8 Day Big 5 & Great Migration Tanzania Safari
This tour is designed to not only provide you with an exceptional opportunity to encounter the Big 5 but also to position you in the perfect spot to experience the Great Migration, where nearly 1.5 million Wildebeest and almost half a million Zebra make their endless migration in search of fresh pastures. The camps have been carefully selected to provide the best location to experience the migration while delivering excellent value for your money.
Day 1 The Baobab Garden
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide, and we will drive West across the Great Rift Valley arriving in Tarangire National Park for mid-morning to start our first game drive. We will then enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Tarangire river, before enjoying an afternoon game drive. Among the thousands of Baobab that mark the landscape, we will experience Tanzania’s largest concentration of elephants. In addition to elephants, Leopard, Ostrich, Lion, Warthog, Zebra and now days even cheetah are frequent sightings in Tarangire. If we are lucky, we may also encounter the very endangered Wild Dog. After a day exploring the park, we will head to our lodge located along the Tarangire River, known to have the best view of Africa. An optional night game drive can be organized at additional cost.
Day 2 Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro
Enjoy a final glimpse of the Boabab Garden as we work our way to the South, where we will enter Lake Manyara National Park, form the lesser used Southern Gate. This relatively small park is home to some of the most diverse birdlife in Tanzania, with over 400 recorded species. Almost year-round a visitor can easily spot around 100 different species of bird. Most notable are the large flocks of Flamingos, along with saddle-billed stork, spoonbills, pelicans, and other shorebirds. However, bee-eaters and hornbills are also spotted regularly. The park is also known for a right mix of the game that can be found on the salt licks near the shores of the lake. Baboons, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, hippo, and banded mongoose are often found among the water birds. The small pride of lions has also become quite famous commonly found lounging in the trees. In the late afternoon, we will set off towards Karatu where you will discover Lodge located on the boundary of the Ngorongoro Forest.
Day 3-4 Central Serengeti – The land of the Lion
After breakfast we will start our journey crossing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, driving along the rim of the crater and through the Western Highlands out onto the endless plains of the Serengeti. On the way, you have the option to stop and visit a Maasai Boma or make a side trip to Olduvai Gorge (not included in price). We then enter the Serengeti National Park through the Naabi Hill Gate and continue to the Central Serengeti, enjoying the wildlife along the way.
Seronera provides excellent year-round game viewing, with Tanzania’s largest concentration of Lions, with 26 different feelings of pride in the area. We will spend these days exploring the area at your pace. Head out early for a game drive at sunrise, or opt to start a bit later leaving camp with a picnic lunch and spending the full day on the game drive. Each day is yours to manage. One of these mornings you will be treated to a complementary bush breakfast perched on Makoma Hill.
Day 5-6 The Great Migration
After two days in Central Serengeti, we then follow the Migration heading to Northern Serengeti from July to November and towards the Lake Ndutu area of the Serengeti from December to April. In both areas, we will find the comfortable Flycatcher Mobile Tented Camp located in a perfect site providing an excellent base to catch the migration as they herds move across the plains.
In the Northern Serengeti, we should have able opportunities to catch a famed river crossing where the vast herds plunge into the crocodile-infested rivers as they head towards the Masai Mara.
In the Ndutu area, we will find the herds calving, which attracts predators looking to take advantage of the young wildebeest while they are still vulnerable.
An optional Hot Air Balloon Safari can be added (not included in price) to the tour any of the days in the Serengeti, providing a spectacular opportunity to view the game from the air.
Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
After breakfast, we will enjoy the last game drive in route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will then drive back up the Western slopes and along the Crater rim to the lodge located in a clearing near the edge of the crater. Enjoy a relaxing evening next to the fireplace, before calling it a night to get some rest before our early start the following morning.
Day 8 Exploring the Crater Floor
We will start the day before sunrise to get down to the crater floor while the wildlife is most active. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts the densest population of total wildlife in all of Tanzania. Surprisingly we find different ecosystems in the crater, which attract various wildlife. Rhinos have often seen grazing early in the morning and then retreat to the forests as the temperatures rise. Elephants and buffalo are commonly found around the Northern and Eastern areas of the crater. Wildebeest, zebra and spotted Hyena are seen in most areas of the crater floor. Flamingos, Kori Bustards, Secretary Birds, and Grey-Crowned Cranes are also popular sightings, alongside the numerous ostrich. After lunch inside the crater, we will enjoy a last drive through the Gorgigor Swamp, before we start our journey back up to the rim of the crater and then proceed to Arusha. Your guide will take you to your hotel in Arusha or to the airport for your international flight back home