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8-Day Migration Tour

Follow the Migration through the Serengeti

Comfort
Highlights

This 8-day tour has a special focus on the incredible migration on the Serengeti plains. Experience a unique combination of stunning nature and an exceptional variety of wildlife!

Highlights:

  • Annual migration of 2m ungulates in Serengeti N.P.
  • Amazing wildlife in Lake Manyara or Tarangire N.P
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater
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Day by Day: 8-Day Migration Tour (Comfort)

 

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

Welcome to Tanzania! You will be met at the airport by your private Matoke Tours guide, who will take you to your lodge in the outskirts of Arusha and the lush foothills of Mt Meru.

If time allows today you can explore Arusha. There are several wonderful activities available in nearby Arusha National Park, like canoeing safaris, walking safaris, game drives and bird walks. All activities today are at your own expense.
 

Journey Time: 45 minutes
Accommodation: African View Lodge
Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today

Tours departing between January and May or in November and December, will visit Lake Manyara N.P. on Day 2.

Day 2A: Lake Manyara NP (Jan-May & Nov-Dec)

One of the very many wonderful things about Tanzania is its friendly people. And today you will experience their warmth and hospitality on a cultural visit to Mto Wa Mbu. Mto wa Mbu is a town wedged between Lake Manyara National Park and the impressive Rift Valley escarpment. Besides being the gateway to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti this lively town is home to a farming community of around 18,000 people, representing nearly 120 different Tanzanian tribes.

On a village walk you will discover the very social side of rural life in Tanzania; from the small farms to schools, markets and churches. You will observe the Makonde tribe’s intricate wood carving and tribal painting techniques and learn how the Chagga tribe brew their “Mbege”, a traditional banana and millet beer.

Your walk will end in a shaded spot under a cluster of banana trees where the very talented Miss Bibi will cook you a delicious Swahili meal. You are very welcome to walk around to the open-air kitchen area and see how the local dishes are prepared.

Want to swap the village walk for a Mountain Bike tour? 

On this guided two-wheel journey you will pass through banana plantations, rice fields and busy market streets. One of the highlights of the tour is reaching the sparkling shores of Lake Manyara.

 

In the afternoon you will have time to explore Lake Manyara National Park. The park is smaller than most of Tanzania’s parks in the northern circuit, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in content. The park is host to 11 ecosystems, ranging from savannah to marshland and the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. In the forest you can find large troops of baboons, elephants and if you’re lucky, the famous tree-climbing lions! In the shallow alkaline lake you will see hundreds of flamingos in the dry seasons, as well as pelicans and other water birds. The park is a favorite spot among bird lovers who come to observe over 300 species of migratory birds passing through this place each year. The grassy shores are perfect grazing grounds for buffalo, zebra, herds of wildebeest and giraffes.

Journey Time:  2 hours 
Accommodation: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Local Lunch & Dinner

 

 

 

Want to go on a bush walk?

The park is a completely different place when you are removed from the constraints of a safari vehicle. Your senses are aware of every sound and movement in the bush and you see things at ground level that you would otherwise miss. With an experienced guide you will also learn a lot about the inhabitants of the park from the incredible social structures of the termite mounds to identifying the droppings of a giraffe. You can choose to do this walk instead of a game drive this afternoon, or save it for the early morning of Day 3, before heading to the Serengeti.

This activity is optional at an additional cost of USD 55 per person.

 

Tours departing between June and October will visit Tarangire N.P. on Day 2.

Day 2B: Tarangire National Park (June-October)

Tarangire National Park is an incredibly scenic park, well-known for its gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants. Due to the large concentration of wildlife (second only to the Serengeti) the park has earned its nick-name “little Serengeti”.

During the dry season you may find leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion coming down to the banks of Tarangire River for a cooling drink. Bird enthusiasts will also be kept busy here with over 500 different bird species to look out for.

Your guide will stop at a nice picnic spot where you can enjoy your packed lunch in the still nature around you.

Journey Time: 3 hours 
Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner
 
 

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

A trip to Tanzania is not complete without visiting one of the most iconic safari destinations in the world; the Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti means "endless plains" in the language of the Maasai, a description that the park more than lives up to. Spanning over 14.000 sq km, this park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth. It is here that wildebeest and zebra migrate in herds millions strong, following the ancient rhythms of Africa’s seasonal changes. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.

