- Serengeti Wildebeest Migration -
Our 4-day African safaris, tours, travel and trekking packages specifically include the Ngorongoro Crater and the world famous Serengeti plains. It is one of our more popular safari tours and is most frequently booked as an add-on by Kilimanjaro climbers or Zanzibar divers. You will experience the excitement of an African wildlife safari to some of the most spectacular national game parks in East Africa, all teeming with wildlife animals.
This unforgettable tour will take you to the Serengeti Plains National Park, the heart of wild Africa and a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure. Your African safari will also take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world featuring an unbelievable concentration of animals. Lastly, your trek will take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The size of this national park makes it perfect for a one-day game drive, and is famous for its unique tree-climbing lions.
Day 1: Arusha – Northern Serengeti National Park (Kogatende)
Pick up from Arusha Airport or hotel departure to Kogatende, your entry to the world famous Serengeti National Park at Naabi gate. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and scientific value and has come to symbolize the classic African Safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and 250,000 zebra, it has the largest concentration of plains game animals in Africa.
The afternoon game drive will be your first opportunity to soak up the wide variety of wildlife that call the Serengeti home. You will start your quest to see thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River and start learning about how and why the wildebeest migrate based on geology, soils, rainfalls etc.
By evening sundowners and hot showers await. Sit around an open fire, under the stars and embrace being surrounded by the beauty and stillness of the bush and an open fire before enjoying a delicious meal & retiring for the evening to the sounds of the African bush.
Day 2: Northern Serengeti National Park
We will rise early and have a quick breakfast so that we can set off to enjoy the beauty of the bush at dawn. Our main aim today is to keep track of the migrating herds of wildebeest. Their patterns can be unpredictable as they follow their instincts for food and water. The days are flexible and we will stop along the way for lunch and to stretch our legs in a shaded spot or designated picnic area. This is a great time to do some bird watching. You have the option to return to camp for lunch.
After lunch you will set out again in your safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive – always keeping an eye on the Mara River and potential crossings as we watch and wait for the herds to gather in numbers and energy to make the challenging crossing. The late afternoon is a good time to search for lions or leopards, nocturnal creatures that tend to sleep in the heat of the day. Return to camp at sunset where there will be hot showers to wash off the African dust. Relax in camp with drinks and dinner, before retiring for the night.
Day 3: Kogatende in Northern Serengeti National Park
We will arise early again to experience the beauty of an African sunrise. As always we head out early to look for big cats, wildebeest and as much as possible on the morning game drive, before our mid-morning stop for a break. Migration river crossings are usually top of the programme, and today’s safari will depend on the action at the Mara River.
There is always a choice and a decision to be made – to stay near the river, watching and waiting…or go exploring for big cats or the surrounding regions of the Northern Serengeti on the Lamai Wedge and Kuria Hills. The beauty of the Serengeti is unsurpassed with the endless horizons, big blue sky and smatterings of acacia trees and other shrubs, rocky outcrops or endless plains. If we have seen the big things, we like to focus on the small things and fine tune our senses to the smells, sounds, and smaller creatures. Come evening time we will once again wash off the dust and then settle in for a night around the campfire socializing, drinking and eating.
Day 4: Kogatende – Arusha
Enjoy your last breakfast at the campsite and then pack up and say your goodbyes to your fellow travel companions and crew. Hopefully you have experienced the abundance of thousands of wildebeest, if not there may be an opportunity to catch the migrating herds on a final game drive before your transfer to Arusha for onward travel arrangements.
The departure dates for all our African safaris and tours packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information.
Please note all trip prices are based on our own Company costs, fees, and supplier prices in effect at the time of booking. We reserves the right to alter trip prices should inflation, cost of fuel, labor, materials, or exchange rates change. If the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) raises park fees, or any hotel, lodge, camp or any other service provider raises their rates, We reserves the right to require additional payment from the client.