Serengeti Safari: Witness the Great Migration
With an abundance of majestic lions, elephants, zebra, giraffes, hippos, and wildebeests on the move, your time on the game-rich plains of the Serengeti tracking the great migration will be filled with excitement. Stand witness to the greatest migration of mammals on the planet across the vast expanse of the Serengeti plains viewable on foot, open vehicle or hot air balloon. Behold as elephant, zebras, Thomson's gazelle's, giraffe and 1.5 million wildebeest follow the rains in search of food and water. While tracking them, you'll also see large cat predators (lions, cheetahs, leopards) stalking their prey. Please see our blog entry for additional information on the timing of the great migration.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Witness the wildebeest migration, as 1.5 million of these majestic creatures embark on a 1,000 mile journey to search for food and water
- Watch large predators stalk the wildebeest across the plains.
- Open vehicle, off-road safaris on the game-rich plains
- Spot giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, and black rhinos easily across endless plains of the Serengeti
- The staggering amount and variety of wildlife migrating across the Serengeti plains is awesome
- A walking safari with Maasai tribesmen
- Optional ballon safari across the Serengeti plains
- Take in the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa
- Easily combines with Zanzibar's white beaches or Mozambique's exclusive private island getaways
- All accommodations while on safari
- Meals, drinks, and laundry as specified in the itinerary
- Game drives including expert guides, trackers and park conservation fees
- Local flights and scheduled road transfers as specified in the itinerary
WHAT TO KNOW
- Tanzania has a tropical climate, with temperatures during the day reaching the mid- to high-80s. It is cooler in mornings and evenings during game drives.
- This trip is available year round, though the best time to go is between July and October, during the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle.
- The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is a safe and secure destination; however, it is important to remain healthy. Consult your doctor before traveling.
- Visas are required for Tanzania, which can be obtained in advance. You can get them upon arrival; however, the wait can be long.
- Prices from $600 pp per day
- Not included: Flights to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, travel insurance, premium beverages
- On the optional balloon safari, children must be at least eight years old and taller than 4 feet.
HOW TO GET THERE
- There are international direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport from Amsterdam, Nairobi, Kigali and Addis Ababa. You will be transferred to Arusha airstrip, where you will take a charter flight to the Serengeti depending on the final destination. From the airstrip, you will be transfered by private game vehicle to your lodge.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and head to your hotel, accompanied by your guide. Overnight at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Breakfast in the morning is included.
DAY 2-4 - NORTHERN SERENGETI
Transfer to Arusha airstrip for a flight to Lobo airstrip on the Northern Serengeti. You will be brought to Klein's Camp, your home for the next three days and nights. Included are meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, tea and coffee, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, and laundry.
While here, we hope that you experience the natural phenomenon of the wildebeest migration. 1.5 million of these majestic creatures embark on a 1,000 mile journey to search for food and water. While tracking them, you'll also see hordes of zebras and Thomson's gazelles.
Also plan to visit a Maasai boma during your stay. Here you can participate in traditional Maasai activities, as well as talk to the residents of the village and witness their culture firsthand.
DAY 4-6 - SERENGETI UNDER CANVAS
Fly to Seronera Airstrip, where you will be transferred to Serengeti Under Canvas. This luxurious mobile camp changes locations several times during the year to keep up with the migration of the wildebeests. For the next two nights, you will stay in a Bedouin style tent with ensuite bathroom and outdoor bucket shower.
Included are meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, tea and coffee, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, and laundry.
While here, continue to track the migration, and take part in wildlife experiences which will bring you up close and personal with the wildebeests grazing throughout your backyard. At night, let only the stars in the open African skies guide you along your path.
DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to Seronera Airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. From there, head to Shanga for lunch, then to Kia Lodge for the day. The lodge is situated in the heart of serene Savannah scenery, with spectacular views of the towering Kilimanjaro. After your day is done, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your evening flight home.
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