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7 Days Central and South Serengeti Great Migration in Tanzania

Arusha Planet Lodge, Nelson Mandela Road, Moshono Village, Arusha, Tanzania

The Best Great Serengeti Migration

For those who want a little more from their African experience, this great migration safari in Tanzania can be one of their choices. This is the best tour ever as it helps you spot the animals very close. This tour is perfect to be conducted from December to March as the greatest intention is to have more time to observe the wildebeests and zebras during their annual movements, which in this period, are spotted around Ndutu Area.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible
  • Group size: maximum 30 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 10 years old are allowed to participate in a group safari under the supervision of a parent or guardian. For private safari, there is no age restriction.
  • Starting point and ending point: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Languages: English (default), French, German, Spanish, and Italian speaking guides (upon request)
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 3 game drives in Ngorongoro, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara
  • Private transportation in 1x7 seater 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof
  • 3.5 days full day dedicated to the migration in Central and South Serengeti
  • Spotting many animals during their annual migrations that gather to give birth
  • 1 liter of mineral water, coffee and tea available onboard your vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Amref Emergency evacuation cover
  • Complimentary airport transfers

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish
Group size: 2-30 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Night 1: Planet Lodge Arusha

Nestled in the heart of Arusha, Planet Lodge will captivate you with the natural beauty of the Tanzanian landscape. Their unique African village-styled accommodations offer you a peaceful sanctuary where you can unwind and connect with nature.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Massage
  • Adjustable air-conditioning
  • Everyday cleaning
  • Free secure parking
  • Laundry Service (Surcharge)
  • Breakfast included in the nightly rates
  • Scheduled shuttle (Surcharge)
  • Copier machine
  • Safe-deposit box - front desk
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24hr front desk service

Night 2: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town, midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, about 13 kilometers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area's Lodoare Gate and 20 kilometers from Lake Manyara.

The lodge has a total of 32 rooms, each with comfortable mosquito-netted king or twin beds, large bathroom with shower, and a private veranda with views of the lush tropical gardens.

The public area building houses the reception, lounge, bar, gift shop, and dining rooms. Other facilities include a swimming pool, internet café, a small business center, curio shop / gift shop, and cultural visits to neighboring villages.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Night 3 and 4: Thorntree Camp

The latest in Bougainvillea Group of Lodges’ group of camps and lodges, ThornTree Camp is a classic tented safari camp located in the Seronera area of Serengeti National Park, about fifteen minutes from the Seronera airstrip and visitor’s center. The camp is open year-round; offering traditional Tanzanian hospitality and great food.

The camp is permanently based in central Serengeti, in the Seronera Valley, home to year-round wildlife due to the constant presence of water. This area is famous for spotting lion, leopard and large herds of elephant. Views from the campsite look across onto Banagi Hill and classic vistas of the Serengeti Plains.

The entire camp is powered by solar including hot water and electricity.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Large -10m x 4.5m with extended sitting area
  • Shaded veranda
  • Solar powered lighting
  • En-suite bath (flush toilets)
  • Running (solar-powered) hot and cold water in basin and shower
  • Double, twin and triples available
  • Solar power and hot water
  • Charging strip with universal plugs in each tent
  • Wardrobe, writing desk, chairs and table
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Lounge tent with bar
  • Dining tent
  • Front verandah
  • Separate lavatory facilities for common area
  • Evening campfire

Night 5 and 6: Mbugani Tented Camps

Enhance your safari adventure with a stay at Mbugani Camps located in Seronera, the heart of Serengeti National Park. They're open year-round to offer prime game watching and full immersion in nature in a safe, serene, and home-like setting.

