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10 Days Decagon Safari in Tanzania with Great Wildebeest Migration

Moivaro Lodge, Moivaro Road, Arusha, Arusha District, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Magnificent Tanzania Safari

Join Kubwa Five Safaris to witness one of the most anticipated scenery in Africa! This safari will let you experience the Great Migration in the impressive, view wildlife up close in the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, and walk with the Masai in the Ngorongoro highland. With a combination of luxury tented lodges and permanent wilderness luxury lodges, this safari experience will make you in awe.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 100 persons
  • Children policy: Minimum age allowed for participation is 10 years old
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Park fees are included

Meet the guides

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Raymond, Peter, Emmanuel, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Wildebeest migration tracking
  • Game viewing in Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ndutu area
  • A chance to spot lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and leopard
  • Game drives in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire cultural experience tour of the Datoga tribes
  • Airport transfer and ground transportation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 10 nights' accommodation

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8 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 100 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Moivaro Lodge

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only seven kilometers from the town of Arusha, an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. The spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. You can relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda and you can go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

Ngorongoro Farm House

Live the legendary atmosphere of past times on a colonial style coffee plantation farmhouse. With hand-plaited thatched rooftops, ample verandas, and colonial interiors, Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive hotel built on a 500-acre coffee plantation, all of which has been designed to take you to the comfort and style of past times.

Take a walk around the farm to contemplate the daily activities, relax in the fragrant gardens or enjoy the spectacular sunsets with the Oldeani Volcano as a background. It is a wonderful stop-off during a safari on the northern circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place from where one can visit the crater or enjoy activities such walking safaris to the volcano or excursions to Lake Eyasi on the Rift Valley still inhabited by the Hadzabe tribe.

Kati Kati Tented Camp

It is a mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two-hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.

Lake Masek Tented Camp

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area by the shores of Lake Masek in Ndutu between the vast of plains of Serengeti National Park and the northern side of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Each tent is built on a raised wooden platform with a veranda from which guests can observe the wildlife visiting the lake.

The camp consists of 20 luxury tents with en-suite facilities with either king-sized beds, twins or triple beds. Each tent is built on a raised wooden platform with a verandah from which guests can observe the wildlife visiting Lake Masek. The bedroom area is ample and tastefully furnished. The bathroom area with twin washbasins, a standalone bath and an outside shower is separated from the bedroom area by way of a screen. Guests can enjoy a relaxing bath or take a shower under the stars.

Ngorongoro Wild Camp

Ngorongoro Wild Camp is located in the south of Ngorongoro Conservation Area approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Karatu town in Tanzania. This location is the ideal mid-way point for excursions to Tarangire, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Natron area. The mobile camp is composed of 20 comfortable luxury tents and six cottages to accommodate two guests each as well as large dining and reception area.

Each tent has self-contained shower and toilet, two king-size beds, reading table, garden chairs, verandah, mosquito nets, solar power for lighting, water heater for hot shower, and radio communication. The mobile camp is also composed of 26 comfortable tents and a large dining tent. Each tent consists of two single beds with mosquito nets, an en-suite bathroom, a reading table and a veranda with chairs. Solar power is used for lighting and hot water.

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge is a substantial lodge situated 10 kilometers inside the main gate of Tarangire National Park, close to the park's main airstrip, Kuro Airstrip. It was originally built in 1970 and so it's one of the oldest lodges in the park. The rooms at Tarangire Safari Lodge consist of 35 tents and five bungalows, divided into two wings of 13 tents on the right of the main area, and five bungalows and the rest of the tents on the left.

Each of the tents is suspended under thatch and is fairly simple. The beds can be either doubles or twins, and you'll find a writing desk, space to store luggage and a couple of bedside tables. The bathroom is at the back of the tent, behind a zipped canvas partition. Here, there is a single sink, a hot and cold shower, and a flushing toilet, these last separated by a curtain for privacy.

The circular bungalows are constructed from stone and thatch, and each houses three beds, so they're a good option for families. They have spacious bathrooms with proper closing doors, and the windows are glass slats covered with mosquito gauze, so you can open them to let in the breeze. The bungalows are large enough that extra beds can be added to make a triple or quadruple room. All these rooms at Tarangire Safari Lodge are kitted out with basic toiletries, a torch, insect repellent, a whistle for attracting attention, and an umbrella.

Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge

Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge offers a unique flora and fauna of shrublands and acacia woodlands with hearty baobab trees strewn around. You will be welcomed to the birds’ paradise of over 500 bird species. Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is situated roughly 125 kilometers from Arusha town and is ideally accessible by Dodoma Road although it can also be reached by air since there is an airstrip just nearby in the park. The lodge lies nestled on the banks of Tarangire River and a mere five kilometers away from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park.

The lodge is also within driving distance to Lake Manyara and the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Each one of the 21 luxury en-suite tents has a unique theme with beautifully handcrafted furniture and uniquely built animal-shaped baths as well as showers. Every tent has got coffee making facilities for self-preparation of a cup whenever you desire and a private balcony that affords you a relaxed view of Tarangire’s wilderness. You can shop at the curio shop for memorable souvenirs, antiques and / or safari books.

