Go in search of the thundering herds of the legendary wildebeest migration on a wildlife safari in Tanzania. Experience the power of the migration up close in the vast savannas of the southern Serengeti and Ndutu. Take in extraordinary vistas of the Great Rift Valley, and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, and much moreâ€¦
Day 1: Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our office representative and transferred to Arusha for dinner and overnight in the African Tulip Hotel.
Day 2: Arusha â€“ Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park with lunch box en-route. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many
game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and others. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in search of the famous but rare tree climbing lion. From a sea of pink flamingos as far as the eye can see to bull elephants at close range, Lake Manyara showcases a superb variety of herd animals and birdlife. Dinner and overnight in the ManyaraKilimamoja Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Manyara Area â€“ Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The road from Manyara leads you over the famous Rift Valley Escarpment, through the Crater Forest and onto the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Short stop at the viewpoint with breathtaking views over the crater, before descent onto the crater floor to emerge into this fishbowl of wildlife. On the grass steppe and in the acacia tree woods, you will find almost all species that are found in the East African savannah; with the exception of topis, Masai giraffes and impalas. Quite often you can observe the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards) within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour and a picnic for lunch, late afternoon drive to your accommodation close to the park gate, the NgorongoroOldeani Mountain Lodge.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area â€“ Serengeti/Ndutu
Time to chase the migration of wildebeest and zebraâ€™s! Leaving the Ngorongoro area, the vast extensions of the Serengetiplains before you will impress you and wanting you to explore this area in deep. In general you will find impala, giraffe, hippo, hyena and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. The migration, consisting of around 2 million animals, is on the move all year round. Usually the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are to be found moving from the hills in the north of the Serengeti, to the plains in the south. In December, January, February and March they are present in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu area. During the longer rainy season of April, May and June they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide however will know the location of the herds and also where to get the best views.Naturally it also attracts a mass of predators and you may be able to see a band of lionesses gather for a hunt. Your accommodation will be in a tented lodge, a new adventure in the middle of the wilderness. Not the luxurious lodges of the 3 former nights, but a real bush camp with huge tents offering all amenities you need, where you will be surrounded by the noise (and presence!) of wild animals. A drink and storytelling around the campfire after dinner is a must! Your camp is the Halisi Serengeti Camp.
Day 5 and 6: Serengeti/Ndutu
Two full days of exploring the Serengeti, trying to follow the tracks of the migration and be immersed in crowds of thousands and thousands of animals. Lunch in the camp or bush, dinner and overnight in the same tented lodge.
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