Guaranteed departure dates as:
10th March 2012 - OPEN for sale
Especially designed to track the progress of the wildebeest migration in Tanzania, this safari premiers in March 2012 and will be guided by Hanne Lindeman - a biologist, wildlife conservation specialist and ‘migration expert'.
Travelling by road, this tour will allow our visitors to experience the migration, dubbed the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth'. Featuring a cast of millions of wildebeest and other ungulates, this episode weaves birth, life and death into a spectacular tapestry, illustrating the concept of ‘survival of the fittest' in all of its tragic, comic, violent and awesome splendour.
Setting out from Kenya to culminate in Tanzania, this exceptionally panoramic tour offers the visitor both the thrill of a luxury tented camp and the comfort of traditional safari lodges.
Luxury tented camp safari
Safari by road
Tanznaia Migration Safari Destinations
Nairobi - 1 night (Bed & Breakfast only)
Amboseli National Park - 2 nights
Tarangire National Park - 2 nights
Ngorongoro Crater - 2 nights
Serengeti National Park - 2 nights
Ndutu Area - 3 night
Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe, black and white rhino
About our travel and safari holiday packages
This scheduled departure Kenya and Tanzania safari tour is one of a series of tours offered within our East African safari tours tour operators' portfolio; each holiday package incorporating a careful choice of Tanzania hotels, safari lodges or safari camps. As well as our Kenya safari and Tanzania safari holidays, we also offer Zanzibar travel and Uganda travel holiday packages. Should this Africa safari tour not meet your requirements, we are also happy to tailor an adventure safari to your specific requirements.
About the tour guide
Hanne Lindeman is a wildlife biologist who has worked in African wildlife conservation and tourism for the past 30 years. Committed to the fact that ‘wildlife should benefit the local people', Hanne has 12 years experience in wildlife management and conservation in South Africa and is the advisor to an ongoing rhino monitoring programme in Palansberg National Park. Offering an unusually extensive knowledge of Africa's wildlife, natural reserves, culture and people, Hanne also excels both in sharing her knowledge and making the entire safari experience come alive for the members of her group.
About the migration
Between the end of July and November, over one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by half again as many zebras and gazelles, migrate from the short-grass plains of the Serengeti to fresh pasture in the grasslands of the Mara; thus creating one of nature's grandest spectacles. Moving in groups of up to 20,000 at a time they thunder across the plateau hesitating only briefly to cross the Mara River, where many fall prey to the waiting crocodiles. Towards the end of October they begin crossing back into Tanzania. The actual timing of the migration, however, is dictated by the weather and does not always run to schedule. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena.
Migration Safari Schedule
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel . One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park
Breakfast at your hotel. Thereafter, you will drive to the famous Amboseli National Park and check-in to Ol Tukai Lodge. Built in 1996 and one of Amboseli's best-known lodges, Ol Tukai Lodge lies at the very centre of the park. Close to the main swamp area, it enjoys stunning views of Africa's highest mountain and the legendary 'Snows of Kilimanjaro'.
In the afternoon, take a game drive around this panoramic yet compact park, which is dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow half-submerged in the papyrus grasses. These permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffaloes, while offering a haven for the abundant water birds. In the evening, enjoy sundowners in one of the lodge's two bars, explore the wildlife library, or take a swim in the pool. After dinner in the atmospheric central dining room, enjoy a display of traditional Maasai dance or a wildlife talk (optional).
Distance/drive time: 260km / 4 ½ hours
Day 3: On safari in Amboseli National Park
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the lodge, whose grounds also offer the opportunity of optional nature walk with bird-spotting (150 species in the grounds alone). Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge
Day 4: Amboseli To Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to the border town of Namanga where you will clear immigration formalities. Proceed to Arusha and have lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Tarangire National Park and arrive at the Maramboi Tented Camp which is situated on a 25,000 hectare Maasai communal ranch. During the wet season the ‘pans' (shallow depressions) of this area fill with water, which attracts huge flocks of flamingoes and other water birds. The camp is also ideally placed for watching the migration of the wildebeest, which on the tree-less plains can be more easily and more graphically observed than elsewhere. The camp offers just 20 spacious tents, all surrounded by timber decks. Activities possible at an extra cost while at the camp include guided walks, ornithology and cultural interaction with the Datoga and Maasai people, whose communities lie adjacent to the camp. The camp also has its own swimming pool.
