The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara attract visitors from around the world, who flock to the open plains to witness the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet. More than a million animals make the seasonal journey to fresh pasture to the north, then the south, after the biannual rains. The sound of their thundering hooves, raising massive clouds of thick red dust, has become one of the legends of the Serengeti plains. The entire ecosystem thrives from the annual migration, from the lions and birds of prey that gorge themselves on the weak and the faltering to the gamut of hungry crocodiles that lie in patient wait at each river crossing for their annual feed.
The initial migration phase is from January to March which is followed by the calving season where most of the calves are born within the timeframe of few weeks. The massive surge in population thus makes them less vulnerable to predators. As stated earlier, the Great Migration spent most of their time in Tanzania for about seven to eight months. The Grumeti River in the Serengeti National Park is an ideal stop for the wildebeests in search of fresh grazing land with unlimited drinking water. After departure from here, the herd then moves to Kenya where it stays for the remainder of the year before moving back to Tanzania. Serengeti National Park and Crater are the Best Tanzania National Parks for spotting the Great Migration. The route and pattern of the yearly migration don’t change that much but are not quite the same. Our Wildebeest migration trip package is centres around the opportunity for seeing the wildebeests and zebras to the closest. Along with that, you’ll also get to see the heterogeneous flora and fauna of Tanzania that are spread out throughout the country.
Here Are The Highlights Of Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Trip:
- Safari trip in Tanzania focused on the Great Migration.
- Luxury and budget camping plans.
- Experience the diverse flora and fauna of Tanzania.
Includes: 1-night Arusha / 1-night Tarangire / 2 nights / 2 nights Ngorongoro / 4 nights Serengeti National
Day 1: Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight Mvuli Hotel
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire
This Morning with your personal driver-guide you’ll head to Tarangire National Park, the park is characterized by giant Baobab trees and big herds of Elephants. Game viewing in the park. Overnight Eileen’s tree Lodge.
Day 3: Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro
Today you will spend the day in Lake Manyara National Park. This relatively small wilderness reserve was named after the alkaline lake filled with thousands of flamingos roaming the banks for food and hippos bathing in the waters. However, the most famous inhabitants of this park are the tree-climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the park, in Afternoon proceed towards Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight Eileen’s tree Lodge.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater
Leaving early in the morning with picnic lunch, you will spend most of the day game driving on the floor of the crater. The bottom of the crater dotted with watering holes, shelters almost 30 000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. Covering an area of 259 sq.kms and standing at 2236m above sea level, it is called the eighth wonder of the world. Overnight Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti
This morning you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro for the vast plains of the Serengeti. Serengeti means endless plains in Maasai language, an appropriate word to describe the largest Tanzania National Park. The park is famous for its incredible variety of wildlife species, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra, predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, this is undoubtedly one of the most authentic and exciting safari experiences that is possible to enjoy. Your accommodation is a luxury mobile camp, from late December to March in the Ndutu area, from July to October in Kogatende area, Northern Serengeti.
Overnight Mbugani Tented Camp or Mbugani Serengeti North Camp BLD (Location according to season).
Day 6 – 9: Serengeti
In the first months of the year the migration reaches the short grass between the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro conservation area, it is also the calving season of up to 800.000 wildebeest and zebra. Your camp is ideally located between the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From February till March, this is prime position to be near the millions of animals making up the Great Migration.
After spending the wet season on the short grass Serengeti plains, the wildebeests move northwards, reaching the Mara River between July and November, your campsite is exceptionally well placed for wildebeest crossings of the Mara River. Overnights Mbugani Tented Camp or Mbugani Tented Camp Serengeti North Camp (Location according to season).
Day 9: Serengeti – Arusha /Departure
Enjoy game drive en-route to Arusha, We expect to be back in Arusha around 5pm although we are flexible in case there is a flight to catch or another situation.