Witness the massive migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra

Tanzania with the Great Migration

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Witness the massive migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra

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Tanzania with the Great Migration

Soak Up the Serengeti

On your Tanzania safari, you want to go where the wildlife lives and the Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of migratory animals on Earth. Daily game drives take you into the acacia savannas and grasslands of the Serengeti for opportunities to spot East Africa’s legendary herds of wildebeest, zebra and more, along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog.

Enjoy a classic, yet intimate, safari experience with stays at luxurious tented camps situated in remote wilderness areas, including an innovative mobile camp that travels with the herd for fantastic viewing of the Great Migration. Superb local guides ensure that you discover the most diverse abundance of wildlife while soaking in the scenic beauty and unspoiled wilderness of Tanzania. Whether on game drives or around the campfire at night, our personable local naturalists bring Africa’s mosaic of landscapes to life.

Daily Itinerary

Tanzania with the Great Migration Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Arrive in Kilimanjaro and transfer to the Rivertrees Country Inn for dinner and overnight. (D)

  • Day
    2

    Kilimanjaro / Ngorongoro

    Today,depart overland for the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area with stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Check in to Entamanu Ngorongoro, a sustainable camp nestled in a small forested area set high atop the rim of the crater. All of the large, stylish tents offer sweeping views over the crater, the plains of the Serengeti and the Gol Mountains. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    3

    Ngorongoro

    With a prime position, just a stones-throw from the floor of the crater, you’ll enjoy a peaceful morning safari well ahead of the crowds. This time of year is known for beautiful, lush scenery with clear skies and lots of baby animals for both predators and prey. During game drives, search for big herds of elephants, buffalo, and wildebeest. This area is also home to one of the densest populations of lions in Africa and large prides are often found sprawled in the shade of acacia scrub. Birding here is fantastic, with over 550 recorded species. Take a walk along the crater rim with local Maasai guides, and visit a traditional boma (village) to learn about the Maasai culture and daily life. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    4

    Ngorongoro / Ndutu (Southern Serengeti)

    After one last game drive and breakfast, depart overland for one of the most beautiful drives in Tanzania. As you descend from the Ngorongoro highlands, the vastness of the Serengeti plains opens up and you get a real appreciation of the scale of this iconic wilderness. Check in to Serengeti Safari Camp, a mobile camp that follows in the tracks of the wildebeest migration. Time permitting, embark on an afternoon game viewing excursion. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    5-6

    Ndutu

    The Ndutu area is famed for its vast grass plains that are particularly rich in nutrients. This sustains the migratory animals during calving season, which peaks around February. Serengeti Safari Camp was designed to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration. The main focus of your time here is getting right into the action of the migration, be it the drama of a mother giving birth or the breathtaking moment of seeing the herds stretch for impossible miles. (B,L,D daily)

  • Day
    7

    Ndutu / Kogatende (Northern Serengeti)

    This morning, board our flight to the far north of Serengeti National Park. Check in to your stone and thatch room at Lamai Serengeti, set high above the Mara River Valley.

  • Day
    8-9

    Kogatende

    Explore the area during game drives to view iconic African wildlife, including the Big Five and numerous plains species. (B,L,D daily)

  • Day
    10

    Kogatende / Kilimanjaro

    After breakfast, board our charter flight to Kilimanjaro. Connect with your independent homeward flight. (B)

Things to Know

What is included in the price of the "Tanzania with the Great Migration" trip?

  • Accommodations, excursions, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • Game drives in 4x4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
  • Services of private IE driver/guides
  • Masai village visit
  • Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport no matter what day or time
  • One soft drink or local beer per person per included lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water on excursions, group transfers, at included lunches and dinners and in rooms daily
  • All gratuities to group service staff except your IE driver/guide and room/tent staff

Accommodations

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Country Inn

Set in an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage near the Usa River. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore. Comprising the original Farm House, an elegant River House, luxurious River Cottages and several beautifully appointed Garden Rooms, it also serves delicious garden-fresh cuisine stunningly situated restaurants. The swimming pool and spa are tailored for relaxation, and friendly personalized service ensures a memorable stay.

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Perched high on the remote north west rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Entamanu Ngorongoro is the ultimate highland retreat. This the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise over the Ngorongoro Crater, and set over the Serengeti Plains. This eco-conscious camp is specially designed to provide shelter from the high-altitude sun and chilly weather in the early mornings and evenings, but can also be completely disassembled to leave no mark on its pristine environment. Entamanu Ngorongoro has six canvas rooms elevated on wooden platforms, with two family rooms made up of two full size rooms and a shared bathroom. Each room has indoor heating and en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, and flush toilets. Every effort has been made to create comfort in this elemental place. Log fireplaces, plush fabrics, sheepskin throws and wool rugs create an inviting space to spend cozy evenings, while wooden viewing decks draw you outdoors to soak up the midday sun and draw in awe-inspiring views of the Serengeti to the west and Ngorongoro Crater to the east.

Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Moving several times a year to be in the best possible location for the wildebeest migration, this camp is a simple blend of form and function. All the comforts you need, without distancing you from the adventure of an authentic safari experience. The camp is tented in the finest tradition of East African safaris, with only six spacious en suite tents, great food and a crew anxious to exceed your expectations, this is a million miles from camping as most people know it.

Lamai Serengeti

Lamai Serengeti

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of iconic Kogakuria kopje in northern Serengeti, a prime site and with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Beautifully designed open-fronted rooms, a spacious lounge and clear pool provide an ideal place to escape to for some relaxation in between your wildlife adventures. The area boasts year-round fantastic game viewing, including the Big Five, and between July and November, the wildebeest migration moves through, crossing the Mara River in dramatic fashion just 20 minutes from the lodge.

From: $10,990 per person
Duration
10 Days, 9 Nights
Guest Capacity
12 Guests
Trip Type
Land
Expedition Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a classic, yet intimate, safari experience with stays at luxurious tented camps situated in remote wilderness areas, including an innovative mobile camp that travels with the herd for fantastic viewing of the Great Migration.
  • Explore both the legendary Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.
  • Embark on morning and afternoon safaris daily, as well as night drives to seek out nocturnal species.
  • Visit with local Maasai communities to learn about their customs and way of life.