9 Days Migration Safari to Mara River
A Migration safari to Mara River tales in some of the best natural sites in Tanzania offering fantastic photographic opportunities culminates in an exciting chance to watch m thousands of migrating wildebeest and zebras as they attempt to cross a vast body of water the mighty Mara River.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we will be waiting to meet you once you have cleared customs and transferred to your accommodation, where you will enjoy a wonderful dinner and a superb night’s rest and relaxation. This is your chance to really soak up the atmosphere and recharge the batteries for what lies ahead for your Migration and calving Safari.
Meals and overnight at African view lodge
After breakfast, we will load the luggage to your safari car and drive south through Arusha to Mto wa mbu for a cultural tour. You will visit the culturally-diverse village of Mto wa Mbu set on the banks of the river of the same name, for an in-depth look at tribal life in the African bush; more than 100 different Tanzanian tribes make their homes. You will enjoy a late local lunch with a local family, after lunch you will enjoy some excursions in Mto wa Mbu including visiting a banana plantation. late in the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro highlands where you will arrive at the lodge on time for dinner.
Meals and overnight at Pamoja farm lodge
We will have a very early start and we will Collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. Another big draw card to this picturesque Caldera, its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, and if Lucky enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Serval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic site at the crater floor, followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater.
Meals and overnight at Pamoja farm Lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge and enjoy game drive en route to Central Serengeti, on your way you will to the central east plain of the Serengeti you will visit the Gol Kopjes. This area is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a vision of vast open plains and amazing wildlife, like gazelles and cheetahs. Late in the afternoon, we drive to your base for the next two nights.
Meals & overnights at Pamoja Serengeti Camp
After breakfast, a full day wildlife-viewing wait on our way to Exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains. You can choose to break the day into two, by doing early morning and late afternoon drive through the central Serengeti.
The golden light of dawn invites amazing photographic opportunities, departing at first light with a picnic breakfast, in search of migration heard across the Central Serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu kopjes, and plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley are home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.
Meals and overnight at Pamoja Serengeti Camp
After breakfast, you will enjoy a wildlife drive en route to Northern Serengeti where you will have a chance to visit the Kogatende area (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The Northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, eland, black rhinos, and wild dogs.
This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happen during the Great Migrations – the annual river crossings. Your days will be a combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara River, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle. The Northern Serengeti and the entire Mara River area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.
Meals & overnights at Mara Katikati camp
Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Kogatende Airstrip with wildlife viewing en route. Bush flight from Kogatende to Arusha. You will stop at a cultural heritage site for lunch and optional shopping and then drive to African View Lodge for dinner
Day use room: African view lodge
- Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO);
- Transfer to a hotel in Arusha and back to the airport;
- Experienced English-speaking safari guide;
- All park fees;
- All accommodation under your program;
- Bottled water and soft drinks throughout the tour;
- Air tickets;
- Visa fee;
- Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after safari)
- Tips to your safari guide ($30-50 per day per car)