A safari to Tanzania’s Serengeti to specifically view the great migration is one of the ultimate safaris experience. The best Wildebeest Migration in East Africa known as “The Great Migration” which take place between Tanzania ‘s Serengeti National park and Kenya ‘s spectacles on the planet. Thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra’s migrate between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, Constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing Area. The massive herds are closely followed by predators (lion, leopard, Cheetah and hyena) making the most of every opportunity to catch their next meal.
The precise timing of the annual wildebeest migration depends on the rains, it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event, with calving season taking place in the Serengeti between January and Mid – March.
The wildebeest migration starts to head towards the western Serengeti in May or June. The best time to see the migration is generally between June and August when the Wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. In Maasai Mara generally arrive between August and September, October and November. Between the end of November and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration from the Maasai Mara back towards the Serengeti.
N.B: Please note that the timing of the migration is NOT predictable depends on the rainy season in that surrounding specific year. This seasonal chart is a general view description of the migration cycle. And we cannot guarantee you or be held liable for seasonal changes of the current migration in East Africa.
Here is some selected of the excellent lodges and camps in the Serengeti area from where you can witness one of the greatest world wildlife spectacular natural phenomenon. KIRAWIRA – MAY – JULY, LOBO – JULY – NOV & DEC, GURUMENT RIVER – MAY – AUGUST, IKOMA – JULY – AUGUST, SERONERA – MARCH, APRIL -JUNE, LAKE NDUTU – DEC, JAN, FEB, MARCH & APRIL, NYARBORO HILLS – MARCH – MAY, KLEINS’ CAMP – AUGUST – DEC, MIGRATION CAMP – JULY – OCTOBER.
Day 1: Arusha National Park
Our staff will meet you at hotel and together we will have short briefing to finalize details and answer any additional questions regarding your upcoming safari.
Depart from Arusha town at 8am. We will drive you to Arusha National Park, where you will enjoy the natural beauty of the hills, mountains and river beds. You will enjoy a half-day guided walking safari through the forest to the waterfall.
Expect to see endless acres of forest, black and white colobus monkeys, zebras, buffaloes and a lot of antelopes. You will also have a chance to observe more than 400 bird species including Crowned Eagle, Lanner Falcon and Levaillant’s Cuckoo.
After lunch in the bush, you will be taken on a game drive through the National park, where you will enjoy the flora and fauna. We will drive you to seven Momela lakes full of pink flamingos and other water birds. From here, it is possible to enjoy the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
Early in morning after breakfast we drive 2hrs to Lake Manyara National Park, a photographers paradise for game viewing. Expect to see a park teeming with wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions resting in acacia trees. From your vehicles, you will have a marvelous view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” to the Serengeti National Park.
The gorge lies on the same spot where once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world’s earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim. Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people and get to know their culture and habits.
Upon entering the Serengeti National Park for your game drive, the most intriguing and yet amazing African landscape rolls before your eyes. Here you will experience African wildlife in all its glory. Dinner and overnight at Kubu kubu Tented Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The highlight of the expedition will be a game drive in the Serengeti. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals in herds, wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion. While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a full-day game drive. From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down into the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. The caldera exhibits more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as Lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will also see pools full of hippos, the endangered East African black rhino as well as birds such as the secretary bird, the white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season and kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big drawing card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which can require the trained eye of your guide to spot. In the evening we drive to Tarangire for your Dinner and overnight stay at Maramboi Tented Camp.
Day 6: Tarangire National Park – Arusha
In the morning we will begin the game viewing at the richest vista of an endless golden savannah. You will see the Tarangire River with Baobab trees all along the river-banks. This is a well established view point, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the river throughout the day.
Thousands of animals migrate from Maasai steppe to Tarangire River looking for water. You might be able to see three rare species of animals; the Greater Kudu, the Fringe-eared Oryx as well as a few Ashy Starlings. Picnic lunches will be set on some of the picnic sites in the proximity of wildlife. At noon hours we will depart to Arusha town and that will be the end of your African safari adventure. From Arusha you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport JRO to connect with your international flight back home.