6 Day Migration Safari
(Ngorogoro Crater / Serengeti) Northern Serengeti.

In July, the wildebeest migration moves north, passing through the Lobo area (area just north of the central Serengeti National Park) and the Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en-route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can arrive to the Wagakuria area anytime from July onwards and wildebeest can be seen in the area, crossing the Mara River. In September the wildebeest herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Several large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and sometimes weather changes can bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds move south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park.

- Highlights

  • Tour of Ngorongoro Crater
  • Big five Spotting
  • Visit Tarangire
  • Explore Serengeti
  • Arusha Town
  • Maasai Traditional Life

- 6-Days Migration Northern Serengeti safari Itinerary

Our 6-Days Migration Northern Serengeti safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages, have been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. We have designed the itinerary to include both the Lobo area (area north of the central Serengeti National Park) and Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park) where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from August to October. To save on unnecessary travel time and to increase your game viewing time, this itinerary has been designed that you fly back from the Serengeti National Park to Arusha town. The itinerary also include a visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater.

ngorongoro crater game viewing

DAY 1: Arusha - Ngorongoro

Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours Distance: 190 km Pick up from Arusha and transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

ngorongoro crater game viewing bird

DAY2: Ngorongoro - Serengeti (Lobo area)

Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours Distance: 250 km After breakfast we will head towards the Serengeti National Park, leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Lobo area which is located just north of the Seronera area (central Serengeti National Park). The wildebeest migration, normally pass through the Lobo area every year around July / August en-route to the Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and again in late October / November en-route to the southern Serengeti National Park. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Serengeti 3

DAY 3: Serengeti (Lobo area)

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The area around Lobo and the Grumeti River has good resident game throughout the year. Non-migrating game like elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah can be seen here all year round. The game viewing is very good and you can follow game for long periods without seeing other vehicles – truly one of the forgotten corners of the Serengeti Plains. Magnificent riverine trees can be found along the river lines and bird life such as kingfishers and fish eagles can be found here. Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Serengeti 4

DAY 4: Serengeti (Lobo area) - Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area)

Non game-viewing travel time: 3 hours Distance: 150 km After breakfast we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing. Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Serengeti

DAY 5: Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area)

After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, however from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – to actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

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DAY 6: Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area) - Arusha

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart to Arusha by driving or join a scheduled flight from Kogatende airstrip to Arusha airport. Upon arrival to Arusha airport, meet our driver and transfer to Arusha town. You will be taken to your hotel for lunch and overnight, which ends our safari services.
Departure dates
The departure dates for all our East Africa safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information, as well as information on our East Africa safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages into Tanzania.

Safari package INCLUDES

  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Arusha
  • Two  nights Hotel accommodation in Arusha town on the day of arrival.
  • Extended 4 x 4 luxury safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional safari English Speaking guide
  • Professional safari cook
  • Entrance fees to all national parks.
  • Accommodation at basic camping during the safari full board
  • Camping fees at all national park.
  • Ngorongoro Crater fees
  • 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals.

Safari Package EXCLUDES

  • Tanzania Visa
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 550 per person), should be booked in advance
  • Tips and gratuities to your safari guide and cook

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General Packing List

  • We highly recommend you to pack as light as possible. Always remember to leave space for souvenirs and gifts.
  • You should ensure that you have all the travel documents including passports, visas and money in your person.
  • A small pouch or a bag that hangs around the neck is recommended.
  • Strong and comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof are highly recommended.
  • Cotton and breathable socks.
  • Sandals or flip-flops

Travel Documents

  • Valid Passport and Visa
  • Flight tickets
  • Your Safari Program
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Address book
  • US$ cash / Credit Card

First Aid Kit

  • Pain killers e.g. aspirin or Panadol (prescribed by your physician)
  • Insect repellent and mosquito repellents.
  • Crème for itches and rashes (i.e. Benadryl itch relief stick)
  • Cold and allergy medicine
  • Bandage, gauze and tapes
  • Malaria pills
  • Stomachache medicines
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Prescription antibiotics effective against a wide range of bacteria
  • Antihistamines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Prescription Medications
  • Multi vitamins

Electronics:

  • Camera, extra batteries and charger, memory cards, mini-tripod
  • Flashlight and headlight
  • UK plug adapter and transformer / voltage converter, if applicable
  • Personal music device

For the domestic flight here are the luggage restriction

  • Fastjet: hold baggage of up to 20kg and Handbag of 6kg per passenger.
  • Precision Air, hold baggage of up to 20kg and Handbag of 6kg per passenger.
  • Small Chartered and scheduled flights (Coastal Aviation, Flight Link, Air Excel, Regional Air, Safari Link, <
  • Tropical Air and Zan Air), hold baggage of up to 15 -20kg per passenger.

Luggage

  • Waterproof Soft-sided bag of up to 20kg
  • Waterproof Backpack or small bag that you can hang around the neck

Dressing

  • Casual and loose fitting clothing like short/long sleeved shirts (camouflage clothes are recommended)
  • Lightweight breathable pants
  • Long-sleeved fleece or sweater for evenings and/or early mornings.
  • Night dresses/pajamas
  • Sun hats and scarf for the dust
  • When visiting the village, women should avoid short pants or sleeveless blouses/shirts or short skirts that do not cover the knees out of respect for the local customs and traditions

Toiletries

  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap (bar or gel soap), conditioner and shampoo with less fragrance
  • Body Lotion
  • Facial tissue and normal wet tissues
  • Comb and small mirror
  • Anti – bacteria gel, hand- wipes and Kleenex

Other

  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Binoculars
  • Money
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Candies and snacks
  • Playing cards, games and reading material
  • Travel pillow

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