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The Migration

Over two million wildebeest along with zebras, gazelles and elands take part in the migration through Serengeti National Park each year. It is, without doubt, the greatest spectacle of wildlife in Africa. Determined by local rainfall patterns, their search for food and water takes them through the southern part of the park all the way up past the Mara River on the border with Kenya. Their epic journey is about survival—the real circle of life.

OVERVIEW

8 days, 4 parks

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Jan - Feb, June - Sept

See FAQs below

 
 
 

ITINERARY

 
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Arrival

DAY 1

You will fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) near Arusha, Tanzania. After passing through immigration and picking up your bags our Above Safaris staff will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. You are free to relax at the hotel before dinner and overnight.

Tarangire National Park

DAY 2

After breakfast you will travel to one of Tanzania’s most spectacular parks, Tarangire. Often compared with Serengeti, Tarangire is known for its herds of elephants that congregate along the Tarangire River, which also attracts wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, eland, and impalas.

Lake Manyara National Park

DAY 3

In the morning you will travel a mere 30 minutes to Lake Manyara National Park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Known for its diverse ecosystems, Lake Manyara is home to dense jungles, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, attracting a diversity of wildlife species including baboon, blue monkey, giraffe, buffalo, various antelopes, and elephant—making it a microcosm of the full safari experience. The great soda lake, for which the park is named, attracts hundred of bird species, including spectacular flocks of flamingos.

Travel to Serengeti

DAY 4

In the morning following breakfast, you will continue your journey to Serengeti, passing through Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the way. You will arrive in Serengeti in the early afternoon and will have a half-day game drive on the way to your overnight location. Hailed as a premier safari destination and home to the annual migration of over a million wildebeest, Serengeti offers prime opportunities for viewing breathtaking vistas teaming with wildlife.

Serengeti National Park

DAY 5

After breakfast you'll head out on your first full day in Serengeti. It is Africa’s most famous wildlife sanctuary, renowned for its dense predator population and annual migration. It is remarkable not only for the unimaginable volume of animals that inhabit its vast expanses but also for the thrilling sense of infinite space in which you are viewing them. You’ll spend most of the day exploring central Serengeti, stopping for lunch in the park, and in the afternoon getting an up-close look at the animals you encounter. In the evening you'll head back to camp where you can relax, have dinner and overnight.

Serengeti National Park

DAY 6

In the morning following breakfast you will head back out to the plains of Serengeti, this time traveling further north or south (depending on the time of year) to follow the migration. Today you'll have the opportunity to see the animal kingdom in action-mothers with their babies, herds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras seeking abundant grazing, and the predators and scavengers that accompany them. At day’s end you’ll return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Travel to Ngorongoro

DAY 7

After breakfast, you will head back out to do your final game drive in Serengeti. Around lunchtime you will make your way out of Serengeti heading towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight before entering the famed Ngorongoro Crater the next day.

Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 8

Following an early breakfast you will embark on the final day of safari, which will take you to Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera. Your safari drive will follow the road along the rim of the crater, affording breathtaking views across the 100 sq. mile crater 2000 feet below, and then descend to the crater floor. The steep walls of the crater and verdant floor serves as a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals, including a few rhinoceros. Ascending the crater in the afternoon, you will travel back to Arusha where you'll head to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.

 

TRIP FAQS

 
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What is so special about the migration?

+ The Sheer Volume

Each year over 2 million wildebeest, zebras, impalas and eland cross the endless plains of the Serengeti. It's hard to imagine what that means but on this trip you'll see something that only happens in one place on the planet.

 
 

+ Viewing Time

From December to January, you can experience the migration in the South of Serengeti. This is calving season for wildebeest and zebras so there are plenty of chances to spot tons of new babies and to see the predators at work.

From February to July, the migration is making its way through the middle of Serengeti.

From August to September, wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles cross the Mara River in the North of the park – with crocodiles serving as their biggest enemy.

When is the best time to experience the Great Migration?


+ The Above Value Add

Seeing the Great Migration with Above Safaris is an experience like no other. Tanzania is the only place to see 1.5 million wildebeests migrate in search of fresh grass and water. 500,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebras also join in on this largest migration of mammals on the planet.

Why go above for your great migration adventure?


+ Sustainability

Above Safaris promotes sustainability through your Great Migration adventure. Above Safaris only utilizes suppliers and vendors that are committed to environmental sustainability. We place conservation at the forefront of our safaris.

How does the Great Migration promote our core values?


 
 

What does the price of the trip include?

+ The Experience

Seven day safari that includes visits to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

+ Guides and Transportation

Professional english-speaking safari guides; all transportation during the trip including airport transfers.

+ Accommodations and Meals

Hand-selected accommodations that fit your budget; three meals per day, most non-alcoholic beverages, and water during days on safari.

+ Taxes and Fees

All park fees, tarrifs, and taxes.

 
 

+ Local Hiring Process

Above Safaris hires local guides, creating good local job and providing stable incomes. Your local guide will have a personal relationship with Tanzania, and endless expertise on the land and people.

Who will be my guide?


+ Preparing for Your Trip

Before your trip you’ll receive a tailored Trip Planner which will provide useful information for your trip. From packing lists to cultural awareness, tipping etiquette to introductory Swahili language tips for your trip, we’ll make sure you’re ready for your adventure. Additionally, your dedicated travel expert is only an email away.

What do I need to know about my trip?


 
 

How do I Reserve my trip?

+ Our Step by Step Process

Above Safaris works with you every step of the way to craft your perfect adventure. Learn more about our step by step process.

+ Booking and Deposit

A deposit of 25% of the total trip cost must be submitted to secure your booking.

Payments can be made by bank transfer (must include any transfer fees added by your bank) or by secure credit/debit payment (a 2.9% fee applies to credit or debit payments). During the booking process we will provide instructions for wire transfers and credit/debit payments. Our standard terms and conditions apply.

+ Submitting Balance

The remaining 75% is due 45 days before the trip departs. You are free to submit the balance of the trip costs anytime up to the due date.

 
 

+ Responsible Travel

Above Safaris approaches responsible and sustainable travel differently. We bring you impact-driven travel without sacrificing any of the quality and expertise that you seek. Our commitment to responsibility, sustainability, and community innovation means we create a tailor-made adventure that is good for you and Tanzania

Why should I book my adventure with Above Safaris?


 

Rates

PREMIUM

STARTING AT $4200

MID-RANGE

STARTING AT $3300

BASIC

STARTING AT $2480

 

Ready to join the migration?