8 Days Wildebeest Migration – Tanzania Wildlife Safari

At the heart of the Serengeti ecosystem lies an ancient phenomenon that is the largest movement of wildlife on earth. In pursuit of food and water, over a million wildebeest and half a million zebra and antelope migrate north from the Serengeti to the adjoining Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya every year

Arusha – Ngorongoro
Distance: 190 km
Estimated driving time: 4 hours

After meeting your guide, you’ll drive to the Ngorongoro Crater via Mto wa Mbu (Maasai for Mosquito Creek). The Ngorongoro Crater contains a hidden world teeming with wildlife. This afternoon you will descend from the lush rain forest on the rim to the savanna bush and acacia woodland of the crater floor for an afternoon of wildlife viewing. Overnight at your Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Ngorongoro – Serengeti (Seronera)
Distance: 145 km
Estimated driving time: 4 hours

Descend into the Crater for a morning game drive. Visiting the Maasai Village (for clients account) at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to see the way of life that’s survived and which is almost unchanged for generations. Depart for Olduvai Gorge, the famous archeological site where the Leakey’s discovered remains of Australopithecus Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus for an afternoon visit before continuing to the famous Serengeti to witness the migration. Overnight at the Serengeti Seronera Lodge.

Serengeti (Seronera)

Morning and afternoon game drives at the Central Serengeti area. During the annual animal migration, over a million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras and Thomson’s gazelles are on the move. These massive herds of grazing wild animals blanket the African landscape as far as the eye can see and beyond. Overnight at the Serengeti Seronera Lodge.

Serengeti Seronera Area – Serengeti Lobo Area
Distance: 80 km
Estimated driving time: 1 ½ hour

Continue to the Northern section of the National Park with a game drive en-route. Enjoy lunch at the Lodge with an afternoon game drive at the Northern Serengeti. The Lobo area is characterized by rolling upland covered in bush and sparse woodland interspersed with open plains and ranges of hills. It is in this area of the park you are most likely to see elephant. The rocks also make excellent vantage points for both leopard and lion scanning the surrounding country for their next meal. This area is one of the natural pathways for the yearly migration of the wildebeests. Overnight at the Lobo Lodge.

Serengeti Lobo Area – Serengeti Ndutu Area
Distance: 160 km
Estimated driving time: 3 hours

Proceed to the Ndutu area with an en-route game drive. Enjoy lunch at the Ndutu Safari Lodge with an afternoon game drive at the Ndutu area. The Serengeti is known for two things – the vast grasslands and the granite rocky outcroppings, called kopjes that jut out of the plains like islands in a sea of grass. The kopjes are intoxicating; each is different, and each kopje is actually a string of islands. The Ndutu area is wooded, with an alkaline lake nearby that hosts the largest concentration of European storks we’ve ever seen. Leopards are common here, with a River of Zebras that extend for miles, and culminated at a shallow lake during the migration. Overnight at the Ndutu Safari Lodge.

Serengeti (Ndutu Area)

Morning and afternoon game drives at the Ndutu area. The Serengeti is arguably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. At certain times of the year these vast, seemingly unending, plains are inhabited by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. In the calving season (February-March) the herds concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. Overnight at the Ndutu Safari Lodge.

Serengeti – Lake Manyara
Distance: 150 km
Estimated driving time: 4 hours

Leaving the Serengeti Migration behind to drive to the Lake Manyara National Park. Nesting at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, it is one of the most beautiful places in Africa. As you enter the gate, the park is dramatically marked off by lush green vegetation including tall trees. The most famous spectacle in the park are the tree-climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of Acacia trees 6 to 7 metres above the ground. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and overnight at the Lake Manyara Hotel.

Lake Manyara – Arusha Distance: 130 km
Estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours
Return to Arusha with lunch at the Redds Restaurant.