Guided, Large Group, Small Group
SAVE USD 180 per person on our river crossing safari in northern Serengeti with the best chance of seeing death-defying leaps and heart-wrenching near misses as the migration moves north towards the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. There is no tight schedule that these animals follow, so tracking the herd’s movements becomes a day to day prospect as the animals meander slowly towards the next obstacle in their path: the Mara River. The river poses another deadly barrier for the herds, who must brave swollen waters and predators if they are to find relatively safety on the far side. Photographers and documentarians from around the world gather to witness the death-defying crossing, while the surrounding landscapes are every bit as memorable as the life and death struggle taking place at the Kogatende crossing.
- Safari types:Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
- Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Thomson's Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Warthog
- Activities:Game Drive, Optional Activities, Birding, UNESCO Site
- Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
- Start/end:Start in Moshi, end in Moshi
- Minimum age:4
Price Per Person – USD
SPECIAL OFFER From USD 3,420 per person, two people traveling
SAVE USD 180 per person, normal price USD 3,600 per person, two people traveling
- Accommodation & 3 meals per day
- Experienced English-speaking safari guide
- Transport in Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop-up roof
- Bottled water & soft drinks
- Thermos with hot tea/coffee
- All park fees
- Binoculars (1 per vehicle)
- Medical kit
- 24/7 phone support
- Flights & visas
- Tips to your safari guide
- Travel insurance
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Almighty Kilimanjaro‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Almighty Kilimanjaro‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
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Day by Day Overview
Depart from Moshia after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park, which takes approximately three hours, passing through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise. After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey and brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.
Overnight at Fanaka Campsite
We’ll enjoy an early breakfast before a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us! Start the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti National Park. Along the way, we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards, in the dense undergrowth. It’s a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:
Olduvai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Olduvai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
Maasai Boma Visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.
Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite
After breakfast, we will drive across the plains of Togoro and through the Mbuzi Mawe kopjes (small hills) as we make our way into the park’s northern reaches. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Serengeti’s diverse scenery as you pass through wooded hills, tumbledown kopjes and the wide open savannah. Your drive will show you everything from the diminutive dik-dik to towering elephants and giraffes. Upon arriving in the Kogatende region, you’ll go out in search of both the wildebeest migration and the famous big five.
Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite
After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.
Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite
After breakfast at daybreak, you will start early on your outward journey from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As predators are livelier in the cooler hours of the day, you might even see them in action. Lunch will be taken en-route at a designated picnic spot. On reaching the crater’s edge, the 19 km diameter caldera opens up before you in all its stunning glory and you will descend into the crater on an adventurous trail. This World Heritage Site is seasonally home to over 25,000 animals in including a wide variety of birds, hyenas and the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Exiting the crater on a different ascent road, you will drive to Mto Wa Mbu.
Dinner and overnight at Fanaka Campsite
After breakfast you head to Tarangire National Park, with its endless tree savannah including the impressive baobab trees and seasonal marshes, and home to the largest elephant herds in northern Tanzania. In addition to elephants you are also likely to spot giraffes, buffaloes, lions, zebras, gnus and other types of antelopes and gazelles. Upon arrival at the park, your guide will open the roof of the vehicle and the extensive wildlife viewing will begin. Lunch will be taken at a picnic spot and in the afternoon you will get to see more of this amazing and beautiful park. In the late afternoon you will arrive driven to Moshi or to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for the flight back home