Arrival: We will pick you from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport and we will drive to Arusha stays and overnight at the Lodge/Hotel (Bed & B/fast).
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park:
Safari briefing in our office after your breakfast and then we drive to Lake Manyara National Park, we arrival in time for lunch at the Lodge then after we will have a game drives at Lake Manyara National Park until late evening. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater:
After your breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro Crater equipped with a picnic lunch boxes, we descend 2000 ft. down to the Crater floor by our 4×4 wheel drive vehicle. Let’s explore this Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro is a huge and deep volcanic Crater. There’s rich pasture, swamps, forest and permanent water on the Crater floor that’s why wildlife here is so diverse and numerous. There are up to 25.000 larger animals living here. It’d the best opportunity to see Black Rhino and many other rare species like the black-manned lion. We will have a fantastic day and you will see wildlife at its best. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 3: Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park – Transit Point:
Leave the Lodge after your breakfast and then we drive by passing Ngorongoro Crater Rim you descend through a really impressive landscape down to Olduvai Gorge. There you will find the most complete and eldest proofs of human development, we will stop for the information about the Cradle of Mankind and also visiting the Masai tribe then we continue to the heart of Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 4/5/6: Serengeti National Park Shall Never Die!
You will have plenty of time to explore the Serengeti, one of the most beautiful National Park in the world with an incredible livestock. Your game drives will be adapted to the animal’s position. This season is also called ‘’Cat’s season’’ because all big Cats are going for hunting more as the big herds are standing in the North in Masai Mara. Dinner and overnights at Lodge or Camp
Day 7: Serengeti National Park – Lobo North of Serengeti:
After your breakfast we will drive to Lobo area to the Northern of Serengeti. Landscape there is totally different to all you have seen, game drives with picnic lunch boxes to the Lobo spring to Bologonja, Klein’s Camp and along Gagoti. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 8: Lobo Area – Lake Natron:
This day we will drive to Loliondo and Sonja through the wild cliffy landscape and you will reach the 7 corners offering you an amazing view over Lake Natron. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Tented Camp
An additional day which can be integrated here in this itinerary: At 2:00am you will start your climb to the peak of Mt: Oldonyo Lengai 3450 meters – still an active volcano! Please strictly comply with instructions of your guide! The chance of seeing eruptions or effluents of cold Lava (Black and about 500°C) is real big. You will have a fantastic and unique view from the peak. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 9: Lake Natron – Tarangire National Park:
After your breakfast we will take you to the waterfalls natural Jacuzzi and also visiting at Lake Natron then after we will drive to Tarangire via along the vertical walls of Rift Valley. Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Camp
Day 10: Tarangire National Park – Arusha:
We depart from the Camp and then we drive to Tarangire National Park. The Park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. Late afternoon we drive back to Arusha stays at the Lodge/Hotel (Bed & B/fast)
A MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION:
January: The herds are in Tanzania’s Serengeti, moving south from the north-east region and into the southern Serengeti, Ndutu area and Ngorongoro Conservation area which often means out of the confines of the (unfenced) national park itself. It’s calving season – prepare yourself for lots of Bambis, and lots of gore as predators swoop in.
February: The good grazing of the Southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation area means the herds remain in the far south.
March: They’re still in the south but the grasses have all been munched up, the last calves squeezed out and the herds are starting to gather in preparation for the next leg.
April: Make sure you’re on the southern Serengeti plains – the wildebeest begin their northward journey, and many have left already and are in the central and even western Serengeti.
May: Wagons roll! The massed herds are on the go, huge columns of up to 40km in length can be seen as the wildebeest funnel up into the central and western Serengeti.
June: Head for the central and western Serengeti – the herds are there and beginning to get a bit jittery … trouble is coming.
July: Book early – it’s the Big Event: river crossings. The herds have reached the western Serengeti and Grummets Reserves and are nervously peering at the brown waters of the rivers they have to cross. Why? Five-meter crocodiles, that’s why.
August: The survivors stumble up into the northern Serengeti and begin crossing back into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. You’ll need a passport to cross; the wildebeest are exempt.
September: The herds break up into smaller bite-sized chunks – about half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are swopping stories in the Masai Mara (“did you hear that Nigel didn’t make it across the Grummets?”)
October: Your best bet is the Masai Mara but bear in mind it’s a far smaller reserve than the Serengeti and there may be a lot of other visitors. And I mean a LOT.
November: The short rains have begun, propelling the wildebeest to leave the now denuded grasslands of the Masai Mara and back into the rejuvenated Serengeti.
December: Fresh grazing sees the wildebeest clustered in the north-eastern Serengeti (around Lobo in particular) as well as the southern Serengeti. Calving begins again, the predators move in again, and the wildebeest get hammered again.