This excursion provides a rare opportunity to see the major migration river crossing, which typically takes place from late July to late October. Rainfall is the primary factor influencing wildebeest migration, hence at times, the crossing may be postponed until early November.
Early in July is often when the big migration starts to head north in preparation for the gestation season. On their way to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, they pass through the Wagakuria region.
The herds are most likely to be found dispersed throughout the northern Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in September. Some of the herds may choose to cross the river and begin their journey to the south, while others may decide to stay in the northern portion of the Serengeti, with rainfall serving as the primary determinant of the wildebeest migration.
To be ready for the calving season in February, the migrating herds set out on their return trip to the Southern Plains of the Serengeti in late October or early November.
- Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transportation in a custom 4x4WD Land Cruiser
- Professional driver guide.
- Park entrance fees
- Bottled mineral drinking water during Game Drives
- Airport transfers
- International Airfares
- Visa entry charges to Kenya and Tanzania
- All items of personal use i.e., Drink, Laundry, Telephone calls, gratuities
- Travel insurances- etc.
- Covid 19/PCR Test
Day by Day
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport
After pleasantries and welcome procedures, meet your Alkanjaoi tour and Safari guide at Kilimanjaro International airport. From there, take a short drive to a hotel in Arusha city for dinner and overnight. We welcome you to Tanzania and appreciate that you selected Alkanjoi Tours. Enjoy your stay and take the time you need to relax before the Tanzania safari the following day.
Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park
After a filling breakfast, a driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Arusha and take you to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game viewing. Tanzania’s Manyara National Area is a wonderfully beautiful park. You will be greeted with a magnificent vista of verdant woodlands filled with various tree types as you enter the park.
Well, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Start preparing your thoughts for what lies ahead. Up until the evening, there will be plenty of chances for you to go on a game drive and explore the many sites. You will take a brief break in the afternoon to have a picnic lunch in the most breathtaking location.
After the lunch break, you get a great chance to experience the beauty of Manyara to the utmost. Continue the game drive and keep looking for wildlife until you have a clear understanding of how valuable the park is. Animals including buffalo, giraffes, impalas, baboons, and blue monkeys may be present. If you’re lucky, you might see the lions that are known for scaling trees in Manyara.
At Lake Manyara, you may also watch a massive flock of flamingos swimming in the river. Gratitude for a well-spent day. After the game drive, your guide will drive to a lodge in Karatu for dinner and overnight Farm House Lodge.
Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater
What a fantastic day it is! After a delectable breakfast this morning, you will see one of the natural wonders of the world, making today even better. You will travel roughly 14 km to reach Loduare Gate, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area’s primary entrance gate. Drive on and drop more than 600 meters into the Ngorongoro crater to witness wildlife after finishing the check-in requirements. With year-round access to water and food, this scenic location is home to a wide variety of species, including herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, hippo, eland, and elephants.
Numerous predatory creatures, including lions, jackals, cheetahs, and leopards, can also be found in the crater. One of the biggest attractions of the crater, Lake Magadi, will also be on your itinerary. Due to the lake’s size, shallowness, and alkalinity, numerous flocks of flamingos, hippos, and other water bird species assemble there. The crater floor is the most worthwhile location for your midday picnic lunch and calls for a short break to take in the view of the largest intact caldera before continuing with the game drive.
In the evening your guide will drive to the Lodge for dinner and overnight at Farm House Lodge.
Karatu to Central Serengeti National Park
As we begin to travel along the major route of the great migration, today is yet another inspirational day. After breakfast, we will leave the highlands and go to the Serengeti National Park, a wildlife nature reserve, before descending into the limitless plains. As you travel to the Serengeti’s middle region, also known as Seronera, keep your eyes open and take in as much as you can. After that, you will continue driving until you reach the Lobo region in northern Serengeti.
The big migration often passes through the Lobo region twice a year: once in late October and early November and once between July and August (when it travels to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve for the gestation period) (going to the southern plains of Serengeti for calving season).
After arriving in plenty of time for lunch, we have a game drive through the central Serengeti region in the late afternoon. After a few hours of wildlife viewing in the evening, your guide will transport you to the lodge where you will spend the night and have dinner Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge.
Serengeti National Park
Enjoy a full-day game drive across the Central Serengeti region and Grumeti River after breakfast. Numerous year-round resident wildlife, such as elephants, buffalo, gazelles, zebras, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, may be seen.
You will have the best chance to see wildlife along this route because it is less congested. In the late afternoon stop over for a picnic lunch in a well-designated area. After lunch continues you’re your game drive along the river banks, you might see spectacular riverine trees and birds like kingfishers and fish eagles. Spend the day on a game drive in this worthy region, which is full of sights to see till dusk.
After the game drive your guide will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight Kubu kubu Tented Lodge.
Lobo to Wogakuria area (Northern Serengeti)
We left for the Northern Serengeti’s Wagakuria region after a well-earned breakfast. Before arriving at the destination, take a wonderful game drive along the way. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see one of the best routes for the wildebeest’s yearly migration.
Depending on your luck, you might see giraffes, buffalo herds, or even elephants along the trip. The likelihood is that you will arrive in the afternoon and eat a cooked meal at the lodge before taking a brief break and going on an afternoon game drive. The herds are often most likely to be seen in the Wakaguria region from August to October.
One of the most amazing moments of your Tanzanian safari is seeing the Mara River cross. The Serengeti National Park’s northern regions are traversed by the river. After a successful day, your guide will take you to the lodge. Enjoy the delicious bush dinner, relax, and get ready for the next day’s adventure Dinner and Overnight at Mara Under Canvas.
Wagakuria area (North Serengeti)
What a wonderful day! On the Northern fields, it is yet another fantastic day. Prepare yourself for a full day of game viewing in the Wagakuria region after a delicious breakfast. It’s hardly surprising that there are so many people living nearby; this place is amazing and deserves to be explored.
The region is undoubtedly a wildlife haven from August to September. With its kopjes, woods, riverine vegetation, and open plains, the location is impressive. The Mara River crossing is the major emphasis of the tour, and depending on your luck, you could be able to observe herds of animals crossing the river while being pursued by ravenous crocodiles. You should not miss out on this opportunity at all!
After the game drive, your guide will drive you back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight Mara Under Canvas.
Northern Serengeti to Arusha
Congratulations on a successful safari; you deserve to be among the legends who have experienced something extraordinary. The Serengeti is a haven for wildlife. After breakfast, we take a scheduled flight from Kogatende airstrip to Arusha airport or drive to Arusha.
After relaxing for a while after such a long experience when you arrive in Arusha town, depending on the time of your departure flight, you will be escorted to Kilimanjaro International Airport.