Up to 14 days
The Great Migration is a transhumance of herbivorous animals that takes place every year from one territory to another, in conjunction with the pressure exerted by the large herds on the pastures, following the cycle of rains: the pastures are exhausted and the herds must move to seek new food availability.
Starting from Arusha we will cross the Maasai plains until we reach the spectacular Rift Valley of Lake Manyara. We will then continue to the majestic Serengeti, famous for the amount of animals passing through the most famous crater, Ngorongoro, a perfect ecosystem of only 20 square kilometers.
At the beginning of July, the ascent begins to the extreme north (Lobo), the Maasai Mara and the homonymous river (also infested with crocodiles). In July, August, September and October the concentration of lions, cheetahs and hyenas can be very high because following the migration of the gazelles, in particular: the sightings could be counted to dozens of lions and a dozen cheetahs in a single day.
The safari ends with the last park, the Tarangire, famous for its beautiful landscapes with Baobab and Acacias and an unexpected amount of elephants.
Reception at the airport and relaxation in Arusha
Upon your arrival in Tanzania you will find your airport guide waiting for you. The journey through the north of the country begins in the city of Arusha, the city from which the vast majority of safaris depart.
The day includes transportation to Karibu Heritage Lodge or Kibo Palace Hotel (luxury) for some relaxation and dinner.
Safari in Lake Manyara National Park
Duration of the trip (indicative) ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA: 2 hours and 30 min. (119 km)
After breakfast, early in the morning, we leave for the first safari of the trip. The destination is Lake Manyara Park.
Small but distinctive Park of Northern Tanzania: a combination of the impressive mountains of the Rift Valley, immense pools of water, forests and acacia forests.
Lunch will be served in a “picnic box” provided by Lodge himself, which makes the day more flexible and fun. In this way it will be possible to stop and eat in front of dreamlike scenarios, or calmly observe the animals immersed in their daily lives.
During the day you can also visit the hot springs of Maji Moto.
After the safari we will head to Karatu at Hhando Coffee Lodge or Farm House Valley (luxury) to enjoy a hot shower and relax.
Safari in Ngorongoro Crater and arrival in Serengeti
After breakfast, early in the morning, we leave for a visit to the volcanic crater of Ngorongoro, the huge caldera formed about 2.5 million years ago after the collapse of the volcano became inactive.
An amphitheater twenty km wide with walls six hundred meters high that houses an incredible amount of animals, including precisely the “big five” or the “big five”: elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. The latter, although present in the Serengeti, where it is rarely seen and only from afar, can be observed in the crater. The show continues with wildebeests, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, hyenas and more, and a great variety of birds, among which thousands of pink flamingos, buzzards, hawks, ostriches, eagles. The crater, in some way, offers everything the animals need, a sort of paradise on earth, but it can also be a source of major and bloody struggles for survival. Picnic box” packed lunch on the shores of Lake Magadi.
In the afternoon you will leave the Crater of Ngorongoro and head towards the Serengeti which in Maasai language means “boundless plain” (about 15,000 square kilometers), is exactly what corresponds to our imagination of Savannah, as we have been accustomed to seeing it in the most famous documentaries, films and animated films.
Late in the afternoon the arrival at the tented field inside the Park is expected. This exceptional feature will allow you to enjoy the company of animals that move all around the camp (always in total safety), to enjoy an exceptional sunset, and to make safari in the morning very early. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp.
From the centre to the north of the Serengeti
In the morning a dream awakening awaits you: just open your tent and you will be immediately immersed in the center of Serengeti, in the wildest nature, where the animals temporarily host us in their space, in their lives, and where you can admire the colors of the red sun that rises on the horizon illuminating the characteristic African landscapes.
It is recommended to wake up very early so that you can make a game drive at dawn, as it is at sunrise and sunset that you have more opportunity to meet the cats, which instead in the hottest hours tend to rest.
During the day you will arrive in the northern part of Serengeti, on the border with Kenya, near the river Mara.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Heritage Mara Camp.
The North of the Serengeti
Breakfast at the camp and departure for the northernmost part of the Serengeti, crossed by the Mara River and theater, in our summer months of the “Mara Crossing”, the crossing of the Mara River, by hundreds and hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras. An absolutely unique show in the world! Game drive day in the park with lunch.
Arrival at the tented camp, dinner and overnight stay.
From Serengeti to Tarangire
Last hours of safari in Serengeti and then departure for Tarangire National Park, for overnight stay at Burunge Camp Lodge or Maramboi Tented Lodge (luxury).
Safari in Tarangire National Park
Picturesque and disorderly is the kingdom of elephants and giant baobabs.
The landscape at first tends to be flat, but after a while it becomes a succession of rolling hills beautiful to see in dry season and beautiful in green season. Huge and centuries-old baobabs provide a constant backdrop to the wild natural landscape. Baobabs impress with their large size and grotesque appearance, but they are also important elements in the ecosystem of the park; elephants, for example, use to sharpen tusks by rubbing them against the stems and during periods of drought use the hollow trunks of baobabs as water reserves.
Lunch is planned directly on site. After the safari we will head to Arusha at Karibu Heritage Lodge or Ilboru Safari Lodge (luxury) for a rest before the next day’s departure.
Visit of the city of Arusha and departure
After breakfast, depending on the time of your plane, you can visit the city of Arusha.
Fresh, green and rich in vegetation, Arusha is one of the most developed cities in Tanzania and with a dizzying rate of growth. You can visit the typical Maasai Market which is located near the clocktower.
Transportation to the airport is planned to coincide with the times of your flight.