8 Days, 7 Nights Safari

The Great Wildebeest Migration - Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National park.

OVERVIEW

This is a very special tour that concentrates on the Serengeti, to follow the Great Migration. You will spend at least 3 nights in the park, one at the Central Area (the largest concentration of big cats) and two where the Migration is according to the time of the year. We have designed this particular tour so that you finish the safari in Tarangire National Park which is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river.

Detailed Itinerary :

ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT

DAY 1

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by Meseno Adventures representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha/Moshi. Overnight will be at your accommodation awaiting for your safari on the following day.

ARUSHA TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 2

Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Lake Manyara National Park which is an unspoilt paradise and is best known for its abundance of birds and tree-climbing lions. The dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley forms the Park’s western border. To the east is the shallow, alkaline Lake Manyara. The lake covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons and is home to thousands of flamingos during the rains. The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word ‘emanyara’, a popular plant which is used to build the protective enclosure around a family homestead (boma). The Park’s vegetation is diverse, ranging from savannah to evergreen forest. On your exploration of the park you may see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and if you are lucky; lions lounging in the trees.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3

Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is truly spectacular. It is famous for its vast open grasslands which allow for excellent sightings of wildlife. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest National Park and it is also one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Its climate and vegetation have remained largely untouched for millions of years. Whilst the Serengeti boasts abundant wildlife, it is perhaps best known for the annual Great Migration. Vast numbers of wildebeest; accompanied by large numbers of zebra and antelope move in an annual pattern, constantly seeking fresh grazing. The precise timing of the Migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.

NORTH SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 4 & 5

After breakfast, we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo, and elephants can often be seen. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

DAY 6

Early morning after breakfast, we continue with our en-route drive inside the Serengeti National Park before we depart to Ngorongoro crater. When you first see Ngorongoro Crater, it looks like a forgotten world. Concealed by the steep volcanic walls is a pristine wilderness including sweeping savannah, pockets of acacia woodland, and glistening lakes and swamps. Arriving at our accommodation in the late evening, we will have our dinner and overnight stay at one of our carefully selected lodge

NGORONGORO CRATER TO KARATU

DAY 7

After early breakfast, you will descend the crater which is almost 600m deep. The Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself two to three million years ago. It is famous for both its geological delights and for being a natural reserve which is home to some of the densest large mammal populations in the whole of the African continent. The drive down the into the Crater is an adventure in itself and when you reach the Crater floor, you quickly find yourself amongst large numbers of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and more than 500 bird species. The Crater provides you with the best chance of seeing the endangered black rhino, which can sometimes be spotted in the open grasslands. After Lunch and an extensive game drive inside the crater, we head for our comfort partner lodges in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO ARUSHA/MOSHI

DAY 8

Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Tarangire National Park. The Park is named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. This ‘river of warthogs’ is the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season. In places, the vegetation is quite dense, including elephant grass, acacia woodlands, and lush groundwater forest. The Park is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. You may also see giraffe, bushbuck, and hartebeest. These animals are closely followed by a range of predators, including lions and leopards.

There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet!

 Price Includes :

  •  Park fees
  •  Conservation Fees
  •  All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  •  All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  •  A professional driver/guide
  •  All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  •  Roundtrip airport transfer
  •  All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  •  Drinking water on all days

 Price does not Include :

  •  Pre/Post Safari Accommodation in Moshi / Arusha
  •  Tips to the driver guide. Tipping is per group (not per person)
  •  Personal Nature Items
  •  Travel Insurance
  •   Cost of Visas.
  •   Bank transfer charges