5 Days Serengeti Migration Safari

  • Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

Overview

Serengeti National Park Safari Wildebeest Migration

The great migration is a year-round phenomenon, when vast herds of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in search of food and water. Book your Serengeti migration safari with Tanzania Serengeti Adventure for your safari awe-inspiring moments!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Watching the wildebeest migration
  • Shared 4×4 safari safari with pop up roof
  • National park fees and Ngorongoro conservation entry fee
  • Professional and experienced English speaking guide / driver
  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners
  • 1 bottle mineral water during game drives
  • 4 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 6.

  • 5 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated in tents or lodges with private shower and toilet, in different areas of the Serengeti Park, depending on the time of the year your are booking this safari tour.

Day 1 - Arusha to Serengeti National Park

You will be picked-up at 07.30 from your hotel in Arusha to be transferred to the park gate. After this three hour drive, once arrived in Serengeti National Park, you will do a game drive for the test of the day. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains.

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 prowl the southeastern plains. You will stay in a safari styled tent, with private shower and toilet facilities, and enjoy a good meal in the middle of the African bush.

Day 2 - Serengeti National Park

Today is full day game drive in Serengeti or Ndutu area. You will follow the wildebeest migration in Serengeti Ndutu area (January through April), Western Serengeti area (May through July), North Mara Bologonja area (July through October)

Day 3 - transfer to Central Serengeti

After breakfast, you will continue your safari with en-route game viewing to the central Serengeti. You will have a packed lunch at a designation picnic site, or, if wildlife is near the camp, you will end up having hot lunch.

Serengeti National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries which remained on the planet and the largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an extension of 15,000 square kilometers. Its name comes from the language of the Masai, and it means “endless plains”, while its landscapes depict the mythical image of an Africa of large spaces, profound blue skies dotted with clouds, cool sunrises, and fire red sunsets.

The Serengeti is situated on a high plateau which extends from east to west from the highlands of Ngorongoro to Lake Victoria and continues to the north to the Masai-Mara reserve in Kenya. The most outstanding characteristic of this gigantic ecosystem is the enormous concentration of herbivore, gnu, zebras, antelope, etc., and their annual migration.

Day 4 - transfer to Ngorongoro crater

After breakfast, you'll go for morning game drive in Serengeti National Park. In the afternoon, you will continue the tour to Ngorongoro conservation area and drive to your lodge on the crater rim.

Day 5 - Ngorongoro and transfer to Arusha

After breakfast, at 07.30 a.m., you'll descend onto the main crater for game drive. The main crater is he world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera. The crater is the flagship tourism feature for the Ngorongoro conservation area. It is a large, unbroken, caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed some three million years ago. The crater sinks to a depth of 610 meters, with a base area covering 260 square kilometers. You'll have picnic lunch near the hippo pool site.

In the afternoon you'll ascend the crater floor and have three hour transfer back to Arusha with arrival at 18.30.

  • Game drive in Serengeti National Park
  • Visit to Ngorongoro conservation area
  • Visit to Ngorongoro crater

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.

One of the world's last great wildlife refuges, the Serengeti and its grassy plains, savannah acacias, and wooded hills, are the backdrop for an extraordinary concentration of animals, which reaches its peak during the great wildebeest migration. Almost 1.5 million wildebeest undertake a circuit of 1000 kilometers, searching for new pastures and watering holes.

The name of the park originates from the Maasai word, "siringet", meaning endless plains. The Seronera Valley in the Serengeti is famous for its abundance of big cats, especially Lions.

The great wildebeest migration

Arguably the most magnificent natural journey in the world, the great migration is an infinite cycle that is integral to the diverse ecosystem of the Serengeti savannah; especially as 85% of the migration occurs in Tanzania’s Serengeti.

The famed Grumeti river crossing, the newborn calves beginnings, the big cat escapes, and not to forget, the lazy grazing - for the two million migrators it really is, the survival of the fittest. For you however, it is an opportunity to witness the circle of life in action.

During the safari tour, you have included in the price four breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs, and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on the safari. The food is often prepared with western palates in mind, but some local dishes are included. Most vegetables and fruits are organic.

It is okay to eat salads and fruits on safari, as they are well cleaned. In the safari vehicles you'll be provided with one bottle of water per person per day, you can also purchase some at the lodges and tented camps.

