tanzania wildebeest migration

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Tanzania Wildebeest Migration

  • Price
  • Package Duration
    8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area) - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Tour Validity
    01/09/2018 to 31/12/2019

Tour Highlights:

  Day                   Location                                            Meal Plan                 Activity

Day 01             Arusha                                                                       BB                                Trsf,

Day 02             Lake Manyara National Park                                 LDBB                           Trsf, P

Day 03             Serengeti South (Ndutu area)                               LDBB                                 AP

Day 04             Serengeti South (Ndutu area)                               LDBB                                 AP

Day 05             Serengeti South (Ndutu area)                               LDBB                                 AP

Day 06             Ngorongoro Conservation Area                            LDBB                                 AP

Day 07             Ngorongoro Conservation Area                             LDBB                                AP

              Day 08             Depart  

L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, AL – all inclusive, Trsf-Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, HDS-Half Day sightseeing

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Arusha                         1 hour transfer

Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the arrival lounge and transferred to Arusha arriving at your hotel for check in, refresh before dinner.

Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel


Day 02: Drive to Lake Manyara            (3 hours drive)

Breakfast at leisure and depart for Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunches arriving at the park by midday and proceed with game drives until late afternoon.

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most diverse of Tanzania’s national parks, a tiny (325km², about 205sq miles) combining the Rift Valley,  Lake, dense woodlands and steep mountainside.  This park is very famous for its tree-climbing pythons and tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day, spread out along the branches of Acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground. Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake. The park is also particularly noted for its huge herds of buffalo and elephants, as well as giraffe, impala, hippos and a great variety of smaller animals

Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge


Day 03: Lake Manyara / Serengeti South (Ndutu) (3 hours drive)

Breakfast at the lodge, thereafter pick up picnic lunches and we depart driving to Serengeti South (Ndutu area) arriving at the park in the afternoon with game drives in the endless plains of this famous area where the wildebeest migration can usually be found at this time of the year

Dinner and overnight at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge



Day 04 & 05: Southern Serengeti (Ndutu) 

Spend these days with morning and afternoon game drives in the endless plains of the southern serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade.

All meals and overnight at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Serengeti National Parkis one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world. It covers an area of about 14763sq kms, with various vegetation, grassy plains, savannah acacia lands, wooden hills and mountains which are the backdrops for an extraordinary concentration of animals which reaches its peak during the wildebeest migration. It is said to be around 2 million of wildebeests in Serengeti that migrate every year from Massai Mara plains.  The best time to see the wildebeest migration is from December to July, and the best time to see predators is from June to October. Serengeti is among of the world’s remaining natural wildlife refuges. The name comes from the Maasai ‘Siringet’, meaning endless plains and is equal in size to Northern Ireland. The Park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in seasonal migration which makes it one of natures’ wonders.


Day 06: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (2 hours)

Breakfast at the lodge, thereafter, pick up picnic lunches and depart for your morning game drive en route to the Ngorongoro Conservation area arriving at your lodge in the afternoon

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge


Day 07: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast today, you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for a day crater tour with picnic lunches. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food.

The Ngorongoro Crateris at 2,286m above the sea level, and is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Ngorongoro is surrounded by very steep walls rising at 600 meters from the crater floor. The crater was been declared a world Heritage Site. The views at the rim are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains – all a heaven for wildlife, including the densest predator population in Africa. The crater is home to up to 25,000 large mammals, mainly grazers – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. You will not find giraffe as there is not much to eat at tree level, or topi, because the competition with wildebeest is too fierce, nor will you find impala. The crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There are a small number of black rhinos here too. The birdlife is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to the fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge


Day 08: Ngorongoro / Arusha & depart 

Breakfast at the lodge. Check out and depart driving to Arusha arriving by mid day for lunch at the Mount Meru Hotel. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure 

Tour Detail:


- Journey of a lifetime during one Earth's greatest natural spectacles, the phenomenal Great Migration

- Visit three of Tanzania's finest game parks, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

- Superior luxury accommodation in hand-picked all-inclusive lodges

- Abundant wildlife viewing featuring the "Big Five" Lion, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinoceros & Cape Buffalo

- Morning & Afternoon game drives led by expert safari guides

- Small group size for optimal game viewing experience

- Tour of Olduvai Gorge, excavated by Dr. Leakey, featuring a private lecture by the curator 

- Opportunities to meet the people of Tanzania during special visits to Karatu


*Last Minute Deals available for reservations made until Feb. 19th, 2017.  

