This Migration safari to Grumeti River in the western corridor of the Serengeti takes advantage of the great migration when the area is bursting with wildlife, including nomadic predators from other drier parts of the Serengeti visiting this popular area to ensure their own survival.
Explore three pristine wildlife areas in Tanzania with a chance to witness the Great Migration. While the sight of hundred thousands of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the plains is spectacular, the Mara River crossing is absolutely one of the most breathtaking natural actions in wildlife sightings. Dust exploding, lions stalking a moveable feast, gigantic crocodiles and fast flowing wild rivers await. It is sensational, impressive and dramatic at the same time. These is one of the obstacle of the great migration.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch for a game drive. This lovely park has the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx, and Gerenuk. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them. Later in the afternoon, you drive to Sangaiwe lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, you go on a walking tour in farming town Mto wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colorful mix of customs. Your walking guide will take you to rice and banana plantations, a local beer factory, a school, and a carving factory. Discover the traditional way of life of the villagers. Continue to Lake Manyara National park, which is only a few minutes’ drives from Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, a large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos, and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon, you drive to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park (Western)
This morning you drive to the famous Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival in the Serengeti, you first have a picnic lunch and then continue with your great game drive. There is a big change you can see the Great Migration of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River in this area of the Serengeti between May and July. The herds must outsmart the crocodiles and fast flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side. An amazing spectacle.
Day 4: Full Day Serengeti National Park (Western)
Rise up early, so that you can depart your lodge for a full day moving with the herds across the plains exploring the Great Migration. An impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year, you might sport a host of predators like lions, cheetah and hyenas. Around the river check for the black and colobus monkey, other sighting might include elephants, buffaloes, topi, hippos, jackals and a host of raptors.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park (Western) – Serengeti National Park (Central)
After breakfast you depart with a game drive en route to the central part of the Serengeti. This part is famous for the abundance of lions and leopards that can usually be seen quite easily. Game viewing in this central area is spectacular all year round. Enjoy the views of endless plains and stunning wildlife like cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, ostrich, and many more.
Day 6: Full Day Game Drive in Serengeti National Park (Central)
A full day of game driving around the Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the location of the great migration herds, you may see huge numbers of wildebeest, and big cats, hyenas and other predators near to them – looking to hunt an easy meal. All year round you can see elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species of animals.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park (Central) to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you will be led for a walking safari in the heart of Serengeti, you will be escorted with an armed park ranger and trend in the same land as lions, elephants and giraffes. The walking is a way to experience the bush while out of the jeep here you will be looking for small things like animal’s truck, animals dropping, insects, plants and their medicinal uses, return to the lodge for brunch and continue with your game drive en route to Ngorongoro.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park (Central) to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast descend to the crater for a day of game viewing, the crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, and also the rare black rhino. The beautiful colors and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you drive back to Arusha