The annual great migration of wildebeest and Zebras in Serengeti National Park is considered is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in Africa. The Serengeti ecosystem will undoubtedly send a shiver down the spine of even the most hardened safari-goer.
This safari in Tanzania is designed to capture the best of the annual migration – from June to October –this is the time when the herds move up through the western corridor into the northern Serengeti where they face two major obstacles – the Grumeti and Mara Rivers. Depending on their location, your days will be spent either marvelling at vast columns comprising thousands of beasts as they march steadily northward, or perhaps enjoying the raw thrill of a river crossing.
Day 1 Arrival – Arusha
Upon landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we will meet you to welcome you on your Tanzania safari. After customs formalities, you will be transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge where you will relax and possibly enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you prepare for the exciting safari ahead.
Your lodge is located in a coffee plantation, and has views to the unmistakable silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro itself. Dinner & Overnight Arusha Coffee Lodge
Day 2 Arusha – Serengeti National Park (Mobile Camp)
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Arusha airport where you will board a scheduled flight to the Serengeti National Park.
Upon landing at the airstrip, you will be met by your professional Safari Guide who will take to an exciting game viewing drive en-route your camp, Serengeti Safari Camp. This is a mobile camp that has no permanent location but moves several times a year to keep up with the migratory herds as they make their epic journey northwards, so it could be pitched in one of a number of different locations in Serengeti National Park, depending on the time of year. In June, this camp may still be found in the western corridor, where great columns of wildebeests move north as one, and between July and October it is more likely to be occupying a quiet corner of the northern Serengeti, close to the rivers for dramatic river crossing experiences. Dinner & Overnight at Serengeti Safari Camp
Day 3 Serengeti National Park (Mobile Camp)
While you are at Serengeti Safari Camp, you will enjoy exclusive use of a private specially built 4×4 tour vehicle and guide, this means that, with the help of your guide you are at liberty to set your own itinerary, at your own pace.
You are free to decide whether to can enjoy as much, or as little, game viewing as you like. We recommend that you rise early before sunrise, so that that you can depart your camp with picnics at dawn for long days moving with the herds across the plains, returning only in time for ice-cold sundowners. Alternatively you can pop out for short forays and return to camp in between game drives to linger over delicious lunches served at camp. It is entirely up to you – which is what makes it so great. Dinner & Overnight at Serengeti Safari Camp
Day 4 Serengeti National Park (Mobile Camp)
On your second day of your stay in Serengeti National Park, you will spend your time exploring the area around camp, your private guide and vehicle will help you plan your time, catering specifically to your needs.
You might also want to head out looking for predators. With this many herd animals around, it will not be long before you spot them. Cheetah are particularly common in the Serengeti and it is rare to go on a game drive which does not include lion sightings. Driving at dawn, you may also stand a chance of spotting an elusive leopard, or perhaps a civet, serval or African wild cat, returning from a night hunting.
In the evening, your Safari guide will pack some sundowners and together you will head out to an elevated spot on a kopje or overlooking one of the rivers where you will enjoy the sunset as you watch the wildlife – an excellent way to end your day in the bush.Dinner & Overnight Serengeti Safari Camp
Day 5 Serengeti National Park (Lamai)
After breakfast in your camp, you guide take you to the nearby airstrip. Board your flight Kogatende airstrip in northern Serengeti. Upon arrival, you will be met at Kogatende and transferred to the lodge.
Lamai camp is nestled on a rocky kopje, a few miles from the Mara River, with stunning views of the rolling woodland and bush surrounding the camp. After check in your camp, you will head to the dinning area to have lunch, after which you can relax at camp before embarking on the afternoon’s activities. Dinner & Overnight at Lamai Camp
Day 6 Serengeti National Park (Lamai)
Enjoy your stay at your lodge which occupies one of the most dramatic areas across the entire Serengeti. Teeming with wildlife between July to October, this area is perfect for guests looking to have their magical ‘migration experience’.
Your camp offers professionally guided walking safaris around the area – which lends itself well to exploration on foot. The woodland cover, small valleys, meandering rivers and rocky kopjes provide excellent cover for getting close to the game in the area.
Game viewing drives in the area will surely pay dividends.Highly recommended excursions at dawn or dusk, with your private guide, will be sure to yield a high predator count.The lodge is also closely and strategically located near the Mara River, which is the site of many an epic river crossing moment as thousands of wildebeest take the plunge into crocodile-filled waters, with seemingly not a care for the consequences. Dinner & Overnight Lamai Camp
Day 7 Serengeti National Park (Lamai)
Another exciting day in the renowned Serengeti National Park, where you will spend more time exploring the lush, rolling grasslands and tree-lined watercourses around the northern tip Serengeti Park..
Take bush picnics and a coolbox filled with drinks be out all day enjoying thrilling game drives in the vast park. Alternatively you can base yourself at the lodge, immersed in the pool in between game drives, and pop out for short excursions on foot or in the vehicle. Enjoy the flexibility of setting your own pace – and experience your own Serengeti – without having to put up with strangers in your car, or having to compromise on what you want to see.
With so much to see! Migratory herds and epic river crossings aside, the resident game at Lamai provides a cornucopia of wildlife delights, with wild animals including zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo and giraffe to add to the plains game. Predators such as Lion and cheetah are also common in the area, and the elusive leopard stalks the rocks and river lines.
Day 8 Serengeti National Park – Arusha – Depart
This morning, you depart camp for the nearby Kogatende airstrip with packed lunch from the camp.At the airstrip, you catch the 1130hrs scheduled flight to Arusha airport, landing at 12:40. Upon arrival, do optional shopping in town before going to your hotel for lunch. After lunch, a day room to freshen up will be provided check in for your international departure flight leaving later today.