Tanzania Migration Group Safari - March 2019

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 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 March 2, 2019 to March 10, 2019, with limited spaces available.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Arrival - Arusha

Kilimanjaro Arrival - Arusha
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn
  • Meals: D

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 (dependent upon arrival time). 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 group basis.)

Arusha

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!

Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Arusha - Tarangire National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Entrance to Tarangire National Park & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Tarangire Ndovu Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Entrance to Tarangire National Park & Game Drive

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. (This service is on a group basis.)

Tarangire National Park

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.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park - Crater Highlands

Tarangire National Park - Crater Highlands
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Tarangire National Park Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Mandhari Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Tarangire National Park Game Drive

Gear up and enjoy a day of game driving in Tarangire National Park en route to the Crater Highlands! 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!

In the afternoon, depart Tarangire and drive through the scenic Crater Highlands. Watch everyday life pass you by and enjoy a sundowner with views over the Great Rift Valley. (This service is on a group basis.)

Crater Highlands

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.

Day 4: Crater Highlands

Crater Highlands
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Lake Manyara Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Mandhari Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Lake Manyara Game Drive

This morning descend from the Escarpment and enter Lake Manyara National Park for a day of game driving stopping to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. In the afternoon, return to your Lodge perched on top of the Manyara Escarpment. (This service is on a group basis.)

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park possesses an unexpectedly striking setting and peaceful surroundings. Dramatically bordered by the wall of the Rift Valley on one side and the shores of the lake on the other, this thin stretch of land contains diverse habitats that host a remarkable variety of wildlife. The open grasslands between the lake and the acacia woodland are littered with wildebeest, zebra, impala and giraffe, as well as the country’s densest population of buffalo.

Day 5: Crater Highlands

Crater Highlands
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Ngorongoro Crater Descent & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Mandhari Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Ngorongoro Crater Descent & Game Drive

Early this morning, you will embark on an epic day exploring the iconic Ngorongoro Crater. From your lodge you'll first drive to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation before continuing to the Crater Rim which you'll then descend for a day of game driving on the Crater Floor. 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!

In the afternoon, climb back up the Crater Wall and game drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation until you exit the gates. Continue to the Mandhari Lodge for dinner and overnight. (This service is on a group basis.)

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most amazing sights: a collapsed volcano which forms an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km (16 mi) across and teeming with all of the African big game. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat soda lake. This is an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.

Day 6: Crater Highlands - Ndutu

Crater Highlands - Ndutu
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airstrip Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Tour: Ndutu Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D
Domestic Flight
MAN Airstrip - NDT Airstrip
Flight #: Domestic Charter Flight
Departs: 9:00 AM
Arrives: 9:30 AM

This morning, you will be taken to the Manyara Airstrip in good time to board your charter flight to the Ndutu Airstrip, where your safari expedition continues in the Southern Serengeti.

Ndutu Game Drive

Upon arrival you will met by your guide from Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp and will game drive enroute to your Camp. Enjoy the next few days in search of the Migration herds which should be in the Southern Serengeti or bordering Ndutu plains. (This service is on a group basis.)

Ndutu & The Serengeti

Criss-crossed with forested river valleys and vast plains, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. In addition, since the Ndutu region is not part of the actual Serengeti National park boundaries, the rules and regulations regarding game driving are much more flexible. Get up close and personal with the wildlife here like no where else in Tanzania.

Days 7 - 8: Ndutu & Serengeti

Ndutu & Serengeti
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Ndutu & Serengeti Game Drives
  • Accommodation: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Ndutu & Serengeti Game Drives

Spend these days game driving in the rolling grasslands of Ndutu, located in the southern region of the Serengeti. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. To best maximize your chances of seeing the Migration, we've included one day of game driving in Ndutu and one day of game driving in the Serengeti National Park. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 9: Ndutu - Kilimanjaro Departure

Ndutu - Kilimanjaro Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airstrip Transfer
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Meals: B, L
Domestic Flight
NDT Airstrip - JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport
Flight #: Domestic Charter Flight
Departs: 1100 AM
Arrives: 1245 PM

This morning, enjoy one last game drive from your Camp to the Ndutu Airstrip and catch one last glimpse of the Serengeti before boarding your charter flight to the JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport. (This service is on a group basis.)

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!

Accommodation

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Country Inn

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.

Tarangire Ndovu Camp

Tarangire Ndovu Camp

Perched on a shallow ascending ridge on the southern side of the infamous Tarangire river within the central part of Tarangire National Park, this is where Tarangire Ndovu Camp is situated. A permanent camp elevated off the ground with expansive and breath-taking views to the west. Inspired to use local material and craftsmanship, this camp offers one of the most incredible locations within the borders of the National Park. Elegantly designed and stylishly furnished, en-suite tents that cater for a range of travelers including families. Two family suites with an interleading walkway cater for these specific needs. An infinity swimming pool overlooking the plains with distant Baobab trees keeping guard. The camp is revealed by lovers of the great outdoors and designed to be affordable while still being able to offer great comfort after a long day of safari under the African sun.

Mandhari Lodge

Mandhari Lodge

Aligned with soaring flamingos, Mandhari Lodge is situated high on the Manyara Escarpment which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. ‘Mandhari’ means ‘view, scenery, landscape’ in Swahili, and with a bird’s eye view of the great expanse from Lake Natron to Mondulli Mountains and across Lake Manyara, this lodge offers breathtaking views from sunrise to sunset. Swaddled in the colours of the earth, the lodge offers a unique medley of accommodation options. All suites and villa have an unobstructed view across the dreamy landscape below. With 100% locally sourced materials, the lodge has been built with a passion for it’s environment and a respect for its beloved history. The large, core gathering area of reception, dining, lounge, bar and swimming pool is largely an open, eucalypt platform filled with hand-crafted furnishings and woven delights. Use the lodge to delve into the hearts of Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater – or simply remain in the grasp of its surroundings with an extensive range of cultural delights to absorb; traditional spa treatments, highlands hiking, Tinga Tinga painting lessons, Swahili cooking lessons, African drumming, customary dancing, the ancient art of yoga and more. Welcome to soulful Tanzania.

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation, bordering the southern Serengeti plains, Ndutu thrives with wildlife especially from December through to March annually for the Great Wildebeest Migration. The multiple land use philosophy in the area is to maintain the peaceful co-existence of human and wildlife in a natural and traditional setting. Man and his ancestors have lived in the Ngorongoro ecosystem for more than three million years. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes is extremely salty, too salty for human consumption. Lake Ndutu comes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the short grass plains, which provide ample cover and food, especially during the calving season between late January to late February. Ndutu is the place to be and Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is in the heart of the action!

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 5,320 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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