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9-day Exclusive Migration Safari

Follow the Migration through the Serengeti

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Highlights

A 9-day luxury tour with a special focus on the migration in the Seregeti Plain. Experience a unique combination of stunning nature and an exceptional variety of wildlife! All lodges have luxurious rooms and are selected for their suburb location and excellent standards of service and comfort.

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: 9 day Exclusive Migration tour

 

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfers you to Arumeru River Lodge. This lodge was constructed on the site of a former coffee farm. The lodge is situated only 700 meter south of the main road from Arusha to Moshi, 15 minutes from Arusha town. As soon as you arrive in this lodge you experience the enthusiasm and personal attention of the German owners. This lodge is spread over 12 acres of beautifully furbished gardens and natural bushland, bordering on the Arumeru River lined with large old trees. All cottages are very well kept and built with a mix of African and European materials. The rooms are spacious and comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms and verandahs. The lodge has a large entrance with several nice places for you to sit down and to relax. Besides the nice lounge, the main building also contains the bar, the restaurant, the reception with, internet corner, a fashion boutique and a souvenir shop. The restaurant offers exquisite international and African cuisine, à la carte and buffet, and the terrace provides you with magnificent views of the mountains Meru and Kilimanjaro and overlooks the tropical gardens and a large solar-heated swimming pool. You will definitely enjoy the elegance of this fine lodge!

 

Journey Time 45 minutes
Accommodation Arumeru River Lodge
Meal Plan No meals inclusive today

Tours departing between January - May or in November - December, will visit Lake Manyara National Park on day 2.

Day 2A: Lake Manyara N.P.

After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to Mto wa Mbu. The bustling farming community of Mto Wa Mbu is home to around 18,000 people. Onthis walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors
miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happilyside by side. During your visit you’ll get a good feel for thesocial side of the village – the farms and the millingmachines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likelyvisit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects.

Maybe you also like to visit to a local ‘bar’ so you can try mbege. This is the traditional banana and millet beer that is brewed and drunk mainly by the Chagga tribe. Of course you also visit the bustling local market to wander around stalls selling fruit and vegetables stalls, spices and meat. A treat for the senses! Your guide is from the village so you have the opportunity to see the community through his eyes and ask many questions. The length of the tour is very flexible but generally last around 2–3 hours. After the walk, you eat a delicious local Swahili meal which you (can) prepare together with the highly respected Miss Bibi.

 

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks. It may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, its’ vegetation is diverse and beautiful. There are 11 ecosystems, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. You find baboons and other interesting animals in the forest, whereby the lake you may find flamingos (outside rainy season), pelicans and other water birds. Birders absolutely love Lake Manyara National Park as the big lake provides opportunities to spot over 300 species of migratory birds. Among these are the long-crested eagle, the grey-headed kingfisher and other birds which are not found elsewhere in Tanzania.The park supports one of the highest densities of large mammals in the world. The high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions are reason enough to be excited for a visit.

 

You will sleep in the beautiful Escarpment Luxury Lodge, presententing an idyllic escape on a dramatic location on the rim of the Great Rift Valley gorge. When sitting in the comfortable bar lounge sipping your sundowner after your safari or when watching the pelicans sweeping through the skies, you are still fully experiencing the African Bush. The spreading deck surrounding the main lodge gives you breath-taking views of the gorge, as well as from Lake Manyara and the national park surrounding it. The spacious cottages have an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and outdoor shower! A personal attentive butler is designated to you. Imagine this; You are witnessing the sun slip into the hills from the infinity pool overlooking lake Manyara, while your personal butler remains on hand to attend to your needs while bathing and lounging before diving into a delicious dinner in the restaurant.

Journey Time 2 hours to Mto wa Mbu
Accommodation Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast, local lunch, dinner
 

Tours departing between June and October will visit Tarangire National Park on day 2.

Day 2B: Tarangire National Park

Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to the second national park of this trip; Tarangire National Park. The game drive can begin!

Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed. Elephants gathering at the Tarangire River to drink make for a perfect panoramic picture! You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present. This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.

Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park. After your lunch your safari continues.

 

You sleep in the beautiful Ecoscience Lodge, situated on the North-Eastern border of Tarangire National Park on the main road to the Serengeti national park. This lodge combines 2 important objectives in 1 unique project; a luxurious boutique lodge in pristine wilderness as well as a science centre offering research opportunities. The property borders an important migration route of elephant, zebra and other animals.

The area is locally called “the small Serengeti plain”. Most of the land is kept natural and at the Northern edge, in a fragile savannah environment, was the Ecoscience lodge built. They offer a temporary home to international students and researchers supported by NGO sponsors. In keeping with Conservation Area policy, it enables local Maasai communities, such as the nearby village of Mswakini Juu, to benefit from Tanzanian wildlife safari initiatives. Designed by Spanish architect Maria Rodriguez-Carreño Villangomez, the striking boutique luxurious lodge is a minimalistic concept of a Maasai homestead rondavels. 6 guest rooms, each 60 meters square, have a 30 square meter terraces with spectacular views, which can also be enjoyed from every bed, facing out across the valley to Radilan Hill. Each room has sofa, office work desk, wardrobe, double bed with an en-suite bathroom.

