8-Days Serengeti Migration Safari Mara River Crossing

Summary

  • Duration: 08 Days
  • Price: from $2850 per person
  • Destinations: Tarangire,  Ngorongoro & Serengeti
  • Accommodation Type: Luxury
  • Best time to visit: June-October
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INCLUSIONS

  • English-Speaking Driver Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, including VAT
  • 24/7 EOS On-Call Support

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arusha

  • On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our Eyes On Serengeti representative. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel. 

The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day and there are no excursions planned, so you may arrive at any time.Relaxation, dinner and overnight at Rivertree Country Inn.

Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Lodge

Rivertrees Lodge

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Day 2

In the heart of the Tarangire National Park

  • From Arusha, we proceed to Tarangire National Park for our game drive. One of the largest national park in Tanzania located in Manyara region, this place is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for Tarangire river which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons.Tarangire retains an air of undiscovered Africa, as it is less visited than other northern Tanzanian parks. It is a haven for birds. 550 bird species, the world’s largest selection found in one habitat, find their home in Tarangire. The stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird, might greet you in its party dress of plumes!

Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Lodge

Day 3

Conquering the Great Plain of Serengeti

  • The lush plains of the Serengeti have made it an ideal home to wildlife for millions of years. This ancient ecosystem continues to thrive, and wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and giraffes are often seen grazing in herds. This is one of the best places in the world to spot lions dozing in a shade, leaping after a marked prey or gnawing off a share of their hunt.Depart Tarangire and drive to Central Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 4-5

Great migration, Mara river crossing, Hunting crocodiles

  • Early morning breakfast then depart for full day game drives at the northern Serengeti near the Tanzania and Kenya border.Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is more than 1,245,000 wildebeests, 200,000 Burchell’s zebras, 18,000 elands and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelles filling the entire stretch of landscape. The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth.Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest can congregate at crossing points: all crossing in a single continuous wave of beasts. And all this while tooth and claw are waiting around the sides to pick off the weak and the careless.

Accommodation: Mara Under Canvas

Day 6

Serengeti Central: Hunting predators Big Cats

  • After early breakfast you will drive to Lobo area for game drive. Lobo is the area in North-East of Serengeti National park with unique landscape, and you will have high opportunity to see leopards, cheetahs, big prides of lions, the rare clip-springer antelopes and others. In the late afternoon you will continue to Central Serengeti for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp.

Accommodation: Lion Paws

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater: The endangered black rhino, Pink flamingos

  • Leave very early in the morning and drive from central Serengeti for en route game viewing before descending to Ngorongoro CraterThe world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake.Later evening drive across the highlands of Ngorongoro to Farm House Lodge for your relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge

Day 8

Transfer to Arusha, lunch, departure to Kilimanjaro Airport

  • After breakfast you will drive back to Arusha for lunch with a short stop on a traditional Maasai village on the way. After lunch you will visit Maasai market for shopping (if interested), then you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure back home.

Our website contains all you need to know to start researching your Tanzania adventure. We keep it as informative as possible, but it is always worth getting in touch directly, by email or telephone. As with any destination, things change and the excellent deals we get from our suppliers vary from week to week, which means your best source of information, travel advice, and recommendations will always be our expert consultants.

Eyes On Serengeti is our new itinerary-building which gives you the freedom to explore your options online before speaking to an expert. It is an excellent tool for you to get an instant price for your dream trip before you work with a Tanzania expert to fine-tune it and make it a reality.

Our Planning safari Guide to Tanzania is a good place to start if you are in the initial research stage of your planning. It provides a brief overview of what a Tanzania holiday has to offer, a few of our favorite things about Tanzania, and how the experts here at Tanzania Odyssey can craft an itinerary to suit your special interests and expectations.

The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

Zanzibar: Most people visit the island of Zanzibar after their Tanzania safari. Zanzibar has a huge variety of boutique hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets, with a similarly wide range of activities, including diving. The island does mostly conform to the Indian Ocean idyll that its name suggests, although some beaches are tidal, so it is worth doing a bit of research on our Zanzibar beaches page before setting your heart on a specific beach resort. Stone Town is also a great non-beach town to explore whilst staying on the island.

Tanzania experiences two dry seasons, lasting from January to March and June to September. If you’re coming to Tanzania for the sublime array of wildlife then we recommend timing your visit with either of the dry seasons. The reason being that the vegetation is less dense, so game viewing is somewhat easier and animals tend to head to commonly known waterholes, rivers, and lakes for refreshment.
The second dry season from June to September is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. So if you want the great weather and easily found wildlife but fewer crowds, maybe plan to visit between January and March.

April to May and October to November mark the rainy seasons in Tanzania. The first rainy season, from April to May is seen as the heaviest and a raincoat is a must-have. The second, from October to November, then sees lighter rainfall.
The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green. Rainfall tends to fall in short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine, which can make for some excellent photography. April to May is also the low season in Tanzania, so parks are usually less crowded and rates for accommodation and tours can be lower.

If you’re visiting the vast Serengeti, time your visit with the second dry season from June to September to experience the annual highlight of the great migration. This epic natural event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate north to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November.

This is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to do a combined safari to Tanzania and Kenya. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds the migration brings, visit the Serengeti in the first dry season from January to March, which is also the wildebeest calving season.

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent year-round. However in the dry seasons, from January to March and June to September, the grass on the crater floor is short – making Africa’s iconic wildlife much easier to spot.

If you are looking to climb Kilimanjaro then there are a few things to bear in mind. The warmest months are January and February, however these also bring with them the largest numbers of trekkers. By March through to May the rains come making trekking potentially more challenging – however there are considerably less people on the mountain.
June to August then see colder temperatures but less rain and September and October are fairly dry with pleasant temperatures. November to December see the rains return but the temperatures are still quite mild. Despite what the daytime temperature is, it gets cold at night on the mountain and naturally the closer you are to the summit the colder it will be.

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