The Great Migration Crossing Safari

9 Days | 8 Nights

Departs on selected days

Tour Cost

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Tour Overview

This circuit offers an extremely rare opportunity to witness the great migration wildebeest river crossing that normally begins from mid-July to late October.Sometimes the crossing may prolong to early November. The wildebeest herds move to the north in early July and pass through the Wagakuria area en route to Masai Mara Game Reserve (gestation ground). In September the herds are spread all over the northern Serengeti and Masai Mara Game Reserve. Rainfall is the main determinant of their annual movement, hence some of the herds might remain in the northern Serengeti area and if the weather changes unexpectedly, it might sometimes bring the herds back to the Maasai Mara area. From October, the herds begin their journey to Serengeti south, ready for the Calving season in early February.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Meet your TANEPIC Safaris & Adventures representative at Kilimanjaro International airport for greetings and welcoming procedures, followed by a drive to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Welcome to Arusha Tanzania “Geneva of Africa”, relax and get ready for the great wildebeest migration crossing in the next few hours.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast,we depart for Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch for a full-day game drive. The park is famous for its baobab trees that dots the landscape, the large herds of Elephants, and tree-climbing Pythons.

During the game drive you will be chanced to see animals including Lesser Kudu, Buffalos, Oryx, Elands, Giraffes, and Zebras, as well as the predators such as Lions, Cheetahs, and elusive Leopards. Tarangire also hosts many bird species including Yellow necked spurfowl, Northern white-crowned shrike, and Lilac-breasted rollerjust to mention a few.

After the game drive your guide will take you to a lodge in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park (Seronera)

After breakfast, we proceed to the Central part of Serengeti “Seronera”. This park is well-known for its abundance of wildlife particularly the big five animals; Lion, Leopard, elephants, Buffaloes, and Rhinos. A stop over is made at Central Serengeti for lunch, followed by half day game drive around Seronera.

In the evening your guide will take you to a Lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 4 : Serengeti National Park

After early breakfast, depart for a full-day game drive in the wilderness following the wildebeest Migration trails to the Northern Serengeti. Your professional guide will elaborate to you the most interesting facts about this famous migration, which makes Serengeti one of the world’s natural wonders and top safari destinations in Africa.

Serengeti is home to about 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle and Impala. Listen to the exotic attractive sounds of over seven million hooves pounding the endless plains.

In the evening your guide will take you to a Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park (North Serengeti)

Explore two days of game drive viewing the great migration in Northern Serengeti. The abundance of resident wildlife in the Wagakuria area can be very high. The main feature is the Mara River and there are high possibilities to see the herds crossing the Mara River. If you are lucky you can witness the crossing of a river full of hungry crocodiles. Sometimes the herds can be seen next to a river and only decide to cross a few days later. The landscapes of the area are incredible with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation, and open plains, similar to that of Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Day 7: Serengeti North to Serengeti Central

Enjoy your early breakfast followed by a drive to central Serengeti. Along the route, you have a chance to explore a lot of attractions and a very nice view of the Serengeti ecosystem. As you reach Central Serengeti, stop over and have a hot lunch in the Lodge/ picnic launch followed by little rest and proceed with game drives around Seronera.

In the evening your guide will take you to a Lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

After early breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro crater and endeavor to stop at Olduvai Gorge before descending to the Crater to get a history of the anthropologists Dr. Leakey and Mary Leakey’s discoveries. Thereafter, proceed and descend into the magnificent crater that host the big five animals including Tanzania’s rare remaining black rhinos, Leopards, Lions, Elephants, and Buffalos.

During the game drive, you may see other animals including Zebra, Eland, Warthog, Hyenas, Jackals, and Cheetahs. Enjoy your picnic lunch at the crater floor and proceed with the game drive until evening.

After the game drive your guide will take you to a Lodge in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Karatu to Arusha (Departure Day)

Congratulation on being one of the few tourists to witness the Mara river Wildebeest crossing event. Today is a relaxing day and the time to say goodbye, enjoy your breakfast followed by a drive to Arusha City. Depending on your departure flight schedule you may opt for other en-route activities before being escorted to the Airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe journey and hope to be of service again to you in a near future.

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