This dream Great migration itinerary is specifically designed to follow the Great Migration. With four nights in the Serengeti, you will be able to visit the Central Serengeti but also spend some days witnessing the Great Migration, which could be in the South (Ndutu) from December to March, or in the remote Northern tip of the Serengeti from End of June to November
Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire
- Hadzabe / Bushmen
- Karatu / Manyara
- Eileen’s Tree Inn
- Hhando Coffee Lodge
- Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp
- Rhino Lodge Ngorongoro
- Osupuko Serengeti Camp
Included in the price:
- Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
- Transfers to and from the airport
- All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
- All parks entrance fees
- Transportation with a 4×4 vehicles with viewing roofs
- Professional English/ Spanish/ Germany/ French speaking driver-guide during the safari.
- Bottled safe drinking water in safari vehicles
- Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee (if any)
- Current Government taxes and levies
- 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha.
Excluded from the price:
- Internal or International flights
- Balloon and/or additional excursions while you are in Tanzania
- Out-of-full board service at the hotel including body massage, hotel excursions, bar & laundry services
- All-Terrain-Vehicle (Quad-bike) adventure
- Entry visa to Tanzania
- Travel and health insurance
- TIPS to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
- Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
- Flights links are available between Arusha/ Manyara and Serengeti.
- A holiday/ relaxation in Zanzibar Islands/ Mafia can be arranged. A flight from Arusha after your safari or Mt. Kilimanjaro climb to Zanzibar is recommended.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Manyara :
After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour guide and depart for Manyara area, where you will be spending your first night. Depend on arrival; the drive should take you about 3.5 hrs. You will be welcomed to our beautiful lodge where you will stay for the night. Depending on the landing time and if possible, you can have a short tour in the area. This includes but not limited to 4wheeling squad-bike adventure in Karatu, Ngorongoro highlands forestry natural walking.
Day 2: Manyara to Ngorongoro – Ndutu:
After an early breakfast, we start our drive to Ngorongoro – Ndutu area, where the migration finds its way towards northern Serengeti. This will be our area of exploration for the following two days.
The Ndutu Area consisting mainly of sweeping grasslands, in the northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation joins the Serengeti. This area forms part of the annual migratory route of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope (and their predators) who come to graze and calve between November and March, depending on the rains. The forests around Lake Ndutu and small koppies are also home to prolific, resident wildlife.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Ndutu to Serengeti National Park:
In the afternoon you will leave Ndutu area and enter the mighty Serengeti also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language.You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
Established in 1952, it is home to the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. The Park can be divided into 3 sections:
* The southern/central part (Seronera Valley)withIt’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife.
* The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush.
* The north meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
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 Ndutu plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.
At the end of the day you will drive to your lodge, where you will stay for a night.
Day 4: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Masai Village – Ngorongoro .
After breakfast you will depart towards the Ngorongoro Crater and on your way you shall stop at the Olduvai Gorge: one of the most important prehistoric, archeological sites in the world, located in the eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The gorgeis also commonly called “the cradle of mankind”, since it has revealed the remnants of the earliest human beings, being instrumental in further understanding of the human evolution.
Later on we will have the opportunity to visit Manyata, a village of the Masai Tribe, and get an insight into their unique customs and their everyday life.
TheMaasai tribe lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for there welcome dans where the man sing and jump as high as possible with straight legs, to show how feet they are. The woman stand at the side, singing with the man and do a special dance for woman only.
The Masai believes that all the cows in the world belong to them and where given them by god. The wealth of a family is majored by the number of cows they own.
The Masai tribe lives in villages (Manyata) and each woman builds a small house (Boma) for her family. The bomb’s structure is made of wood and it is covered by a mixer of mud, wood and sticks, grass, cow dung, human urine, and ash.Traditionally, men are wearing sheets that are wrapped around the body. Usualy, the main colour is red but you can see some blue color and a paid pattern. Men and women are wearing ornaments made of colourful bids.
After your cultural encounter with this extraordinary ethnic group, you will drive to the lodge situated along Ngorongoro Crater Rim.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Manyara/ Tarangire .
After early breakfast you shall descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you will climb up of the crater and drive to a lodge in Manyara/ Tarangire area.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken ancient volcanic caldera in the world. In 1979 this nearly three million year old area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former volcano crater is also considered to be “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, as it is a haven for thousands of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8Natural Wonders of the World.
Day 6: Lake Manyara or Tarangire Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport .
In the early morning, we shall begin our day tour in the place Ernest Hemingway described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”: Lake Manyara Park.
Located beneath the cliffs of theManyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes.
Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and any visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.
Tarangire– This National Park enables you to experience an unrivalled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs. Not only does the meandering Tarangire River attract a vast number of wildlife, but the Park is also especially renowned for its huge elephant herds, enabling its visitors the spotting of entire thick-skinned families!
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
We shall then head back to Kilimanjaro Airport to attend our return journey.
END OF THE TOUR.