7 DAY SERENGETI WILDEBEEST & ZEBRA MIGRATION

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7 DAY SERENGETI WILDEBEEST & ZEBRA MIGRATION SAFARI

With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, the Serengeti has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of a unique spectacular – the annual Serengeti migration. Team up with a beach break on the stunning island of Zanzibar for the ultimate holiday.

Next small group departure: 8 December 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness the 2017 Wildebeest Migration on the Serengeti.
  • See the Big Five across Tanzania’s famous parks.
  • Front row seat in the Serengeti birthing season.
  • Game drives in the worlds most sought after safari destination, Ngorongoro Conservation
  • Join in Maasai led activities like nature walks and dance.
  • Look for tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Full day game drives in the exciting Serengeti.
  • See the millions of wildebeest & zebra – a true spectacle!
  • Stay in a unique Maasai run lodge.
  • Spot cheetahs and lions hunting for food on the Gol Plains,
  • Picnic lunch at the famous hippo pool.

WHAT IS THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION?

The Wildebeest Migration is an annual migration of wildebeest from the Ndutu region of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya.

Tanzania has been lucky to receive recent rain which leaves the caldera reserve with an abundance of grass for zebra and wildebeest to feast upon and it’s also the time of year that the wildebeest calving season begins!  What does this mean for you?  This is the time predators like lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs make the most of the food available and pick off the young calves.

When the rains end in April/May, the zebra begin the process of heading north towards the Maasai Mara, and where the zebra go, the wildebeest follow.

These massive herds cross the Grumeti River in June/July and the Mara River between August and November. This is the time the you are slotted into a Sir David Attenborough documentary so have your cameras ready!  While crossing the rivers, quite often members of the herds are swept away and the Nile crocodiles are hanging in wait to feast on the animals attempting to cross. It is a confronting, real and authentic  experience of the circle of life.

Once the survivors have crossed, the herd settles in the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya.  They stay in the fertile Maasai Mara for the extent of the dry season before migrating south again in December ready for the next calving season early in the new year.

Zebra and giraffe on Serengeti Plains
Female lion with young cubs on game drive
Rhino
Masaai goat herding
Flamingoes
Elephants at water hole
Day 1

WELCOME TO TANZANIA

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met at the airport by your driver and taken to your Arusha accommodation to relax and refresh ahead of your safari adventure beginning tomorrow!

Ideally located close to Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro National Parks, Arusha is the undoubted safari capital of Tanzania.

Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge & Estate.

Day 2

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we’ll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise.

After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 3

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - SOUTHERN REGION

We’ll take an early breakfast, as we’ve got a huge day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

You’ll enjoy a full day game drive through the region, taking in the shores of both Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek as well as the surrounding land where tens of thousands of young wildebeest take their first steps.

After the full day of exploration, we return to our accommodation for a hearty dinner and an evening of rest.

Accommodation: Kenzan Luxury Camp Ndutu. (B, L, D)

Day 4

CENTRAL SERENGETI

We’re up before dawn so that we can enjoy a sunrise game drive along the shores of Lake Ndutu. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals graze on the lush grass.

You’ll then head to the nearby Gol Plains, where you’ll have the chance to spot carnivores such as cheetahs and lions in action while it is still cool enough for them to hunt.

From here, it’s on to Lake Masek, a freshwater lake that is home to water birds and hippopotamuses. Surrounding the lake is enough undergrowth to attract elephants, giraffes, and antelopes, making it a fantastic place to grab great photos of the incredible wildlife against a unique backdrop.

You’ll then venture out onto the Serengeti proper for a game drive. Here you’ll have the chance to spot graceful giraffes and leaping antelopes, foraging hyenas, lean cheetahs, shy leopards, and the regal lions that have become symbolic of Africa.

You’ll overnight at the heart of the Serengeti at Kiota Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5

NGORONGORO CRATER - EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

You’ll be up before dawn so that we can enjoy a sunrise game drive across the Serengeti. See the sun set fire to the savannah as carnivores such as cheetahs and lions looking for their breakfast in the cool of the morning.

After your sunrise game drive, you’ll return to your lodge for breakfast before taking a picnic lunch and heading down towards the Ngorongoro region.

Ngorongoro Crater is considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned a reputation as one of the most sought after safari experiences in the world!

Accommodation Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 6

MOSHI & THE MAASAI

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognisable faces.

The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more.

It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch at the park’s famous hippo pool before heading to your accommodation for the evening.

Overnight at Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, a Maasai run lodge in which you’ll have the chance to sleep in a boma and participate in Maasai led activities such as guided nature walks, traditional dance, and more. (B, L, D)

Day 7

DEPARTURES ARE ALWAYS HARD...

