Northern Tanzania and the Wildebeest Migration

9 Days from £3276 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
9 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
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Focusing on the game parks of Northern Tanzania, this compact itinerary encompasses some of Africa’s most dramatic landscapes and wildlife experiences, including the volcanic amphitheatre of the Ngorongoro Crater, the serene Lake Manyara and the baobabs and elephants of Tarangire. A particular highlight is the vast Serengeti National Park; home to diverse resident game throughout the year. However, the park comes especially alive from November to July when wildebeest and other ungulates arrive in huge numbers to breed. Including all meals and a good number of game drives utilizing shared 4×4 vehicles with a maximum of seven passengers to get close to the animals, this tour provides you with some of Africa’s best wildlife sightings at a very down to earth price.

Itinerary

Price from £3276 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Lake Manyara

Arrive Nairobi and connect with flight to Arusha. Continue the drive to Lake Manyara.

Staying at Lake Manyara Serena. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. The lake itself is home to lesser flamingos and other water birds. Hippo can be found in the Simba River and large herds of elephant and buffalo on the open plains. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and take a game drive en route to Serengeti National Park.

Staying at Serena Serengeti Lodge Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon games drives in the world famous Serengeti National Park. The annual migration of over two million animals through the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles. Dominated by wildebeest but also containing large numbers of zebra, gazelle and, of course, many expectant carnivores, the migration is largely controlled by the rains and its timing varies accordingly. The plains also support an exceptional diversity of large game throughout the year, including elephant, hippo, black rhino, giraffe, buffalo, eland, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, Burchell’s zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and many more.

Staying at Serena Serengeti Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater

Take a game drive transfer to the famous Olduavi Gorge, an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti Plains and made famous by the discoveries of Mary and Louis Leakey. The gorge is a very steep-sided ravine roughly 30 miles long and 295 feet deep. Exposed deposits show rich fossil fauna, many hominid remains and items belonging to the one of the oldest stone tool technologies, called Olduwan. In the afternoon, continue the drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

Staying at Serena Ngorongoro Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater

Morning safari in the wildlife filled Ngorongoro Crater. Its open grasslands are home to wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah and black rhino. Its acacia woodland gives cover for leopards and the swamps provide food for elephants and buffalos. Freshwater pools harbour hippos and a small soda lake is well populated with flamingos. In the afternoon visit a traditional Maasai village.

Staying at Serena Ngorongoro Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Tarangire National Park

In the morning take a leisurely game drive en route to the little visited Tarangire National Park. Check in and lunch at the hotel, followed by a game drive in the national park. Tarangire is outstanding for elephants and large herds sometimes numbering 50 or 60 animals are not uncommon. The park is also home to buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, greater kudu, eland and the rare fringe-eared oryx. There is a small population of unusual tree-climbing lions and African wild dog here and leopards are widespread throughout the park. The normally rare African rock python is often found resting in acacia trees close to wetlands near Silale.

Staying at Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Arusha

Transfer to Arusha and take flight to Nairobi. Connect with flight back to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 9 - Arrive London Heathrow

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London Heathrow to Arusha with Kenya Airways via Nairobi.

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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This itinerary spends a lot of time on dirt roads and the dust can be a big nuisance, particularly during the dry season months. Keep cameras and optics in well-sealed bags which can be opened quickly for wildlife sightings. Water proof bags used for sailing and canoeing are perfect for this.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

We had a wonderful holiday and the arrangements were excellent. We have almost 2000 digital photographs plus a video and no complaints. Thank you.

Dr J A - Cambridge

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Serengeti Serena Lodge : -2.383504, 34.703249
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge: -3.209602, 35.478166
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge: -3.372785, 35.827293
Tarangire Sopa Lodge : -3.906557, 36.095495