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Great Migration Safari Tour in Tanzania

If you want to see the largest herd movement of animals on the planet and also visit the best national parks in northern Tanzania, this is the perfect itinerary for you. The focus during this trip will be on the Serengeti, where the Great Migration cross the Grumeti River from May to July and Mara River from July to October. The herds of wildebeest and zebra must outsmart the huge Nile crocodiles and fast-flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side. An amazing spectacle!

Key information

  • Private and group tour available
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Children policy: Children from 5 years old are allowed to join
  • Park fees and taxes are included.

Highlights

  • Extensive game drives
  • Witness the Annual Great Migration
  • See lions, giraffes, wildebeest, hippos, and more
  • Game drives in a 4x4 Land Cruiser vehicle with guaranteed window seat
  • Visit Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

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7 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
22:00

During this safari, you will be staying in the following accommodations:

  • First night: Arusha Kibo Palace Hotel
  • Second and sixth night: Karatu Country Lodge
  • Third, fourth, and fifth night: Mbalagate Lodge West Serengeti or Mbugani Camp North Serengeti (depending on which month you're coming)

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will then be driven to Palace Hotel in Arusha for all meals and accommodation. Overnight stay in Arusha Kibo Palace Hotel on a full board basis.

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

Depart in the morning for Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch. On arrival, enter the park for game viewing. The afternoon continues in the Karatu area, arriving at your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Karatu Country Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. Leaving Karatu behind, you will arrive at Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here, you will be in awe at the vast plains of the Serengeti where you'll begin spotting wildlife as you approach the entrance gate. Complete the formalities and enter the park with game viewing en route to the lodge, arriving for dinner and overnight stay at Mabalageti Tented Lodge or Mbugani Camp (depending which month you're coming) on a full board basis.

Day 4 and 5: Serengeti National Park

You will participate in the scheduled morning and afternoon shared game drives in Serengeti National Park with meals and overnight at the camp. Dinner and overnight stay at Mbalageti Tented Lodge or Mbugani Camp on a full board basis.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park - Karatu

After breakfast, you will depart for Karatu Country Lodge with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping en route for picnic lunch. You will visit a Maasai Village and then continue to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Karatu Tloma Lodge on full board basis.

Day 7: Karatu - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart your lodge with picnic lunch to explore what is commonly referred to as the world’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you will descent through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas ranging from forest, swamps, lakes, and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.

In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Arusha. You have the option of going on a town tour. In the evening, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.

Safari vehicle

Above beyond Photographic Safaris Ltd, makes use of a fleet of custom-built Toyota Land Cruisers. Their vehicles are unique and specifically developed to ensure the best safari experience and safe. They take pride in their safari experience and thus have developed a fleet of Land Cruisers that are special for a safari in the bush.

Included excursions

You will visit a Masai village on the sixth day of safari.

Location

This safari will take you from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara National Park

Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th Worldwide Wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater – the name has an almost mystical ring to it, conjuring images of a giant wildlife-filled volcanic caldera, where the big five and many other animals roam. But there’s even more – the Ngorongoro Conservation Area also encompasses mountains, lakes, forests, and wide-open African plains!

With the world-famous crater at its heart, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of 8300 square kilometers. This African wildlife area was previously part of the Serengeti National Park, but due to the grazing needs of the animals of the local Masai, the area was reclassified as an African wildlife conservation area in Tanzania.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a whole has much to offer but the jewel in its crown is, without a doubt, the eponymous crater – an area of 265 square kilometers, which is 610 meters deep and 19 kilometers across. The rim of the crater is an astounding 2286 meters above sea level. The floor contains a small soda lake, called Lake Magadi and it is estimated that 30 000 animals are living in the crater, making it the most intensive safari game viewing area on earth!

It was therefore very fittingly declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. A visit to Tanzania is simply incomplete without a safari visit to the park. Please refer to the map below for further details, pictures, photos images and information on this magnificent and picturesque park.

Food

Your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price, as mentioned in the itinerary. You will also be provided with one bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On day seventh day of the tour, you have the option to go on a city tour of Arusha.

What's included

  • Meet and greet services
  • Depart by exclusive four-wheel vehicle with photo roof
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • 7 exciting game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater tour
  • Visit to a Masai village
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drive
  • WMA fees

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Driver guide or local escort gratuities
  • Drinks and dining room tips, porterage, personal travel, and baggage insurance
  • Telephone bills, laundry, and any items of a personal nature
  • Additional remarks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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