On an en-route game drive to your camp you will become acquainted with some of the inhabitants of Seronera Valley, the beating heart of the Serengeti. The area is known for its high concentration of big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs, but you will also see a whole range of wild animals roaming these grassy plains; from the skittish zebra to the naughty mongoose.

Journey Time: 2-3 hours to park gates
Accommodation: Serengeti Tortilis Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Following the Great Migration

Mornings are a magical time in the Serengeti, with soft light dappling the landscape, birds awakening and the sense of adventure beginning to unfurl. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase.

Your safari today will take you deep into the Serengeti in search of the migration herds. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as this. The annual 800-km journey is an endless pilgrimage which has no real beginning or end. 

 

The precise timing of the migration changes annually and is an unpredictable and spontaneous natural event, depending mainly on the rainfall pattern of each year.

The most iconic scenes of the migration are of course the river crossings. These happen on the Mara river in northern Serengeti between mid-July and the end of October. While you may find the herds all along the river, it is good to know that days can go by without any animals crossing the river. This experience is all about luck and the natural course of mother nature.

Journey Time: depending on migration period
Accommodation: depending on migration period (see below)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner
 

Period Day 4 & 5 accommodation
January-March & December Tortilis Camp & Ndutu Halisi Camp
April, May & November Ask for our 7-day Migration Tour
June Serengeti Simba Lodge
July to October  Kati Kati Migration Camp
   

Note: The migration is a natural phenomenon, and therefore hard to predict. In recent years the traditional migration patterns have been disrupted by the changing global climate. Please consult your Travel Consultant for more information on the best route for your specific travel dates.

 

Day 5: Following the Great Migration

Today is all about the great migration and you will spend most of it on a game drive observing this incredible phenomenon. The headliners in this spectacle are of course, wildebeest, followed by Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland. However, lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs are never far behind.

In the evening you can recount your safari tales around the camp fire to the songs of nature around you.

Journey Time: depending on migration period
Accommodation: depending on migration period
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner
 
 

Day 6: Last day in the Serengeti

Today is the last full day in the Serengeti. If you have been following the migration in the Western Corridor (June) or Northern Serengeti (July-October) you will be making your way to Central Seronera again for some spectacular game drives and wildlife spotting. If you are in Ndutu (Jan-March & December) you will be continuing your migration journey there.

Journey Time:  depending on migration 
Accommodation: depending on migration (see below) 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner

 

Period Day 6 accommodation
January-March & December Ndutu Halisi Camp
April, May & November Ask for our 7-day Migration Tour
June Serengeti Tortilis Camp
July to October  Serengeti Tortilis Camp
   


 
 

 

Day 7: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater

An en-route game drive will take you out from the flat grassy plains of the Serengeti to the rugged forested hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands, passing picturesque Masai villages along the way. Your destination today is the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the top highlights of a trip to northern Tanzania.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. The crater is the most densely populated wildlife area in the world, with an estimated 25,000 animals roaming the grassy crater floor.

Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Depending on the time of year, you may also see flocks of pink flamingos around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp area is inhabited by large pods of hippos.

Journey Time:  3-4 hours
Accommodation: Country Lodge Karatu
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner
 
 

Day 8: To Kilimanjaro International Airport

Enjoy your last African sunrise in this spectacular country before you return home. Depending on the time of your departure flight you may have time for some activities in Arusha as you pass through on your way to the airport. Speak to your Travel Consultant for some suitable options. All activities today are at your own expense.

Your guide will arrange your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport well before your departure time.

Journey Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Not included
Meal Plan: Breakfast

This is the end of your trip to Tanzania with Matoke Tours!

Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list for Tanzania? 

If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch with your personal Travel Consultant to create your personalized program.

Don't want the fun to end?

Why not combine this tour with a relaxing beach holiday in Zanzibar or gorilla tracking in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest? We take care of everything from flights to transfers and accommodation so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Explore our other destinations or speak with your personal Travel Consultant for some expert advice on suitable combinations.

 

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