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The Great Migration in Africa is a natural event no nature-lover should miss in their lifetime, earning a place in everyone's bucket list. Set in the birthplace of humanity, the migration of thousands of wildebeests and zebras across the river is a quintessential wildlife experience that often overwhelms the spectators.
There are three components to this spectacular event. The first is the military-style movement of fauna as they move across the savannahs of Serengeti and witness the herd mentality of these animals. The second is seeing thousands of wildebeests and zebras as tiny black spots from the viewpoint. The third and most thrilling component is the animals crossing the river, as crocodiles lay waiting for their bait-- the fight for survival.
Your Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater safari gives you one of the best views of this great natural event along with rich information from experience and wise guides.
Starting from Arusha, you dive neck-deep into the African wildlife by heading to the Serengeti National Park. Here, we will spend several days witnessing the Great Migration while meeting the diverse inhabitants of the Park. Moving from the central to northern Serengeti, the Park exploration provides a holistic experience of the endless cycle of life. After the rewarding adventure, the tour takes you on a day trip to the Kilimanjaro National Park, where you will hike through the dense rainforest. Hiking up to the Maundi Crater brings a sight that will have you fill up your camera's memory card with pictures.
From the Ngorongoro crater and its unique ecosystem to the adventures in the Serengeti National Park, the tour is an experience of a lifetime.
Arriving at Kilimanjaro
Your safari Serengeti Ngorongoro tour starts with your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Our representatives will receive you and transfer you to your hotel at Arusha. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure by either relaxing in your room or strolling around Tanzania's safari capital.
Arusha --> Ngorongoro
We start the day early with a flight down to Lake Manyara Airstrip and the subsequent drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Today will mark the start of your Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater safari as you visit the Ngorongoro Crater for breathtaking bird watching. The vast crater is home to several different species of birds including Flamingoes. Within the boundaries of the conservation lies the Olduvai Gorge, an important site known for proving Africa as the origin of human evolution.
Later, gain a better understanding of the lives of the natives through an exploration tour of the Maasai Village. Check-in your hotel and relax for the rest of the evening.
Exploring Ngorongoro Crater
On day 3 of your Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater safari tour, we head down to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one of the world wonders for the harmony between the co-existing humans and wildlife. Being a UNESCO Heritage Site, the conservation area is a wildly popular destination. During your whole-day tour in the crater, expect some National Geographic moments with occasional sightings of the Big Five game animals. In the early evening, we exit the crater and head back to your hotel room to relax.
Ngorongoro --> Seronera
Post breakfast, we head to the Central Serengeti region or Seronera. On our way, we will pass the Ndutu region and enjoy a game view as we head to our destination for the day. Seronera is a must and the most popular visit on a safari Serengeti and Ngorongoro trip. Known for its rich population of Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs, Seronera is one of the best places to observe the Great Migration owing to its year-round supply of water and central location.
Ideally, we will reach the Seronera camp by afternoon and leave for game drive post-lunch. However, there can be delays if we come across some fascinating game experiences on our way.
The Seronera Valley
After an early breakfast, head out to explore the Seronera region. Being the heart of Serengeti, it is famous for its tree-climbing lions. As you drive around the area, you will see the Seronera River and herds of a variety of animals nearby. You may spot Cheetahs on the open savannah of the River, the Serengeti Plains.
In the afternoon, after lunch, we go for afternoon game viewing, spending more time amongst the Big Cats and other animals like Hippos and Impala. Return by early evening, and spend a relaxing time at the camp.
Heading to Northern Serengeti
Day 6 marks your entry to the Northern Serengeti, home to Serengeti's largest concentration of elephants. Wedged between the central Serengeti region and Masai Mara National Reserve, the northern region is remote and has relatively fewer tourists. During the Great Migration, tourists can see thousands of wildebeest and zebras making their way across the Mara River, coursing through the Northern Serengeti. During the Migration season, the Northern region offers the best view.
After the game drive in the morning and breakfast, we head to the Northern Serengeti. Post lunch, we go for the afternoon game drive, returning by late evening for an overnight stay at the camp.
The entirety of day 7 of your Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater safari will be spent game viewing and driving in the Northern Serengeti. You will leave the camp with a packed breakfast and lunch. Throughout today, you will see more of the Great Migration sights, aptly wrapping up your safari tour in the Northern Serengeti. Return to the camp in the evening for an overnight stay.
North Serengeti --> Moshi
Enjoy the laid back day 8. Post breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kogatende airstrip for your flight back to Kilimanjaro. From Kilimanjaro, you will head to your hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay. Spend the rest of the day in your leisure either by walking around the town or resting in your hotel room.
Hiking through the Kilimanjaro Rainforest
The day starts early with an hour-long drive that will take you to Kilimanjaro National Park’s Marangu Gate. Once inside, you hike through the dense rainforest of Kilimanjaro.
During the 3-4 hours of your hike to the Mandara Hut, you will come across a variety of birds and animal species like the colobus monkeys. When you reach the Hut (2700 m above sea), reward yourselves with some rest and delicious lunch.
Later, we will take a short 15-minute hike to the Maundi Crater, where you will witness some of the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. Watch the beautiful sunset as we head back to your hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
Flying out of Kilimanjaro
Day 10 marks the end of your Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater safari tour. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, our representatives will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Catch your flight home or your next destination with the fond and delightful memories of your tour in Tanzania.