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Whale Sharks & Wildebeest Tanzania Migration Safari

Starting From $6,599 Per Person

Duration: 11 days

Accommodation Grade: Four Stars

Journey Style: Private (Exclusive Vehicle, Fully Escorted)

Highlights: Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Mafia Island

This incredible safari to Tanzania combines two unbelievable wildlife events, calving season during the great wildebeest migration and swimming with whale sharks as they migrate past Mafia Island. Your journey begins in Arusha where after you will make your way towards Lake Manyara National Park which is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. Your adventure continues as you explore the iconic Ngorongoro Crater before making your way to Serengeti National Park. After discovering undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas, make your way to Mafia Island where its secluded sandbars, migrating whale sharks, nesting turtles and laid-back vibe make this island simply magic.

Day One: Arrive Arusha

Once you arrive and clear customs at Kilimanjaro International airport, you meet and greet your driver-guide and proceed to the lodge for some refreshments and relaxation from your journey; the rest of the day is at leisure.

Arusha and Mt Meru

Destination: Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha is the gateway to northern Tanzania, meaning most travellers to the country will find themselves there at some point during their trip. This leafy city sits at the foot of Mount Meru and near Kilimanjaro, the highest African peak. The city is a pleasant place to spend a day or two before or after a safari or Kilimanjaro trek.

Overnight: Arumeru River Lodge

Arumeru River Lodge is situated 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro Airport and 15 minutes from the center of Arusha. The main lodge is a large open space divided into bar, large seating area with fireplace and restaurant. The restaurant also spills out onto a patio with views of the very well kept gardens and to Kilimanjaro on a clear day. The 20 rooms are a good size and have a twin or double bed with mosquito nets, a verandah and an en suite bathroom.

Day Two: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

On the second day, we travel from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, taking an afternoon game drive and stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. This incredibly scenic national park is noted for its tree-climbing lions, large troops of baboons and flamingo flocks. Keep an eye out for buffaloes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest and giraffe as well as antelopes such as bushbuck. Lake Manyara also hosts an abundance of birds, including numerous waterbirds.

zebras in grass

Destination: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.

Overnight: Bashay Rift Lodge

Set on the top of a steep hill, Bashay Rift Lodge is ideally located in the heart of the fertile Karatu area, only a few km away from the Ngorongoro Crater. Far from the crowd, along the “Northern Circuit”, yet conveniently close to a variety of activities, including wonderful Safaris into Manyara NP and the Ngorongoro Crater which are only a few kilometers away.

Day Three: Bashay Rift Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater – Olduvai Camp

Today the day is dedicated to the discovery of the Ngorongoro Crater, designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most unique wildlife locations in all of Africa. Created by the implosion of a volcano larger than Kilimanjaro 2-3 million years ago, the remains of the caldera form the largest inactive, intact and unfilled caldera anywhere in the world. As you reach the floor of the massive 300 km² caldera you discover the first animals (buffaloes, zebras, gnus, gazelles) and then lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and leopard, all of the “big five” are present here.

Enjoy a picnic lunch near a small lake and the continue with your safari during the afternoon throught the varied forests, plains and swamps each home to different species. You ascend the crater wall at the end of the afternoon before returning to the camp for a sundowner over the Serengeti Plains at the top of one of the nearby Kopjes. The ascent of the crater in the end of the afternoon.Arrival at the camp, briefing and allocation of the tents. Then small walk (about 1 hour) to the summit of the “Kopjes” to face the sunset on the Serengeti plains.

zebras ngorongoro crater tanzania

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. 

 

Overnight: Olduvai Camp

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, close to the Olduvai Gorge, the Camp offers a truly unique bush experience between the Ngorongoro Crater and the vast Serengeti plains. Unlike national parks, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area does not exclude human life. Indeed, man and wildlife have been sharing this vast expanse of over 8 500 sqkm for hundreds of years… The Masai live here on their ancestral lands and continue their traditional way of life. They are herdsmen whose lives revolve entirely around their cattle. The animals not only serve as food, but are also their only form of income and measure of their wealth.

Day Four: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

In the morning, you head to Serengeti National Park to spend the next few days exploring what is probably the greatest wildlife park on earth. This national park, undoubtedly the most famous in the world, covers over 14,000 sq. km. and boasts the largest concentrations of big cats in the world (lion, leopard, cheetah). Many different landscapes are found in the Serengeti, savannah with the huge plains to the south, hills and woodlands to the west, the kopjes (large, isolated rock hills formed by ancient geologic eruptions) area to the east and the bushlands to the north. Important rivers (Seronera, Banagi, and Grumeti) also run through the park and many different species of mammals can be spotted around these life giving waters.

Destination: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills.

Overnight: Ronjo Camp

Located in the heart of Serengeti National Park, slightly north of Seronera, Ronjo Camp is an ideal place to explore the immensely rich central Serengeti and its fantastic wildlife (home to lots of resident species such as Elephants, Gazelles, Buffalos, Lions… some of them wandering around the camp…). The camp is laid out in a quiet and secluded area with superb views over the plains and the Banagi hills.

