8 days Luxury Safari – Serengeti Great Migration (Aug-Oct)

8 Days

Overview

This 8-day safari includes an opportunity to see the Great Migration. Accommodation is between mid-range and luxury. At this time of year (end of July until the beginning of October), the migration is in the north of the Serengeti.

You may get a chance to see the migration making the perilous crossing of the Mara River on their quest to find fresh grazing! This safari provides many opportunities to experience Tanzania’s rich wildlife. Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and more!

Activities & Transportation

  • Safari types: Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit: Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Wildlife: Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon
  • Activities: Game Drive, Hot Air Balloon, Optional Activities, Village Visit, Birding, Cultural Experience, UNESCO Site
  • transfer from and back to the airport is included

Itinerary

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by Let's view Tanzania representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. overnight will be at the Ilboru Safari Lodge a Calm lodge located in the suburbs of the city with a natural set up with beautiful garden awaiting for your safari the following day.

Accommodation : Hotel / Lodge
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

After breakfast, your guide will collect you from your lodge, before proceeding to Tarangire National Park. With a game viewing area that is roughly ten times the size of nearby Manyara, the park is most famous for its elephant migration, exquisite bird watching opportunities, and quiet, authentic safari atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful baobab trees. After a morning of game viewing, enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Tarangire River. In the afternoon, we will proceed to our tented lodge. Spend some time by the pool, enjoy a delicious dinner, and a get good night’s sleep at the lodge.

After breakfast today we head to a highly anticipated destination, the Great Serengeti. In the Maasai language, “serengeti” means “endless plains”. The park stretches for over 15,000 square kilometers, and is quite simply one of the most magnificent wildlife sanctuaries in the world— unparalleled in natural beauty and wilderness. From vast, open plains with idyllic, golden sunsets, to steamy riverbanks and towers of granite boulders, the Serengeti throbs and pulses with life.

In the afternoon we will head to the central area, known as Seronera, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and attracts an abundance of wildlife. We’ll arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive, exploring the park and all that it has to offer. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and breathtaking landscapes, you’ll soon understand why the Serengeti is so popular. Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. At sunset we will proceed to our tented camp in the heart of the famous Seronera Valley.

Waking up in the southern part of the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park.
Today we will have a full day game drive from the southern to the central part of the Serengeti in search of the big five. Besides the big five, other wildlife in the area includes zebra, wildebeest, various species of gazelles and antelopes, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles and some primate species such as vervet monkeys and olive baboons. It is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, with a total of 505 bird species

Today we make our way into the Mara area of the Serengeti in search of one of the greatest wildlife shows on the planet, the annual Great Migration. Every year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (along with other antelope) gather up their young and start their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, following the rains in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 3000km, a tough journey that takes the lives of an estimated 250 000 wildebeest as they forge across rivers and suffer constant attacks from crocodiles, lions and other predators.

There can be no guarantee of encountering the migration, as their exact route is never known, and it is incredible that a million animals can disappear into the vast savannah. We will do our best to follow the migration as it heads northwards, moving with the herds to experience their trials and tribulations. After a full day on safari, you will return to your camp for dinner and a good night’s rest.

After breakfast, we proceed with an en-route game drive to the central part of the Serengeti. This park is well-known for its healthy stock of resident wildlife, particularly the ‘big five’: lion, leopard, elephant, buffaloes, and rhino.

At sunrise, we start our game drive marveling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, searching for big cats as they stalk their prey. We proceed with an en-route game drive from central Serengeti towards Ngorongoro Conservation area, spotting wildlife along the way.

Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals in this area, an unusual and fascinating sight to witness. This is the only area in Tanzania where you will find wildlife, human beings and domestic animals living in such close proximity. Besides the incredible landscapes and wildlife, guests can also visit the Hominin fossils, in the Olduvai Gorge that date back millions of years. These were discovered by Dr. Mary Leakey, and are well worth a visit. In the late afternoon we will ascend the crater and drive to Ndutu area for dinner and an overnight stay.

After breakfast, we’ll make an early start, as we descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro crater for an incredible game drive today. With its abundant water, excellent grazing and natural protection due to densely vegetated walls, the crater provides shelter to over 25000 animals, including the endangered black rhino. We descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor to explore this natural zoological park, and observe an extraordinary variety of wildlife: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, reedbuck, and buffalo. The lovely crested crane (similar to a peacock) can be found in great profusion here and maybe you’ll spot a bat-eared fox, if you’re very lucky. The balance of predator and prey in this extraordinary ecosystem is so precise that animals seldom leave.

Lunch will be served at a picnic site inside the crater. In the afternoon we will drive to Arusha/Kilimanjaro International Airport for our flight to Zanzibar Island or back home.

Where is the Serengeti migration in August?

August-September

The Mara River crossing is where so many iconic Great Migration photos have been taken. After this crossing the herd flocks to the northwest plains and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Is August good for Serengeti?

Mara River crossings are among the most dramatic moments of the Great Migration, and August is the best month to travel to the Serengeti for the chance of seeing river crossings.

Is August a good time to safari in Tanzania?

Dry and cool, August is a great time to visit Tanzania. Wildlife starts searching for water sources, making their movements predictable for guides, and giving you a greater chance of seeing The Big Five.

How many days do you need in Serengeti safari?

four days
Serengeti is a huge national park so we would recommend minimum four days in order to properly explore it and find the wildlife. Being so large, you do need to spend time driving around looking for the Big Five, which takes time. Plus in four days you’ll experience different weather and a variety of safari experiences.

Is August a good time to safari in Tanzania?
Dry and cool, August is a great time to visit Tanzania. Wildlife starts searching for water sources, making their movements predictable for guides, and giving you a greater chance of seeing The Big Five.

What is the weather like in Serengeti in August?

The average temperature in Serengeti National Park in August for a typical day ranges from a high of 85°F (29°C) to a low of 58°F (14°C).

Can you see the Big 5 in Serengeti?

The Big Five in the Serengeti. The Big Five define that ultimate African safari experience: seeing these impressive animals – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and Cape buffalo – roaming freely in their own habitat is something you will never forget.

Important to Know

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour accepts children who are 3 years and older.

What’s Included

  • All airport transfers
  • Transport in a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop up roof
  • English speaking guide
  • All park/entry fees, crater fees & government fees
  • Meals and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Amref Flying Doctors/emergency medical evacuation insurance.

What’s Excluded

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Visa fees and traveling insurance
  • Tips
  • All optional activities (balloon safari, Masai/Hadzabe tribe, Olduvai Gorge)
  • Items of a personal nature – spa treatments, laundry, mini-bars, internet, etc

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8 days Luxury Safari – Serengeti Great Migration (Aug-Oct)
From $2935
/ Adult

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