Safari Adventure
Would you be interested in a Wildebeest Migration while on safari? Migration safari, lets you witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. Over 2 million Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelles move through the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem in search for green pasture and safe calving grounds. There are several factors to this astonishing move but the given two are the main cause.
The biggest chance to see river crossings is around July and August when the wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya or around September and October when they return. July marks the start of the Maasai Mara River crossing as well as mating season in Serengeti. It is the time of the year when wildebeest herds begin moving faster in search of water and greener grass, making their way across the Grumeti and Mara River. Expect to see crocodile encounters, if you are lucky.
Their pattern of movement is highly weather dependant and dynamic, yet with advance planning and a little bit of luck you can witness this natural wonder of the world. The tour is available throughout the year, but opting for it in the right season will leave you fascinated. To provide you with an unforgettable experience, this safari can be done only as a private safari.
Trip Itinerary - 8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS SAFARI
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet our company representative (Manager), and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: restful rooms, hot water, and Internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.
Your safari will begin by 8AM with a pick up from your hotel at Moshi or Arusha. With everyone aboard, you will head towards Tarangire National Park. The 150km drive form Arusha will be covered in about 3 hours. The national park is extremely famous and special for its diverse landscape and nine different vegetation zones. As you begin your game drive, you will be welcomed by the ancient and gigantic Baobab trees, which make even animals like the giraffe look tiny. The game drive goes on till about late afternoon and includes a stop for a picnic lunch. The 3,000 Square kilometres park gets its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it.
The river attracts various animals in large numbers and you should be able to spot a lot of elephants, giraffe, lions, antelopes and zebra. If it’s your lucky day, you might be able to spot the tree climbing python and the long necked Gerek. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants, which offers a unique chance for you to observe interactions between elephant families. Don’t forget to capture this beautiful scenery with your camera ready at hand. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits. Have good night sleep for tomorrow’s adventure.
The excitement for today will be quite high as you make your way into the most celebrated wildlife park in the world – The Serengeti. After finishing up a good breakfast, you will head out towards the Serengeti National Park and travel in the midst of the never ending plain grasslands. The Serengeti, means endless plains in the maasai language and watching the grassland stretch out as far as the eye can see and eventually merging with the sky at the horizon is an absolutely breath-taking view. With an overall land area of 14,763 Square kilometres, it puts our notion about distance to shame. The Serengeti also houses the glorious “Big 5” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Along with the “Big 5”, a very pleasant sighting would be one of Africa’s most beautiful animal – The Impala.
The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa. The legendary Serengeti National Park is the most renowned safari destination for its incredible population of lions and leopards. The central portion of the Serengeti, known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
In Seronera, one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region. You must also look out for the Serengeti “Kopjes” which are massive boulders of granite standing in a sea of grass. They provide ample shelter to a large variety of flora and fauna. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long game drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with a delicious dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.
As usual, you will finish breakfast and begin your day by 8AM. In the months between mid-June to September the migration can be found in this region. From mid-June to September, the Mara River in this region offers the most dramatic river crossing of the great migration. Fierce, deep and heavily rain fed river takes an enormous toll on the migrating wildebeest. Watching the wildebeest surging through the torrential flow, some drowning and a few falling prey to lurking crocodiles is an unforgettable sight. If it’s your lucky day you will be able to witness this natural wonder and watch nature take its course.
Tracing the great migration, you might even move towards the Lobo valley. The pristine lobo valley is scattered with woodlands, plains, hills and famous granite Kopjes. It offers enormous amount of big cat game with lions, leopards and cheetah in plenty. During the dry season, the permanent water sources in the valley attract plenty of resident and migratory animals, resulting in excellent game viewing. During the full day game drive, you will have a stop where you can have your picnic lunch. The day comes to an end with a tasty dinner and a good rest in your choice of accommodation.
Starting your day at the routine time of 8AM after breakfast, today you will head south towards the central Serengeti. The four hours’ drive to the Centre of Serengeti will offer mild enroute game. The drive south from the Mara river valley takes you through hill country, the Lobo area, woodlands and then back into the Seronera terrain. The central portion of the Serengeti – known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife of the Serengeti’s species.
As you make your way into the Seronera region, you will begin to notice the hilly and broken terrain altering into plain grasslands. In Seronera one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region. The interactions and survival of these lion prides provide an excellent game viewing experience all year round. A picnic lunch will be served during the day long drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with a tasty dinner and a night rest in your accommodation. The next day you will head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Today your safari will begin at 9AM, and you will head out for a short game drive in the Serengeti after breakfast. After completing a half day game drive along with a picnic lunch, we will branch out and head towards the Ngorongoro crater rim. The 75-km drive to Ngorongoro Crater rim will take about 2.5 hours, with mild game action to see on the way. The crater is one of Africa’s impressive geological attraction and supreme mecca of wilderness.
The eventful day comes to an end with a delicious dinner and rest in your choice of accommodation. Get a rest and refuel yourself, for the following day you will descend into the massive crater.
On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start depending on the arrangement. You should be descending at around 6:30AM into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 square kilometres with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour tour drive in the crater floor, will show you a lot of animal actions. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty.
After the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha or Moshi by the end of the day. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid farewell to your team.