Serengeti migration safari - Tanzania
Serengeti Migration 8 days
Experience the most magnificent wildlife spectacle on earth - The Serengeti migration.
The largest animal migration is prompted by a seasonal search for water and grazing. Moving clockwise from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, the timing of this instinctive mass movement varies annually, depending on the rains.
During the migration huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are closely followed by stalking predators and voracious teams of scavengers.
Only the fittest survive to return to the Serengeti to provide the next spectacle - mass foaling. Once again the predators are in attendance to feast on the readily availaby food provided by the new-borns.
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Serengeti Migration Safari - 8 days/7 nights:
Safari accommodation: Arrival hotel night (bed & breakfast), 6 nights tented camps & lodges (full-board)
Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro airport for transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight (dinner not included)
Day 2: Your safari driver/guide will join you after breakfast to begin the journey west to enter Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Enjoy a short afternoon game drive before arriving at the lodge on the crater rim for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: After breakfast drive across the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the route to Serengeti national park. The drive offers many opportunities for leisurely wildlife viewing, especially sightings of the 'big five'. Arrive at your Tented Camp early evening. The location of the Camp will be near the migration activity. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4, 5 and 6: Taking a picnic lunch, enjoy three full days following the migrating herds and enjoying the Serengeti environment. The safari route each day will depend on the location and activities of the wildlife. Each evening return to the Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Expect an early wake up call to start your day with a dawn game drive, a time of much activity in the bush. Return to the Tented Camp for breakfast. After breakfast leave the Serengeti and return through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, enjoying wildlife viewing en-route. Stop for a picnic lunch at Oldovai Gorge. The site is referred to as 'the cradle of man kind' after Dr. Louis Leakey in 1959 discovered the skull of Zinjanthropus or 'Nutcracker Man' believed to have lived 1.75 million years ago. The journey ends at the lodge on the crater rim for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: In the morning descend the steep sided track to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater passing Maasai herders who share the crater ecosystem. Your morning game drive will explore the vast caldera with many opportunities to linger while viewing the activities of the wildlife. After enjoying a picnic lunch, leave the crater and drive east to the airport (JRO) to join your evening international flight.
Additional hotel nights are extra.
Kilimanjaro airport transfers are charged extra for each journey - US$25 per person. Single person transfers to also pay a supplement of US$15.
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Best time to see the Serengeti migration:
There are no guarantees as nature decides, but, based on previous migration activity:
December to February: The herds are concentrated within the Southern Serengeti
plains and western Ngorongoro where good grazing is available.
Foals are born en-mass, increasing the herds by an estimated half million. Predators gorge, but the surviving calves will be strong enough to join the migration on it's next cycle.
March to April: Rutting season. Grazing becomes scarce. The herds begin moving northward along the Western Corridor as the rainy season approaches
May to June: Grazing is still available in the western area of Grumeti. The famous Grumeti river crossing can be seen around this time.
July to August: The herds continue northward to negotiate the dangerous Mara river crossing to reach the abundant grazing on the Kenyan Maasai Mara plain.
September through October and November: The migration turns back to the Serengeti, spreading into Loliondo and Ngorongoro.
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Page update 24/05/2013
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