Cheetah and big herds, Serengeti migration safari - Tanzania

H1 – “Ndutu Pamoja” – migration safari December-March

the Great Migration in Southern Serengeti

 

Tarangire – Ngorongoro – Serengeti

 

 

7 days, 6 nights – scheduled departures for small groups of max 6 people

 

– 12/27/2023 to 1/2/2024 –

– from 2/3 to 2/9/2024 –

– from 2/4 to 2/10/2024 –

– from 2/18 to 2/24/2024 –

– from 3/3 to 3/9/2024 –

– from 12/27/2024 to 1/2/2025 –

 

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The Great Migration in Southern Serengeti:

Wildebeest and zebras in the Serengeti eco-system are the actors of “the greatest show on Earth”, they are part of the largest migratory movement of wild animals anywhere in the world, about 2,000,000 ungulates constantly moving in search of pastures and water.

Between December and March the herds gather on the short grass plains, which stretch from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to southern Serengeti.

It is calving season, 80% of the newborns see the light between January and February and predators seem to know it well.

Seeing the migration in the Serengeti is simply the best you can get from a Safari in Africa.

Day 1: Arusha

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha Airport, meet your guide and transfer to Arusha.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge – Amani Safari Lodge

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Departure in the morning for the Tarangire National Park, game drives. With its 2,600 square kilometres (1600 sq miles), Tarangire is a different habitat to the other northern parks. It is 30 km across (18 miles), from east to west, and 100 km across (62 miles), from north to south.

Considered a “park of giants”, Tarangire is home to huge baobab trees and large herds of elephants, as well as lions, leopards, antelopes, gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, and about five hundred species of birds, both resident and migrant, the highest concentration in Tanzania.

Late afternoon, proceed to Karatu, on the Ngorongoro Highlands.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge – Marera Valley Lodge

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Today is dedicated to game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater is unique and unparalleled in the world.It is what remains of an ancient volcanic cone, whose peak collapsed about two and a half million years ago, creating the current caldera: a truncated cone containing a large “pan” with a diameter of 16/20 km (9/12 miles) with raised edges reaching about 600 metres (2000 feet) over the ground.

This basin has developed into savannah inhabited by more than 25,000 big game and every species typical of the region, with the exception of the giraffe (which does not find food here) is represented in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The crater rim reaches an altitude of 2,350 metres (7,700 feet) and offers breath-taking views. The outer slopes are covered with dense primary forest.

In the evening you will reach central Serengeti.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge – Serengeti Pure Camp

Days 4 & 5: Serengeti National Park

Game drives in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania’s most famous park and one of the most famous in the world.

The Serengeti ecosystem is home to over 1.5 million wildebeests, 400,000 zebras, 500,000 Thompson gazelles, more than 2,700 lions, 1000 leopards, 500  cheetahs, huge herds of elephants, elands, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, ostriches, and genets. The rivers offer the perfect habitat for crocodiles and hippos; there are more than 400 species of birds.

The 15,000 square kilometres (9320 sq miles) of the Serengeti National Park are only the major portion of a larger ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Plains (the flat region to the north east of the Ngorongoro Crater, which plays an important role in the famous migration and is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and the Maasai Mara (which is located further north, in Kenya).

Here the orography, the soil composition and, consequently, the type of vegetation, allow unmatched animal sightings in Africa. The subsoil, made of volcanic rocks especially in the south, prevents the growth of tall trees and grasslands prevail, so the open environment fosters sightings.

Wildebeests and zebras in the Serengeti, always in search of new pastures and water, are part of the largest migratory movement of wild animals anywhere in the world: it is the Great Serengeti Migration which between December and March congregates in the south-central region of this vast eco-system.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge – Ndutu Pure Camp Migration (2 nights)

Day 6: Serengeti – Karatu

After a morning game drive in the Serengeti, departure for the Ngorongoro Highlands, to reach Karatu in the evening.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge – Marera Valley Lodge

Day 7: Karatu – Arusha

We follow the sneaky road that offers magnificent views over the Rift Valley and Lake Manyara to reach Arusha for lunch.

Transfer to airport.

From 1st night in Arusha

To departure in the afternoon

27th December 2023

2nd January 2024

3rd February 2024 9th February 2024
4th February 2024 10th February 2024
18th February 2024 24th February 2024
3rd March 2024 9th March 2024
27th December 2024 2nd January 2025

Included:

  • Safari circuit by customized 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof (1 person = 1 window seat)
  • Full board, from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 7 (some lunches will be packed)
  • Entry fees to National Parks and Protected Areas
  • All indicated activities
  • English-speaking Guide (we have a limited number of Guides who speak French, Spanish, Italian and German, they are subject to availability at the time of booking)
  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha Airport
  • Flying Doctors AMREF insurance (air evacuation in case of emergency)
  • Bottled mineral water during game drives
  • VAT (value added tax) 18%

Excluded:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Entry visa (EU, UK citizens  = US$ 50, USA citizens = US$ 100, on arrival )
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras of personal nature
  • Whatever not specified

 

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