7 Days from$2750 p/p in USD
DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Aug, Sep, Oct
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Start in Tarangire National Park, home of elephants and baobab trees, before Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions, and on to the central and northern Serengeti where the wildebeest migration start to cross the Mara River into the Masai Mara in Kenya searching for green pasture. The migrants spends two to three months grazing in the Mara before heading home to the Serengeti plains where they calve in the Ndutu area. This itinerary sets out see the wildebeest migration when crossing the Mara River where some of them will be food for the great crocodiles. Your accommodation is in tented camps and lodges giving you the very best safari experience.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Kilimanjaro International Airport
Minimum age:4 years
Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. Usually they migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and it’s now thought better quality water. The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely depending on the rainfall patterns each year. Below we explain how the broad pattern works month by month.
The short rains begin around early November. Soon after this little rain, in late November and December, the herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti National Park southern and eastern parts of Seronera area around Ndutu and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dispersed across these plains, wildebeest and zebra are everywhere – feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses. They stay here through January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a short window around February. Gradually they spread west across these plains. Around April they start their great migration north.
By May the Serengeti’s wildebeest all seem to be moving northern part of Serengeti to seek for fresh pastures and water. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then hectic with a series of moving columns, often containing hundreds of thousands of animals – joined by many zebra, and a scattering of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles.
Some of the migration then head to north of Seronera, but most are usually further west. Around June the wildebeest migration is often halted on the south side of the Grumeti River, which has some channels which block or slow their migration north. The wildebeest then congregate there, in the Western Corridor, often building up to a high density before crossing the river. The river here is normally a series of pools and channels, but it’s not continuous – and so whilst they always represent an annual feast for the Grumeti River’s large crocodiles, these aren’t usually quite as spectacular as the crossings of the Mara River, further north.
The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August, often spreading out across a broad front: some heading through Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.
September sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. It’s common to see herds cross the Mara River north on one day, and then back south a few days later.
By October the wildebeest herds are migrating again with more accord: all are heading south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park’s Lobo area, returning to the green shoots which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.
Then the whole Serengeti Wildebeest migration starts again …
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,750 to USD 3,930 per person
- Accommodation in lodges as per itinerary
- Meals 3 times per day
- All national park entrance fees
- Ngorongoro transit fees
- Crater service fees
- Safari Land Cruiser with top up roof
- Service of professional safari driver/guide
- Airport transfer on arrival and departure
- Accommodation in Arusha on arrival on BB basis
- All Tanzania Government taxes including VAT
- Unlimited game drives following Tanzania Government National Park rules and regulations
- Unlimited drinking water in the car during safari
- International flight
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘African Victory Safaris‘
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- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where our professional staff member will meet you ready for the transfer to your hotel in Arusha and safari briefing. Enjoy a restful night before beginning your adventure tomorrow. Arusha, also known as ‘A Town’ by the locals, is situated at the foot of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain. The altitude gives the city a pleasant climate and lush green environment. Arusha is not a particularly attractive city in itself and is regarded by many visitors as little more than a necessary stopover before their safari starts in earnest. However, the natural charm of the Tanzanians and the buzz of a fast-growing city mean that Arusha has plenty to offer.
Overnight in Arusha
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Tarangire National Park. We’ll have some game viewing in the park to maximize your chances of seeing plenty of wildlife. Before sunset, we’ll drive to a small town of Karatu to our lodge for the night.
Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. Activities will include a wildlife game drive where you can see pythons climb trees, as well as lions and leopards among many other species. For the bird lovers, keep an eye for the screeching flocks of colorful yellow-collared lovebirds and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling. These are all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Dinner and overnight at Marera Valley Lodge
After breakfast, we will set off for Ndutu area situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is part of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. Lake Ndutu, like most other rift lakes, is alkaline. However, the water is still drinkable and consumed by a wide array of local wildlife. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game.
Dinner and overnight Ndutu Heritage Tented Camp
You will enjoy a game drive after breakfast in the Ndutu area exploring a great range of various habitats such as swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. You will witness herds of wildebeest and zebras especially during the short time-frame from around February for about 3 weeks when the majority of the wildebeest calve.
Later continue with game viewing while heading to Serengeti Central for dinner and overnight. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young make an easy prey for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they were born and within three days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.
Dinner and overnight Ndutu Heritage Luxury Tented Camp
Enjoy a full day of game drive in Ndutu Area. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration where some six million hooves pound the open plains. Serengeti offers an exotic game viewing experience in the whole of Africa giving you an up-close look of the animals you’ve only seen in National Geographic: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. ]
Dinner and overnight Ndutu Heritage Luxury Tented Camp
After breakfast drive from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater with game drives on the way. Once at the crater, enjoy a tour inside where 20,000 different mammals live, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making it the best place in Tanzania to see these amazing creatures. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Game drives will be done until the evening drive to the lodge in Karatu.
Dinner and overnight at Pamoja Africa Lodge
We’ll leave Karatu after breakfast and go straight to Lake Manyara National Park before heading back to Arusha later in the afternoon.
Lake Manyara National Park, whose lake Ernest Hemingway claimed was ‘the loveliest I had seen in Africa’, offers a compact game viewing circuit and is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. The lake itself covers two-thirds of the park and the Great Rift Valley provides a stunning backdrop. Over 400 species of birds can be found in the Manyara, including thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks. Game drives will be done in this beautiful park until evening when you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.