          Double Occupancy          /          Child Rates

From $ 7,030  $0,000                            $ 4,540     $0,000

From $ 6,741  $0,000                            $ 4,276     $0,000


- All accommodations, all game drives and most meals included

Includes :



Facts & Figures :

The Tanzania Migration Safari begins in the safari capital, Arusha where we land in Kilimanjaro International Airport, a convenient airport that serves many international flights. After an overnight stay we drive north to the pristine Lake Manyara where we will encounter our first large variety of wildlife and the photogenic flamingo wallowing on the lake.

Travel to the Serengeti National Park for a couple of nights and days are filled with action-packed game view. Our next destination is to Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu area to experience the culture and lifestyle of Tanzanians.




and this is understadably from where the SERENGETI National Park takes its name

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder.  The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration,

when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing.

Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe

and thousands upon thousands of elands, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.


 Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).

Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.

-        Ndutu area known for the calving season from mid-December to March

-        Southern Serengeti heading to Western Corridor – April to June (crossing the Grumeti River)

-        Western Corridor heading to Northern Serengeti: June and July

-        Northern Serengeti to Massai Mara: July to October – millions of wildebeest and Zebras cross the Mara River. Depending on weather conditions, they migrate to Massai Mara and return to Serengeti twice during that particular period. The migration can be expected to move either way with no particular set direction.

-        Massai Mara either way with no particular set direction.



 Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza. Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.


 Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arrangedwith us. Massai rock paintings and musical rocks.

Visit neighboring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron's flamingos.


 Four lodges, six luxury tented camps and camp sites scattered through the park;

one new lodge will be opened next season (Bilila Lodge); one luxury camp,

a lodge and two tented camps just outside.


 To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

The route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable.

Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit - longer if you want to see the main predators as well.


Day of departure: daily

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Price list: Please find all prices for this safari here

Country information: Please read more information about Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda 



Travel guide: -  English speaking

Extra Charge: - private procedure with 2 persons:

Type of travel: -  Small group journey, can be also booked as individual journey

General Terms & Conditions: -  Prices vary per travel season number of travelers and Room type. We will be pleased to present you with an individual offer for your desired date.

This exemplary itinerary can individually be amended to your wishes. Of course, also other accommodations are possible. The exemplary route can be individually changed. We can for example shorten or lengthen the route, include additional stops, mix lodges etc.

All changes in the itinerary as well as changes of departure days etc. are reserved to the travel agents on-site.

All prices are per person. Prices are subject to rate changes, currency fluctuations and availability until booking is conformed by Horizon Africa Safari.

Terms & Conditions:


Quotation Includes;

·       Airport transfers as per the itinerary

·       Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Arusha Mount Meru Hotel

·       Full Board accommodation whilst on safari with meal plans as per the itinerary

·       Ground transportation as per the itinerary in 6 – Seater Land Cruiser with an English speaking driver/guide or naturalist guide (Guaranteed window seat)

·       Game drives and sightseeing as per the itinerary.

·       Park or reserve entry fees - where applicable. 

·       Mineral water 1 Littre bottle per person per day.


Quotation Excludes:     

·       Visas (currently US$ 50 per person. $ 100 for United States citizens)

·       Drinks with meals

·       Tips and gratuities

·       Inoculations and personal insurance

·       International and domestic flights and departure taxes

·       Optional activities and excursions

·       Items of personal nature such as cigarettes, postage etc

·       Health insurance and evacuation fees





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