Highlights: Ngorongoro Carter - Serengeti NP Migration
Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park
April and May are very special months in Tanzania. Not only do the rains falling across the Serengeti plains kick start millions of wildebeest and zebra into their journey north, it’s also a time when the dust settles and grass plains burst into blossom with short-lived flowering plants. The contrast of green plains against dramatic, moody skies makes for some magical photography, with great depth of light and colour.
As the herds start moving toward central Serengeti, huge columns of animals up to 40km in length can be witnessed funnelling their way up into central and western Serengeti. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is teaming with game, as predators – lion, cheetah, hyena and leopard trail this great procession. OUR CAMPS Serengeti Wilderness Camp
Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
Ndutu Wilderness Camp (seasonal camps) are located inside the national park and conservation areas respectively.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally, and is a great place to base up just about all year round. There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope. At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp. Our guides will take you to the heart of the best game viewing possible. Sometimes that may entail a long day in the vehicle, other times the game may be close by! Our guides are amongst the very best in Tanzania - experienced professionals who priorities your comfort and safety as well as ensuring optimal game-viewing throughout your safari with us. Our team go that extra mile to give you an unforgettable trip with us.
In our specially customized extended land cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height extended to allow ease of photography and game-viewing through the 360degree view hatches, with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Itinerary: Day 1: Flight from London to Kilimanjaro Day 2: Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Our Wild Frontiers representative will welcome you on arrival at Arusha airport and transfer you to The African Tulip.
If you are up for some local nightlife, we highly recommend heading out to Mosque Street. Relax, eat, meet the locals ... real people. A uniquely authentic optional extra:
You may have heard of Khan's first as "Chicken in the Ditch", or "Chicken on the Bonnet", "Kuku on the Curb", or "That place by Soko Kuu with the fantastic chicken", or "Zubeda Autospares by Day, Khan's Chicken BBQ by Night".
In every town there are a few gems - delightful places off the beaten path that give you a sense of the soul of the town. Khan's is undoubtedly one of the key gems in Arusha, and while it's definitely been discovered, it's still the real deal. Tasty salads, Zanzibar pizzas, garlic naan, barbecued chicken, beef mishkaki and mutton shish kabob are all stars. Even the passion juice is top notch. But Khan's serves up more than an evening out - it's the kind of place that you'll always remember when you think of Arusha. Another memorable spot is the " Lively Lady Bar and Grill ", down by the old train station, where the ambience is great (best pork chops ever), drinks icy, and, 1960's ROCK AND ROLL is played ... loudly! Overnight at The African Tulip Day 3: Ngorongoro
Spectacular and unforgettable – today is surely one you’ve been itching to tick off your Wildlife Bucket List, as you head toward one of the natural wonders of the world, the volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro. With abundant game viewing – we can almost guarantee you four of the Big Five will show up, as well as a rich variety of birds - all viewed against the backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls, today is pretty special indeed. Varied terrains consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes make this a true marvel of creation. Your picnic lunch in the crater will forever remain a unique memory. Overnight Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Day 4: Serengeti
Our route to the Serengeti today takes us via fascinating Olduvai Gorge and the ‘cradle of humankind’. It’s here where, in 1959, the ground-breaking discovery of a hominid (human-like) skull dating back 1.8 million years preceeded other more recent hominid remains discoveries - dating as far back as 3.7 million years.
Take time to visit a Masai village – immerse yourself in their culture and daily vibe. When we take the time to understand and appreciate another’s culture and way of life, our eyes open to Henry Millar’s wisdom that “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
We continue onto Serengeti Wilderness Camp to settle in for the evening. Days 5 - 7
Relax as you explore the serengeti – unequaled for its beauty and home to more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. It really is a rare privilege to immerse yourself in the unique natural phenomena of the great migration.
Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of impala, thompson`s gazelle, kongoni, kirk`s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog.
Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, and more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to a small part of the park and are not often spotted. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats.
Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp. Balloon safari
Treat yourself to an adventure words fail to capture, as you soar effortlessly above the vast plains in a hot air balloon – an added optional extra well worth spoiling yourself with. This is one story you will brag about for years to come! Day 8: Arusha
Transfer back to Arusha – A short flight from the Serengeti plains to Arusha in time for a transfer to Kilimanjaro for your onward flight. Price includes:
Flights including Seronera to Arusha
Services of a driver/guide throughout
Accommodation at quality lodges and tented camp as set out above
All meals on safari
Game viewing activities as indicated
Bottled water for game drives / in vehicle (not at hotels/lodges)
Maximum seven guests in a vehicle – all WITH WINDOW SEATS – no ‘middle’ seats. Price excludes – visas, travel insurance, health requirements, gratuities, drinks, all items of a personal nature and any service not specified. There is a cash bar at the Serengeti Wilderness camp.