8 Days Migration Safari To Mara River

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Tour Details

These 8 days Migration Safari to Mara River offers a trip to Serengeti for a migration safari exploring the Mara River crossing, you also will visit Ngorongoro crater. One of the greatest natural spectacles is the migration of the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles in the Serengeti National Park. More than 80% of the park is in Tanzania and the rest in Kenya. The predators get active in the area where these herds are. Being there at the right time is an experience of a lifetime.

Crossing Mara River Migration Safari

When it comes to Mara River crossings, large migrations happen across the Mara river during specific periods. Because they just keep crossing the river every few days on both sides depending on the rain and fresh grass. The Grumeti river is of relatively shorter duration whereas the Mara River extends for a few months.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

You will be met upon arrival at the airport by our driver who will guide you to the waiting vehicle and load your luggage then drive you to Arusha for the rest of your stay. Depending on your arrival time the day can be spent at the swimming pool relaxing or explore the city of Arusha.

MEALS: Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Planet Lodge Arusha or similar Accommodation

Day 2: Fly From Arusha To Kogatende

After breakfast in Arusha, you will drive to Arusha airport for your flight to Kogatende airstrip in Northern Serengeti near Mara River. Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver-guide who will welcome you onboard a safari jeep and start the tour. Since the flights from Arusha arrive in northern Serengeti in the later afternoon you will have the tour until sunset when you will drive to the lodge for overnight.

The 8 days Migration Safari to Mara River starts here.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp or similar accommodation

Day 3 & 4: Full Days Tour Around Mara River – Northern Serengeti

After breakfast time is yours, you will spend the full day at the river waiting for migration crossing. You have options to drive into different locations and times while waiting for the migration river crossing. You will spend a full day in search of animals. The great migration will be along the Mara river and this will be your opportunity to see them crossing the famous Mara river full of crocodiles ambushing them. You will also see hippos, lions, elephants, giraffes, warthogs and if you are lucky you may see the endangered black rhino. You will spend two full days at the river for best explorations at your own pace, this will be the day you expected for migration sightings. You have bigger areas to cover around River Mara.

The 8 days Migration Safari to Mara River offers the best travel experience in Serengeti.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp or similar accommodation

Day 5 & 6: Tours in Central Serengeti

After breakfast, you will continue with a game drive along the Mara river as you drive to central Serengeti with lunch boxes. You will have picnic lunch at a set location then proceed with animal sightings in different locations and time in central Serengeti. The Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. You will spend two full days in different places and time looking for wildlife of all types that will make you have the best travel experience in Tanzania.

Keeping on 8 days crossing Mara River migration safari.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Sound Of Silence Tented Camp or similar accommodation

Day 7: Serengeti National park – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you will continue your safari in the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley, you might be lucky to see predators hunt as animals gather at the waters during the dry season. After lunch at a picnic spot, you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the crater you will have a superb view of the caldera. This approximate 20 km wide crater is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to over 20,000 animals.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge or similar accommodation

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast, you will descend into 600 meters Ngorongoro Crater floor to view wildlife. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro conservation Area supports avast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos, and other water birds can usually be seen here. Late afternoon drive to the lodge for overnight.

End of 8 days crossing Mara River migration safari.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Eileen’s Tree Lodge or similar accommodation

Day 9: Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel back to Arusha where you will arrive around midday. You will be dropped off at the airport for departure.

MEALS: Breakfast


Tour Details

Price Includes

  • All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
  • A very high-quality safari land cruiser with the pop up roof (with WiFi)
  • A highly experienced English speaking safari guide
  • Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
  • Kilimanjaro tea/coffee during a game drive
  • Guided village walk Transfers on arrival and departure

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Any Private Expenses
8 Days Migration Safari to Mara River Price
Number of clients 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person in USD 3,600 2,600 2,400 2,340 2,250 2,120