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Wonder of Great Wildebeest Migration
Observe the more subtle nuances of wildlife behaviour, expertly noted by your local guides and professional trackers. Explore all the great wildlife regions of northern Tanzania Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the famed Serengeti. Discover the smaller denizens of the bush on a thrilling walking safari, where you can learn the ancient skills of tracking and identifying spoor. Descend into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater often called the Eden of Africa.
Wildebeest Migration Seasons
The Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, also known as “The Great Migration” takes place between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara and is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. Thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing. The massive herds are closely followed by predators (lion, hyena and cheetah), making the most of every opportunity to catch their next meal.
The precise timing of the annual wildebeest migration depends on the rains. It is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event, with calving season taking place in the Serengeti between January and mid-March. The wildebeest migration starts to head towards the Western Serengeti in May or June.
The best time to see the migration is generally between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August & September and remain in the Masai Mara between October & November. Between the end of November and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration from the Masai Mara back towards the Serengeti.
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airort – Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet at the airport with our staff and transfer to Arusha town for a comfortable night’s rest.
Dinner and overnight at Outpost Lodge
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
On day 2 you will be picked up from the Impala Hotel at 08:30hrs and drive to Tarangire National Park. Spend two days exploring Tarangire, one of Tanzania’s ‘secret’ wildlife havens… teeming with large populations of elephant, predators and their fleet-footed prey.
Dinner and Overnight at Maramboi Tented Lodge
Day 3: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning after breakfast at 08:30hours transfer from Tarangire to Manyara for full day game viewing. Enter the Great Rift Valley and Manyara National Park. The lake’s waters sustain a bountiful avian population, including flamingoes, as well as numerous pods of hippos.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Lodge
Day 4 – 5: Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
In the morning of day 5 at 08:00hours transfer from Manyara to Ngorongoro, descend into the crater for full day crater tour. In the evening ascend the crater for dinner and overnight at the lodge on the rim of the crater. In the morning of day 6 at 08:00hours descend into the crater to observe the resident wildlife on the crater floor, at around 13:00hrs you will stop for picnic lunch near lerai forest or hippo pool, then after lunch ascend the crater and walk in the adjacent rolling hills and have an opportunity to interact with the Masai at a local manyatta. Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino lodge
Day 6 – 10: Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast at 08:30hours drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park. Your skilled driver knows the Serengeti and where to locate even the most elusive of animals. Morning and afternoon daily wildlife viewing you will have the opportunity to track and photograph the ‘Big Five’. You will be doing game drives while tracing the direction of the wildebeests. Spend all these four nights in Serengeti
Dinner and overnight at Katikati tented lodge
Day 11: Serengeti – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport
One last game viewing opportunity this morning and then flight back to Arusha. Relax, enjoy lunch, or shop for collectibles before your evening departure flight.
- Local tourist taxes
- Binoculars for game drive viewing
- Bottled Water at all times while on safari
- Park or reserve entry fees – where applicable
- Driver’s salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives or sightseeing as detailed on the itinerary – where indicated
- All meals at hotels as mentioned in the itinerary – (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
- Ground transportation with an English-speaking driver/guide or naturalist guide
- Pick up from airport of arrival and drop off to the airport of departure while on safari
- Transport based on excellent 4X4 Vehicle (Landcruiser) with open roof for game viewing
- Full board Accommodation and If accommodation is fully booked, we’ll suggest a comparable alternative
- International flights
- Tips and gratuities, which are optional
- Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
- Balloon Flight Trip over the Serengeti or Maasai Mara
- Optional Night Game Drives or any tour mentioned as Optional Tours
PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.