5 Day Tanzania Safari Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

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Great wildebeest migration

This 5-day Tanzania road safari has been designed specifically to focus on and increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. You will visit Southern Serengeti (Ndutu), Central Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Beginning and ending in Arusha Tanzania, the tour first heads to the Southeastern plains & Ndutu area of the Serengeti National Park. This area includes short-grass plains that stretch from the western side of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the southeast Serengeti National Park.

The southeastern portion of Serengeti is teeming with wildlife year-round, but the peak in terms of wildlife density is between December and April. Giant herds of wildebeest and zebra are attracted by the seasonal rains pouring down.

In this period the best area to see wildlife is around Lake Ndutu, in the heart of the wildebeest gathering. This is where female wildebeest give birth to countless calves and therefore makes up one of the highlights of the Great Migration. 

Day two is spent on a  full day game viewing in Ndutu plains which are populated by huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope as they settle on the fertile grasslands to calve.

The area is also home to plenty of resident wildlife that doesn’t follow the migration, including giraffe, elephant, hyena, and antelope which tend to concentrate around the waterholes. All six cat species can be found in the area throughout the year; lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, serval, and African wildcat.

Day three kicks off with a game drive as you travel to Central Serengeti & Seronera Valley lying at the heart of the Serengeti National Park. Known as the Big Cat Capital of Africa, the Seronera is rich in lion, leopard, and cheetah – and people often spot all three in one day of game drives.

April to June is the peak season for game viewing in the Seronera, as this is when the plains are full of migrating wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle as they’re making their way up north.

On Day Four, we venture into the Seronera Valley for more wildlife spotting. The beautiful Seronera Valley area is home to healthy populations of Africa’s Big Five – rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant, and leopard as well as eland, topi, kudu, impala, oribi, waterbuck, and giraffe, serval cat, hyena, and a rich array of other wildlife, along with over 500 bird species!

Then we make our way to the Ngorongoro Crater, leaving the wide-open Serengeti plains after midday.

Day Five, we descend the steep crater walls to explore this diverse wilderness area teeming with Africa’s wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts the Big Five of Africa, boasting one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world. Almost all of the wild animal species found on the savannahs of East Africa inhabit this compact crater.

The diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor support a variety of wildlife, including elephants, monkeys, hyenas, jackals, and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and other antelope species.

The crater wildlife safari experience is followed by lunch and later leave for our return to Arusha where this Serengeti wildebeest migration Safari ends.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Arusha – Drive to Serengeti South (Ndutu Area)
Day 2: Explore Serengeti South (Ndutu Area)
Day 3:  Serengeti South – Drive to Serengeti Seronera Valley
Day 4: Serengeti – Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Drive to Arusha

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arusha – Drive to Serengeti South (Ndutu Area)

Our 5 Day Tanzania Safari Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, begins from Arusha after breakfast where we transfer to the southern part of the Serengeti National Park called the Ndutu area.

This area includes short-grass plains that stretch from the western side of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the southeast Serengeti National Park. 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.

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 elephants, birds, and resident wildlife.

Accommodation Options: Acacia Migration Camp, Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge,  Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ndutu Under Canvas

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)


Day 2: Explore Serengeti South (Ndutu Area)

Start your day with a game drive in Ndutu Area after breakfast and then back to the camp for lunch then resume the game drive. In the wilderness, tracking the Great migration trails. A thorough explanation of this great world event that Tanzania proud of will be provided.

And in the evening as the sun goes down, Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration.

Accommodation Options: Acacia Migration Camp, Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge,  Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ndutu Under Canvas

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)


Day 3:  Serengeti South – Drive to Serengeti Seronera Valley

Experience a hot air balloon safari early in the morning and then proceed back to the camp for breakfast. Afterward, we’ll depart for Seronera with a game drive en-route.

The park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the “big five”, named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters: Lion: the Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species.

More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem. African Leopard: these reclusive predators are commonly seen around.

Accommodation Options: Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp, Ang’ata Serengeti Camp, Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Kiota Camp

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)


Day 4: Serengeti – Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, we’ll continue the game drive in the Seronera area, and in the afternoon, we’ll proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is your “option” whether you pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site whereby the early man lived and can also pass by the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture.

The Central Serengeti & Seronera Valley, lying at the heart of this spectacular national park, is the most popular region in the reserve for its abundant wildlife, large numbers of big cats.

Resident wildlife makes this part of the Serengeti a fantastic year-round destination, but the months of April to June and October to December, when the herds of the Great Migration pass through the area, are when it’s at its peak.

Known as the Big Cat Capital of Africa, the Seronera is rich in lion, leopard, and cheetah – and people often spot all three in one day of game drives. The Serengeti Plains – the open savanna south of the Seronera River – are prime cheetah territory.

Other animals to spot in the area’s varied habitats of rivers, swamps, kopjes, and grasslands include elephants, hippos, and crocodiles in the rivers, buffaloes, impala, topi, jackals, and bat-eared foxes.
Accommodation Options: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Bougainvillea Lodge, Country Lodge, Entamanu Ngorongoro, Gibbs Farm, Kirurumu Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)


Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Drive to Arusha

At dawn this morning we descend the steep walls into the Ngorongoro Crater in our smaller 4×4 safari vehicles. We spend the morning exploring this natural wonder with its sheer walls, diverse habitats, and fertile plains. In the Ngorongoro Crater, it is possible to see almost every kind of African animal, including the rare black rhino, at close range.

The crater hosts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, offering some of the finest game viewing available. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs, and Lions are found in plenty.

We have a picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep climb and exit the crater. We drive (4 hours) to the town of Arusha, located at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru.

You will be dropped off at your preferred location in Arusha in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.

Meal Plan:
(Breakfast, and Lunch)

5 Day Tanzania Safari Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Prices

5-Day Tanzania Safari Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Rates Include:

Extensive Game drives + Mineral water during tour + All meals included while on safari + Professional experienced driver-guide + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with an open-top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Accommodation 2 Nights Serengeti National Park (Ndutu), 1 Night Serengeti National Park (Seronera) & 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater  + All ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable 4×4 safari Land cruiser/ Rover

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5-Day Tanzania Safari Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Rates Exclude:

* Visas
* All International Flights + Taxes
* Travel & Personal accident insurance
* Excursions not detailed in the above program
* Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls etc

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