Tanzania – The Great Migration

Trip Highlights: Witness Tanzania’s great migration of wildebeest and zebra, search for Africa’s big cats, including tree climbing lions, and explore the world’s largest volcanic caldera.
When: Serengeti locations vary throughout the year to correspond to movements by wildebeest and zebra herds.
Duration: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Serengeti National Park and The Great Migration ~ Serengeti remains one of the premiere wildlife destinations on the African continent. The park’s ecosystem supports the largest herds of migrating ungulates in the world. Few sights are as breathtaking as that of the rumbling thunder of thousands of hoofed African mammals pounding across the Serengeti plains. Every year, 20,000 zebras and nearly 1 million wildebeest chase the seasonal rains in a 300-mile loop around Tanzania and Kenya. Their migration is one of the most spectacular occurrences in nature – but it is now under serious threat due to plans by the Tanzanian government to bisect their route with a large highway. The best way to help save this magnificent biosphere is to create viable economic incentive through tourism and international interest.

Serengeti migration, Tanzania

OTHER TANZANIA ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Tanzania adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you are greeted and assisted by a local representative. Transfer to Onsea Hotel, known for its lush gardens, for a relaxing evening after your flight.

DAYS 2-3: Manyara Ranch Conservancy ~ After breakfast, you’ll head to Manyara Ranch Conservancy arriving in time for lunch where you’ll spend the next two nights. Manyara Ranch Conservancy is situated within the wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks in Tanzania. It offers a superb wilderness area with an excellent cultural mix for the active visitor to Tanzania.

Optional activities include game drives, walking safaris, and horse riding. Overnights at Manyara Ranch Conservancy. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Lake Manyara National Park/ Gibbs Farm ~ This morning, you’ll visit Manyara National Park before transferring to Gibbs Farm near Ngorongoro Crater. The compact game viewing circuit at Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzania safari experience. Here you’ll explore forest and grassy floodplain environs. Keep an eye on the trees — tree climbing lions are occasionally seen in the park. Overnight at Gibbs Farm. (B,L,D)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and commonly referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World, Ngorongoro is the largest volcanic caldera on the planet. The rich soils and abundant, year-round water provide an ideal habitat for a variety of large animals. The crater’s walls, 2,000 feet high, create a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere on the planet.

DAY 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area ~ After breakfast, drive to the incredible Ngorongoro Crater. The crater’s enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and abundance of wildlife throughout the year. Game drive on the crater floor with picnic lunch in the heart of the ancient volcano. Overnight again at Gibbs Farm. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Serengeti National Park ~ The morning begins with breakfast followed by a drive to Serengeti National Park, arguably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world and renowned for the greatest concentration of plains animals anywhere. The whole of the afternoon is spent on a game drive to take in the park’s vastness. Your deluxe tented camp will be chosen based upon the position of the migration when you visit. Overnight at Dunia Camp or Olakira Camp. (B,L,D)

Male lion - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

DAYS 7-8: Serengeti National Park ~ Enjoy two full days exploring the incredible lands and creatures of the park via game drive, pausing for a picnic lunch in the early afternoon. Overnights at Dunia Camp or Olakira Camp. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Serengeti National Park/ArushaAfter breakfast, transfer to the local airstrip for a return flight to Arusha. You have use of a day room at Onsea before being transferred back to the airport in time for your flight home. (B)

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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $5460 person (double occupancy).  Single supplement and private safari rates available upon request.

Package includes accommodations, airport transfers and assistance, meals and game drives as listed, internal flight to Arusha, park fees, and full board while on safari. A donation to local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of all clients.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, premium alcohol at camps, health preparations, gratuities ($25 per person per day suggested), and items of a personal nature.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.