MIGRATION SERENGETI 8 days from € 1695,- p.p.
This 8-day Migration Serengeti safari tour through the north of Tanzania, starts with a tantalizing game drive through LAKE MANYARA, after which we continue to the SERENGETI where we will try to track the more than a million gnus, zebras and antelope on the move to new grassland, to follow them over the vast savannahs of the Serengeti. After exiting the SERENGETI, we drive to the famous NGORONGORO CRATER to end at the Kilimanjaro airport for the flight back home or on to the exotic island of Zanzibar for an extended tropical beach holiday.
WHEN DOES THE ‘MIGRATION’ TAKE PLACE…
The ‘Big Trek’ annually starts when the grass on the southern plains has been used up, spurring the herds to move northwards slowly in search of grazing. During the migration, the gnus are constantly exposed to the dangers of lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas on the prowl on the plains, and during the inevitable river crossings where the crocodiles lie in wait. This annually produces spectacular wildlife scenes which attract many photographers and tourists from all over the world.
After a few months in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the animals return to the southern plains of the SERENGETI during the rainy season where the grazing is good and where they can give birth to their young in February-March. As soon as the young calves are strong enough, the ‘Big Trek’ starts all over again.
The most spectacular scenes are those in which the herds on the hoof cross the Grumeti and Mara Rivers. Many impressive documentaries have recorded the dramatic scenes as the massive crocodiles move in and gorge themselves on the victims. You will find one of these on the link below…
The MIGRATION, also called the ‘Big Trek’, starts in the south of the Serengeti, once the young calves are born. In the illustration above, you can see exactly where and when the more than a million gnus and zebras find themselves during these months… During their annual migration these herds are almost continuously at the mercy of predators.
Route 8-day Migration Serengeti:
- Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro – Mto wa Mbu
- Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
- Day 3: Olduvai Gorge and Serengeti National Park
- Day 4: Serengeti National Park
- Day 5: Serengeti National Park
- Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater and Mto wa Mbu
- Day 8: Kilimanjaro – return flight or flight to Zanzibar
Additional examples of Northern Parks:
DAY 1. Arrival Kilimanjaro airport – Mto wa Mbu
Transfer to Mto wa Mbu, an interesting (art) village near the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park. You will stay at the FANAKA Resort in 2-persons’ rooms with a shower and toilet. There is a cosy outdoor restaurant, bar and a new swimming pool at Fanaka resort.
DAY 2: Lake Manyara – game drives
Breakfast, a packed lunch and we are off in a well-equipped 4-wheel drive overland vehicle with a panorama hatch for photographing and filming, to LAKE MANYARA which is practically around the corner from Mto wa Mbu. A whole day of game drives and an idyllic stop for lunch at Lake Manyara. Towards the end of the afternoon, we return to the Fanaka resort for dinner.
DAY 3: Mto wa Mbu – Olduvai Gorge – Serengeti
After breakfast, we drive over mainly gravel roads to the SERENGETI via Olduvai Gorge. We arrive at the luxury Mawe Tented Camp in the Seronera area, right in the heart of the Serengeti. Depending on the time, we make a short game drive, enjoy a sundowner, dinner and listen to the African sounds all around us! Accommodation in furnished, big safari tents, with a shower and toilet and dinner in the Safari restaurant and after dinner relaxing with a cold drink by the fireplace before sleeping in a very comfortable bed in a great Safari tent.
DAY 4: Serengeti – game drives
First game drive at sunset, followed by breakfast and a game drive with a packed lunch and sufficient water, in search of the migrating herds of gnus. Depending on the season, the wildebeests and zebras are either moving to the north, south or west of the SERENGETI, followed by hungry lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. We return to our ‘Out in Adrica’ Tented Camp at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Safari Tent.
DAY 5: Serengeti – in search of the gnus
Depending on the season, we either stay in the Seronera area, the perfect base camp for making various game drives, or we move to the north in the direction of the Mara River or Ndutu, between the SERENGETI and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It’s back to the Tented Camp at Seronera at the end of the afternoon for dinner to digest all your impressions as the sun sets.
DAY 6: Serengeti -Ngorongoro
After breakfast we leave the Serengeti to enter the Ngorongoro area and will see a number of wild animals on our way. We arrive at the NGORONGORO CRATER (which lies at an altitude of about 2000 metres) in the afternoon. We stay at the Rhino Lodge in 2-persons’ rooms. Dinner with a campfire or fireplace.
DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater – game drives – Mto wa Mbu
After breakfast, we drive up a steep road into the famous NGORONGORO CRATER. We will see Maasai settlements with warriors and herds of cattle on our way into the crater. There is a big soda lake in the centre of the crater. You will see many species of wild animals in the crater, including the black rhino, but no giraffes as they are unable to walk down the steep slopes of the crater on their long legs. We leave the crater towards the end of the afternoon via a scenic route and drive to Mto wa Mbu. Here we stay at the Fanaka Resort which has a pool and where we will enjoy a delicious dinner. We stay in comfortable rooms with a shower and toilet.
DAY 8: Mto wa Mbu – transfer Kilimanjaro airport- flight home or Zanzibar
Depending on the time of your flight, you can either relax at the poolside or visit the art and crafts stalls at Mto wa Mbu to purchase a carving or African painting to take home. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your return trip home… or an inland flight to exotic ZANZIBAR for a tropical beach holiday…
Tip! You can also choose to stay an extra day to go on one more safari through the special Tarangire National Park, known for its large concentration of elephants and the many baobab trees that adorn the landscape.
MTO WA MBU – FANAKA RESORT ***
Fanaka Lodge lies just outside the centre of Mto wa Mbu in a lovely lush environment. One part of it is a camping area, surrounded by a number of neatly furnished 2-4persons bungalows with your own shower and toilet.
In the spring of 2015, a new swimming pool was opened at the Fanaka resort, so guests can cool off after a dusty safari. Dinner can be taken at the restaurant which also has a cosy bar.
It has neatly furnished 2-4 persons’ rooms with double and single beds, all with mosquito nets. All rooms have a private shower and toilet.
SERENGETI TENTED CAMPS ****
A Tented Camp consists of a number of large, furnished safari tents with proper, made up beds and an adjoining alternative bathroom with shower and toilet. Tented Camps are actually rather tastefully furnished lodges. You are surrounded by canvas walls, but you have all the comforts such as running water and your own toilet. You can enjoy a traditional African atmosphere here.
You will find these Tented Camps at various locations over the vast Serengeti; ideal for following the Migration. Under ‘canvas’ rather than a brick built lodge, you will experience a Tented Camp, the true ‘Out of Africa’ feeling.
At the heart of a Tented Camp is a dinning tent where delicious meals are served. Here you can enjoy being in the middle of the Serengeti African wilderness. Depending on where the herds of gnus and zebras find themselves, we either stay in the Seronera area (heart of the Serengeti), or a combination of Seronera with a Tented Camp in the North of the Serengeti and/or Ndutu, between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
You make an overnight stay in a big safari tent with a shower and toilet in the immense Serengeti as your front and back yard.
NGORONGORO CRATER – RHINO LODGE ***
Rhino Lodge is a middle class lodge on the crater rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, making it an ideal overnight stop from which to reach the famous Crater after a hearty breakfast.
Rhino Lodge has a good restaurant that serves a dinner buffet, a bar and a lounge with a fireplace. Maasai warriors come in regularly to perform a dance. From the Rhino Lodge you can make a great walk over the crater rim, under the supervision of a Maasai warrior, with wonderful views of the bottom of the crater some 700 metres below you.
There are neatly furnished 2-4 persons’ rooms with a shower and toilet. You will be able to enjoy regular sightings of animals from your porch in your immediate surroundings.
8-day Serengeti Migration: ● 8 days / 7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable rooms with a shower and toilet, in furnished Safari Tents with shower and toilet in the Serengeti, and in 2-persoons’ rooms with shower and toilet at the Rhino Lodge up on the Ngorongoro Crater ● all meals ● game drives in well-equipped 4wd jeeps with panorama hatch ● all park fees ● English speaking driver and guide
from € 1695,-
Prices in Euros for persons from 16 years and older.
Children discount: children up to 16 years € 250,- p.p.
Number of participants per tour date: minimum 2 people and maximum 7 people per jeep
Arrival dates: every day from 1 September 2016 until 31 December 2017
Included in the tour cost:
- all transfers, including Kilimanjaro return
- 3 x overnight stays in comfortable rooms on the FANAKA resort in Mto wa Mbu
- 3 x overnight stays in luxury furnished Safari tents with shower and toilet in the Serengeti
- 1 x overnight stay in Rhino Lodge on the Ngorongoro Crater
- all park fees in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Crater
- game drives in 4-wheel drive jeeps with convertible roofs
- all meals; breakfast, lunch(packet) and dinners with drinks such as coffee, tea and fruit juice
- 1 litre spring water per person per safari day
- hiking tours Mto wa Mbu
- professional English speaking chauffeur/guide
Not included in tour costs:
- return flight to Kilimanjaro or return from Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam
- visa fees to be paid $ 50 per person at the airport in Tanzania
- additional drinks
- optional mountain bike excursion Masai and Lake Manyara ca. € 35, – per person
- gratuities and personal expenses