Feel the pulse of the plains as you witness millions of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the Serengeti during the annual Great Migration.
The world’s greatest ancient migration route offers an awe-inspiring spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds in the Serengeti. Each year, the famed wildebeest migration brings incredible wildlife sightings to the best game parks in Tanzania. With your expert guide and 4×4 vehicle, get closer to the action than you ever imagined, and watch lions, cheetah and other animals as they prepare to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. Visit fabled Ngorongoro Crater, sometimes nicknamed Noah’s Ark for its rich concentration of diverse wildlife.
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park
Drive to lake manyara national park for game drive, lake manyara is a shallow freshwater lake in Tanzania. It is said to be the “loveliest lake in Africa, lake manyara is covering 127 square miles (329 km2) of lake manyara national park, the lake’s alkaline waters cover approximately 89 square miles (231 km2). It is famous for a good number of baboons and birdlife, also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs, and giraffes, giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates. Stay overnight at the Camp or Lodge.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park transit Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will drive towards the fertile crater highlands where the farmers grow wheat, corn and coffee. You will pass the Ngorongoro Crater before you reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park around midday. The Serengeti is the largest park in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes including short grass plains, thick bush, swamps, mountains and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called Kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. Depending on the season you will witness the migration of thousands of animals for which this park is famous for. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. This circle of life is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls and the locations of the herds may vary from year to year but your guide will know where to find the animals and where to see them best. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp or Lodge.
Day 3: Full Day in Serengeti National Park
We do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible Lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings.
In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!
Dinner and overnight at the Camp or lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
An early morning game drive, it’s always good to start game drive early in the morning, as many animals are active during this time. You will return to the camp for breakfast before heading out for another game drive in the park. Here in the Seronera region you will often see wildebeests and zebras in close proximity of lions and other predators such as leopards and cheetahs. After a picnic lunch you will continue your journey towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Once you have reached the crater rim you will enjoy fantastic views of this 600 m deep collapsed volcano. You will stay at the Camp or Lodge situated on the edge of the crater.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.
Day 5: Ngorongoro to Arusha
After a very early breakfast leave the Lodge and descend down to the eighth wonder with possibly the largest permanent concentration of wildlife in Africa, with an estimated average of 30,000 large mammals. In addition, this is one of the best reserves in Africa to see Black Rhino. Other sightings include Lions, Hyenas, Jackals, Hippos, Buffaloes, Elephants, Zebras, Wildebeest. After lunch drive back to Arusha