Great Wildebeest Migration Lodge Safari
Just the mention of the name ‘Serengeti’ conjures images in one’s mind, whether real or imagined. This safari allows you to witness the very best of Tanzania. You will revel in all the wildlife viewing opportunities on the fabled plains of the Serengeti, around Lake Manyara, through Tarangire and on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. The reality of this Tanzanian wildlife adventure is simply awe-inspiring.
Observe the more subtle nuances of wildlife behavior, expertly noted by your local guides and professional trackers. Explore all the great wildlife regions of northern Tanzania: Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and the famed Serengeti. Discover the smaller denizens of the bush on a thrilling walking safari, where you can learn the ancient skills of tracking and identify poor. Descend into the unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater often called the Eden of Africa.
Wildebeest Migration Seasons:
The Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, also known as “The Great Migration” takes place between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara and is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. Thousands of wildebeest and zebra are migrating between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing. The massive herds are closely followed by predators (lion, hyena, and cheetah), 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 general between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August & September and remain in the Masai Mara between October & November. Between the end of November and January, the wildebeest gradually begin their migration from the Masai Mara back towards the Serengeti.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive, Tanzania
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet at the airport with our staff and transfer to Arusha town for a comfortable night’s rest.
Day 2 – 3: Tarangire National Park
On day 2 you will be picked up from the Impala Hotel at 0830hrs and drive to Tarangire National Park. Spend two days exploring Tarangire, one of Tanzania’s ‘secret’ wildlife havens… teeming with large populations of elephant, predators, and their fleet-footed prey. You will spend these two nights at Tarangire.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning after breakfast at 0830hrs transfer from Tarangire to Manyara for full day game viewing. Enter the Great Rift Valley and Manyara National Park. The lake’s waters sustain a bountiful avian population, including flamingoes, as well as numerous pods of hippos. Overnight at Manyara.
Day 5 – 6: Ngorongoro Crater
In the morning of day 5 at 0800hrs transfer from Manyara to Ngorongoro, descend into the crater for full day crater tour. In the evening ascend the crater for dinner and overnight at the lodge on the rim of the crater. In the morning of day 6 at 0800hrs descend into the crater to observe the resident wildlife on the crater floor, at around 1300hrs you will stop for picnic lunch near lerai forest or hippo pool, then after lunch ascend the crater and walk in the adjacent rolling hills and have an opportunity to interact with the Masai at a local manyatta. Overnight in Ngorongoro.
Day 7 – 10: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast at 0830hrs drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park. Your skilled driver knows the Serengeti and where to locate even the most elusive of animals. Morning and afternoon daily wildlife viewing afford you the opportunity to track and photograph the ‘Big Five’. You will be doing game drives while tracing the direction of the wildebeests. Spend all these four nights at the lodge in Serengeti.
Day 11: Depart Kilimanjaro
One last game viewing opportunity this morning and then fly back to Arusha. Relax, enjoy lunch, or shop for collectibles before your evening departure flight.
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