You'll enjoy amazing vistas, oversize tented suites with 24/7 water and power, professional and friendly staff, lounge area with bar service, and evenings by the campfire. Each roomy tented suite features queen-size beds, private bath, and oversized screened windows for taking in fresh air and scenery. The camp is powered by solar energy and a backup generator to keep essential systems running at all times.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Furnished sitting area
  • Oversize design for roominess ​
  • Private bath with shower, sink, and flush toilet
  • ​Running hot and cold water available 24/7
  • Soft linens for bedding
  • Spacious, wide, airy windows
  • Two queen beds with elegant wood base
  • 24/7 power with charging cables

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Arusha

  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to the hotel.
  • Overnight at Planet Lodge (bed and breakfast)

Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Karatu

  • Meet your guide and drive to Tarangire National Park. Morning game drive in the park.
  • Proceed to Karatu for the overnight.
  • Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge (full board)

Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Crater) - Serengeti National Park (Central)

  • Early departure and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a game drive
  • Picnic lunch
  • Proceed to the Serengeti National Park (picnic lunch)
  • Overnight at Thorntree Camp (full board)

Day 4: Serengeti National Park (Central)

  • Morning and afternoon game drive in the park
  • Lunch at the camp
  • Overnight at Thorntree Camp (full board)

Day 5: Serengeti National Park (South)

  • Early departure to southern Serengeti
  • Game drive along the route
  • Overnight at Mbugani Migration Camp (full board)

Day 6: Serengeti National Park (South)

  • Morning and afternoon game drive in the park
  • Lunch at the camp
  • Overnight at Mbugani Migration Camp (full board)

Day 7: Serengeti - Manyara National Park - Arusha

  • After breakfast, drive to Manyara National Park for a game drive
  • Picnic lunch
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your outbound flight
  • Game drive in Manyara is possible if clients have a late evening departure flight only

Location

Serengeti National Park

The park covers 14,763 square kilometers of endless rolling plains, which reach up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria. The park is flourishing with magnificent wildlife. An estimated three million large animals roam the plains. People of the Maasai Tribe called it Siringitu - ‘the place where the land moves on forever.’ The Serengeti is known as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Migration in Serengeti

The wildebeest migration, like a discernible thread, embraces and connects the Serengeti’s ecosystem much as it has done for at least two million years.

Every year, with some seasonally dictated variations in timing and scale, one million wildebeest leave the southern Serengeti’s short grass plains in search of the grass and water they need to survive.

Tarangire National Park

This park is known for its elephants. You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take of their young. The elephants tend to travel in packs and in the same paths as they have taken year after year. When they see your vehicle coming closer, they will gather around their young to protect them and lead them on their way.

Ngorongoro Conservation

Nearly three million years ago Ngorongoro towered alongside Mount Kilimanjaro as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Forged during the tumultuous birth of the Rift Valley, its volcanic top erupted at the time that ancient man first walked the plains. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 square kilometers. It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park, which encompasses an area of 330 square kilometers, of which 200 square kilometers is the lake, was proclaimed a game reserve in 1957 and registered three years later as a national park. The park is situated between the 600-meter high escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara and is 130 kilometers from Arusha.

Food

At sunrise, after a bowl of porridge, some toast, fried egg and sausages, it’s another beautiful day to start your day. Dinner will start with a fresh soup either made of carrot, cucumber, pumpkin or vegetable followed by a main course and some fruit. Later on, you will have either a hot cup of tea, energy drink, hot chocolate or coffee.

All diets can be accommodated. Please just give Faraona Expedition advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
  • 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)

  • Maasai Village tour (at an extra cost)

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All game drives as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Park entrance fee (Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Manyara National Park)
  • Private transport in 1x7 seater 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof
  • 1 liter of mineral water, coffee and tea available onboard your vehicle
  • English speaking driver/ guide
  • Amref emergency evacuation cover

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Entry visa
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • All drinks at the camps/ lodges
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities and tipping
  • Masaai village tour
  • Laundry

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Faraona Expedition will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% 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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Availability

This safari is available from December to March. Please select your arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • March 1 - 31
  • Single supplement: 185 USD

 

Peak season
  • December 1 - February 29
  • Single supplement: 255 USD
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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