PARKS: Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro crater
7 Days/8 Nights
Seven days in which we explore some of Tanzania’s real natural wonders, as we follow the path of the Great Migration in Western Serengeti. By June, this is where we’ll find the concentration of the herd animals as the world’s biggest animal movement continues its way clockwise. Of course, Nature and rainfall determine the exact route and timings of the animals’ movement, so our daily programme will be adjusted if necessary to ensure that we see the animals at their very best, at their most numerous. From our starting-point in Arusha, our spectacular adventure takes us first to Tarangire National Park, famous for its large elephant population and its landscape of distinctive baobab trees. Our next destination is Central Serengeti, followed by the western section of this most famous park. Thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo gather to cross the Grumeti river, full of crocodiles. Each day will bring something new, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide. The Great Migration, the world’s biggest movement of animals, is often the highlight of people’s lives, never mind the highlight of their safari! After absorbing all the excitement that Serengeti’s wildlife can provide, we change scenery to visit stunning Ngorongoro crater, another incredible but totally different venue for the breathtaking animals of Tanzania. You will take away enough memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country. After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Arusha - the undisputed 'safari capital' of East Africa-is perched at 1400 meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania's greatest delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting-point for safari-lovers, within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.The city even has its own natural attraction, Arusha National Park, close by. Named after the Wa-arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey… and before you set oﬀ on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!
Journey time and distance: 1 hour, 45 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
Day 2: Arusha City - Tarangire National Park
Today we set out early, collecting you from your Arusha hotel and heading south to stunning Tarangire National Park. We arrive at your lodge by noon, in time for a pleasant lunch. Your afternoon game-drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a National Park often referred to as the 'Elephant Playground'. Herds of up to 300 of these mighty mammals are sometimes seen in the park. Serengeti may be better known, but Tarangire in the dry season easily rivals it for animal densities. As well as the herds of elephant Tarangire is home to buﬀalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle while gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx are 'local specialties'. Lake Burungi's marshy shores are the lure for these mammals and the waters attract many beautiful bird species, too. Look out for giant kingfishers, hoopoes and the delightfully-named white-bellied go-away bird. Tarangire is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, we retire to the comfort of the lodge for an evening meal and some rest.
Journey time and distance: 2 hours, 110 km from Arusha to Tarangire Board basis: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
Day 3: Tarangire - Central Serengeti National Park
We reluctantly leave behind the wonders of Tarangire as we head onwards into the heart of the Serengeti, its central section. Although we have to travel today, the rewards provided by the stunning Tanzanian landscapes are priceless: open plains, a backdrop of hills and occasional kopjes.
Your experienced driver-guide will be on constant lookout, too, for the dozens of animal and bird species that inhabit the terrain and will be delighted to explain the habits and habitats of the amazing creatures you encounter on the journey. His ‘eagle-eyes’ will find many species for you, some of which you may struggle to see without binoculars! You will be awestruck by the incredible beauty of this unsurpassable wilderness, truly unforgettable. Journey time and distance: 5.5 hours, 280 km from Tarangire to Central Serengeti National ParkBoard basis: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
Day 4: Central Serengeti National Park To Western Serengeti National Park
On this trip-of-a-lifetime, we now have a short drive to reach the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, the park’s narrow section through which the Great Migration must pass at this time of the year. This is our focus, as the herds of thousands of zebra and wildebeest gather enough strength to cross the Grumeti river. For them, danger lurks in the form of the Nile crocodiles; for you, safe in your vehicle, this is a chance to see Nature at its very rawest in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Animals on the move, animals hunting…or being hunted! A varied birdlife is present too, as are the Colobus monkeys who inhabit the forests. Each day is different here, unpredictable and full of surprises, but nothing can surpass the Great Migration, that unique natural wonder which involves a cast of breathtaking numbers, literally hundreds of thousands of animals making their annual journey. Journey time and distance: 2.5 hours, 80 km from Central Serengeti National Park to Western Serengeti National ParkBoard basis: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
Day 5: Western Serengeti Morning game drive) To Central Serengeti National Park
Before leaving the Western Serengeti, we take the opportunity this morning to enjoy another game drive in this incredible location. This allows us further time to wonder at the migratory herds and the dangers and challenges they face each year in their battle for survival. As well as the herd animals, you can perhaps see a hippopotamus – or up in the skies, a majestic martial eagle. As well as the migrating animals, this area also has a good population of resident wildlife, so you won’t be disappointed. In the afternoon, we take the short drive back to the central part of Serengeti, where you will be taken to your chosen accommodation for relaxation and your evening meal.
Journey time and distance: 2.5 hours, 80 km from Western Serengeti National Park to Central Serengeti National ParkBoard basis: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
Day 6: Serengeti National Park To Karatu
The exciting sounds of Africa will rouse you from your sleep. We make the most of the day with a 08:00 start, heading oﬀ on our morning game-drive. Later, the adventure will continue when we travel up to Ngorongoro, another African icon. It's almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti and with more than 1.6 million herbivores – plus thousands of predators – there's always something new and interesting to see. The changing seasons and natu-ral light simply add to the diversity. This morning your driver-guide will help you spot some more of the many species at Serengeti, teaching you about their fascinating habits and habitats.After a pleasant picnic lunch, it's time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania's wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival, settle in at the lodge while a tasty, hot dinner is prepared for you. Tomorrow, the wonders of the crater await us. Journey time and distance: 4 hours, 170 km from Serengeti to Karatu Board basis: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
Day 7: Karatu To Ngorongoro crater To Airport
Today may be 'departure day', but there will be plenty of time to enjoy another true spectacle, before your thoughts turn to home. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world and your early morning game drive shows you why. First, there's the volcanic caldera (the world's largest), full of grassland, forest and swamp, a setting of jaw-dropping beauty. Secondly, the permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. Here you'll find many of the reasons you chose to come on safari: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wallowing hippo, waterbuck, baboons… even the rare black rhino finds shelter here. Sharing this awesome space with the animals are the Maasai, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. This harmonious co-habitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania and your driver guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you.After your morning game drive, we have our picnic lunch in the crater before we return to the airport for your flight home. Journey time and distance: 4 hours, 245 km from Ngorongoro to Airport Board basis: breakfast and packed lunch included
Tour Price Table:
7 Days Migration Safari Tour – June
From $ 2446
|2018/17||Price Per Person|
- Pick- up at Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO).
- All transfer to a Hotel and back to Airport.
- Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
- Unlimited game drive
- Special Safari car Land Cruiser 4x4 equipped with refrigerator, portable charging stations and pop-up roof.
- Experienced English/French/German/Italian/Spanish-speaking Safari guide.
- Local Flights.
- Medical evacuation cover
- All park fees.
- Mineral water throughout the tour.
- Selection of cold or hot drinks and snacks.
- Binocular(1 per SUV).
- Services of Alaitol Adventure & Safaris staff.
Price Not Includes;
- Visas; 100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)
- Serengeti Balloon Safari $539 per person.
- Airlines tickets.
- Airport taxes.
- Items of a person nature.