Migration River Crossing – 8 Days, 7 Nights

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8 Days 7 Nights
Availability : Annual
Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater
Min Age : +3
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*The price per person includes a safari guide, a 4×4 safari vehicle, lodging, and park fees. The price mentioned is based on six people. View all pricing options here

Trip overview

Explore Tanzania’s most spectacular landscapes and witness unparalleled wildlife on this exceptional safari adventure. In 8 Days you will visit all the major highlights of Tanzania National Park namely Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP and Lake Manyara.

There are unparalleled opportunities throughout Tanzania to experience this natural wealth of wildlife. Tanzania is indeed a blessed and beautiful country so you can be sure that these eight days will go down as an experience to cherish for all time.

Departure & Return Location

Arrival and Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO)

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Itinerary

Day 1Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha City

Your international flight will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, home to the ‘The Roof of Africa’, Mount Kilimanjaro. After clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, you’ll be met by your driver who will be waiting for you at arrivals.

You will drive to your accommodation in Arusha, and on a clear day you may have views of Kilimanjaro en route. After a long day travelling you may want to rest, but if you want to keep yourself busy until the evening, we can arrange a city tour or other experiences dependent on your interests.

Mid-Range: African Tulip Hotel on Bed and Breakfast

Mid Luxury: Gran Melia Hotel on Bed and Breakfast

Day 2Tarangire National Park

Today you’ll be heading out to your first Tanzania national park the beautiful Tarangire, often a favorite park among guides due to its size and remoteness, particularly in the southern section. The park is known for the large numbers of elephant that congregate here.

There are substantial populations of wildebeest, zebra, impala, giraffe, eland and buffalo as well, and even a few localized and unusual species including the gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx. The primary landscape is dry, open woodland scattered with hundreds of Africa’s prehistoric ‘Trees of Life’, the baobab tree. You’ll explore the park in your private vehicle, stopping for a picnic lunch during your game drive, and eventually head to your camp for the evening.

Mid-Range: Pamoja Farm Lodge on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Acacia Farm Lodge on Full Board

Day 3Tarangire > Central Serengeti National Park

Your drive from Karatu to the Serengeti will wind you through wide green hills and across flat lowlands. The land stretches to the horizon in all directions, interrupted only by small dusty towns and earthy round Maasai huts. Once you’ve crossed into the Serengeti, you’ll be on a game drive as you make your way toward camp.

The southern section of the park is covered with flat or gently rolling grasslands and occasionally dotted with rock kopjes, home to good populations of resident game. Big cats love to have a good vantage point and the kopjes provide that. Massive herds of wildebeest call this southern section home when they’re birthing before moving farther north. The Serengeti is home to a variety of landscapes, and what’s around you will depend on where you’re staying in the park.

Mid-Range: Tanzania Bush Camp on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Nyumbani Collection on Full Board

Day 4Central > North Serengeti National Park

After a hearty breakfast, we set off to the North Serengeti, following in the footsteps of the Great Migration and spotting herds as they look for the safest place to cross.

Here on the riverbanks, expect to see wildebeest and other mammals gathered in their thousands, as they nervously wait for the first wildebeest to take the leap. Not only are the deep waters dangerous for calves and new-borns, but with large Nile Crocodiles and hungry hippos lying in wait, animals are understandably reluctant to cross and can often move to multiple different crossing points before finally making the journey over.

Mid-Range: Acacia Migration Camp on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Nyikani Migration Camp on Full Board

Day 5Full Day North Serengeti National Park

It’s an early start to the day, as we head out for a full day game viewing in search of some more migration action,

Located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, the Mara River is one of the most treacherous points of the migration. With millions of clattering hooves, crashing waters and predators waiting on the other side, this is the best place to catch the whirlwind action and enjoy the greatest show on earth,

Enjoy a full day along the River, exploring the northern and southern banks, watching the build of energy among the migrating herds, the first tentative crossings, until the final amazing crossing of the river,

The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year and so sightings are not guaranteed. However, with the help of our expert guides, July to October are when you’ll have the best chance of catching the migration action, 

Enjoy excellent views of the southern Masai Mara plains towards the north and beautiful sunsets towards the west,

After an eventful and emotional day, you are driven back to your accommodation inside the national park to enjoy a relaxing evening under the starry night sky,

Mid-Range: Acacia Migration Camp on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Nyikani Migration Camp on Full Board

Day 6North > Central Serengeti National Park

Before leaving North Serengeti, enjoy a morning game drive and one more chance to catch a glimpse of the migrating herds, the dangers and challenges they face each year in their battle for survival.

After an action-packed day, your guide transfers you to Central Serengeti, in time for a gourmet dinner at your accommodation.

Cosy around the campfire and enjoy sharing stories of the day’s wildlife sightings.

Mid-Range: Tanzania Bush Camp on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Nyumbani Collection on Full Board

Day 7Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning you drive from Serengeti to the Ngorongoro. Upon arrival at Ngorongoro, you will start descending into the crater. This collapsed volcano is the main feature of the area and creates a unique ecosystem with a wide variety of vegetation. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the landscapes and the diversity of animals.

The crater is home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa and is choked with elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos and even the rare black rhino. This is one of the best places to spot all of the Big Five. The views from the crater rim over the crater floor are incredible. Because of its natural beauty, the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.

There is a range of activities to do in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, like visiting a Maasai village.  You can spend up to six hours in the crater before heading back to Karatu.

Mid-Range: Pamoja Farm Lodge on Full Board

Mid Luxury: Acacia Farm Lodge on Full Board

Day 6Karatu – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, depending on the flight time, your driver will transfer you to Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight. 

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Price in Mid Range Accommodation

  • Price per person for a group of 2 people: $3072
  • Price per person for a group of 3 people: $2659
  • Price per person for a group of 4 people: $2530
  • Price per person for a group of 5 people: $2396
  • Price per person for a group of 6 people: $2349

Price in Mid Luxury Accommodation

  • Price per person for a group of 2 people: $3890
  • Price per person for a group of 3 people: $3450
  • Price per person for a group of 4 people: $3349
  • Price per person for a group of 5 people: $3200
  • Price per person for a group of 6 people: $3168
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Price includes and excludes

Price Includes

  • Return Airport transfers as shown on the above itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals as per the above itinerary
  • A 4 x 4 Toyota Land cruiser with pop up roof
  • A private professional speaking English driver/guide
  • All sightseeing and game viewing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Crater service fee in Ngorongoro Crater as specified in the itinerary.
  • Unlimited bottled Mineral water during safari.
  • Unlimited soft drinks during the safari
  • Unlimited tea and coffee during the safari
  • Unlimited game mileage during safari game drives
  • Snacks during game drives
  • Government taxes and national park fees.

Price Excludes

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Any other items of a personal nature, i.e. Telephone, Laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Tips for the driver/guide highly recommended
  • Any Insurance
  • Visas

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