Afternoon take a game-drive through the Tarangire National park, which is second only to the Ngorongoro Crater as a dry-season sanctuary for vast herds of migratory creatures. Dinner at the camp.
Distance/drive time: 340 km / 6 hours
Day 5: On safari in Tarangire
Spend a full day on safari in Tarangire National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp.
Day 6: Tarangire to Ngorongoro
After breakfast, depart and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive. The park is well know for its tree climbing lions and the Soda Lake is often home to thousands of greater flamingos and lesser flamingos. Picnic lunch. Late afternoon drive to Ngorongoro and into your lodge Ngorongoro Farm House situated at the edge of Ngorongoro forest. Dinner and overnight
Distance/drive time: 230 km / 3 hours
Day 7: Ndutu area
After breakfast depart and drive past Ngorongoro crater and stopping on route for a visit to Ol Duvai Gorge, the ‘Cradle of Mankind' and one of the most famous Palaeolithic sites in the world.
Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge Ndutu Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 170 km / 3 hours
Day 8: On Safari at Ndutu area
Day spent in Ndutu area on game drives.
About Migration in Ndutu and Serengeti
The animals spend most of the year grazing in the expansive Serengeti plains. The migration year begins on a quiet note, with the migration squad spread over Tanzania's Ngorongoro area and parts of southern Serengeti around Lake Ndutu. The animals usually move to this region in December after the short rains subside. At that time, the grass throughout the plains has had months to regenerate. Most of the cows are then noticeably expectant. The wildebeest happily settle here, until the onset of the long rains around March.
January slips by almost unnoticed, but February brings forth a new burst of life. The Serengeti becomes an extensive maternity unit for 3 weeks or so, with over 400,000 calves being born every year at this time. With the cows' continued good diet and state of rest, the calves usually arrive strong and lively. Within a short 3 hours of birth, they are up and running, wasting no time to practice for the long and hard journeys ahead.
By around mid March, hordes of gazelles begin to stream into the area. The grass begins to dwindle, putting pressure on lactating mothers to seek better and more nutritious grass elsewhere. They slowly begin to herd together and move northwest in columns towards the Serengeti plains, past the Naabi Hills. They trek steadily at a slow pace; by now only a few hundred thousands are on the move. The little ones are a few weeks old, and some even only a few days into the world. But they are strong enough; they tag along their mothers into the new, mineral-rich territory.
The animals munch on the wholesome grass as they move along towards the west. They head on past Moru and Simba Kopjes, Seronera, Ndoha and Dutwa plains. By May, when the long rains are waning, the now surging herds check into the Ndabaka and Ruana plains, to join the western migratory corridor along the Grumeti River. They unite with other smaller herds that reside along the route taken, and continue the trot in columns.
All meals and overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 9: On Safari at Ndutu area
Day spent in Ndutu area. All meals and overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 10: Ndutu to the Serengeti Central
After breakfast, take a game-drive enroute as you drive into Serengeti National Park and into the Serengeti Serena Lodge. Afternoon game drive. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 11: On safari in the Serengeti
Spend the day on safari in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives and all meals at the lodge.
The vast and sensational Serengeti, covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, is Tanzania's first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends. The million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 12: The Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast depart with game drive en-route, drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Scale the side of the crater, circle the rim and descend to the crater floor for the crater tour.
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania's most visited destination.
Ascend to your lodge Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which offers a good location on the crater rim lodges. Dinner at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 195 km / 3 ½ hours
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast, drive to Arusha arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flights/services (all at optional cost).
Distance/drive time: 190 km / 3.5 hours
Come back soon.
Tanzania Migration Safari Package
East African Travel and Safari Holidays
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