8 Day Lodge Safari - Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park

8-day Private Lodge Safari – Great Migration: Crossing Season

Ever dreamed of watching the Great Wildebeest Migration as it gathers at the steep riverbanks, waiting for the perfect moment to cross the legendary Mara River? Watching the animals struggle against the strong current and dangerous Nile crocodiles in search of fresh grazing grounds? What an unbelievable spectacle! Are you ready?

Join Tanzania Safari Bug on this 8-day private lodge safari with a special focus on the Great Wildebeest Migration during the months of July and October when the Great Wildebeest Migration meets up with the legendary Mara River in Northern Serengeti. This safari is ideal for nature enthusiasts, photographers, couples, families and friends travelling together.

Visit Lake Manyara National Park and enjoy fantastic panoramas from the Rift Valley escarpment wall. Proceed to Serengeti National Park and spend four nights inside the park. During 4×4 game drives you will be on the look-out for the legendary river crossings at the Mara River. You will also visit Ngorongoro Crater at the end of your safari.

Overview:

  • Private Lodge Safari in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit
  • Starting & ending in Arusha
  • Flight connection to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Departure day: Day of your choice
  • Price: from USD$ (4 people) to USD$ (2 people)

Activities:

  • Game drives

Highlights:

  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Rift Valley escarpment view point
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Additional extras:

  • Accommodation pre/post safari in Arusha

Beach holidays:

  • Trip extension to Tanzanian coast, Mafia & Zanzibar Islands can be arranged

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Rift Valley / Karatu

In the morning, meet & greet in Arusha with your professional guide. Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Your guide will open the pop-up roof so you can directly observe the wildlife. The park stretches 50 km along the Rift Valley escarpment wall and Ernest Hemingway once described the views as “the most stunning” he had ever seen. Look forward to a striking landscape with the steep Rift Valley to the West and the endless Masai Steppe with its alkaline lake to the East. The park provides a home for buffaloes, elephants, giraffes and large baboon families – seasonally also for flamingos and pelicans. In the late afternoon drive up the Rift Valley and stop at the scenic viewpoint before proceeding to your accommodation.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation options:

  • Rift Valley: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
  • Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, The Manor

Day 02: Rift Valley / Karatu – Central Serengeti

Get an early start for the journey to Serengeti National Park. The drive will take you through the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Soon you will reach the short grass plains of Serengeti National Park with a first game drive taking place in the afternoon. Serengeti is well-known for its unique kopjes which appear suddenly within the grass plain. Visit the Maasai, Moru and Simba kopjes and look out for the leopards and lions that can usually be seen relaxing on top of them. Continue to your accommodation in Central Serengeti.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation options inside:

  • Central Serengeti: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Kubu Kubu Tented Camp, Serengeti Under Canvas

Day 03 – 05: Serengeti National Park

In the morning proceed further north and you will reach the legendary Mara River by the afternoon –with game drives enroute. Between July and October, thousands of wildebeests will gather at the Mara River waiting for the perfect time to cross. Of course, large Nile crocodiles already lie in wait as the wildebeests cross the river. And such predators as cheetahs, leopards and lions are ready to pounce as the migration crosses their territory. During the coming months, the wildebeest migration will spread to the northern grasslands, where green grazing grounds can be enjoyed, and cross back and forth between Serengeti and Masai Mara. What a spectacle!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation options within the park:

  • Northern Serengeti: Bologonya Under Canvas, Mara Under Canvas, Kuria Hills Tented Lodge 

Day 06: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater Rim / Karatu

After an early breakfast and a spectacular sunrise, you will proceed to Naabi Hill Gate. Exit Serengeti National Park and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Region. Enjoy a first glimpse into the Ngorongoro Crater before driving to your accommodation located directly at the crater rim or in Karatu.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation options:

  • Ngorongoro Crater Rim: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, The Manor

Day 07: Ngorongoro Crater
Wake up early and proceed to the road that descends into Ngorongoro Crater! The crater was formed two million years ago during a volcanic eruption. Due to the permanent availability of fresh water, it supports a large variety of animals. The resident game varies from between 20.000 to 25.000 animals. With a bit of luck, you may come across the ‘Big Five’ – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and the extremely endangered black rhino. Also watch out for elands, hippos, hyenas, warthogs, wildebeests and zebras. Bird-life is plentiful and includes seasonal flocks of flamingos at Lake Magadi. Proceed to Karatu to overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation options:

  • Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, The Manor

Day 08: Karatu – Arusha
After breakfast return to Arusha with arrival in the early afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Includes:

  • Full board accommodation for 7 nights on safari
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional driver/guide
  • National park fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game drives as outlined in the itinerary

Excludes:

  • International / domestic flights
  • Visa fees to enter the country
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks (soft drinks & alcoholic drinks)
  • Tips