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Migration Special

Migration Special Itinerary in Brief:

"The Migration Special" gives clients a unique opportunity to view the Great Migration of wildebeest and plains game from the Tanzanian side ! In our opinion it is the perfect Safari for any Migration enthusiast who may have witnessed the world famous Mara Crossings but not yet seen it in the Serengeti ! The Grumeti River offers the perfect setting. We have also included other highlights in this Safari ! Arusha National Park with its enchanting tropical forest, the scenic Momella Lakes & the famous strangular Fig Tree as well as plenty of wildlife ! Further, the 08th Wonder of the Natural World, Ngorongoro Crater !

The Best Period for this Safari

Beginning of May to end of June ! Afterwards, we would recommend a change in location of accommodation to follow the Wildebeest to the North. During May and June the Gnus follow the Rains in search of pasture in the Western corridor of Serengeti.

What ist the wildebeest migration

It is the last wildlife migration that happens on this planet ! Every year, almost 2 million wildebeest, zebra, eland and gazelle undertake the great movement between the Southern Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara plains in Kenya. Thousands lose their lives by either drowning in the rivers, breaking legs during neck breaking jumps or falling prey to hungry predators. The most common predators are the crocodiles, who in the time between May and June, are anticipated to be gathered around the Grumeti River, waiting to make a feast out of this event.

Accommodation for the Migration special itinerary

We have recommended accommodation that is bound to accord you intimacy, authenticity as well as a feeling of 'home away from home'. We have allocated ample time in each park in order to enjoy all highlights that can be seen to the fullest.

NB: the Migration moves on to the North between end of June to Mid / End August. We therefore recommend alternative accommodation in the North at this time of year. Accommodation of Grumeti Luxury Tented Camp will be replaced by Lobo Wildlife Lodge or Migration Camp, depending on your budget.

  • DAY 01: Arrival, pick up and transfer for overnight in Arusha
  • DAY 02: Full day with unlimited game drives in ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK. 
  • DAY 03: Visit LAKE MANYARA
  • DAY 04: Transfer and half day crater tour to the NGORONGORO
  • DAY 05: On to CENTRAL SERENGETI with game drives
  • DAY 06: Full day with unlimited game drives in CENTRAL SERENGETI
  • DAY 07: On to WESTERN SERENGETI with game drives
  • DAY 08: Full day with unlimited game drives in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
  • DAY 09:Full day with unlimited game drives in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
  • DAY 10: Departure and outbound flight / option of extension into Kenya / Zanzibar / Rwanda as per your preference

Itinerary in Detail:

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KEYS:
BB – bed & breakfast (breakfast only)
HB – half board (breakfast, lunch OR dinner)
FB – full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

DAY 01: ARUSHA – ARUMERU RIVER LODGE

A warm Tanzanian welcome on your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your personal safari guide and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Depending on your arrival time, we can book dinner for you. Dinner and overnight at ARUMERU RIVER LODGE (HB)

DAY 02: THE ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK – ARUMERU RIVER LODGE

After a scrumptious breakfast, you will depart for Arusha National Park, where buffalos and giraffes are frequently encountered, the ascent of Meru leads into forests aflame with red-hot pokers and dripping with Spanish moss. You have the option of a full day game drive with picnic lunch or alternatively do a morning and an afternoon game drive. Overnight at ARUMERU RIVER LODGE (FB)

DAY 03: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK –NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE (approx. 2.5 hrs driving time from Arusha)

After breakfast, your Safari goes on to the scenic Lake Manyara National Park. You will have an option of going for a deliciously prepared African meal in the village of Mto Wa Mbu, then a cultural walk into the colorful, commercial village with different tribes. (approx. 2 – 3 hrs) Giving you an opportunity to be an African, by meeting the indigenous people living here, and also participating in their activities.
Optional: if you prefer to forfeit the walk due to physical constraints you can choose a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park instead. Late afternoon transfer to Karatu, located at the foot of Ngorongoro Conseravation Area. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE (HB)

DAY 04: NGORONGORO CRATER + half day Crater Tour

Early morning departure, with picnic lunch, into the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Also known as the jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. You can enjoy half a day's game viewing on the magnificent Crater Floor. Return later in the day to your lodge to rest and relax. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA SAFARI LODGE (FB)

DAY 05: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Seronera Area (4 hrs drive)

