This itinerary follows the Great Migration to its dry season pastures in the Northern Serengeti. We selected permanent tented lodges and seasonal, tented mobile camps to get you as close to the wildlife action as possible. Perhaps with a bit of luck and patience, you will be able to witness the famed Mara River wildebeest crossing! This is truly a classic African bush experience.
Included in your experience:
Park fees (For non-residents)
All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
All flights during the tour
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)
Not included in your experience:
International flights (From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Day1 - 2
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, a Hazina Afrika visa specialist will greet you in the arrivals area and assist you in obtaining your tourist visa (fee included). Our specialist will then help you collect your luggage and escort you through customs before escorting you to a Hazina Afrika transfer representative, who will be waiting outside the secured area to warmly welcome you to Tanzania. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, which will take approximately one hour. After checking-in, your transfer rep will answer any questions you may have. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the lovely African Tulip Hotel in a deluxe room.
The African Tulip |
Mid-range hotel located in or near Arusha
Day2 - 4
After an early morning breakfast, a Hazina Afrika representative will transfer you to the Arusha Domestic Airport for your 8:00am flight to the Northern Serengeti. Your flight path will take you over the Ngorongoro Crater, the southern Serengeti plains and the Central Serengeti woodlands - so enjoy the fabulous views below!
Upon landing at the Kogatende airstrip in the Northern Serengeti, your driver guide will welcome you as you begin your safari adventure. The Northern Serengeti is a vast area that extends to the Masai Mara on the Kenyan side of the border. You will spend the next two days exploring this game rich area.
During the dry season, the Great Migration will likely be located in the far Northern Serengeti with a portion of the large herds spilling over into the Masai Mara. You may be able to see a Mara River crossing if you are patient! You will spend two nights at the Taasa Luxury Lodge in a suite tent.
Taasa Lodge |
Luxury+ tented camp located inside Loliondo
Day4 - 6
Today you will enjoy a game drive heading southwards through the Lobo Valley, an area where both resident and migratory game congregate around permanent water sources during the dry season. All three big cats can be found here (lions, leopards and cheetahs), so spend some time exploring the Lobo Valley before continuing to the Central Serengeti and the Seronera Valley.
The Seronera River Valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niche as a transitional zone. Two distinctly different habitats, the plains and woodlands, merge here and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist. Due to the abundance of wildlife, Seronera is headquarters for many of the Serengeti wildlife research projects, including the Serengeti Lion Project and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. You will spend two nights at Pumzika Serengeti Camp in a luxury tent.
Pumzika Luxury Safari Camp |
Mid-range tented camp located inside Central Serengeti
Day6 - 7
After breakfast, continue game driving in the Central Serengeti before heading southeast towards the Ngorongoro Highlands in the afternoon, visiting the Olduvai Museum en route. Olduvai is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Known as "The Cradle of Mankind", the gorge stretches for nearly 50 km from Lake Ndutu to the Olbalbal Depression. The Leakey’s are the archaeologists responsible for most of the excavations and discoveries in Olduvai Gorge. They unearthed about 60 different hominid remains dating back from 17,000 to 2 million years ago. The remains of about 7,000 extinct animal species have also been unearthed, and molds of some of these artifacts can be seen in the small on-site museum. Your overnight will be at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge |
Mid-range lodge located on the crater rim of Ngorongoro
Day7 - 8
You will begin your day early with a 6:00am game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater floor in order to escape the crowds that can gather later in the morning with the packaged group tours. The Crater is your best opportunity to see the highly endangered black rhino, so spend some time scanning the horizon with your binoculars and to try and spot one. Enjoy a picnic breakfast watching an African sunrise and spend the rest of the day exploring the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, which is often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”.
Encompassing an area of only 265 sq/km, the Crater features a dense concentration of wildlife in a confined area, which allows for incredible game viewing and photo opportunities. Depart from the Crater in the afternoon and head to the nearby town of Karatu for overnight at Endoro Lodge.
Endoro Lodge |
Mid-range lodge located in or near Karatu
After breakfast at Endoro Lodge, embark on the thirty minutes journey to Lake Manyara National Park. Spend the morning driving through the lush groundwater forest and look out for the famous tree-climbing lions! Do be mindful, however, that the likelihood of seeing the tree lions is greater in the Serengeti than at Manyara due to the dense forest making visibility difficult. Birdlife are abundant as are the number of baboons and other primates.
After your time in Manyara is complete you will head back to Arusha in the afternoon. Enjoy an early dinner and a day room at the African Tulip Boutique Hotel before transferring in the evening to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your return flight home.