Tanzania: The Great Migration Safari

Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Parks

Experience the World’s Greatest Wildlife Migration

Exclusive Luxury Camps in Ideal Locations for Game Viewing — You’ll be right at the heart of the Great Migration, away from the lodge circuit crowds, in luxurious camps that are for our groups alone!

Comfortable Vehicles, Specially Designed for Safari — Our rugged, custom-designed Land Cruisers, carry just five passengers and can ably pursue game off-road. Everyone has a window seat, access to a rooftop viewing hatch, and ample legroom.

A Variety of Activities — Cultural encounters with the Maasai, a visit to Olduvai Gorge, a day in Ngorongoro Crater, night drives, bush walks, and a private charter flight offering the chance of spectacular aerial views of the Great Migration!

Expert Leaders Who Stay With You Throughout — Our superb Trip Leader and assistant naturalist guides accompany you for your entire safari—you aren’t handed off to different guides as you often are on a lodge-based safari.

Tarangire! This Hidden Gem Offers the Last True Luxury in Travel: Exclusivity — We stay in the remote south end of Tarangire, home to enormous herds of elephants and buffalo, enjoying night drives, bush walks, and open vehicle travel.

Overview

Tanzania is home to home to the planet’s most varied menagerie of terrestrial wildlife. From the Serengeti, whose name means “endless plains” in Maasai, to the lush forests of Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania is justifiably known as the greatest safari destination on Earth, with a third of its land dedicated to protected wildlife areas. There are limitless game viewing possibilities here—and by investing the time to get off the beaten path, our groups have the best opportunities for stunning animal encounters. From exclusive camps in gorgeous locations selected for privacy and unparalleled access to the migrating herds, you will enjoy exciting bush walks, night game drives, off-road travel, and cultural encounters with the Maasai. Our masterful trip leaders, who have an eye for spotting even the most elusive animals, will bring you on game drives to secluded areas, far from the safari crowds. Picture yourself, after a day in the stunning wildlife amphitheater of Ngorongoro Crater or among the elephant herds in Tarangire National Park, taking a sunset walk topped by a glass of champagne, and relaxing by the campfire with a billion stars overhead and the sounds of the bush in the distance. This is the way safari was meant to be.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Arusha / Serengeti (December-March “Southern Serengeti” itineraries)

Our secluded private camp surrounded by the fertile plains of the Serengeti is absolutely gorgeous—it gives new meaning to “glamping!” We set our camp close to the wildlife and far from the game lodges, allowing prime access to a rich mosaic of habitats crisscrossed by rivers. In this wilderness setting, we explore by 4WD vehicle to see vast numbers of migrating wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffe, hippo, crocodile, large prides of lion, cheetah, and clans of spotted hyena along the river tracks. In the solitude and beauty of our private Serengeti setting, our camp features roomy walk-in tents with attached bathrooms and hot bucket showers, and comfortable beds made up with linens and a duvet. Delicious, freshly cooked meals are prepared and served by our wonderful long-time staff.

Olerai
Arusha, Tanzania
Day 1 (1 night), Day 13
Private Wilderness Travel Camps
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Days 2 to 5 (4 nights)
Days 6-8
Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater

We visit Olduvai, where in 1959 Mary Leakey made her now-famous discovery of the Zinjanthropus skull, explore the lush environs of Lake Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions and troops of baboons, and stay at a lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. The crater’s 105-square-mile floor is home to Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife in a phenomenally scenic setting.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Day 6 (1 night)
Plantation Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)
Days 9-13
Tarangire / Arusha

It is astounding to see Tarangire National Park’s tremendous year-round concentrations of big game: elephant gathered in the hundreds, huge herds of zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, eland, and impala, oryx, kongoni, and Grant’s gazelle. Leopard can often be found resting in trees, and lion are seen along the river. Our close association with the local Maasai here is a special treat, and we explore on foot to enrich our game experiences. Our specialist walking guides have extensive knowledge of animal behavior and the ability to track any animal of interest that we encounter during the walks. Some evenings, we’ll set out on night game drives with a spotlight. You’ll also have the option of a hot air balloon safari with a Champagne brunch. Our private camp, set beneath glorious acacia trees facing the rising sun, has a classic bush camp backdrop in the heart of big game country. Depart on Day 13 via Arusha.

Osunyai Lamarkau
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Days 9 to 12 (4 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Exclusive luxury camps set in ideal locations for game viewing, far from crowded lodges
Fascinating bush walks, night game drives, off-road travel, cultural encounters with the Maasai
Four full days in the Serengeti, four in Tarangire National Park
Custom-designed Land Cruisers with guaranteed window seats
Expert Trip Leader who is with you the entire safari
Private charter flight, Olduvai Gorge, incomparable Ngorongoro Crater

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $8995  
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 4 nights deluxe game lodges, 8 nights exclusive private camps
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, optional guided game walks, evening game drives

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