I – “GRUMETI” – migration safari May-June
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.
The rains are over in May and after exhausting the pastures of the short grass plains the herds begin to head north, taking different routes through central Serengeti and the western Corridor. The migration herds should have started arriving into the western Corridor of the Serengeti around late April and by the end of May they should be starting to mass in big numbers.
The Grumeti River may be little more than a stream, but it is absolutely packed with crocodiles. This is a favourable time for river-crossings we have all seen in documentaries.
|Partenza da Kilimanjaro Airport o da Arusha per Karatu, nella regione di Ngorongoro. Se si atterra a Kilimanjaro Airport entro le 9.00 del mattino, si potrà scegliere tra una delle seguenti attività:
Departure from Kilimanjaro Airport or from Arusha town for Karatu, Ngorongoro region. If your flight lands before 9 a.m. you can choose between the following activities:
|Marera Valley Lodge||Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu|
|2||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 (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.||Mbugani Camp Seronera||Nyikani Camp Central Serengeti|
|3 and 4||Game drives in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania’s most famous protected area and one of the most famous in the world. The Serengeti 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 April and June congregates in the west-central region of the Park.||Mbugani Camp Serengeti West
|5||After a morning game drive in southern Serengeti, proceed to Karatu, on the Ngorongoro Highlands.||Marera Valley Lodge||Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu|
|6||Departure 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. The centre of life is the Tarangire River itself, which during the dry season, along with the Silale Marsh, becomes the only source of water, thus attracting large numbers of animals.||Tarangire Safari Lodge||Nyikani Camp Tarangire|
|7||Al mattino fotosafari al Tarangire (in base all’orario di partenza del vostro volo). Rientro ad Arusha per il pranzo e transfer in aeroporto.
Back to Arusha for lunch, then transfer to Airport.
- Safari circuit by customized 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof
- Full board, from lunch 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
- Acqua minerale durante i fotosafari in fuoristrada
- VAT (value added tax) 18%
- International and domestic flights
- Entry visa (EU, CH, UK citizens = US$ 50, USA citizens = US$ 100, on arrival )
- Extras of personal nature
- Whatever not specified
Serengeti Balloon Safari
Tarangire Balloon Safari