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The Great Migration Safari

From $3,532/pp

From $3,532/pp

Tanzania

Trip Length

7 days

Availability

July - October

The Great Migration Safari

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. The vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands. Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife include: a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion and leopard. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos.

Description

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. The vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands. Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife include: a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion and leopard. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.

Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Just a stone’s throw from the ‘centre of Africa’ – being halfway between Cairo and Cape Town – Arusha’s Villa Maua (House of Flowers) could not be more ‘central’ than its prime location in the safari capital of Northern Tanzania. With just nine, spacious and tastefully decorated garden rooms, this elegant, Cape Dutch inspired, boutique property combines the benefits of being in the ‘centre of town’ with also being sited in one of the historic residential areas of the city. Ideal for pre or post-safari stays or those visitors with historic or commercial interests in the city, the cosy warmth of Villa Maua creates an ambience of welcome home-style hospitality.

Today your adventure begins at Arusha’s Villa Maua (House of Flowers) - just a stone’s throw from the ‘centre of Africa’.

Activities

  • Private Hotel Transfer

Accommodation

Villa Maua Arusha

Day 2

Mara river safari

From your Arusha accommodation, and after your breakfast, your Alaitol Safaris driver will transfer you to Arusha airport for your flight to Kogatende airstrip (via Kilimanjaro and Manyara) in the Northern Serengeti. On arrival, you will be met by your driver-guide, who will take you to your camp to enjoy a hot lunch. After your meal, you leave on an afternoon game-drive for your first taste of the Northern Serengeti. Between July and October, there can be simply astonishing numbers of animals gathering along the banks of the Mara river.

Acacia Migration Camp There is nothing more exotic than staying in the wild and being one with nature yet not compromising comfort and relaxation. This intimate migration camp, conveniently nestled in the Kogatende area, is a semi-permanent mobile tented camp perfect for anticipating movements of the great migration.

It offers splendid views with fresh breeze and it features first-class amenities that guarantees luxury accommodation even in the midst of the wild. Listen to the sounds of nature and simply take in this once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in the wildlife setting of Africa.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Acacia Migration Camp

Day 3

Northern Serengeti

As you awake for a second day in Northern Serengeti, you can contemplate that parts of this northern area can easily match the Southern Serengeti for the abundance of wildlife viewing, especially between July and September. After your breakfast, you will embark with your driver-guide on a full-day game drive, looking out for elephant and buffalo, eland and gazelle.

Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot something really special: perhaps a cheetah, or even a rare black rhino, of which a small population are resident here. Of course, during these months the Great Migration remains the real focus, with the mighty Mara river proving the obstacle for wildebeest as they seek to cross to and from the Maasai Mara in neighbouring Kenya.

Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot something really special: a rare black rhino, of which a small population are resident here.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Acacia Migration Camp

Day 4

Northern Serengeti To Central Serengeti

Before leaving the northern part of amazing Serengeti, we take the opportunity this morning to spend more time observing this wonder of the natural world. As well as the huge herds, other animals in the Serengeti include giraffe, gazelle, impala, hartebeest and waterbuck – your driver-guide will be on the lookout for these, as well as some of the over 500 species of birdlife that have been spotted here, and will be able to tell you all about them. In the afternoon, we return to the central part of Serengeti, where you will be taken to your accommodation for relaxation and your evening meal.

Acacia Central Camp offers guests the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. This intimate safari camp is tucked beneath an Acacia tree and has breathtaking views of the savannah plains of the Serengeti National Park. Here, you can experience full luxury in the wild.The camp features 13 canvas tents including a family tent. There is a separate tented camp for the dining area and next to it is the lounge and bar area. All of these are accessible in a few steps under a soaring canopy of acacias, in the front of the camp.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Acacia Central Camp

Day 5

Central Serengeti safari

Waking up in the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park. After breakfast, we start today with the morning section of our game drive in Serengeti National Park, marvelling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide.

After our picnic lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad of animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much needed rest.

Note: For those who have booked the Balloon Safari for today, you will be picked up from the camp at 05.00 hours for a 06.00 hours departure. If you wish to book balloon safari, please let us know in advance.

In the Serengeti, the myriad of animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and the excitement of Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time.

Activities

  • Morning Game Drive
  • Picnic Lunch

Optional Activities

  • Balloon Safari

Accommodation

Acacia Central Camp

Day 6

Central Serengeti To Ngorongoro Crater

The exciting sounds of Africa will rouse you from your sleep. We make the most of the day with a 08:00 start, heading on our morning game-drive. Later, the adventure will continue when we travel up to Ngorongoro, another African icon. It’s almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti and with more than 1.6 million herbivores – plus thousands of predators – there’s always something new and interesting to see.

The changing seasons and natural light simply add to the diversity. This morning your driver-guide will help you spot some more of the many species at Serengeti, teaching you about their fascinating habits and habitats. After a pleasant picnic lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival, settle in at the lodge while a tasty, hot dinner is prepared for you. Tomorrow, the wonders of the crater await us.

Endoro Lodge, provides you with the finest accommodations and service available in Tanzania. The lodge believes everyone is entitled to Privacy, Tranquility and Elegance, and nothing is more important to us than your comfort and pleasure.The lodge features all private and detached chalets. Each chalet has its own immersion tub, outside shower, private veranda and fireplace.

It’s almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti, with more than 1.6 million herbivores - plus thousands of predators

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation

Endoro Lodge

Day 7

Explore Ngorongoro Crater

Today may be ‘departure day’, but there will be plenty of time to enjoy another true spectacle, before your thoughts turn to home. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world and your early morning game drive shows you why. First, there’s the volcanic caldera (the world’s largest), full of grassland, forest and swamp, a setting of jaw-dropping beauty. Secondly, the permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals.

Here you’ll find many of the reasons you chose to come on safari: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wallowing hippo, waterbuck, baboons... even the rare black rhino finds shelter here. Sharing this awesome space with the animals are the Maasai, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. This harmonious co-habitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania. Your driver guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you.

After your early morning game drive, we have our picnic lunch in the crater before we return to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. Journey time and Distance: 5 hours, 245 km from Ngorongoro to Airport

View the volcanic caldera (the world’s largest), full of grassland, forest and swamp - a setting of jaw-dropping beauty.

Activities

  • Volcanic Caldera
  • Morning Game Drive
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Ngorongoro Crater

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 1 Night at Villa Mauwa Arusha
  • 2 Nights at Acacia Migration Camp
  • 2 Nights at Acacia Central Camp
  • 1 Night at Endoro Lodge

Ground Transport

  • Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
  • Arrival and Departure Transfer.
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives.
  • Special converted 4x4 safari land rover/cruiser.
  • Professional guide.

Exclusions

  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any service not specified

Medical Evacuation Fees

Medical evacuation facilitation fees:

  • Only valid in combination with International medical evacuation cover. (Please provide us with your medical insurance policy and insurance provider name at time of booking).

Flights

  • All international flights and visas to/from Tanzania are excluded
  • Schedule flight from Arusha to Kogatende Airstrip in Northern Serengeti, with airport taxes is included

Meals

  • Villa Mauwa Arusha: Breakfast
  • Acacia Migration Camp: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Acacia Central Camp: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Endoro Lodge: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Selection of snacks and cooled, hot drinks in safari vehicle.

Fees and Tours

  • All park and entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • National parks and Ngorongoro Conservation entrance fees.
  • 1 Half day Crater tour and Ngorongoro Crater service fees x 1.
  • Visit Masai Boma.
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Johnothan Dean Sanders

I am open to everything and trying new things. From food, to extreme and challenging adventures, I’ll be up for it! I love mysterious places, blue oceans and the true African "Braai" with people and music in the air. I like to fully submerse myself in other cultures and customs.

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