KIA Lodge

KIA Lodge is your door to Tanzania - at less than a five-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. Guests can admire the vast views of the African plains and of course the grand Mount Kilimanjaro that shows her snowy top mostly in the morning and at sundown. Because of its location, KIA Lodge is an ideal safe haven for arriving and departing Tanzania, climbing the Kilimanjaro or traveling on to the northern safari destinations. The friendly service, Zanzibar-style reception, typical African decorations, and tropical restaurant offer a warm welcome to into the Tanzanian culture.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

You can arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Arusha will be waiting for you at the airport. You will stay at Moivaro Lodge, which is beautifully located on the coffee farms and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. You will gather in the evening at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check. You will have dinner and overnight at Moivaro Lodge, the lodge where you will stay in a charming atmosphere and enjoy every comfort you need.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Today, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife and, while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the late afternoon, you will make a short journey from the park to the special wilderness lodge. You shall have dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House on a full board basis.

Day 3: Serengeti wildebeest migration tracking

You will head toward the Serengeti National Park. En route, there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep-sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here, in a small museum, you will be able to see evidence of the ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch, you will drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje.

In December, February, and March, you will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. You shall return to Kubwa Five Safaris’ special tented camp for the night. You will have dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp on a full board basis.

Day 4: Serengeti wildebeest migration tracking

You will have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of your time. The guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year. You can spend time at the Hippo Pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest.

You will journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes. These volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top, you can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide you with the ultimate in game viewing.

Hopefully, you will see all of the plain games such as elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. You shall return to Kubwa Five Safaris’ special tented camp for the night. You will have dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp on a full board basis.

Day 5: Serengeti wildebeest migration tracking

After breakfast, you will take the packed lunch with you and proceed with the game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 kilometers heading to the southwestern direction. Around 12:30 and 1 p.m., you will take a break for your lunch. After having lunch, you will proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately 1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles, and 200,000 zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass. You will have dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp on a full board basis.

Day 6: Ndutu wildebeest migration tracking

After breakfast, you will start at 8:30 a.m. for a full day in Ndutu area. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu, one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often times, lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson's gazelles.

Tanzania is spoilt because of the migration. No other African county has the game like it. In the dry season, the game around Ndutu is much like game viewing in any of the southern African countries. In some cases, it is still better and you can never take away the feeling of space and wonder that the Serengeti evokes. You will have dinner and overnight at Lake Masek Tented Camp on a full board basis.

Day 7: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater

You will start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place because it is a conservation area, not a national park. This means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Maasai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife.

During the drive in Ngorongoro, you have a chance to glimpse something of the Maasai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, when there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, you will drive around the rim of the crater itself and from here you can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos.

Finally, you will descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see such as lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon, you will travel just outside of the crater to the special tented camp. You will have dinner and overnight at Wild Tented Camp on a full board basis.

Day 8: Game drive in Tarangire National Park

Today, you shall drive to Tarangire National Park for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally, in the dry seasons, Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. You will spend the night in a lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. You shall have dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 9: Tarangire cultural experience tour

You will have a morning breakfast at Tarangire Safari Lodge and the rest of the day is free to relax and or explore the Maasai cultural experience. You will go on a walk to visit Datoga tribes. The Maasai lives in the areas as well as the Datoga. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from several hilltop peaks in the area. Dinner and overnight will be Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 10: Tarangire to KIA Lodge

This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among the gardens. The open-air bar has a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. A late dinner buffet for those flying in late is provided. Dinner and overnight will be at KIA Lodge on a half board basis.

Day 11: Departure Day

This is expected to be the last day of your safari and if you have a flight to your next destination, Kubwa Five Safaris will gladly transfer you to the airport at no additional costs. If you also wish to spend this day in Arusha, they can arrange that too. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Transportation

The transportation for this safari is a 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser / minivan (up to eight passengers) with pop-up tops and seven window seats for game viewing. Groups of twelve or more people who would like to travel in one vehicle are offered 25 to 28 seat coasters that have about 16 window seats. Kubwa Five Safaris' safari vehicles are well maintained to provide the maximum level of comfort and safety.

Drivers / guides

The success of your safari will largely depend on your driver / guide. Because of this, Kubwa Five Safaris has a great team of carefully selected well-trained drivers / guides.

Included excursions

During this safari, you will get the opportunity to visit Datoga tribes in Tarangire.

Guides

Raymond

Peter

Emmanuel

Robby

Location

This safari will take place at Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ndutu area, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Food

You will have an African buffet.

We can as well arrange the meals according to your request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • A visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Excursions to a Maasai village

What's included

  • Serengeti and Ndutu wildlife migration tracking
  • Game viewing in Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ndutu area
  • Game drives in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire cultural experience tour of the Datoga tribes
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfer (Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO))
  • Park fees and relevant government taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Accommodation and meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, and cigarettes

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from the airport is included. Kubwa Five Safaris 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 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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