The Great Migration Safari
Follow the large herds on their annual migration (“Great Migration”) through the Serengeti. This fantastic spectacle will leave a deep impression on you as millions of animals move at the same time.
Visit the Olduvai Gorge with the earliest relics of mankind and meet the Maasai people.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in Africa where – with a little luck – you can meet the so-called “Big Five“. Discover the five celebrities with your own eyes: lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard!
Experience your Tanzania adventure with our 8-day Great Migration Safari.
Type: Migration Safari
Destination: Arusha + Tarangire+ Ngorongoro + Central Serengeti+ North Serengeti
Time: Late June 2019 – November 2019: Focus on Tanzania Wildebeests Migration
Essence Tanzania – Safari to the Northern Parks
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Arrival Day; Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour guide, will be holding a poster with your name who will transfer you to Arusha (45-60 minutes). The guide will transfer you to Kibo Palace in Arusha city one of the fascinating touristic towns in Tanzania. Depending on the time of arrival one can explore the town by the help of a local guide.
The Arusha Town is known as the safari capital of the world but it is often overlooked in favor of its more glamorous, better known neighbors – Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer from safaris in Arusha National Park, to breathtaking hiking on Mount Meru, Cultural tours, Tanzanite and more.
Day 2. Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
After the breakfast you will collect your packed lunch and drive straight to Ngorongoro conservation area. After the paper works at the gate, you will drive into the Crater Area that will take only 40 minutes to the entrance. You then enter the Crater of Ngorongoro and descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, full-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 the lunch you will continue with game-drive until late evening where you will climb up of the crater.
Dinner and overnight shall be at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge-FB
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 games, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8 Natural Wonders of the World.
Day3. Ngorongoro – Northern Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to Northern Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch and afternoon game drive in this park with immense herds of herbivore, wildebeests, gazelles, and Zebras, offering a timeless spectacle unequaled in the world. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp
Day 4 & 5; North Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to northern Serengeti Kogatende area following the great migration at Mara River. The game drive will be along the Mara River and other interesting places in the north where the big groups of wildebeests will be at that particular time. After the full day of game drive, we will drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner. Dinner and overnight Karibu Luxury Tented Camp-FB
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 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. During the months of July-September the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, who are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.
Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.
Day 6; Central Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you will venture the corners of the mighty Serengeti plains for unlimited game drive with high chances of following the great migration and spotting pride of lions, cheaters, leopards and many more. This will be your area of exploration in one day. Dinner and overnight at Karibu Luxury Tented Camp-FB
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) with its 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.
Day 7: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Masai Village – Karatu
After breakfast you will depart towards small town of Karatu 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 gorge is 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 you 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.
The Maasai tribe lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for their welcoming dances where the man sing and jump as high as possible with straight legs, to show how fit and strong they are. The woman stands 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 to 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. Usually, the main colour is red but you can see some blue colors and a paid pattern. Men and women are wearing ornaments made of colourful bids.
After our cultural encounter with this extraordinary ethnic group, we will continue getting out of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and overnight at Tloma Lodge.
Day 8: Karatu – Lake Eyasi
After an adventurous one hour drive on dusty roads we will arrive to the northern shore of Lake Eyasi: a mildly alkaline lake which stretches some 50km across the south-western area of the Ngorongoro Crater.
The shores of Lake Eyasi are still inhabited by Hadzabe Bushmen: hunter gatherers, which can perhaps be considered one of the most interesting tribes in Tanzania and eastern Africa. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south, in the Kalahari and they are often willing to provide visitors with an insight into their simple bush homes, consisting in no more than a tree canopy or a cave. You will experience their everyday life at close and be able to witness the tribe men skillfully hunt small antelopes and baboons with bows made from giraffe tendons and poison coated wood arrows.
After Lunch we will drive to visit another group of nomadic Bushmen: the Datoga Tribe.
Datoga people are agro-pastoral nomadic, and now-days they do some small blacksmith works, like jurally and arrow-heads. They live in several areas in Tanzania, and the majority lives near Lake Eyasi.
This tribe consider themselves the oldest tribe in Tanzania (the Maasai and Bushmen also claim this fame). The man of the tribe do the pastoral and blacksmith work, when the woman cares for the children’s and home duties. The married woman are dressed with beautiful leather dress and have tattoos around their eyes for decoration.
You live the tribes and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mount Hotel.
Day 9: Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After early morning breakfast you will take a drive for about 1hr to enter Arusha National Park. You will have a memorable moment as we introduced you in Tanzania wildlife with spectacular landscapes, beautiful nature and the close-ups of Mount Meru from this unique park overlooking the city of Arusha. It is only in this park you can feel the natural guided walk between herds of buffalos, giraffes and other wild animals. You will eat your lunch at the beautiful scenery and shores of Momela lakes within the park.
The Arusha National Park is a relatively small area, but it offers stunning sceneries with a wide range of habitats, from the imposing peaks of Mount Meru, afro-montane forests, the Ngurdoto Crater to the Momela lakes. The shadowy montane forest is the only place in the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey can be easily seen, as well as some of its other inhabitants: blue monkeys or the colourful turquoise and trogons.
Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one of the seven lakes featuring a unique green-blue hue. Their shallows are the habitat of a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, especially thousands of flamingos which let the lakes tinged with pink. Shaggy waterbucks complete the scenic landscape, when displaying their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Observe the long-necked giraffes as they glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, and discover wide-eyed dik-dik darting into scrubby bushes like overgrown hares on spindly legs.
We shall then drive back to Arusha Airport getting ready for your flight to Zanzibar for a beach holiday next morning.
All entrance fees, Full board accommodation on safari, Professional safari guide, Unlimited Game drive as per the Itinerary. Complimentary one bottle of water per day per person, Government taxes and Transport based on an excellent Vehicle /car with fridge and charging system
International Flight, Tips to driver, Visa, Travel Insurance personal and luggage Insurance and Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, Internet etc.