6-Day migration safari overview – recommended from November to April
Every year, the vast herds of wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincide with the annual rain fall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
Please note that it is difficult to predict the exact timing and location of the migration at any time, as this can vary considerably from year to year, depending on factors such as rainfall, water availability, food abundance, predators and the phosphorus content in the grasses.
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour.
Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 2 – Ngorongoro – Ndutu
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 90 km
After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge or camp, and after lunch we will do an afternoon game drive in the Ndutu area. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game.Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 3 – Ndutu
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu area. Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.
Lunch, Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 4 – Ndutu – Serengeti Plains
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 80 km
After breakfast we head towards the central Serengeti National Park, also known as the Seronera. We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 5 – Serengeti Plains
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The majority of the wildebeest migration normally passes through the Seronera in late November to middle November, when they migrate from Kenya’s Masai Mara in north to the Ndutu area in the south. The migration then passes through this area again in April when they move west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Seronera area is also an ideal starting to point to visit the eastern and southern short-grass plains of the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 6 – Serengeti Plains – Arusha
After breakfast at the lodge, we depart to the Seronera airstrip and enjoy a game drive en-route to the airstrip. The group should tip the guide around $20 to $ 30 a day
Around midmorning join a scheduled flight from Seronera airstrip to Arusha airport. Upon arrival to Arusha airport, meet our driver and transfer to Arusha town. On arrival in Arusha will we have lunch and then we will end our African safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services.
The departure dates for all our Africa safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information, as well as information on our Africa safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages into Tanzania.
|International Prices – 2016 / 2017|
|6 Day safari prices|
|2016 / 2017 US$ Rates:||Group size – Rate per person|
|1 Pax||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax||SSR*|
|Luxury lodges – Option 1
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Serena lodge, Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Camp and Serengeti Serena Lodge
|01 Nov – 21 Dec 2016||4 533||3 057||2 712||2 540||2 437||2 368||444|
|21 Dec – 31 Dec 2016||4 940||3 456||3 111||2 938||2 938||2 767||452|
|01 Jan – 28 Feb 2017||4 861||3 439||3 116||2 954||2 858||2 793||451|
|01 Mar – 31 Mar 2017||4 455||3 040||2 718||2 555||2 459||2 394||444|
|01 Apr – 30 Apr 2017||3 671||2 600||2 278||2 115||2 019||1 954||100|
|Semi luxury lodges – Option 2
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Sopa lodge, Ndutu Safari lodge and Serengeti Sopa Lodge
|01 Nov – 21 Dec 2016||4 195||2 841||2 488||2 312||2 207||2 137||299|
|21 Dec – 31 Dec 2016||4 383||3 011||2 658||2 482||2 377||2 307||318|
|01 Jan – 28 Feb 2017||4 305||2 994||2 664||2 498||2 399||2 333||318|
|01 Mar – 31 Mar 2017||4 116||2 824||2 494||2 328||2 229||2 163||299|
|01 Apr – 30 Apr 2017||3 743||2 619||2 289||2 123||2 024||1 958||130|
|Tented camps & lodges – Option 3
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Farmhouse, Ndutu Safari lodge and Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
|01 Nov – 21 Dec 2016||4 316||2 908||2 551||2 372||2 265||2 193||337|
|21 Dec – 31 Dec 2016||4 347||2 940||2 582||2 403||2 296||2 225||337|
|01 Jan – 28 Feb 2017||4 206||2 860||2 524||2 356||2 255||2 188||336|
|01 Mar – 31 Mar 2017||4 175||2 829||2 493||2 325||2 224||2 156||336|
|01 Apr – 15 Apr 2017||4 081||2 804||2 468||2 300||2 199||2 131||268|
|15 Apr – 30 Apr 2017||Serengeti Kati Kati Camp is closed|
|*SSR = Single Supplement Rate for a non-sharing person in a room Supplements: All Lodges & Tented Camps: US$ 35 p/p/p/n applicable on 25 to 28 March 2016 & US$ 40 p/p/p/n applicable on 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan.
Children Rates: (Children 3 to 11 years old) sharing room with 2 adults pay 60% of adult rate / Children sharing own room with other children pay 80% of adult rate / Children sharing room with 1 adult pay 100% of adult rate. No discount on holiday and other supplements.
- 6 day Migration safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary
- Lodge accommodation for the duration of the six day safari
- Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
- Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
- Professional safari and tour guide / driver
- All Ngorongoro/Serengeti national park fees
- All meals on the safari
- All game viewing activities specified
- Transfer from safari lodge to Grumeti airstrip
- One way flight from Grumeti airstrip to Arusha airport including airport taxes – 15kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage.
- Transfer from Arusha airport to Arusha town
- Price quoted per person sharing
- Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
- Ngorongoro Conservation area vehicle permit increase
The safari and tour prices below exclude
- Drinks and mineral water
- Items of personal nature
- International and local airfares (not mentioned as included)
- Airport taxes (not mentioned as included)
- Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
- Entry visas
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Possible concession fees
Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees or if Government tax / VAT rates change!