5 Days Wildebeest Migration Safari

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Special Tour 5 Days
Serengeti, Tanzania Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara National Park

Every year the world’s greatest wildlife migration makes its chaotic, magnificent way across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains. 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and a similar number of Thomson’s gazelles take part covering a round trip of around 300 miles each year.

Lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas and crocodiles are territorial creatures, lying in wait for the vast migrating herds to pass. Most spectacular of these encounters is with the massive crocodiles of the Grumeti river. The herds approach the river, stop and turn, then surge back before leaping into the waters. Frenzied crocodiles launch themselves into the herds but most survive through weight of numbers.

Seasons

The migration begins in January and February as the wildebeest gather on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. In just 4 weeks they drop over half a million young, which are up and walking within minutes. An unforgettable spectacle. You can witness this from our seasonal camp that is based in Ndutu at that time. The migration then moves northwest. The zebra go in front, eating the longer grasses and the wildebeest follow as their mouths are designed to eat shorter grass.

April to June sees the migration pass through the forests and rivers of the western Serengeti including the crocodile infested Grumeti river. Our mobile camp follows or you can also stay at the very upscale Singita Grumeti reserve. In early July more river crossings follow as most of the great herds pass north into Kenya’s Masai Mara. They remain until late October. Cottar’s Camp and Olonana are excellent choices at this time. Some camps also have special family safari accommodation.

As the end of the year approaches the lure of fresh grasses draws the migration is back south wards into the Serengeti. The wildebeest, zebra and gazelles often split into separate mini migrations, still involving tens of thousands of animals, many heavily pregnant. In November and December you can see them massing on the great undulating plains where the eastern Serengeti resembles an immense frozen ocean of grass and isolated rocky kopjes. Eventually they reach the deep south where the young are dropped and the journey begins again.

To see the migration at its best contact us now. We will discuss your preferred time of travel and arrange for you to be close to the action!

 

5 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari Serengeti Migration Safari


Best time to travel : All year round (for the Migration December to May)

On this five day lodge safari you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and also a large section of the Serengeti National Park. The sight of one hundred thousand wildebeest and zebras crossing the grassland savanna is something to behold and is surely one of Africa’s natural wonders. However no matter what time of year you decide to visit the wildlife watching is superb.

Day 1 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning we will pick up you from your hotel and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park. The park lies and is bordered between the Rift Valley Escarpment and the dusty Masai Steppe. On the western side is a forest and also the alkaline Manyara lake which covers the largest area of the park.

The park was established in 1960.lake manyara national park we  expect to see elephants, giraffes, buffalo, antilopes and gazelles a protected habitat. Lake Manyara National Park is also home to the tree climbing lions – tree climbing is a trait not normally found amongst big cats and it is quite a sight to see.
Upon entering the park your driver will open the vehicle roof and you can then start your wild life waching in earnest.

In the late afternoon you will arrive at your lodge for overnight. Dinner

Day 2 Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast the safari tour makes its way transiting ngorongoro concervation area authority. At midday you will reach the plains of Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park is the second largest park in Tanzania and is about the same size as Hawaii. The southern part is dominated by grassland and is therefore good hunting ground for the cheetah, while to the north / western parts a more hilly tree savanna landscape dominates.

The Serengeti migration is famous of up to one million wildebeest and two hundred thousand zebras, and ofcourse acompened by abudant varieties of predetors. This migration has become to be known as the “Great wildebeest Migration” and each year this natural spectacle is guaranteed. This in itself sets the Serengeti aside as a unique place to watch and observe wildlife.
You will have your evening meal and overnight stay at your lodge .Dinner

Day 3 Serengeti National Park

The whole day is devoted to you to observe the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you will visit depend upon the location of the herds. Generally the herds of wildebeest and zebras during the short rain season of October to November tend to be found moving from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. They return slowly during the longer rain season in April, May and June. Fluctuations in precipitation can affect the animals location from year to year, however your guide will know the exact location of the animals and the best vantage spots.

A visit to the Visit Centre , is also possible (booking in advance), where you can learn about Serengeti’s history and current research of Frankfurter Zoologische Gesellschaft (Frankfurt zoological society in Tanzania).

You will overnight again at your lodge . Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast you will continue your tour of the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley you can watch the wildebeest, zebras as well lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. After lunch at a picnic place you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. On the way you will pass the Olduvai Gorge which became world known due to the archeological work of the English research couple Leaky. In the sixties here they found the oldest remains of prehistoric man and in a small museum nearby their work is documented (a visit is optional).

As soon as the crater’s edge is reached you will have a superb view into the caldera.

 Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Breakfast is at day break before you drive into the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world and will fascinate you with unbelieveable wildlife diversity. On the grass stepp and in the acacia tree woods you will find almost all species found on the east african savanna; with the exception of Topi, Masai Giraffe and Impala. Quite often you can observe the “Big Five” lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour and a picnic you will leave the caldera in the afternoon and drive back to Arusha or Moshi.

Breakfast; Lunch

Safari Includes:

  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Moshi.
  • One night Hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha.
  • Extended 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional safari guide
  • Entrance fees to all national parks.
  • Maasai Experience tour if interested.
  • Ngorongoro Crater fees
  • 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
  • All meals while on safari and cold water during the safari.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
  • All basic camping facility such as tents, chairs, tables and sleeping mats.

Safari Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 570 per person)
  • Tips and gratuities to your safari guide and cook.
Every year the world’s greatest wildlife migration makes its chaotic, magnificent way across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains. 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and a similar number of Thomson’s gazelles take part covering a round trip of around 300 miles each year. Lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas and crocodiles are territorial creatures, lying in wait for the vast migrating herds to pass. Most spectacular of these encounters is with the massive crocodiles of the Grumeti river. The herds approach the river, stop and turn, then surge back before leaping into the waters. Frenzied crocodiles launch themselves into the herds but most survive through weight of numbers.

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