10 Days Serengeti Wildebeest Migration African Safari
The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the National park and extend into the western Ngorongoro Conservation Area, form the main ungulate calving grounds of the Serengeti. In January, the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are to be found on the plains of the southern Serengeti.
In February the wildebeest begin foaling and they do this at roughly the same time with all the predators in close attendance. The period between March-April, Heavy rains are approaching and the grazing is starting to get worse. The herd begins to move northwards along the western corridor of the Serengeti.
The actual migration might start any time from late April to early June, with a herd of more than a million migrating animals marching in a braying column of up to 40Km long, one of the most impressive spectacles in the world.
The herd moves towards the Grumeti controlled area where there is still good grazing and they begin to cross the Grumeti river where crocodiles lie in wait for their annual feast and you find the scenes occurring that has made the wildebeest migration famous in so many wildlife documentaries.
From July to October, the ungulates disperse again, with about half of them crossing the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara Game reserve, and the reminder spreading out through the northern and western Serengeti.
The best time to visit is December to February and from May to July.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met and transferred to your Hotel for dinner and overnight at Mt. Village Lodge.
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara
After your breakfast, start your safari by driving to lush and beautiful Manyara National Park for game viewing. At 1300 hrs take your lunch in the park picnic area, evening drive to your lodge/ campsite for Dinner and overnight at Manyara.
Day 3: Manyara-Serengeti
Have breakfast in the morning before departing Lake Manyara to Serengeti. You will have a game drive game enroute to the great Serengeti Plains via Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After lunch at leisure in the lodge/ campsite or proceed with your game drive around Seronera or trace the direction of the migration.
Dinner and Overnight in the Serengeti at Serengeti Serena Lodge/ Serengeti Sopa Lodge/ Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp.
Day 4: Game Drive in Serengeti
Depending on the time of the year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffe, zebras, Monkey, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes as well as a multitude of birds. Evening drive to your lodge/ campsite for your dinner and overnight at Serengeti.
Day 5: Serengeti Southern Area
After breakfast take a packed lunch with you and continue with game viewing in Serengeti National Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the south western direction. Around 1230 and 1300 break for your lunch. After lunch have a rest for one hr, then proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately 1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles and 200,000 Zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass/ water which is the source of food for the millions of Animals in this South Area. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Lodge/ Campsite.
Day 6: Serengeti-Ngorongoro
You will start today with an early morning game drive in the Serengeti followed by lunch at the lodge. After lunch you will depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will spend the night. Along the way you will stop at Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for your crater tour. Here you will explore the forest areas inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see flamingos. You will also visit the open savannah where the lions hunt. Picnic lunch will be served in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 8: Ngorongoro – Tarangire
This morning after breakfast leave Ngorongoro with your packed lunch to Tarangire Park for game drive. The Park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Evening drive to your lodge/ campsite for dinner / overnight at Tarangire.
Day 9: Tarangire Cultural Tour
Have breakfast at leisure and for a cultural experience, you will go on a walk to visit neighbouring tribes. The Masai live in the areas as well as the Datoga. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from several hilltop peaks in the area. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire.
Day 10: Tarangire to Arusha
After breakfast, leave Tarangire with your packed lunch to Arusha town. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you flight back home.