Great Migration River Crossing

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River

A 8 day safari to Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire

This fantastic fly-in holiday focuses on the Great Migration river crossing which happens from July to October, normally moving north and wandering through Lobo and the Wogakuria area, ready to cross the Mara River to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

During this time the wildebeest and some zebra herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Sometimes large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and weather changes may sometimes bring the herds back into the area from Maasai Mara.

This is the perfect time to experience the river crossings and, if lucky enough, you can witness the hungry crocodiles playing their part to attack the wildebeests. Please remember that finding a crossing is very challenging and occasionally a matter of luck. Sometimes the herds can be seen next to the river ready to cross but then take a long to make a crossing or even decide to cross a couple of days later.

The great wildebeest migration is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular natural events. Every year over a million wildebeest, zebra, and some antelopes migrate in the Serengeti – Masai Mara ecosystem. You’ll have opportunities to catch thrilling game actions or perhaps even witness a river crossing, as the wildebeests and zebras endeavour one of the most difficult part of their migration journey.

The Serengeti is a spectacular national park offering amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and it’s highly likely that you’ll see different varieties of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, the endangered rhino, impala, gazelle, hippo and more than 500 different species of birds.

Tour Highlights

  • Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world
  • Great migration safari in the Serengeti National Park and Mara River crossing
  • The big cats of the central Serengeti
  • Tarangire National Park, home to large herds of elephants

Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Karibu-Welcome to Tanzania. You will be met by our representative at Kilimanjaro International Airport then you will be transferred to Arusha Town.

Accommodation at African Tulip Hotel. Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.


Day 2-4: Arusha - Northern Serengeti

Have an early breakfast after which you will be transferred to Arusha Airport (20mins) for the 2 hour flight to the northern Serengeti for the great migration safari and crossing. Our professional guide will be already there to pick you up and start your dream safari.

The Mara River crossing is absolutely one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world. It is really an amazing experience to see all those hoofed mammals in search of water and green pastures, followed by iconic predators. A difficult journey full of danger where only the strongest survive.

Apart from the migration, the northern Serengeti has stunning landscapes where you may spot prides of lion on rocky outcrops. You may also see cheetah, leopard, elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and endangered black rhinoceros. You may see hyenas and vultures feasting on the dead wildebeest or zebra. The northern Serengeti also offer more than 400 different species of birds.

Accommodation at Chaka Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 5: Northern Serengeti - Central Serengeti

Another beautiful morning. After a leisurely breakfast you will enjoy a game drive en route towards the central Serengeti.

This famous area and often visited as it offers a great chance of spotting big carnivores.

The Seronera Valley lies in the south-central area of the Serengeti National Park. It is a perennial source of water that never dries out, making the area home to big cats and different varieties of ungulates, elephants, hippos and more. Enjoy your picnic lunch and an evening game drive.

Accommodation at Thorn Tree Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch.

The crater shelters close to 25,000 animals including the Big Five. The crater covers an area of 304 km² and is home to big prides of lions and large concentration of hyena, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, baboon, buffalo and endangered black rhino.

The Ngorongoro Crater has been chosen as one of the Africa’s Natural Wonders and is a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon you ascend the crater and drive to the lodge.

Accommodation at Ngorongoro Farm House. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 7: Ngorongoro – Tarangire

Have a leisurely breakfast then leave with a picnic lunch to Tanzania’s third largest national park, Tarangire.

The park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of ungulates animals.

Tarangire National Park has nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops with diversity of wildlife. The giant baobab trees dot the park.

The Tarangire River attracts an abundance of wildlife especially during the dry season. Enjoy big elephant families drinking and wallowing in the river and Silale Swamp. Big herds of wildebeest and zebra are also found there as well as giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and more than 450 different bird’s species.

Accommodation at Maramboi Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 8: Tarangire – Arusha

A great morning starts with a nature walk from your lodge to the Lake Manyara (2hr walk).

You may spot the flamingo and pelicans on the lake as well as a few zebra, wildebeest and giraffe.

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast then drive to Arusha. You will have a farewell lunch at Arusha Hotel You may have a day room hotel depending on your flight timings (optional) before heading to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your home flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.


Trip Duration

8 days

Tour Type

  • Migration safari

Accommodation Type

  • Semi-luxury
  • Luxury tented camp

Best Time

Mid-July to October

Tour Starts/Ends

Tour Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Included

  • Park entry fees to all parks and reserves included in the itinerary
  • All accommodations and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All game drives in our 4×4 comfortable safari vehicles with the assistance of professional guides
  • All domestic flights in an exclusive Grand Caravan 8-16 seaters
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 24/7 concierge service
  • All taxes/VAT
  • Meet & greet on your arrival on day 1
  • Drinking water and other soft drinks including coffee and tea
  • Camping gear, meals and professional safari chef (camping safaris)

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • All tips and porterage etc.
  • Laundry, souvenirs and other personal expenses
  • Any other services not mentioned above and other optional/additional activities

Great Migration River Crossing

A 8 day safari adventure
Migration safari

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