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8 DAYS GREAT WILDEBEEST(GNU) MIGRATION – MARA RIVER CROSSING

The Mara River Crossing

Overview:

The Mara River Crossing is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries.  One of Tanzania’s best kept secret is the fact that nearly half of the Mara River is situated in the North Serengeti versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya. Parks to be visited in this tour are Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.  This tour will give you the opportunity to see the famous great migration (approximately 2,000,000 wildebeests and 800,000 zebras) crossing the Mara river while the crocodiles attack then.  You will also have a chance to see the endangered black rhino.  This is one of the unique adventures one can ever encounter on safari.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to a hotel

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and then transferred to Kibo Palace Hotel for dinner and overnight. Your briefing about upcoming safari will be done here

Day 2: Arusha – Mto Wa Umbu – Manyara National Park

After breakfast you will drive to Mto wa Mbu town for a guided village walk.  The walk will give you an opportunity to interact with the local people, visit local homes, a taste of traditional beer, banana and rice farms, etc.  You will then continue to Lake Manyara for game viewing.  Here you will be able to see elephants, giraffes, hippos, impalas, dik dik, waterbucks, flamingos and monkeys.  You may also encounter the rare tree climbing lions and leopards.  In the evening, you will depart the park and drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Marera Valley View Lodge for dinner and overnights.

Day 3: Manyara – Serengeti – Hunting predators/Big Cats experience

After breakfast we will depart the lodge with packed lunch and drive to Serengeti National park via Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping at the rim for a spectacular view of the Ngorongoro crater.  Continuing as far as the eyes can see is the vast Serengeti.  “Serengeti” means endless plain.  And this is 6900 sq. mile (1800 sq. km).  It is also home to 2,000,000 wildebeests and 800,000 zebras.  Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, it is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. In central Serengeti, you will have high chances of seeing the elephants, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, gazelles, impalas, lions, leopards, cheetahs and many more. Dinner and accommodation will be at Mbugani Camps in Central Serengeti.

Day 4: Great Migration, Mara River crossing, hunting crocodiles

You will have an early morning game drive and then return to the camp for breakfast.  Afterwards, you will depart the camp with picnic lunch and drive to Northern Serengeti for game viewing, with very high chances of seeing wildebeests crossing the Mara River while the crocodiles attack them.  In the evening, you will drive to Mbugani Camps located in Northern Serengeti for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Great Migration, Mara River crossing, Hunting crocodiles

Morning and afternoon game drive along the Mara River, with early departure.  The great migration is supposed to be here between July and mid October, crossing the famous Mara River to Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya and back to Serengeti.  The North Serengeti has lots of big cats, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos and it is another excellent place to see the endangered black rhino.  All meals and overnight will be at Mbugani camps in Northern Serengeti.

Day 6: Hunting Predators

After breakfast, you will drive to Lobo area for game viewing.  Lobo is in North-East of Serengeti National Park with unique landscape.  Here you will have excellent opportunity to see leopards, cheetahs, big prides of lions, the rare clip-springer antelopes, etc.  In the afternoon, you will drive to Central Serengeti to Dinner and overnight at Mbugani camps.

Day 7: The endangered black rhino, pink flamingos.

After breakfast, you will depart the camp with packed lunch and drive to Ngorongoro crater for game viewing.  You will spend the day at the floor on the crater (the 8th wonder of the world) exploring its rich flora and fauna.  This is the best place to encounter the endangered black rhino and flamingos in Lake Magadi.  Other animals include Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, warthogs, hippos, zebras, waterbucks, hyenas, jackals and if lucky enough, lions will be sleeping by your vehicle for shade.  In the evening, you will ascend the crater, depart the park and drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Marera Valley Loodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Arusha, Lunch and Departure

After breakfast you will drive back to Arusha with stopover at traditional Maasai village on the way.  After hot lunch in Arusha, you will visit the local Maasai market for souvenirs shopping (if interested).  Afterwards, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight back home.