Arusha, Western Serengeti, Central Serengeti, Northern Serengeti

Travel Period: July and First week of August

Overview:-

Eight exciting, action-packed days in which we
explore some of Tanzania’s real natural wonders, as we follow the path of the
Great Migration in Western Serengeti. By early July, this is where we should
find the concentration of the herd animals as the world’s biggest animal
the movement continues its way clockwise. Of course, Nature and rainfall determine
the exact route and timings of the animals’ movement, so our daily program will
be adjusted if necessary to ensure that we see the animals at their very best,
at their most numerous. From our starting point in Arusha, where you will have
spent the night, we fly to the Western Serengeti where our game-drives will let
us concentrate on the migration.

At this time of year, thousands of zebra, wildebeest, and cape
buffalo are usually gathering to cross the Grumeti river, full of waiting
crocodiles. Our next destination is Central Serengeti, and each day will bring
something new, all explained to you by your expert driver guide. The Great
Migration, the world’s biggest movement of animals, is often the highlight of
people’s lives, never mind the highlight of their safari! We then drive to the
northern section of the magnificent Serengeti, where the further game -drives let
us explore more seasonal animal activity. You will take away enough memories to
last a lifetime.

DAY 1 – KILIMANJARO INTER.  AIRPORT TO ARUSHA

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will
be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and
escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this
wonderful city and country.

After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover
that Arusha – the undisputed ‘safari capital’ of East Africa-is perched at 1400
meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity
relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania’s greatest
delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be
seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting point for safari-lovers,
within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Nejobugg Palace hotel (https://nejobuggpalacehotel.com/ )
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro
International Airport to Arusha

DAY 2 – FLIGHT FROM ARUSHA TO GRUMETI, WESTERN SERENGETI

After a relaxed breakfast, we head for the airport in
Arusha where we will catch our mid-morning flight to Grumeti to begin our
safari adventure in the Western plains of the Serengeti. On arrival, you are
transferred to your lodge to enjoy a hot meal before embarking on an afternoon
game-drive in the area. With the help of your expert driver-guide, you will
soon discover the delights of the western area of the iconic Serengeti National
Park.

In the evening, it’s back to your Camp for some much-needed rest and
recuperation – and dinner, of course.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Tented Chalet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Hot lunch, and Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 3 hours, (via Kilimanjaro and Manyara)

DAY 3 – WESTERN SERENGETI

West of
Seronera, the waters of the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers ensure that this
so-called ‘Western Corridor’ is damper and denser in vegetation than you
will find on the more southerly plains of the Serengeti. Imagine a mix of
woodland and open grassland. Here, visitors can expect good game-viewing
throughout the year, but from late May and throughout June it is usual for the
Great Migration to traverse the Western Corridor.

Of
course, this depends on the timing of the rains, but in any event, there are
lions, giraffes, and elephant residents in the region south of the Grumeti. Your
driver guide will help you to spot these, as well as the populations of
wildebeest and zebra.

At day’s end, your accommodation awaits you. With the sights and sounds still
fresh in your consciousness, it’s time to dine and then sleep.

Accommodation: Mbalageti
Tented Chalet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box, and Dinner

DAY 4 – WESTERN
SERENGETI TO CENTRAL SERENGETI

Before leaving the
Western Serengeti, we take the opportunity this morning to enjoy another game
drive in this incredible location. This allows us further time to wonder at the
migratory herds and the dangers and challenges they face each year in their
battle for survival. As well as the herd animals, you can perhaps see a
hippopotamus – or up in the skies, a majestic martial eagle.

As well as the migrating animals,
this area also has a good population of resident wildlife, so you won’t be
disappointed. In the afternoon, we take the short drive back to the central
part of Serengeti, where you will be taken to your chosen accommodation for
relaxation and your evening meal.

Accommodation: Serengeti Embakai luxury tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box, and Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 2.5 hours, 80 km from Western Serengeti
to Central Serengeti

DAY 5 – SERENGETI
NATIONAL PARK

Waking up in the
Serengeti is something really special. The sights, sounds, and smells of Africa are
all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous
national park. After breakfast, we start today with the morning section of our game
drive-in Serengeti National Park, marveling at the stunning scenery, ever
changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your
expert driver-guide.