With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform Tanzania Serengeti Adventure when booking your trip.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • Add a hot air balloon ride to your safari
  • Extend your trip with a beach excursion to Zanzibar island
  • 1 bottle mineral water whilst on game drives
  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners
  • 4 nights lodge accommodation, private shower and toilet in each room / tent
  • Daily game drives
  • National park fees, subject to government changes
  • Ngorongoro conservation entry fee
  • Opportunity to watch the great migration of wildebeest
  • Professional and experienced English speaking guide
  • Shared 4×4 safari vehicle with pop up roof and each person guaranteed window seat
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation on the last day
  • Airport transfers
  • Government imposed increase of park fees and / or taxes
  • International flights from home and back
  • Items of personal nature and all not mentioned in cost included
  • Laundry and telephone
  • Mineral drinking water and drinks
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Tips for the safari driver and lodge waiters, room attendants, tented camp crew
  • Tourist visa for Tanzania
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Tanzania Serengeti Adventure is only able to pick you up at the airport if you inform them in advance of your arrival flight’s details. If this has not been done, please make your way to the joining hotel. The airport is approximately 40 kilometers, or 40 minutes, from Arusha. Taxis are available to transfer you to Arusha, and cost approximately 60 USD per car.

Arrival by bus

From Nairobi, Kenya, Arusha is approximately six hours by land, including the border formalities. To arrive in Arusha from Nairobi by land, a seat on a public shuttle bus (leaves daily at 08.00 am) can be pre-booked through Tanzania Serengeti Adventure.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Tokio, Japan

    "The whole trip was an incredible experience. Before leaving we were worried about all sort of things but once we arrived in Arusha, everything was taken care of and we had the opportunity to enjoy every single minute of our trip feeling safe. Our guide and driver, Philemon, was terrific: extremely professional, knowledgeable, caring and fun. He always made sure that we saw as many animals as possible and never rushed us around. The climax of our safari was on our very first day in the Serengeti: we saw 5 cheetahs hunting and bringing down a (poor!) impala right in front of our eyes. On the last day, at the Ngorongoro Crater, we also saw two black rhinos, apparently very rare to spot. We really thank Iris and Jordan for their attentive and professional services, Philemon for his determination to make our safari unforgettable and James for picking us up from Arusha Airport and giving us a brief introduction into Arusha on the drive to our hotel."

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  • Review by A traveler from Wyoming, USA

    "Jordan and Iris know how to put a tour of Tanzania together. Every detail was planned and explained in the itinerary, and the entire two week trip went off without a hitch. We will definitely use TSA again on our next trip to the Serengeti!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "We had the best driver "Philemon" - no breakdowns or delays - we saw lots of other people who were significantly delayed by broken trucks/drive trains etc. He knew exactly how to drive the roads, where to spot all the animals including exceedingly rare, and never seen black rhino in Serengeti AND in Crater - we were always on schedule, and the guide was very well informed with 20 years experience - great accommodations in Serengeti at tented camp and at Rhino Lodge - and food. Would highly recommend this company!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "We did a tour of tarangire , Serengeti and ngorongoro Crater including an excursion to Zanzibar, from the moment we met with Iris and Jordan and put this tour together we knew we were in for a 1st class adventure . The best part of the journey was in the Serengeti we saw 4 of the BIG Five including a lion pride taking down a wildebeest our lodging at the Kisura Tented lodge was exceptional the location and staff were great. We proceeded to the northern Serengeti were we were able to watch the wildebeest migration and watch nature at its best in its most raw format. Iris picked an incredible guide Philomen that had an incredible knack for spotting the animals we wanted to see everything about this adventure was handled with the utmost care, Iris would constantly keep in touch to make sure we were okay the accommodation , meals and transportation was to our liking no unpleasant surprises. No details were too minor. I would Highly recommend TSA. "

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  • Review by Sharon S

    "We could not have asked for a better planned and executed 6-day safari than we experienced with TSA. From Iris's personal attention to every detail to our driver James' exceptional driving and game spotting ability, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. We saw all of the Big 5 and so much more. We were a group of 5 adults with a 6 year old & we couldn't have been more pleased with every aspect of the trip. With so many safari companies to choose from, you can't go wrong with this family operated business! "

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  • Review by a traveler from Denver, Colorado, USA

    "We had a fabulous experience on Safari with our guide, James! He was a great spotter, and we got to see the Big 5! Everything was so organized for us when we got there, it went off without a hitch! "

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  • Review by Neitn from London, United Kingdom

    "We had a wonderful safari to the crater with a professional warmhearted driver. Iris, the owner, was fabulous in organising everything and on top of that helped us with further bookings. Thanks you very much. "

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Arusha, Tanzania

Tanzania Serengeti Adventure is one of the oldest organizers of safaris in Tanzania, and was the pioneering safari company to introduce the full-time 4WD reliable safari work-horse in safari tours.

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • April 1 - May 31
High season
  • January 1 - March 30
  • June 1 - December 31

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