The Great Migration Through The Serengeti 7 Days

Indicative price per person

In a group of 2 pax In a group of 4 pax
USD 3,340 USD 2,660

The price is calculated on the basis of tourist class (tc) accomodation and includes all essential services during your safari and/or trekking tour, i.e. transport, park fees, hotels, meals, and, where applicable, cultural programs. It is based on a group of four adults using double rooms. Please do not hesitate to ask us for the price of any other kind of room occupancy.

Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the southern Serengeti in Tanzania – an amazing natural phenomenon!

After a pleasant arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or any other border posts of the country, you will be welcomed by one of the Beyond Africa Safaris representative who will initially meet and greet you. After a short introduction of himself, he will transfer you to your dedicated hotel within Arusha City for your night stay.

Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning, we drive to Lake Manyara National Park where we embark on our first game drive that lasts well into the afternoon. On our itinerary through the scenic park on the edge of the Great Rift Valley we explore the unique ecosystems such as the groundwater forest, open forests, grassland and the soda lake and observe animals including elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos, flamingos and with some luck even he famous tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park.

After the game drive, we proceed to Karatu where we stay overnight at the Bougainvillea Lodge (tc).

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

Early in the morning, we drive to the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater. We enjoy the abundance and diversity of wildlife in the crater – among them all Big Five. Expect to see zebras and wildebeests, meet some lions and with some luck glance at the rare rhinos.

Overnight we stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (tc) on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

Heading from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti, we get a first impression of the vastness of the Great Plains. We spend our full day on game drives in the savannah of the Serengeti plains. We experience the endless plains and take our time to observe zebras, wildebeests, antelopes and maybe some lions enjoying the view from a kopije.

Overnight we stay at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge (tc) at the heart of Serengeti National Park.

Day 4 : Serengeti National Park

We spend the full day on an extended game drive to observe the great migration. Millions of zebras and wildebeests follow the rains in order to find fresh food. The stunning sights of this unique natural event will leave a lasting impression.

Overnight we stay in a tourist class hotel in the Serengeti. The exact hotel will be determined shortly before your safari in order to insure proximity to the Great Migration.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti plains are vast and we want to explore yet another part of it. We once more use the opportunity to observe the wildebeest migration but also find the time to explore nature on the side of the herds. We will be looking out for the predators attempting a catch in one of the herds.

Overnight we stay in a tourist class hotel in the Serengeti. The exact hotel will be determined shortly before your safari in order to insure proximity to the Great Migration.

Day 6: Olduvai Gorge

Early in the morning we go for a last, extensive game drive in the Serengeti. We will then you head back to Karatu with a stop at the Olduvai George, the cradle of mankind.

Overnight we stay at the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge (tc) in Karatu.

Day 7: Karatu and return to Arusha

You have the morning at your disposal to relax at the Bougainvillea Lodge or to go for a stroll through Karatu. After lunch we go back to Arusha from where you can proceed to further adventures or return back home.

Interesting Facts and Best Time to Travel

Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. This phase lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there is plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the 260,000 zebra that precede 1.7 million wildebeest and the following hundreds of thousands of other plains game, including around 470,000 gazelles.

During February, the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the southeastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any survive. The main reason is that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from the previous year. As the rains end in May, the animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. The crossings of the Grumeti and Mara rivers beginning in July are a popular safari attraction because crocodiles are lying in wait. The herds arrive in Kenya in late July / August, where they stay for the remainder of the dry season, except that the Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles move only east/west. In early November, with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the southeast, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February.

About 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, a total of 800 kilometres (500 mi). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation.

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