Day Five: Southern Serengeti – Northern Serengeti

Today, you move to our second location following and tracking the direction of the migration. The Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world and deservedly listed as one of its eight Natural Wonders. It is an inspiring event and a highlight of your tour of northern Tanzania. Around 1.5 million wildebeests, with hundreds of thousands of zebras, elands, gazelles and giraffes along with a trailing retinue of predators, leave their calving grounds in the southern Serengeti, around February, March and April, heading for the next water source.

Trekking via the south-central Seronera outskirts into the Western Corridor and Grumeti River arriving during the month of April to May and residing till June, and then finally towards the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya crossing the perilous Mara River around July or August onwards with a return via the same death-defying river, this time heading to the bearing of Lobo and Loliondo in eastern Serengeti around October to November. The white bearded wildebeest journey continues back to the southern Ndutu calving grounds with arrivals starting around December with temporary residence till March. The timing of the migration depends upon the annual rains and renewal of fresh pasture which may occur earlier or later in some years. You will be arriving to your lodge in time for lunch, followed with evening game drives before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

wildebeest moving

Destination: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.

Overnight: Mara River Post

​Perched on a bluff at a bend in the river, Mara River Post is a classic lodge with authentic safari style and a fresh coat of service and decor that brings it decidedly up-to-date. Set in the northern Serengeti Mara sector of Tanzania’s vast Serengeti National Park, it shares the area with mostly seasonal camps, which means, come November, it becomes a quiet outpost. Visit between July and November to witness the frenetic river crossings; but come just before or after the prime season to enjoy the sheer expanse and solitude of this wilderness, when the weather still allows for good viewings.

Day Six/Seven: Exploring The Serengeti

Explore this remote area in northern Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives. Alternatively, you may prefer a full day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch. The open plains spread out as far as the eye can see so it is no surprise that the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains.” The park itself covers 14,763 square kilometres, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries.

wildebeest moving

Destination: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.

Overnight: Mara River Post

​Perched on a bluff at a bend in the river, Mara River Post is a classic lodge with authentic safari style and a fresh coat of service and decor that brings it decidedly up-to-date. Set in the northern Serengeti Mara sector of Tanzania’s vast Serengeti National Park, it shares the area with mostly seasonal camps, which means, come November, it becomes a quiet outpost. Visit between July and November to witness the frenetic river crossings; but come just before or after the prime season to enjoy the sheer expanse and solitude of this wilderness, when the weather still allows for good viewings.

Day Eight: Serengeti – Mafia Island

After breakfast, depart for the Seronera airstrip for a bush flight by light aircraft to Mafia Island via Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative for your transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Destination: Mafia Island, Tanzania

Located southeast of Dar es Salaam off Tanzania’s Swahili Coast, Mafia Island is a relatively undeveloped haven for divers, nature lovers and adventurous spirits. It fulfils all the requirements of a tropical paradise, with white sand beaches, turquoise waters and a lush green interior intersected by unpaved roads.

Overnight: Pole Pole Bungalows

With a name that translates as ‘Slowly Slowly’, there can be no doubt that Pole Pole Bungalow Resort aims to deliver a very relaxing accommodation experience. Combining barefoot luxury with great cuisine and a long list of activities, Pole Pole makes the perfect retreat for travellers looking to wind down after their East Africa safari.

Day Nine/Ten: Exploring Mafia Island

After breakfast, start a full day excursion along the beach with a picnic lunch. Day two is dedicated at enabling you explore the hidden treasures of Mafia. The sea around Mafia Island has an exceptional mosaic of tropical marine habitats including coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangroves, and inter-tidal flats. Mafia Island lies off the mouth of the Rufiji River in Southern Tanzania; it is one of the Indian Ocean’s hidden gems. With white sandy beaches, dazzling aquamarine waters and refreshingly few tourists, Mafia is often described as Zanzibar 30 years ago. Whale sharks, humpback whales and sea turtles are found in the waters surrounding Mafia Island; rumor has it the ancient dugong (similar to a manatee) also makes a home in these waters.

Destination: Mafia Island, Tanzania

Located southeast of Dar es Salaam off Tanzania’s Swahili Coast, Mafia Island is a relatively undeveloped haven for divers, nature lovers and adventurous spirits. It fulfils all the requirements of a tropical paradise, with white sand beaches, turquoise waters and a lush green interior intersected by unpaved roads.

Overnight: Pole Pole Bungalows

With a name that translates as ‘Slowly Slowly’, there can be no doubt that Pole Pole Bungalow Resort aims to deliver a very relaxing accommodation experience. Combining barefoot luxury with great cuisine and a long list of activities, Pole Pole makes the perfect retreat for travellers looking to wind down after their East Africa safari.

Day Eleven: Mafia Island – Dar Es Salaam

Take a leisurely morning at leisure before checking out and transferring to Mafia airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, transfer to the international terminal for your departing flight.

 

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