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Arusha, Tanzania

15 Days Great Migration Special Safari

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Together we will go in search of the Great Migration, Camping “Out of Africa Style” in very remote areas of Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Serengeti National Park.



  • Marvel at the Great Wildebeest Migration as two million mammals cross the Serengeti, and gaze down on it from your private verandah, then admire the scenes on a breathtaking game drive
  • Cross the vast plains of the Serengeti and enjoy one nights in both the eastern and western corridors of the planet’s most spectacular park
  • Watch great elephant herds roam past the ancient baobab trees of Tarangire National Park, then spot tree-climbing lions reclining on broad acacia branches
  • Meander through the mystical Lake Manyara forest, each turn bringing a close encounter, then gaze across the floodplains to find lions, giraffe, buffalo, and herds of watchful antelope
  • Be dazzled by the colors of Tanzania’s diverse birds, over 600 different species are easily spotted on this unique itinerary, everything from soaring eagles to raucous horn bills and delightful lovebirds
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and spend a day surrounded by lion prides, black rhinos, wading hippos, and Africa’s largest elephant
  • Enjoy exclusive accommodation throughout, each lodge and camp combining effortless comfort with a complete immersion in nature



  • (Day 1): Arusha – Meserani Snake Park – Tarangire National Park
  • (Days 2 & 3): Tarangire National Park
  • (Day 4): Tarangire National Park – Mto Wa Mbu – Lake Manyara National Park
  • (Day 5): Lake Manyara – Oldupai Gorge – Nasera Rock
  • (Day 6): Olkarien Gorge
  • (Days 7 & 8): Nasera Rock – Ndutu Woodlands
  • (Days 9 – 12): Ndutu Woodlands – Serengeti National Park
  • (Day 13): Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
  • (Day 14): Ngorongoro Crater – Empakai Crater
  • (Day 15): Ngorongoro – Arusha



A Tanzania safari is a feast for the eyes and it’s one of the most evocative destinations. There’s a visual euphoria that accompanies every journey, and makes every moment an opportunity; close-ups portray emotion, epic panoramas defy the eyes, and charming scenes are found with every turn. With six different national parks to explore, this unique itinerary will reveal the wonders of Tanzania’s untamed wildernesses. A couple of relaxed days are included and ensure you’re always feeling fresh. Then a carefully selected choice of lodges and luxury camps keeps you fully submerged in natural charm.

Every national park is different and each game drive will provide something new. Spend a few days in Tanzania and you’ll see many of the iconic and famous scenes. But fifteen day allows you to delve deeper into the country’s wonders, ensuring you experience all its subtle nuances and unexpected surprises.



Cultural / World Heritage Sites / Small Towns / Villages / Walking Tours / Ecotourism / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Safari / Wildlife



Ecotourism / Photography / African Safari / Outdoor Adventures 


Spectacular Scenery / Unique Accommodations / Luxury African Safari Lodges


Arusha, Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Mto Wa Mbu Village, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Western Serengeti


Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.



This safari circuit is spectacular year round. Determining the best time to visit depends largely on what you wish to experience on your safari – be it quiet reflection, the great wildebeest migration, a Big Five show, rich bird life or lush vegetation. What follows is a guide to the seasons of this equatorial region, and the corresponding activities best matched to the weather:

Dry Season (June – October, January – February): Best for wildlife viewing – at this time, wildlife is concentrated around the remaining water sources, and the bush is at its least dense, enabling greatest visibility.

Rainy Season (March – May, November – December): The bush is at its most lush, and birdlife is the most diverse.  This period is best for those interested in landscapes, flora and birdlife.

High season for tourism occurs from July – March, while low season span from November to May with smaller crowds and lower prices.

The best time to view the wildebeest migration can fluctuate, given that migratory patterns change annually depending on rainfall. However, in a typical year, the following patterns occur:

January: Having returned from the North, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest find new grazing pastures throughout the Serengeti.

February: For a short period during February, wildebeest calve their young in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

April: The migration begins its westward journey through the Serengeti, which can be observed by visitors. The wildebeest must cross the Serengeti’s Grumeti River that often slows the pace of the migration in June.

June – August: Wildebeest begin moving northwards, with some remaining in the northernmost areas of the Serengeti, while the rest continue on to Kenya’s Masai Mara.

September: Wildebeest attempt the precarious crossing of the Mara River, which can be observed from the northern most points of the Serengeti.

October: The herd begins moving south once more, returning to the southern plains of the Serengeti.

November – December: Wildebeest return south to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in search of fresh grazing land.

After your breakfast we head to the Maasai Village & Meserani Snake Park, home to a variety of snakes common to Eastern and Southern Africa including the Black Mamba and the African Python.

Say farewell to your new reptile friends and we will drive on to Tarangire National Park, where we will head directly to camp for a hot lunch.

Tarangire National Park is home to an unusually large amount of Elephants, here you should see herds of Elephants, drinking, bathing and playing in the picturesque Tarangire River.