Wake at dawn for the chance to enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee and a sunrise view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After a delicious buffet breakfast, you’ll be picked up and taken to the airport for your onward travel. (B)

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights beautiful and unique accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Lake Manyara game drives
  • Serengeti National Park full day game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
  • All park and conservation fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Daily bottled water
  • AMREF air rescue insurance
  • Supporting sustainable tourism

MOIVARO COFFEE PLANTATION LODGE & ESTATE

Welcome to Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge & Estate, the lodge where you will stay in a charming atmosphere and enjoy every comfort you need.

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa.

Moivaro Lodge will ensure that you are looked after in a unique, friendly and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening. The spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed.

Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

As a daily activity, they arrange the Moivaro Village Walk. A unique opportunity to see everyday life in Tanzania and make closer contact with the local people.

You can visit a local banana brewery and sample its beer; or hear the story of a local eccentric, and marvel at the tree house he fashioned for himself. A walk is typically 2 hours long and can involve a climb up Oldonyo Maas Hill for those looking for a more demanding experience.

LAKE MANYARA WILDLIFE LODGE

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is perfectly situated on the very edge of the western escarpment of the Rift Valley, offering magnificent views down across the whole of the Lake.

The Wildlife Lodge invites you to an unforgettable safari experience from its privileged location, unrivalled by any other, both for game viewing and scenery.

Elegantly designed as a two-level ensemble of buildings, its authentic traditional African style decorations create a unique atmosphere that perfectly combines extreme tranquility with the best of adventure-packed safari experiences. From its privileged position, all the Lodges’ 100 guestrooms have stunning views across the beautiful waters of the Lake.

The spectacular swimming pool, situated in a panoramic setting, is a privileged location to enjoy the invigorating fresh air and the breathtaking views of the Pink Lake.

KENZAN LUXURY CAMP, NDUTU

Kenzan Luxury Mobile Camp is a semi-permanent camp offering wilderness and luxury in Serengeti National Park. This semi-permanent camp consists of 18 luxury en-suite tents including a Family Tent all with king size beds and twin beds fitted with mosquito nets, ensuite flush toilets & shower rooms accompanied with a large veranda perfect for holiday travellers to sit and watch the world go by.

A large dining tent is a fantastic place for guests to meet and exchange their daily game drive experiences. The campfire is available depending on the weather

KIOTA CAMP, SERENGETI

Kiota (meaning nest in Swahili) Camp Serengeti opened in 2015 and is permanently nestled on the grass plains in the Central Serengeti, taking advantage of the year-round wildlife viewing the Seronera Valley and nearby areas have to offer.

Kiota has included beautiful secluded areas for solitude for sharing and making memories.

The Central Serengeti is famed for its healthy population of large cats, the permanent game around the Seronera River, and Rettima Hippo Pool.

A stay in the Serengeti ecosystem is an excellent way to see many different areas of the vast wildlife area.

NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE, NGORONGORO

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest.

Its position on the eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.

The lodge has the traditional round circular African houses with conical roofs and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by showcasing woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.

The magnificence flows from the outdoors in with split level interiors in the main building offering generous space to relax and unwind while combining a magically alluring ambience of warmth and cosiness. 

AFRICA AMINI MAASAI LODGE, MOSHI

Africa Amini Maasai Lodge is located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Ngabobo village and is built on 400 acres protected wildlife territory which was gifted to Africa Amini Alama by the villagers of Ngabobo to honour the organization for their constant charity work during the last years.

The main purpose of the lodge is to empower the community and generate income for the social, educational, conservation project and medical projects

The lodge was built by women and men of the village of Ngabobo with local materials. The staff is mainly recruited out of the local community and trained in order to meet international standards and clients requirements.

The concept of permaculture and therefore the conservation of nature is integrated with the lodge concept while planting trees.

One of the purposes of the permaculture practice at the Africa Amini Maasai Lodge is to educate the Maasai how to create and use their natural resources in order to benefit their health and nutrition. Therefore a beekeeping project and a chicken farm are created as one of the Maasai women projects. Last but not least the lodge uses solar power as the main electricity source.

As an authentic Maasai project, the lodge offers people from all over the world a unique and in-depth Maasai experience. The Maasai people themselves consider the lodge as an essential part of their village and like to warmly welcome tourists in their home place.

Together with the Maasai community, a conservation area was created around the lodge property to enable an undisturbed roaming of wild animals who you as a visitor will be lucky to enjoy.

EXCLUSIONS

– Return airfares, unless specified.
– Visa fees and requirements
– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
– Gratuities/tipping (suggested USD $20/day)
– Optional activities/tours
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance (AMREF air rescue insurance DOES NOT negate the need for your own personal travel insurance.

* Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with Trailblazers Travel.

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