 

Journey Time 2 hours to the park entrance
Accommodation Eco Science Luxury Lodge 
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
 
 

Day 3: The Serengeti

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means "endless plains" in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa's seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti!

 

After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep.
Enjoy two nights in a refined retreat within the dazzling natural beauty of Serengeti National Park. Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp’s 16 custom-made canvas tents offer spacious and home-like comfort. They are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the camp. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof. Your tent features two queen beds, free Wi-Fi and a private tented bathroom with hot water and flushing toilets. A private terrace outside of each tent allows you to take in the splendid beauty of the surroundings and room service is available.

Journey Time 2 hours to the park entrance
Accommodation Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4: The Search for the Migration

Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can reveals its cool side, so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley is often termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. These full day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer.

 

Then you go deeper into the Serengeti in search of the migration. The Great Wildebeest migration is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world there is a movement of animals as immense as this. The principle players are the wildebeest, followed by Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.
The annual 800-km journey is an endless pilgrimage which has no real beginning or end. The precise timing of the migrations changes annually and is an unpredictable and spontaneous natural event depending mainly on the rainfall pattern of each year. Because of the global climate changes, the annual pattern changes but a general trend can be observed.

The ranger will find a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari. Once back at the lodge you will be served an excellent dinner and tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains!

Below an overview of accommodations used in the Serengeti in different months:

 

Period Day 4 & Day 5 accommodation
January to March Lake Masek Tented Camp
April and May Serengeti Serena Lodge
June Grumeti Migration Camp 
July to October Mara under Canvas or Bologonya Under Canvas
November Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
December * Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

 
* In December and beginning of January the migration is hard to predict if it is on the Serengeti or Ngorogoro side of the national park. This might result in starting with 2 nights at Lake Ndutu Luxury Lodge and ending at Mbuzi Mawe. Your Sales consultant will discuss this with you.

Journey Time Dependent on the migration period
Accommodation Dependent on the migration-period
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
 
 

Day 5: Migration!

Another day completely dedicated to the great migration!
With your packed lunch you drive out to find the migrators. There is plenty of time to take in this impressive spectacle! The safari will be completed by also looking for hungry predators such as like lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs that move along with the herd hoping to fill their stomachs.

Accommodation Dependent on migration (see day 4)
Meal Plan

Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 6: Last day in the Serengeti

After an early breakfast, you visit the migration one more time on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. Tomorrow you will have a full day game drive in the crater. You continue to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which lies immediately adjacent to Serengeti National Park. While driving to the exit of the park, there is still plenty of chances to spot wildlife, so keep your eyes open.
In the afternoon you can relax at the swimming pool or sit on the verandah of your private cottage.

After this amazing experience you will continue to you accommodation for the night. A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate, was built to offer our clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days. Offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.

Accommodation Ngorongoro Farm House
Meal Plan

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 
 

In the early morning, you will have a game drive in the famous Ngorongoro Crater! Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature, and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes as approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! Depending on the time of year, you may see flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands. Keep your cameras ready for the spectacles of African nature often happen suddenly.
In the late afternoon you will go back to Ngorongoro Farm House.

Accommodation Ngorongoro Farm House
Meal Plan

Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner

Day 8: To Arusha

After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Karama Lodge in Arusha. You will stay in a very pleasant and comfortable accommodation on the outskirts of Arusha near Lake Duluti. The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy and view inside a thirty acre active coffee farm. All chalets are positioned to face the coffee farm and each has a private deck with an amazing view of the ancient indigenous trees found in big number within the farm. Lake Duluti lodge prides itself on its finest cuisine, first class exclusivity, five star personalized excellent service, top class amenities and the ecofriendly architecture and operations.

Journey Time 3 hours
Accommodation Lake Duluti Lodge
Meal Plan

Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

 

Optional activity Ngorongoro Highland walk

This 1,5 to 2 hour activity will be guided by an armed ranger. The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. The best way to experience the highlands is no doubt on foot. It’s diverse landscapes consisting of elevated volcanoes and craters, forests and vast grassy plains offers a remarkable experience for those hiking through this area. Hikers will experience first-hand how the Maasai people, who inhabit these highlands and the wildlife, coexist. This excursion gets you close to nature in a different way than from a safari vehicle and allows you the chance to get an authentic taste of the local culture at the same time.

 
 

Day 9: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Matoke Tours!
Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to take a dive in the pool, have a massage or take a yoga class.
All activities today are at your own expense.

Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are not ready to go home, you can continue your holiday in Rwanda, Uganda or the island of Zanzibar with Matoke Tours.

Journey Time 1 hour
Accommodation Not included
Meal Plan Breakfast


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