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11 Days 10 Nights
Availability : 11
Entebbe Airport
Entebbe Airport
Min Age : 11+
Max People : 200

9 Day Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

Migration Serengeti Safari Tour proudly presents this 9-day tour with a special focus on the migration in the Serengeti. Serengeti National Park is perhaps the most famous game reserve in the world because of its huge population of predators and especially the annual migration of 2,000,000 ungulates. Experience a unique combination of stunning nature and an exceptional variety of wildlife all while staying in the region’s best mid-range and semi-luxury accommodation!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

Day 2: Game drive in Lake Manyara or Tarangire N.P.

Day 3: Arrival in the Serengeti, game drive enroute to Seronera Valley

Day 4: Search for the number-one wildlife spectale: Migration!

Day 5: Follow the Migration!

Day 6: Game drives in Serengeti N.P.

Day 7: Game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 8: To Arusha

Day 9: Airport transfer or holiday extension in Uganda, Rwanda or Zanzibar

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfers you to Ilboru Safari Lodge. This is a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool, nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mount Meru. The Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming mountain climbers and safari travelers to northern Tanzania for decades.

This beautiful Swahili sanctuary is ideally located and tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, you will comfortably stay in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. This version of the boma features a round layout with thatched rooftops while still providing you with the western conveniences for ultimate comfort.

Destination: Arusha Tanzania

Accommodation Option

Luxury: Arusha Coffee Lodge by Elewana

Mid-Range: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Budget: Natron Palace Hotel

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

 

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community here is home to around 18,000 people. On this walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happily side by side.

During your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side of the village – the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likely visit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects. Maybe you also like to visit to a local ‘bar’ so you can try mbege (traditional banana and millet beer).

Of course you also visit the bustling local market where you can wander around stalls selling fruit and vegetables, spices and meat, a treat for the senses! Your guide is from the village, giving you the opportunity to see the community through his eyes and ask questions. The length of the tour is very flexible but generally takes around 2–3 hours. After the village walk, you have a delicious local Swahili meal which you (can) prepare together with the highly respected Miss Bibi. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

You then continue your way to Lake Manyara National Park. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks. While it may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, its vegetation is diverse and very beautiful. In your accommodation for the night you can expect comfort and delicious cuisine. This semi-luxury tented camp is set in the heart of nature and designed to look after you while you get to enjoy the sounds, the scents and the views.

Destination: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodation Option

Luxury: andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Mid-Range: Lake Manyara tortilis camp

Budget: Africa Safari Glamping

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

 

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to the first national park of this trip: Tarangire National Park. Let the game drive begin! Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed.

Elephants gathering at the Tarangire River to drink make for a perfect panoramic picture! You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, water-buck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present. This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.

Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park. After your lunch your safari continues. The safari tents all have views over Tarangire National park and are a comfortable base for the safaris in the park. The safari-tents have a thatched roof, verandah, and en-suite bathrooms with solar heated showers. Take a refreshing dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy the fantastic sunset with a cold drink on the veranda!

Destination: Tarangire National Park

Accommodation Option

Luxury: Tarangire Treetops by Elewana

Mid-Range: Tarangire Simba Lodge

Budget: Baobab Tented Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

 

 Day 3: Today to Serengeti National Park

Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti!

After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep. Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Serengeti, this tented camp combines comfort with the real Africa safari experience. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

With the great comfort of king size beds, luxurious decoration and bathroom facilities in the safari tents, you will feel right at home in the middle of the Serengeti. In the comfortable dining tent the chefs will prepare your bush meal with a bit of magic for extra delight. Before you crawl into bed, take a moment in their lounge or wind down with a sunset at the fireplace. Dine, sleep and relax knowing the best of Africa’s natural wonders is gently knocking on your door.

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Tortilis Camp

Budget: Usanja Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water Throughout

 

 Day 4: The Search for the Migration

Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can sometimes reveal cooler temperatures so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. These full day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

Then you go deeper into the Serengeti in search of the migration. The Great Wildebeest migration is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world there is a movement of animals as immense as this. The principle players are the wildebeest, followed by Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.

The ranger will find a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari. Once back at the lodge you will be served an excellent dinner and tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains!

