This small group adventure showcases the best of Tanzania, perfect for those seeking an effortless and affordable option, without sacrificing quality. An experience on safari is all about good company and good timing. Travel without a worry, and follow in the footsteps of local guides and expert rangers, promising an experience that will make the most of every memory. Come face to face with the legendary Great Migration in the Serengeti, be welcomed into the lives of a local Maasai village and experience the natural thrill of wildlife encounters, all with the comfort of knowing you are in good hands. Spend the evenings at your enchanting safari camp, sharing stories by the fire and enjoying dinner beneath a blanket of African stars.
This exclusive group adventure is scheduled from JULY 14, 2018 to JULY 23, 2018 with limited spaces available.
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed through Customs and Immigration. Please note the Visa on Arrival Fee is $100 USD per person and is payable in US dollars, cash. In the arrivals hall, you will be greeted by a local representative, who will transfer you directly to your hotel in Arusha. This drive will take around one hour, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a comfortable start to your adventure in Africa!
Later this evening, you will be met by your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing. They will be able to answer any of your questions, clarify the details of your itinerary and give you an idea of what to expect on this incredible journey ahead! (This service is on a private basis.)
Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and wildlife safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha even offers its own opportunities for exploration, including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. For those looking to just rest and recover from jet lag, Arusha also features the perfect stop to relax and recharge, before continuing your African adventure!
This morning, you will be met by your group guide and driver to kick off your safari expedition! From Arusha, your journey begins with a 3 hour drive to the legendary Tarangire National Park. Upon entering the park, you will experience your first thrilling game drive en route to your safari camp. At the lodge, you will have time to get settled and relax, before your exploration in Tarangire National Park continues with another adventure this afternoon.
Tarangire is one of the most diverse National Parks in Tanzania. Covering a promising area of 1,360 sq km, Tarangire is situated in the northwestern corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley. This region boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, in addition to an impressive concentration of big cats. Featuring over 500 different species, Tarangire also offers the best bird diversity in East Africa. The rugged landscape offers a unique safari backdrop, that blends seamlessly between rolling grasslands, messy swamps and forests of baobab trees.
Gear up and enjoy a full day of game driving in Tarangire National Park! In particular, it is the Tarangire Migration that offers the area's most desirable wildlife spectacle. It is no secret that this event is far less popular than the world renowned Serengeti Migration, although the experience is just as thrilling.
Reaching up to 250,000 large mammals in total, this migration may only be about one fifth the size of the Serengeti Migration, at least in terms of zebras and wildebeest, but it does feature a much wider range of species. The Tarangire Migration showcases giraffes, buffaloes, oryx, ostriches, elephants and lions, just to name a few. During the dry season, from June to November, the animals migrate in towards the Tarangire River, where they congregate in great numbers. The game viewing at this time can be extraordinarily strong. By far, the most significant contribution to this event is the elephant population, which is represented in the several thousands!
This morning, you will take a break from your wildlife tracking and safari tours, in order to enjoy a special cultural experience. There is so much more to Tanzania than just the wildlife, and a journey deep into the Maasai Heartlands, invites you to experience the lesser known wonders.
Your guide will take you to a local village here, called Esilalei. This rural village is scenically located in the wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. As you enter their community, you will be greeted by the village elders, children and Morani Warriors. They will show you around their village and offer a glimpse into their very rural world. At the end of your tour, you will say goodbye to your new friends and continue towards the Crater Highlands, where your next lodge awaits.
The Crater Highlands features an idyllic stopping point, on the journey from Tarangire and Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. This rural region is known for its lovely farmhouse lodges, vast landscapes, flourishing coffee plantations, working farms and local ethnic communities. Through a variety of cultural activities on offer in the area, you are invited to immerse yourself in the rhythms and beauty of rural farm life and the pristine surrounding nature.
Early this morning, you will embark on an epic descent into the Ngorongoro Crater. Featuring dramatic open landscapes and impressive game viewing, it is no surprise that this attraction is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - a fascinating natural amphitheater that stretches 25 kilometers across. This destination is teeming with Africa's most alluring big game. Look closely, and if you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino!
This morning, you will be taken to the MAN Airstrip in good time to board your domestic charter flight to the KOT Airstrip, where your safari expedition continues in the Northern Serengeti.
The Serengeti National Park is the best place on the planet to admire large game. An experience in the Serengeti promises an adventure you will never forget. From one exhilarating game drive to the next, your guide will help you to track down majestic prides of lions, cheetah, leopard and much more! Each evening can be spent at your enchanting tented camp, sharing stories by the fire and enjoying dinner beneath a blanket of African stars.
The next few days of your adventure will be spent game driving in the Northern Serengeti! This idyllic location offers the best chance of viewing the Great Migration at this time of year. The most iconic part of this event showcases scores of wildebeest and zebra attempting to cross the Mara River, which separates Tanzania from Kenya. With the knowledge, expertise and tracking skills of your guide, you will make the most of this legendary experience. Something that most travelers only ever dream of, the majestic Great Migration promises to be a highlight of your trip.
This morning, you will say goodbye to the wonders of the Serengeti, as you board your final domestic charter flight from the KOT Airstrip to the ARK Airstrip. Back in Arusha, you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of a Day Use Room at the lovely Arusha Coffee Lodge. Lunch will be served at the property, before you are free to relax and freshen up. Later this evening, you will be transferred back to the JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport in good time to board your departure flight.
Although your Migration Safari Adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving Tanzania with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. We hope you had an incredible journey and we wish you safe and happy travels home!
Rivertrees Country Inn can be found nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of the striking Mount Kilimanjaro. This peaceful country estate combines old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, quality service and warm hospitality from your hosts. Located in a pristine natural setting, Rivertrees Country Inn invites you into a space of tranquility and comfort, following a long day of travels, an extensive safari expedition or a strenuous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.
Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp is located in the heart of Tarangire, showcasing the best of Tanzania’s wild adventures. The camp is comprised of only 8 mobile tents, available in Tarangire during its most appealing time of year (June -October and December-March). During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their incredible ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. Nasikia vows to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while respecting the direction of the location, wildlife and other factors of sustainable tourism.
The Plantation Lodge rests on soft rolling hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. Everywhere you look, you can recognize the impressive attention to detail, matched with a level of service that leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge's location promises maximum safari enjoyment, central to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks. To stay at the Plantation Lodge, is to immerse yourself in a world of rest and relaxation. 16 rooms lie spaciously decorated throughout the lush landscaped garden, each boasting its own style, design and colorful bouquets of fresh flowers.
Just a short drive from the Kogatende Airstrip and the exciting Mara River viewing area, Kaskaz Mara Camp features eight intimate tented suites. Each suite offers an indulgent base for optimal migration viewing throughout the entire year. With large netted windows and draped roofing, a blended indoor and outdoor design, makes the most of your experience in the wild. Kaskaz Mara Camp proposes style and grace in the far northern Serengeti, illustrating and accentuating the unique environment. Explore the intriguing wilderness beside an expert guide, or relax in the comfort of your room and admire the wildlife roam freely.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.