After our picnic lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work on any schedule, so we may find some lion or leopard, elephant, and zebra, cheetah, and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much-needed rest.

Note: For those who have booked the
Balloon Safari for today, you will be picked up from the camp at 05.00 hours
for a 06.00 hours departure. If you wish to book a balloon safari, please let us
know in advance, The price is $545 per person. After your 60 – 90 minute
(depending on wind condition) aerial adventure, experience bush breakfast, and
champagne, thereafter your driver-guide will pick you up for your full-day game
drive.

Accommodation: Serengeti Luxury Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box, and Dinner

DAY 6 – CENTRAL
SERENGETI TO NORTHERN SERENGETI

Today on our trip-of-a-lifetime we turn north, driving to the very northern edge of the Serengeti, the world-famous national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Northern Serengeti is a land of open woodland, covering the Seronera in its southern part and being bordered by the Mara river in the north: this marks the border with neighboring Kenya. We are now following in the footsteps of the Great Migration, great herds of thousands of zebra and wildebeest getting ready to cross the Mara. For the visitor, this is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights as the animals cross the dangerous waters in small or large groups.

This is a chance to see Nature at
its very rawest. Animals on the move, animals hunting…or being hunted! Each day
is different here, unpredictable and full of surprises, but nothing can surpass
the Great Migration, that unique natural wonder which involves a cast of
breathtaking numbers, literally hundreds of thousands of animals making their
annual journey. As well as the migrating herds, the Northern Serengeti is an
area where you might easily see giraffes, elephants, and dik-dik.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage luxury camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 5 hours, 155 km from Central Serengeti
to Northern Serengeti.

DAY 7 – NORTHERN
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

As you awake for the second day in Northern Serengeti, you can contemplate that parts of this northern area can easily match the Southern Serengeti for the abundance of wildlife viewing, especially between July and October. After your breakfast, you will embark with your driver guide on a full-day game drive, looking out for elephant and buffalo, eland and gazelle. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot something really special: perhaps a cheetah, or even a rare black rhino, of which a small population is resident here. Of course, during these months the Great Migration remains the real focus, with the mighty Mara river proving the obstacle for wildebeest as they seek to cross to and from the Maasai Mara in neighboring Kenya.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage luxury camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 8 – NORTHERN
SERENGETI TO ARUSHA

After a relaxing
breakfast, we leave our Northern Serengeti accommodation and transfer to
Kogatende airstrip for our 10.15 am flight back to Arusha. Your two-hour flight
represents the last chance to see beautiful Tanzania – this time, from above. At
Arusha airport, you will be met by our driver who will transfer you
to the Planet Lodge where you will enjoy a hot lunch. Finally, you will be
taken by your driver to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your
onward flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Hot Lunch
Flight time: 2 hours, 5 minutes, from Kogatende Airstrip (Northern
Serengeti) to Arusha.

Optional Activities 

FREE Orphanage visit to provide supplies you have to kids 

Masai village visit 20$ pp

Hot air balloon and champagne breakfast in the Serengeti 580 pp

Oldupai Gorge museum 55$ pp

Walking Safari 50$

Night Game Drive 190$ pp

Ngorongoro Crater Rim Hike for 2hrs 100$pp

Items included:

  • Lodge
    safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation
    in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional,
    English-speaking guide
  • Overnight
    accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals
    according to the itinerary
  • Mineral
    water
  • Pick
    up upon arrival and drop off after the safari
  • Accommodation
    at Tulia hotel or similar. Bed and Breakfast
  • All
    mentioned activities
  • All
    national park fees
  • Local
    return flight from Arusha to Serengeti
  • Flying
    Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Items excluded:

  •  Inter.
    Flights
  • Optional
    activities
  • Alcoholic
    and soft drinks
  • Visa
    fees
  • Tips
  • Personal
    spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel
    insurance

 

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