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Flying Over Tanzania Safari – Wildebeest Crossing Mara River Northern Serengeti

 
Tour Summary:
Mara River Crossing Safari is primarily focused on the “Great Wildebeest Migration” which can be viewed when crossing the Mara River to the Masai Mara game reserve in southern Kenya from Northern Serengeti, Kogatende area. The best time to see the crossing is from late July to early September. Over 2.5 million wildebeest accompanied by zebras and gazelles cross Mara River back and forth during this time of the year. Seeing the crossing is a guarantee because of the climate change but we have no control of it. Once you confirm your booking, our experts will advise you the best dates apart from the ones mentioned below. This safari also includes a visit to Mto Wa Mbu cultural village and crater rim walk.

Day 1-10 | Tanzania

  • Central and Northern  Serengeti
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Walking Safari at Mto-Wa- Mbu village
  • Ngorongoro Crater rim walking safari

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to a hotel for overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.

Lodging: Mvuli Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 1: Arusha City – Mto Wa Mbu Biking Excursion – Manyara National Park
You will depart early this morning from your hotel to Arusha Airstrip to catch a flight to Lake Manyara National Park for a biking excursion in Mto Wa Mbu village. This will be followed by a hot local lunch.
After lunch, we will proceed to Manyara NP for a game drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant colors attract hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos, as its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow the flamingos feed.

Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks are also found in this park.

If you are not interested in biking you can choose one of the activities below;

  • Forest Hike (2.5 to 3hrs)
  • Nature Walk (1hr to 1.5hrs)
  • Village Walk (2.5 to 3hrs)

Later in the evening, we drive to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Karatu Kudu Lodge (3 Meals)

Day 2: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we proceed to the endless Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word “siringeti” meaning “endless plains”. You will see why it’s named so, once you see its ocean of grassland savannas, stretching to the horizon as far as your eyes can see. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well-preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

Later in the evening, we drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)

Day 3: Serengeti Central – Serengeti North
After breakfast, we depart with picnic lunch to northern Serengeti Kogatende area, following the great migration at Mara River. The game drive will be along the Mara River and other interesting places in the north where big groups of wildebeests can be viewed at that particular time. After a full day of game drive, we will drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Serengeti Wilderness Camp (3 Meals)

Day 4: Northern Serengeti
Full day of game drive along Mara River following the great migration; arrive at the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Serengeti Wilderness Camp (3 Meals)

Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk
After breakfast, we depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater.

As soon as you reach the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you, inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Crater opens up a half mile below you from its rim. Reaching its edge and viewing its 100-square mile expanse, is a sight to behold!

Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera,formed three million years ago. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone, causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain.

We will get out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Rhino lodge (3 Meals)

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater –Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago. It offers a unique ecosystem, inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you, will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard) and most of the other animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed up-close. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains a historic balance between people and nature, in a way that is not possible in other parks.

After lunch, we ascend and proceed to Tarangire for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Lodging: Maramboi Tented Camp (3 Meals)

Day 7 – Tarangire – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After early breakfast, we depart to Tarangire NP for game viewing. Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North Tanzania. You can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000.

The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles.

During the dry season, Tarangire is also a haven for bird watchers, with over 550 different species, including Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place.

Later, you will be transferred to Tarangire Kuro Airstrip to catch your flight to Arusha Airport, or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to the next destination or back home.

Number in Group: 2 – 6 x Adults – Private Safari
Room Configuration: 1 – 3 x Double/Twin/Triple Room
Vehicle: 1 x 4WD Land Cruiser
Month of Travel: December to March (Green Season)
Duration: 7 days total

  • You’ll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania)
  • Fly to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Activities: Game drives; other (optional) activities like Maasai Boma visit, Culture Walking Safari and Serengeti Balloon Safari
  • Getting around: Pop-up roof 4×4 Land Cruiser
  • Lodging is luxury tented camp and lodging
  • Transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Accommodation in Arusha before and after safari is not included
  • 7-nights accommodation in hotels and other lodgings as specified in the itinerary
  • Wi-Fi ! All our safari vehicles have Wi-Fi onboard to help our clients maintain contact with their relatives and friends back home.
  • Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
  • Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
  • The services of a professional safari guide
  • Park and Crater entry fees
  • Mto Wa Mbu cultural activity and local lunch
  • Crater Rim Walking Safari
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • One (1) bottle of pure drinking water per day throughout the safari
  • International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance
  • Tips for your driver guide
  • Optional Serengeti Balloon Safari (USD590 per person)
  • Any increase in government taxes prior to the start of your trip
  • All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Gratuity for the safari guides (at your discretion)
  • Olduvai Gorge ($20 per person – Optional)