Serengeti safari holiday, Tanzania
Description of Serengeti safari holiday, Tanzania
On this exciting and action-packed safari, you’ll spend three days during peak migration season in the southern Serengeti, where millions of wildebeest give birth to their young, attracting predators that lie in wait, ready to take down the weakest members of the herds. No wildlife event on the planet rivals the Great Migration for sheer drama and we’ll ensure that you’re at the right place at the right time to witness this wildlife phenomenon.
You'll arrive in the city of Arusha, then head to the wildlife paradise of Lake Manyara, noted for diverse mammal and bird species. Next, you'll move onto the Serengeti, where you'll witness the "Greatest Show on Earth" of wildebeest, zebra, impala and more in an annual cycle around Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara (dependant on the time of year). Finally, you'll visit the natural phenomenon and UNESCO site of the Ngorongoro Crater, a microcosmic ecosystem of big game, diverse wildlife and natural beauty.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Arusha - A representative will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to your lodge in Arusha where you’ll spend one night. This afternoon you can explore the bustling city of Arusha. Within the city centre you’ll see women wearing brightly coloured dresses, walking along the streets carrying huge baskets on their heads or sitting on the side of the roads selling huge avocados or cooking corn on the cob on a fire, and you will also see Maasai men walking around in their traditional shukas.|
|Day 2:||Transfer to Lake Manyara - After breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park, located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley. The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara, which covers 230 square kilometres, attracts pink flamingos and other birdlife. You’ll also see resident hippo pods at the lake. The park is known for its tree-climbing lions, plus you may be lucky enough to spot leopards and hyenas. You can also expect to see are large herds of elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and impala. There’s also a huge primate population including common monkey, vervet monkey and baboons. You’ll leave Lake Manyara just before sunset and head to your lodge for dinner.|
|Day 3:||Transfer to Serengeti National Park - After breakfast this morning, you’ll leave Lake Manyara and drive to the Serengeti, Tanzania’s most famous national park. The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa and is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth, the Great Migration.|
|Day 4:||The Great Migration in the Serengeti - Every year, over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate north from the Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The herds must brave the perilous Mara River, which runs through the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Kenyan side and the Serengeti National Park on the Tanzanian side. They face treacherous water currents and dangerous predators as they cross the river in search of greener pastures. With crocodiles lurking in the muddy waters and lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas patrolling the river banks, this is a particularly dangerous time to be a wildebeest or a zebra. If you're visiting the Serengeti at the right time, you’ll see herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon and you may be lucky enough to see the dramatic river crossings.|
|Day 5:||Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater - Today you will have most of the day to continue your incredible safari in the Serengeti on a game drive south through the Ndutu region. Later in the afternoon you will check in to a beautiful lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater offering phenomenal views.|
|Day 6:||Ngorongoro Crater & Return to Arusha - The Ngorongoro Crater is a unique natural phenomenon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking wildlife safari sites in the world with a backdrop of the 600-metre high crater wall, and it offers incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. You can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including buffalo, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, hippo and elephants. There’s also a huge population of predators - lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and leopard. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as they’re very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. In the late afternoon you’ll return to your lodge in Arusha.|
|Day 7:||Depart from Arusha - Unfortunately your Tanzanian Great Migration safari has come to an end. After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international flight home, with fond memories and plenty of photos of your African adventure.|
PlanetWe work with selected safari camps who are committed to promoting their local communities and to encourage conservation efforts. Our recommendations will include camps which are focussed on both responsibility and sustainability.
Our local safari guides all have at least 5 years safari guiding experience and are experts at finding game while causing a minimum of disruption to the wildlife. Furthermore, our continuous approach to training ensures that best practices are always continuing to evolve. In Northern Tanzania you will have your own private safari guide who comes from within the local community.
You will visit several national parks and reserves on this itinerary. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter in the national parks and reserves – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife.
Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener, including encouraging travellers to bring reusable water bottles on their holiday.
PeopleCultural tourism initiatives, such as the Maasai village visit, are diligently structured so that they mutually benefit the community and the curious traveller. We encourage you to be proactive and respectful when engaging in such activities. We also remind you to always ask permission before taking photographs.
We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.
Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.
We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Tanzania and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.