In December and beginning of January the migration is hard to predict if it is on the Serengeti or Ngorogoro side of the national park. This might result in starting with 2 nights at Ndutu Halisi camp and ending at Tortilis camp. Your Sales consultant will discuss this with you.

Note: The migration is an amazing phenomenon and difficult to predict. Especially with the El Niño rains the migration pattern seems disturbed. Please consult your Tanzania specialist at Paradise Adventure Vacations for the best lodge during your specific travel time.

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Tortilis Camp

Budget: Usanja Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water Throughout

 

Day 5: Game driving in Serengeti National Park

Another day completely dedicated to the great migration! With your packed lunch you drive out to find the migrators. There is plenty of time to take in this impressive spectacle! The safari will be completed by also looking for hungry predators such as like lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs that move along with the herd hoping to fill their stomachs.

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Tortilis Camp

Budget: Usanja Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water Throughout

 

 Day 6: Last Day in the Serengeti

Today you enjoy a game drive on your way en-route out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater!

As an UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year.

Approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away but always keep your camera ready! Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colourful birds Country Lodge Karatu is located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, in the centre of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

The lodge symbolizes simple country comforts, providing beautiful lodging in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands. The rooms are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds and mosquito netting. After your safari you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or relax on your verandah. On chilly nights, request your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth, you have never slept better!

Location: Karutu Town

Accommodation Options

Luxury: The Retreat at Ngorongoro

Mid-Range: Country Lodge Karatu

Budget: African Wagtail House

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water Throughout

 

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater Drive

This morning, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater! Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature, and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes as approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! Depending on the time of year, you may see flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands.

Keep your cameras ready for the spectacles of African nature often happen suddenly.  In the late afternoon you will go back to Country Location: Ngoro Ngoro Crater Area

Accommodation Options

Luxury: The Retreat at Ngoro Ngoro

Mid-Range: Country Lodge Karatu

Budget: African Wagtail House

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water Throughout

 

Day 8: To Arusha for erelaxation at the lodge

You stay in the eco-friendly Karama Lodge & Spa, just outside Arusha town, with stunning views of the valley and (depending on clarity) as well as those of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Maasai steppes. Because Karama Lodge and Spa is situated at a slighter higher elevation than Arusha, you will find that here you have much cooler temperatures (and fewer mosquitoes). The cabins offer comfortable en-suite accommodation with a natural design; an excellent combination of unique comfort and style. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

Furnishings are simple, yet adequate, and include a bed that is canopied with mosquito net, lighting and other basic pieces. For your comfort and lounging pleasure, your private balcony has two chairs and a small natural wood table.

The beautiful garden setting is enchanting, and the resident monkeys keep reminding you that you are really in Africa. The spa at Karama Lodge offers treatments to relax your body, mind and soul. They also have a salt-water pool and besides massages they offer yoga classes 3 times a week.

Destination: Arusha Tanzania

Accommodation Option

Luxury: Arusha Coffee Lodge by Elewana

Mid-Range: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Budget: Natron Palace Hotel

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

 

Day 9: Departure flight back home

Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to take a dive in the pool, have a massage or take a yoga class. All activities today are at your own expense. Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are not ready to go home, you can continue your holiday in Rwanda, Uganda or visit one of the tropical islands with Paradise Adventure Vacations.  Thank you for choosing our company and we hope to see you again!!

Destination: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Accommodation: No

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water throughout

 

Transportation to all itineraries

Transport is provided in an extended 4wd Land cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing. The Land cruiser contains a fridge and 220-volt plugs.

Driver/Guide: Your driver/guide is a professional and experienced English-speaking guide. In Kenya you have a Kenyan guide and in Tanzania a Tanzania guide. Migration Serengeti Safari Tour

 Journey times: All journey times are close approximations, as you can never quite guarantee what will happen on the African roads. You could be in for a bumpy ride on parts of the route (which adds to the excitement of being on safari!), we may encounter road works and, of course, there are the photo stops.

Although you may sometimes be seated for long periods, you will be passing some spectacular countryside and there will always be something of interest to see along the way!

 

Things Included

Park fees

All activities (unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation as stated in the itinerary

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer

All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water on all days

 

Things Excluded

International flights (from/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)

Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Alcohol drinks

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