The Great Migration

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Safari Highlights:
Day 1 – 10 | The Great Migration Safari
  • Tarangire National Park – Game drive
  • Lake Eyasi – Tribes
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
  • Serengeti National Park – Migration tour
  • Mto Wa Mbu Village – Cultural trip
Itinerary Overview:
Arrive to Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport; you will personally be met by our representative and drive to Arusha city at the hotel where you will meet with your safari expert who will deliver a safari briefing. Overnight at Venus Premier Hotel,
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National park

After breakfast meet your safari driver guide at the lobby and leave for Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch boxes for afternoon and sunset game drive. Tarangire is the fifth largest National park in Tanzania well known for its beautiful landscape and larger elephant population found nowhere on earth. Tarangire River and the majestic baobab trees dwarfing some animal species which comes underneath are among the highlights of this park. Tarangire – Lake Manyara ecosystem forms a cycle of annual migration of over 3000 elephant, wildebeest and zebras. Apart from elephant population you may expect to spot giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippos, warthog & the three rare species of Lesser & Greater Kudu, Oryx and the Ash staling. Later drive to the lodge for overnight.

Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge,
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Eyasi

Wake up early morning for sunrise game in Tarangire National park, your lodge is located right along the Tarangire River which attracts more varieties of wildlife. Return to the lodge for early lunch, then check out and continue drive to Lake Eyasi for some cultural encounter. The driving is up and across the Great Rift Valley escarpment, reaching Lake Eyasi after about 2 hours. You will visit the Datoga tribe ‘The black smith’ they will take you around their homes and you will interact with them while asking as many questions as you can, and then you will visit the black smith. Later afternoon you will walk to the Lake shore for wonderfully sunset before driving to the lodge.

Overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge,
Day 3: Lake Eyasi – Karatu

On this day you will go for early morning hunting with Hadzabe’ bushman’ including tuition on survival skills; this is an indigenous tribe divided in three clans of Datoga, Tindiga & the Hadzabe living in hunting and gathering of fruits, tubes & eggs pretty much the same as people who lived in the Stone Age. Late morning you will return to the lodge for brunch/lunch. Relax a bit then checkout and drive to Karatu (a small town near Ngorongoro) arrive in early evening.

Overnight at Kudu Lodge,
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Rise and shine! After breakfast drive and descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor for a full day game drive. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch, you will leave the caldera in the late afternoon and return to your lodge.

Overnight at Kudu Lodge,
Day 5: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will travel via the cooler highlands towards the southern Serengeti and at midday you will reach the plains of the Serengeti to Naabi hills gate for check in, (you can have your packed lunch here while checking in), and you are now in Serengeti. After lunch, game drive on your way to the Central Serengeti possibly your driver guide will have already known where the wildebeest Migration is located. Sunset game drives on your way to the lodge. This park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. The Serengeti is famous for the yearly migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water.

Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camps,
Day 6 & 7: Serengeti National Park Full Days

Early start for an early morning game drive in Serengeti, (leave the camp with breakfast box and lunch box), early morning game drive starting at 6:30 allows you to see cat family along the road as the grass will be wet. You will also see how other animals behave in the morning after a long night of darkness; you can see some predators returning back from hunting or a pride of a lioness organizing an ambush.

Generally, most of cat family spends the morning time along the road avoiding the morning mist. You may go straight to where the wildebeest migration packed, break for breakfast in the bush then proceed with game drive until lunch time, break for lunch at Soronera visitor’s center or elsewhere, after lunch and some relax embark on your afternoon game drive. Drive back to the Camp during or before the sunset.

Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Ride (Extra cost)

The Serengeti balloon safari fly in the morning at 6:30 and takes 2 hours before landing in the bush followed with continental breakfast and some other celebration. Afterward, your safari driver guide will catch up with you and proceed with your full day game drives in the Serengeti.

The entire days are spent dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are. Predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals and include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up north. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year but your guide will know where to locate the animals and where to see them best.

Overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camps (Central) or Mara Kati Kati Tented Camps (Northern) Serengeti. This will depends on the movement of animals.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Karatu

On your outward journey to the park gate, you will enjoy some more game viewing before you leave the Serengeti National Park in the early afternoon to continue your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area check out and head to Kudu Lodge Tree for leisurely evening followed by dinner and overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9: Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tour – Arusha

Leave the car behind you and take a walk to stretch your legs after been seating for many days, get an inside look at the homes and exquisite crafts of Mto wa Mbu’s many tribes. See the innovative farming practices of villagers and learn about the irrigation system that sustains local crops, including the 32 varieties of bananas. You will also get a chance to meet locals and learn about local brews of banana beer, Makonde woodcarvings, and the tribal painting techniques; the village provides a great introduction to everyday life in Africa. After lunch start your drive all the way to Arusha city, arrive in early evening.

Overnight at Venus Premier Hotel,
Day 10: Departure

After leisurely breakfast in your hotel, depending on your flight schedule, you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight back home or further destination.

Items included:
  • Roundtrip airport transfer service
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Arusha before and after safari
  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation while on safari
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking driver/guide
  • Concession fees and lodge levies
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • All village fees
  • Government taxes
Items excluded:
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Beverage drinks and laundry service
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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