As the sun begins to set we will head to your choice of accommodation (Tarangire) for dinner and overnight stay.

For the next two days we start bright and early, rising with the animals for a dusk game drive. After the drive we return to our camp for a late breakfast.

We will spend the remainder of our days in search of the “Great Migration” – with ample time to explore Tarangire National Park, we are sure not to miss any action. On both days we will stop for a picnic lunch at one of the many picturesque picnic spots on offer.

After a full day of game driving we will return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

After breakfast we leave the herds of Elephants behind and head to the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, en route we stop at Mto Wa Mbu Village, home to over 120 tribes, where we will visit the local market for a fruit testing excursion where you will have the chance to taste many exotic tropical fruits; red bananas, custard apples and other seasonal fruits.

On arrival at Lake Manyara National Park we will set out for an afternoon game drive.  Lake Manyara National Park is home to Tanzania’s beautiful flamingos and steaming hot springs. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for tree climbing lions!

As the sun sets on another exciting day, we will drive to your choice of accommodation (Lake Manyara) for dinner and overnight stay.

Today you depart after breakfast to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. Despite the fact that this is one of the less known parks in Tanzania, it still has a genuine safari ambiance. Tarangire National Park offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants flourish. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.

We leave Lake Manyara after breakfast, passing the Ngorongoro Crater rim, we descend through impressive landscape to Oldupai Gorge. Here you will find the most complete and oldest proof of human development, we will stay for a while to learn about the “cradle of mankind”!

After lunch we will continue to the North, arriving at the secluded area of Nasera Rock where our camp will be set up in a stunning area near the Gol Mountains.

Relax, unwind and enjoy dinner and overnight stay in our secluded camp.

After breakfast you will set off on a two hour hike into the depths of the Olkarien Gorge. Escorted by two local Maasai Warriors, this trek offers up the opportunity to experience Africa’s nature and wildlife at there most organic.

Excursion to the Fig tree (optional); drive on dusty, nearly never used trails to the north – for an excursion into a lost wilderness. Here you  will find a fig tree in untouched Maasai land, north of Oldupai and close to the Gol Mountains. Even if you are not so interested in trees, this tree might tell you about the last 1000 years. If luck is on your side, there is a good chance that you will get to see the rare African Wild Dogs in this area.

Return to camp in the evening for a much needed rest, dinner and overnight stay.

Following breakfast, you will say “goodbye” to our crew and depart to Ndutu Woodlands, with a local Maasai guide.

A delicious hot lunch will be served at one of the Tented camps in the woodlands. In the afternoon you will go on a walking safari with an armed ranger of the Ndutu Woodlands. Walking though the woodlands, will have to unforgettable opportunity to get very close to some of the plain’s game, especially during the months of the Migration, animals tend to be in this area.

Tonight we move to Ndutu Safari Lodge for dinner and comfortable overnight stay.

Following breakfast we will go on a short game drive around the woodlands, for one last time in this spectacular area.

With picnic lunch boxes prepared & packed, we will depart from Ndutu Woodlands en route to Serengeti National Park. Entering the park from Naabi Hill Gate, we will meet up with our crew who will have set up the camp in a very special area of the Serengeti National Park.

For the following 4 days our game drives are adopted to the position of the animals on Migration.

Each night we return to our specially located safari camp for a delicious meal and well earned rest.

Depart from Serengeti National Park after an early breakfast through the Oldupai Gorge to Ngorongoro Crater.

Following a picnic lunch, you will experience the great variety and density of animals in the second largest Caldera on earth! We start our game drive in the early afternoon which allows us to experience the most beautiful time within the crater, late afternoon – when most of the other people have left the crater floor, the light gets soft and the activity of the wild animals increases. Make sure your camera is fully charged – you will take more pictures of this fantastic African landscape, flora and fauna than you have ever expected.

As the sun is setting we head to your choice of accommodation (Ngorongoro) for dinner and overnight stay.

After an early breakfast, we will depart to Empakai Crater. Very few people have experienced this extraordinary excursion, passing the slopes of the Olmoti Crater you will be fascinated by the scenery of Embulbul Depression, Loolmalassin- and Empakai Crater. On a really difficult track we will “ride” you to the rim of Empakai Crater (2700 m). The Caldera is edged by 600 m high, steep, jungle walls and its floor is covered with a green glimmering lake – the seasonal home of millions of flamingos. With some luck, you will see them!

The option to trek into the crater where you will meet the Maasai in their untouched environment, not invaded by tourists, is available. An armed ranger will accompany you as you descend the crater walls, to the crater floor (tough path!) for this unbelievable authentic experience.

In the late afternoon we return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
  • Transportation in a custom safari 4×4 with viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
  • Safari vehicles have an inverter for charging batteries, a communications radio, electric cooler, and filtered water
  • National Park gate fees, Park commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Bottled water and drinks
  • Optional tours (Olduvai Gorge and Maasai Village visit)
  • The flight out of the Serengeti
  • Discount for kids under 15 years old

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