Game Drive Tanzania Safaris

Join Tanzania Roadside Expeditions for this interesting safari to explore one of the biggest migration of animals in a year. Go to Tanzania and you will find yourself in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa while staying in nature and feeling the magic of wildlife. This tour will be one of your most precious experience and you should not miss it if you love exploring.

Highlights

  • Watch the great migration in various attractions
  • Game drives at Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • A professional English speaking driver and guide
  • Transportation in a safari specific vehicle
  • Park entry fees and conservancy fees
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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7 activity days in English
Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English

Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport

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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge, Country Lodge, Katikati Tented Camp, Northern Wilderness Camp, and Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Program

The great migration is one of the natural wonders of the world in which two and a half million wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, and other animals rotate in a circular clockwise movement in mass from month-to-month from one area in the Serengeti to another over 600 miles annually. Great Migration tours are the greatest animal show on earth and one of its most uniquely distinctive patterns of animal migrations to be found.

This is the result of the confluence of a wide open plain of fertile volcanic soil that produces highly concentrated phosphorus low grasses the wildebeest need to eat to survive and a water pattern animals migrate to at different seasons of the year. To watch the great migration safari, you will travel to locations where the herd is located in the Serengeti when you visit.

The great migration is in the Tanzania’s Serengeti for approximately 10 months of the year, from October to the end of July, and in Kenya’s Maasai Mara approximately two months of the year, from August to September, so the best time for a great migration tours in the Serengeti is during the 10 month period.

Nevertheless, even when the great migration is in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, many of the great migration animals including wildebeest and zebra can still be seen throughout Tanzania throughout the whole year as not all of the great migration animals accompany the herd on the migration.

Different animals within the great migration play different roles. Though wildebeest constitute the majority of the animals, the zebra leads the way as they have a superior memory of where they passed the previous year. Their natural instincts and memory are the survival mechanism for the entire herd.

A great migrations safari is an opportunity to witness this spectacle of life unfolds which is one of the greatest animal life phenomena on earth. This scene is unique, natural, and occurs nowhere else in the world. It occurs repeatedly year after year following the same sequence. You can see the big five but the main target is watching the great migration. Great migration packages provide the opportunity to visit various locations within the Serengeti National Park ecosystem depending where the great migration is located.

  • Western Serengeti from April to June towards Lake Victoria along the great Grumeti River
  • Northern Serengeti from July to August along the Bologonja and Mara rivers
  • Eastern Serengeti from September to the early October
  • Southern Serengeti from October to December for calving season
  • Southwestern Serengeti from January to March

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Arusha and Tarangire

After the breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and driven to Tarangire National Park. You will stay overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge. Lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are also provided.

Day 2 - Tarangire - Lake Manyara National

At 7 a.m. after the breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide have an early game drive at Tarangire National park and later on, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. After a game drive, in the park, you will proceed onto Karatu town for overnight at the Country Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Day 3 - Lake Manyara - Serengeti National park

At 7 a.m. after the breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and driven to Serengeti National Park. You will enjoy the afternoon game drive at the central part of the Serengeti. You will stay overnight at Katikati Tented Camp. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Day 4 - Serengeti

At the beginning of the day, you may choose to enjoy the early morning hot air ballooning followed by a bush champagne breakfast. After the breakfast, you will enjoy a full day game drive around Serengeti and stay overnight at Katikati Tented Camp again. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Day 5 and 6 - North Serengeti

After the breakfast, you will enjoy full days in the north of Serengeti. You may be lucky enough to see the migration crossing the Mara River. Then, you will stay overnight at Northern Wilderness Camp. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Day 7 - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

After the breakfast, you will have a game drive at Serengeti on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way, you will pass by at the Oldupai Gorge which is a site famous for the study of human origins. The gorge contains a range of palaeontological remains in an excellent state of preservation. The deposits span 2,000,000 years of hominin history. Oldupai still holds surprises despite being the focus of intense research for more than 40 years.