After a good night sleep, this morning we depart early after breakfast for the famous Ol Duvai Gorge, the so-called "Cradle of Mankind", later proceed to Serengeti National park. Arrive in time for lunch at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drive at your convenience. As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Later after the afternoon game drive proceed to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (FB)

DAY 06 & DAY 07: Full day SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Seronera Area

Full day in Serengeti with unlimited game drives. You will have an option of packed breakfast or/and lunch as per your preference. Kindly let your guide know what you wish to opt for so that any packed meals can be ordered the day before. Alternatively, you may prefer a morning and afternoon game drive. However, pls. keep in mind that we offer you unlimited game drives with your choice of duration & number of drives. The only way to enjoy maximum in the Serengeti….!!!
Meals and overnight at SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (FB)

DAY 08 & 09: Full day SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Western Corridor

Today you can opt for an early morning game drive, this is best time to spot good game. Later after breakfast we depart for the Western part of Serengeti called the Grumeti Area. This area is best visited during the great migration when you get a chance to see the herds crossing over the Grumeti river where all the action takes place. Enjoy unlimited game drives with packed breakfast and/or packed lunch as you prefer. Later proceed to the lodge over-looking the Grumeti River. All meals overnight at KIRAWIRA TENTED CAMP (FB)

DAYS 10: DEPARTURE SERENGETI – onward arrangements as per choice

You will enjoy a last early morning game drive in the Park as you prepare to say goodbye. You depart taking with you unforgettable memories of Tanzania with you. You may continue with a direct flight for a beach extension to Zanzibar or alternatively enjoy an extension to the Southern Parks of Tanzania. You may opt to drive back to Arusha (approx. 6 hrs driving time) in which case you will enjoy lunch en-route. Alternatively (at an extra cost) you can fly to Arusha from where we will transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight.
END OF ALL ARRANGEMENTS

Extensions available: Southern Tanzania, Kenya Safari, Zanzibar or Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking

 

TOTAL COST OF PRIVATE SAFARI - in a 4 x 4 safari equipped Nissan Patrol (carries 7 + driver)

Period *
based on 02pax based on 04 pax  single supplement
 01.01.2015 - 28.02.2015
 01.06.2015 - 31.10.2015
 22.12.2015 - 31.12.2015

USD 5200 USD 4420  USD 805
 01.04.2015 - 31.05.2015 USD 3640 USD 2850 USD 230
   

Change of accommodation is possible due to seasonal closure of some camps and lodges
Seasonal surcharge my apply for Easter- Christmas- and New Year holidays

Included in this Safari:

  • All Park entrance fees to the various National Parks mentioned above
  • Crater Fees for vehicle
  • Transport in custom safari built four wheel drive Nissan patrol with pop-up roof
  • English speaking driver/guide, conversant with all requirements necessary for photographers (German / French speaking Guides are available on request)
  • Unlimited game drives as per the itinerary
  • 01 Night on half board accommodation at Arumeru River Lodge
  • 01 night on full board accommodation at Arumeru River Lodge
  • 01 Night on half board accommodation at Ngorongoro Farm House
  • 01 Night on full board basis at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • 03 Nights on full board accommodation at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • 02 Nights on full board accommodation at Kirawira Tented Camp
  • One-way flight Grumeti - Arusha
  • Lunch at Mto Wo Mbu in Manyara
  • All airport transfers on arrival / departure
  • Mineral water during game drives
  • Evacuation insurance to / from Nairobi in case of emergency

 

Not included:

  • All beverages while on safari
  • Any international or domestic flights
  • Telephone, laundry & any items of personal nature
  • Visa fees & international flights
  • tips for guides & camp / lodge staff
  • Travel & Medical insurance
  • Excursions such as visit to a local Maasai Village,
  • Balloon safari in the Serengeti – 450$ per person, guided walks etc
  • Onward domestic flights / additional safaris / beach extensions
DAY 01: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport & overnight at KIA LODGE
DAY 02: Depart for NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA + afternoon crater tour
DAY 03: Depart for SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Northern Serengeti
DAY 04: Full day in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Northern Serengeti
DAY 05: Full day in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – Northern Serengeti
DAY 06: FLY to Zanzibar
DAY 07: Full day in Zanzibar
DAY 08: Full day in Zanzibar
DAY 09: Full day in Zanzibar
DAY 10: FLY to DAR-ES-SALAAM for departure