This safari is an awesome display of natural wonders with over two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope traveling over 450 miles across the plain to ensure their survival, unaware that there’s danger presented by the stalking lions and cheetahs among other predators of migrating wildlife. The huge crocodiles of the Mara River also lie in wait as the herbivorous prepare to cross the swollen Mara River and enter into Masai Mara Game Reserve from Serengeti National Park.
Day 1: Airport pick-up to Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and briefed up by Gilma’s staff, and then transferred to The African Tulip Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After your breakfast, we will pick you up and proceed to Tarangire National park; one of the largest national parks in Tanzania located in Manyara region. This park is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for Tarangire river, which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons.
Accommodation: Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will depart the lodge with picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro for the crater tour. You will descent to the crater floor for a full day tour. Some 20,000 mammals live in the area including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see these amazing creatures. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, servals and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some luck.
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge
Day 4: Serengeti Central (Seronera)
After breakfast, we will leave for Central Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch and game drive along the way. Serengeti, among other incredible wildlife and stunning views is famed for the annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and hundred thousands of zebras, a frenzied bout of territorial conquests and mating happening from July-October. Witness an actual survival of the fittest as these animals plunge through crocodile-infested waters. The wildebeest produces
Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Day 5-6: Northern Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we will drive to Serengeti North, viewing the great migration at Mara area. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note that finding a crossing is very challenging and is sometimes a matter of luck. There are instances where herds can be seen next to the river but then only decide to cross a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Accommodation: Chaka Tented Camp
Day 7: Flight back to Arusha
After breakfast, we will drive en route to Kogatende Airstrip where you will catch your flight to Arusha and arrive for lunch. Afterwards, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.