You will stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

After the breakfast, you will descend into the crater for a crater game drive. After your lunch, you will start the two-and-a-half-hour journey back to Arusha then proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight back home. Breakfast, lunch, and two small bottles of water per person are provided.

Included excursions

During this tour, you will visit many different places for watching the great migration including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. If you are lucky enough, you may see the migration crossing the Mara River.

Location

This safari will take place in Tanzania. Tanzania is home to some of the most unique, intriguing, and mysterious cultural natural phenomenon on earth. In the 1950’s, archaeologists and paleontologists, Mary and Louis Leakey, unearthed the earliest evidence of hominids inhabited areas of the Serengeti based on fossil remains at Olduvai Gorge dating back three million years ago. This makes Tanzania the cradle of mankind.

Tanzania is located just one degree south of the equator. Its northern border is Kenya. Its northwestern border is Uganda along the shoreline of Lake Victoria. Its southwestern border is Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along Tanzania’s southern border is Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. To its east is the Indian Ocean.

Lake Manyara Park

Lake Manyara Park is a beautiful little park which is famous for its tree-climbing lions, elephants, and large troops of baboons. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks that you will visit during your safari.

Ngorongoro Crater

Often called the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world. About two million years ago, the Ngorongoro volcano erupted, and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with its 600-meter-tall walls. Now, at over 19 kilometers wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with great areas of acacia forest, hippo filled swamps, and open grasslands.

These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals including elephants, warthogs, flamingoes, magnificent birdlife, the rare black rhinoceros, and all the predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing their cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is the world's last great wildlife refuge as it contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of the nature wonders. The area covers 14,763 square kilometers and the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai Siringet, meaning endless plains.

Serengeti

The central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River valley in the central Serengeti is a must-see on every safari regardless of the specific month of travel. Game viewing in central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season from June to November as resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident herbivores include impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest, and giraffe. Resident carnivores include lion and leopard.

The endless plains of Serengeti are also the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the one and a half million wildebeest endless migration in search of fresh pastures. Each year, this huge herd of wildebeest along with over 200,000 zebras and gazelles, migrate in a clockwise direction around the Serengeti, up to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then back down to the Serengeti to have their young, over 8000 wildebeest are born a day, between the middle of February and the middle of March.

Each year they trek over 2,500 kilometers and are constantly threatened and followed by some of Africa’s greatest predators. Depending on the time of your visit, your driver guide will be able to share with you where the herd’s current location is at.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is almost 3000 square kilometers in size and is probably best known for its huge numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River which crosses through the park. Tarangire is especially spectacular during the dry season from June to November as wildlife concentrations rival that of the Serengeti since enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only source of water. With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River, the park is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small bottles of water per person are included in the prices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 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)

During this tour, you can also visit Tanzania and experience various hands-on recreational activities such as walking, trekking, mountain climbing, birding, game tracking, mountain hiking, canoeing, biking, and diving in scenic waterfalls. Off Tanzania’s east coast, you will enjoy the Spice Island Archipelago that includes Zanzibar and snorkel in its coral reefs, dive with the dolphin, sail on dhows off its coast, visit spice plantations, learn about its unique history, and visit its former slave markets.

You can meet, experience, and participate in the daily lives of Tanzania’s friendly colorful traditional tribal-based peoples living in remote areas of the African bush such as the Maasai, Datoga, Sonjo, and Hadzabe through Tanzania Roadside Expeditions culturally sensitive cultural visits.

You can also, literally, dig into Tanzania’s archeological past at Olduvai Gorge in the Serengeti Plain where paleontologists discovered fossil evidence of the earliest humans from three million years ago, making Tanzania the birthplace of humanity.

What's included

  • 2 small bottles of drinking water per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A professional English speaking driver and guide
  • Conservancy fees
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Park entry fees
  • Transportation in a safari specific vehicle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Baggage insurance
  • Bank fees
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tanzania Roadside Expeditions 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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
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