8-Day Western Serengeti Wildebeests Migration May-July

OVERVIEW

Get a chance to visit one of the world’s famous Serengeti National Park whereby there is the largest population of wildlife, more than millions of wildebeest and Zebras migrating from place to place in a regular pattern on their pursuit for food. On this program, you will visit the western Serengeti where the great migrating herds attempt to cross the Grumeti river while the hungry crocodiles wait for their meal. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by African Big Cats Safaris representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. overnight will be at the Ilboru Safari Lodge a Calm lodge located in the suburbs of the city with a natural set up with beautiful garden awaiting for your safari the following day.

Accommodation

Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan

Bed & Breakfast
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Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, we depart for Tarangire National Park. The Park is named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. This ‘river of warthogs’ is the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season. In places, the vegetation is quite dense, including elephant grass, acacia woodlands. The Park is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. You may also see giraffe, bushbuck and hartebeest. These animals are closely followed by a range of predators, including lions and leopards. There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet. Tarangire is the best place to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat – from the adorable calves all the way up to the intimidating bulls. After lunch drive to Ngorongoro Highlands for dinner and overnight at Eileen’s Tree Inn.

Accommodation

Eileen’s Trees Inn

Meal Plan

All meals included
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Day 3: Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park with game viewing en-route. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Serengeti National Park is where safari-goers come to truly experience an African safari. Late afternoon you arrive at your Camp for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp.

Accommodation

Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Meal Plan

All meals included
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Day 4-5: Central Serengeti to Western Serengeti (Grumeti)

Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Western Serengeti. Around the end of April, May and June, a vast army of wildebeests along with its partners, zebras, elands and gazelles mill around the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, south of the Grumeti River. Harassed behind by lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles, many hundreds perish as some hazard the river crossing while others detour it. But the beauty of the landscape, stretching without end beneath an infinite sky on a Serengeti West Safari, changes something within the watcher, who becomes more aware of the place of humankind within the drama of the animal world.

After Lunch and an extensive game drive, we head for our partner lodges for dinner and overnight at Mbalageti Safari lodge.

Accommodation

Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Meal Plan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Early morning after breakfast, we continue with our en-route game viewing drive in the Serengeti. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Late afternoon continue drive to Ngrorongoro Conservation Area. Dinner and overnight at the Rhino Lodge.

Accommodation

Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan

All meals included
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Day 7: Ngorongoro crater to Karatu

After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro! One of the best places in the country to see the endangered black rhinoceros, the park is home to the entirety of the big five and is a particularly good place to see lions, herds of wildebeest, Zebras and cape buffalo year-round. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Late afternoon ascend the crater and continue short drive to Ngorongoro highlands for dinner and overnight at Eileen’s Tree Inn..

Accommodation

Eileen’s Trees Inn

Meal Plan

All meals included
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Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

Breakfast. Morning continue short drive to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing drives where you first encounter will be spotting large troupes of baboons. Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara National Park boasts a spectacular array of diverse terrain as well as plant and animal species. Established specifically to protect the elephant herds that have made the area renowned, the park provides an amazing wildlife experience. Elephants are not the only animals that Lake Manyara is famous for. Tree climbing lions are occasionally sited. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Late afternoon drive back to Arusha.

COST

Start dates 2 people 3 people 4-6 people
May 1, 2022 – Jul 20, 2022 $2,885 $2,630 $2,385

What’s included?

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • Drinks

What’s not included?

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals

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