Serengeti Migration Safari
Feel the pulse of the plains as you witness millions of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the Serengeti during the annual Great Migration.
The world’s greatest ancient migration route offers an awe-inspiring spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds in the Serengeti. From October to July or August, each year, the famed wildebeest migration brings incredible wildlife sightings to the best game parks in Tanzania. With your expert guide and 4×4 vehicle, get closer to the action than you ever imagined, and watch lions, cheetah and other animals as they prepare to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. Visit fabled Ngorongoro Crater, sometimes nicknamed Noah’s Ark for its rich concentration of diverse wildlife.
This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Arlom African Nature Safaris offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
DAY 1: ARUSHA
Your private, English-speaking driver will meet you in the public waiting area after passing through baggage claim to transfer you to your hotel.
Prior to departing on your first day of activities, a trip representative will meet you at your hotel (often in the morning) to give you a briefing on the details of your trip.
While you are in the care of Arlom African Nature Safaris, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Arlom African Nature Safaris clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.
Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn
Located only 20 minutes away from Arusha and Kilimanjaro airport, Rivertrees Country Inn features 18 individually styled garden rooms, 2 hidden cottages and the River House – a secluded thatched cottage directly on the Usa River .Nestled in between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in the natural gardens along the Usa River, this is the perfect place to stay before and after a safari. Fresh country meals are served in the restaurant, the gardens, the pub, and in the beautifully restored farmhouse with its warm ochre colors and cherished family antiques. Enjoy a Rivertrees signature massage and soak at the spa with a personal therapist.
DAY 2: ARUSHA – NGORONGORO
Your guide will drive you from Arusha to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. The drive takes approximately 3 hours.
During your stay at Ngorongoro there are many optional activities available to you. Depending on which lodge you’re staying at, activities may include: nature walks, cultural village visits, a hike to Endoro waterfalls, bike tours, coffee plantation tours and more. Some of these can be prebooked through your destination specialist while others can be booked directly with the lodge upon arrival.
Accommodation: Kitela Lodge
The Kitela Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on top of a valley overlooking a coffee plantation, the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro crater, and a beautiful waterfall. Fffering guests a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Lodge consists of twenty spacious suites in cottages built in the style of an old colonial farm. Located on site is a heated swimming pool and soothing spa.
DAY 3: NGORONGORO
You are provided with a personalized, experienced tracker-guide and private transportation today whilst exploring around the Ngorongoro National Park grounds.
Explore one of the most recognized wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania today. Depart your camp or lodge in a privately driven vehicle, along with a local expert guide, for an approximately 20 to 30 minute drive towards the Ngorongoro Park Gate. It will then take you another 20 minutes to reach the crater rim itself. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater. The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4×4. The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here. Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world. The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide, may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.
Accommodation: Kitela Lodge
DAY 4: NGORONGORO – MANYARA – SERENGETI
Your guide will drive you from the Ngorongoro Conservation area to Lake Manyara. The drive usually takes about 1 hour.
Catch your flight from Manyara (LKY) to Serengeti today.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided – no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
Meet back up with other people from your lodge for another game drive this afternoon.
Accommodation: Lemala Ewanjan
Joining its two Serengeti sisters, Lemala Ndutu and Lemala Mara, Lemala Ewanjan is a new deluxe seasonal camp with beautiful tents set along the game-rich Seronera Valley in a spectacular location on the western slopes of Makoma Hills. In the Central Serengeti, Lemala Ewanjan features staggering views of the Serengeti migration, grasslands and sunsets. Major game viewing areas of Central, Southern or Western Serengeti are easily accessible and at the end of the day, guests can return to the privacy and solitude of the camp to enjoy great service, food, and ambience. The camp offers optional balloon safaris from Seronera, while Seronera airstrip is only 25 minutes away.
DAY 5: SERENGETI
You’ll join up with others at the lodge for your game drive. Drives are typically done in the morning at 6:30am for a few hours and/or 4pm for a few hours. Head out into the park to explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti.
Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa’s most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft.) and 3 meters (9 ft.) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals!
Accommodation: Lemala Ewanjan
DAY 6: SERENGETI
Today you’ll set out early on your morning game drive with lodge vehicle and guide. The Serengeti houses an abundance of wildlife. It is home to the millions of wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and Zebra between late October and August. Another great time to visit the Serengeti is between December and March, because the plains are green and lush after the short rains in November and the animals are well fed and prepared for the calving season in February. At this time, the wildebeest migration should be in the southern plains of the Serengeti, and young cubs and calves can be spotted early in the year. Big game such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and elephant, as well as giraffes, impala, gazelle, and zebra are abundant and can be spotted on safari in Tanzania year round
Spend the day taking in the spectacle of the famous wildebeest migration. This annual migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the safari highlights of Africa. The wildebeest migration moves in a basic clockwise direction throughout the year in the Serengeti eco-system and moves north into the Masai Mara in Kenya from June/July through to Sep/October. Sightings cannot be guaranteed as the herds move according to the availability of food sources and migration movements can be erratic. The herds are accompanied by zebras and Thomson’s gazelles and are stealthily hunted by local predators such as leopards, lions and hyenas.
Accommodation: Lemala Ewanjan
DAY 7: SERENGETI – ARUSHA
If time allows, your expert guide will squeeze in one more game drive before dropping you off at the airstrip. It will be your last chance to see the park’s diverse range of animals.
Take your flight from Serengeti to Arusha today. The flight will do more than one stop on the way. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: Standard Y Class – 15kg per person, Premium XL Class – 30kg per person for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided – no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
You’ll enjoy an airport transfer between your Arusha hotel and Kilimanjaro International Airport with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.
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