Experience one of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts: the Great Migration. This ever-moving circular migration of over a million animals across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, joined by a host of companions, follows an age-old route in search of grazing and water.
After calving in the southern part of Tanzania’s Serengeti near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the animals migrate across the Serengeti up and around in a clockwise direction towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya, before returning once again near the end of the year. Along the way, high drama is always present, as thousands of animals are taken by predators and thousands more are born, replenishing the numbers, and sustaining the circle of life.
9 days – customizable
Moshi – Kilimanjaro
Welcome in Tanzania. A driver will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and bring you to Moshi where you will spend the first night. The majestic snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro towers over this little African town which is known as a coffee producing hub boasting vast coffee plantations.
Tarangire National Park
You are picked up by your personal safari guide after breakfast and head to the Tarangire National Park. This drive takes about 3,5 hours. Tarangire National Park is characterized by rolling country, the gorge (a deeply embedded river) which seldom runs dry, small swamps, and acacias.
It is famous for its enormous baobab trees and large elephant population that play around their ancient trunks and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. There are also buffalos, cheetahs, hyenas and lions to be seen. In the dry season the animals assemble at the marshes for fresh drinking-water. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals during the annual dry season.
Ndutu is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and lies south of Serengeti National Park. From December to April migratory herds visit the Ndutu area and provide a feast for the resident predators. Millions of wildebeest calve on the plains in February, and during its peak, around 8,000 baby wildebeest are born each day. Seeing such a wobbly newborn calf take its first shaky steps is a truly unforgettable experience.
Inevitably, some of the calves will fall prey to predators such as hungry lions, leopards, and cheetahs, but as 80% of the wildebeest females give birth in the same two- to three-week period, most will survive. Huge numbers of migratory birds come to eat the abundant insects of the plains and to escape the cold European winter. The lakes attract flocks of flamingos and other water birds. During these months in Ndutu, animal viewing is excellent everywhere.
You will spend your days on safari with unlimited game drives between 06.00 am and 06.00 pm, and your guide will inform you about the different options. The fun thing in this area is that you can drive off-road as well!
Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you will depart for the beautiful Serengeti National Park. An adventurous and bumpy road will take you there in about 4-5 hours. When time allows you will have a game drive in the afternoon before heading for your accommodation.
Serengeti National Park covers an area of 14.800 km2 and derives its name from the Maasai word ´Siringitu´, which means endless plain. The Serengeti is located along the rift valley and is abound with geological formations. One of Serengeti’s defining features are its round Kopjes (pronounced copies), a feature of continual weathering. These islands in the sea of grass are formed as the topsoil comprising of rock and ash is eroded, exposing a covered layer of metamorphic rock. They became round as a result of spherical wind weathering. The game drives in this park are exceptional and game viewing incredible. This Park offers the best opportunity for viewing cheetah, leopards and lions.
Serengeti is also famous for the Great Migration. In terms of numbers and drama, this is by far the most amazing natural spectacle you will ever see, coming face to face with thousands of wildebeest and zebras on their epic annual trek. Although there is no telling what exactly will happen in nature, we can advise you where you are most likely to catch a glimpse of this extraordinary phenomenon.
While spending these days in Serengeti National Park, you can do unlimited game drives between 06.00am and 06.00pm. This means you can start with an early breakfast, take a lunchbox, and come back to the camp in the later afternoon. Or you make an early morning game drive and come back to the camp for a so called ‘hot lunch’. Your guide will help you with the planning and the logistics. You just need to let him know your wishes and together you can plan for the day (usually done together with your guide the previous night).
Ngorongoro Region, Ngorongoro Crater
In the morning there will be still some time to enjoy Serengeti National Park as you will leave at around 11.00 am to drive to Karatu, a village close to Ngorongoro Crater. The bumpy drive will take about 4-5 hours and you will pass the Ngorongoro viewpoint on the way.
The next morning you will drive into the Ngorongoro Crater. It is advisable to leave early to catch the nice morning light and before it gets too crowded. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is best known for its archaeological and geological significance, rich wildlife, and beautiful scenery. The conservation area encompasses the famous Crater, the renowned Olduvai Gorge and vast plains of grasslands, forests and mountains extending to the Serengeti. This 8.000 km2 protected area is recognized for its natural beauty and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors flock here to soak up the spectacular views of the Ngorongoro Crater, voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and famed for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
The crater is one of the prime areas to observe the black-maned lion and the endangered Black Rhino, of which there are not that many left in the crater. You will spend the whole day ‘on safari’ in the park looking for amazing wildlife. Your guide will bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. At the end of the day, you drive out of the crater and return to your accommodation.
End of tour - Departure - Arrival Home
Today you will drive from Karatu to Arusha/ Kilimanjaro Airport which takes about 3-4 hours. Here you will say goodbye to your guide and fly back home again.
|What is included?|
Meet & Greet with your personal driver and guide at the Airport
All airport/hotel transfers
Described accommodations and meals
All guided road transfers and game drives in a 4x4 safari vehicle (just for your own group)
Domestic flights (if applicable)
Park fees are included unless mentioned differently
Drinking water during the safari days
Flying Doctor membership
Standard accommodation includes all rooms at mid-range or luxury hotels, guesthouses or lodges, unless otherwise requested.
Most accommodations are booked on basis of DBB (Diner, Bed en Breakfast) or Full-Board.
In some accommodations local drinks are included.
|What is not included?|
International flights (book separately with us)
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, local premium and imported drinks (unless indicated differently)
Meals indicated as not included
Visa Tanzania (USD 50 single entry)
Any extra activities (unless indicated as included)
Any items of personal nature
Travel and cancellation insurance
Gratuities and tips
Zanzibar infrastructure tax of $1,- p.p.p.n
For those who want to be part of one of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts: the Great Migration.
|What makes this route unique:|
After calving in the southern part of Tanzania's Serengeti, the animals migrate through the Serengeti. Along the way, high drama is always present, as thousands of animals are taken by predators.
|How to get most out of it:|
Extend your safari with a few days stay on the tropical island of Zanzibar.
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