- Ngorongoro Crater (the largest unbroken caldera in the world)
- Game drives in Serengeti National Park, with Africa’s great wildebeest migration
- Ndutu and Serengeti National Park (December to March: wildebeest calving season)
- Encounter some of Africa’s densest and most diverse wildlife concentrations when animal numbers are at their peak
- Hot Air Balloon Ride in Serengeti
- Guided walk on Ngorongoro Crater rim
Start and end in Arusha! With the luxury safari tour – 8 Days Serengeti Great Migration Safari, you have 8 day trip package taking you through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 8 Days Serengeti Great Migration Safari departs daily on request.
Every year, the vast herds of wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincides with the annual rainfall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive at the short-grass plains of the Serengeti national park around November.
The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient-rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
Our 8-days Migration wildlife safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages, have been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. We have designed the itinerary to include the Lake Ndutu area, southern Serengeti and central Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from December through to April.
To save on unnecessary travel time and to increase your game viewing time, this itinerary has been designed that you fly from the Serengeti National Park to Arusha town on the last day. The itinerary also includes a visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, if you have much time after this amazing wildlife safari we recommend you to explore the beautiful Zanzibar Island beaches for relaxation.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY
On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by an Landside Adventures representative. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel/Lodge this evening. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day and there are no excursions planned, so you may arrive at any time.
DAY 2 – ARUSHA TO NDUTU VIA GREAT RIFT VALLEY ESCARPMENT
Enjoy early morning breakfast then proceed to Ndutu via the Great Rift Valley Escarpment with your expert guide. You can go for a guided walk along the escarpment wall (fees extra) before continuing your journey to Ndutu, where the wildebeest herds stay during this season.
DAY 3 – LAKE NDUTU (NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Enjoy early breakfast then depart for game drives in Ndutu with your expert guide. The Ndutu area and southern Serengeti are the best places to be from December to March for the annual wildebeest migration.
Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – NDUTU TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Early morning breakfast then departs for a morning game drive in Ndutu, before proceeding to the Serengeti with your expert guide. February is the peak of the calving season. Predators are always close-by to watch the weak and the careless.
DAY 5 – FULL DAY IN THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Leisurely breakfast then departs for a full day of game drives in the Serengeti. Focus on a safari in the Northern Tanzania circuit during this season should be on the Serengeti southern short grass plains and Ngorongoro ecosystem. The annual wildebeest migration arrives on these plains from December onwards.
It is here where they congregate and give birth to thousands of calves in February and March. These mineral rich plains are where the great herds stay for as long as feeding permits. Apparently, the iron and zinc found in the fodder of these plans are what the wildebeest are after.
The movement of almost two million wild animals is the driving force of the ecology of most of the Serengeti eco-system. Predators follow these herds like sharks following a shoal of fish. Great wildlife viewing is guaranteed because the young animals make easy prey. Spend your day in this park with “plans that never end”.
Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 6 – SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO CRATER RIM
Enjoy morning game drive in central and southern Serengeti then drive toward Ngorongoro Crater rim via Olduvai Gorge. You can have an optional stop in the Olduvai area, where the hominid and other significant archaeological discoveries have been made. (Optional activity: fees extra.)
In the late afternoon, proceed to your lodge located on the crater rim for relaxation and overnight stay. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake.
DAY 7 – NGORONGORO CRATER TO ARUSHA
Leave very early in the morning for game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the Ngorongoro caldera to view the wildlife on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”.
A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a “Noah’s Ark” of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.
Leave the crater late afternoon and drive back to Arusha for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 – ARUSHA TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
After a leisurely breakfast, you can go for an optional Arusha town tour to visit the Cultural Heritage Gallery, the Tanzanite Experience, the Maasai market, before transfer to Kilimanjaro airport to check in for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
Price includes the following:
- All Taxes/VAT
- All airport transfers
- Professional guides
- All national park fees
- AMREF Flying Doctors
- Transportation in a 4x4WD safari vehicle
- Meals & mineral water according to the itinerary
- Lodge overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
Price does not include the following:
- Visa fees
- Additional flight
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour