Mara River Crossing is One of Earth’s most spectacular wildlife events takes place each year in the heart of eastern Africa, culminating at a river crossing where nature coldly decides who lives to see another season.
Serengeti Wildebeests Migration is a display of natural wonders with over two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope traveling over 450 miles across the plain to ensure their survival, unaware that there’s danger presented by the stalking lions and cheetahs among other predators of the wildlife. Witness huge crocodiles of the Mara River as they wait for the herbivorous to cross the swollen Mara river and enter into Masai Mara Game Reserve from Serengeti National Park.
The wildebeest migration river crossing in August moves north, passing through the Lobo area (north of 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.
Zanzibar beach extension
This safari can be easily extended with a visit to Zanzibar Island. There is no better place than the beautiful beaches to reflect on all you have seen while on your safari.
Day 0: Arrival and Welcome
When you arrive in Tanzania, you will be met by a representative from Friends of Africa Family Safaris Ltd and taken to your hotel. Here you can relax by the pool and have a cool drink at the bar and recover from your journey.
Accommodation: Impala Hotel. Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
Day 1: Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park
Today you start your safari. You head through the bustling city of Arusha and out towards Lake Manyara National Park. You travel through the beautiful Masai open grassland and rolling hills. While driving you will see Masai herding their cattle and goats. Just before the park entrance you drive through the small but busy village of Mto wa Mbu, famous for its population of up to 120 tribes and its lively, colourful atmosphere.
Arriving at Lake Manyara, you will enter the park and start your first game drive, first through lush forest and then out to open grassland and the lake edge. The birdlife in this park is a bird-watcher’s paradise, with many endemic species. You can also expect to see a variety of animals, such as impala, elephants, dik-dik, bushbuck, hippos and, if you’re lucky, you might see the famous tree-climbing lions of Manyara.
Accommodation: Karatu Country Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 2: Lake Manyara -Serengeti
Waking up early, you head back to Lake Manyara for an early morning game drive before breakfast. After a couple of hours you head back to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before starting your journey to the Serengeti. You will drive up the amazing Rift Valley escarpment, where we hope you will be able to see beautiful views of Lake Manyara and take a photo if the weather is clear. From here, you travel through farmland to the town of Karatu, which marks the start of the Ngorongoro conservation area and the gateway to the Serengeti.
After a quick stop to pay the park fees you, continue your journey through the conservation area towards the Serengeti. If the weather is clear you can stop at the viewpoint for your first glimpse of Ngorongoro Crater. Before reaching the Serengeti gate, you will visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge. This site is famous for the Laetoli hominid footprints and many other archaeological discoveries that have been made during its 70 years of excavation by the Leaky family and other researchers. Once you arrive at the Serengeti gate there will be a short stop, and you will thenenter the land of the endless plains and start your first game drive in the Serengeti on the way to your lodge.
Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Serengeti National Park (Northern Serengeti)
We leave Seronera in the early morning as we game drive to the extreme northern Serengeti where the herds are concentrated before the final journey into the Masai Mara. The time of year is such that we hope to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara river as it winds through the Serengeti. Our base of operations will be an Intimate Mobile Tented Camp that follows the herds through the migration cycle. There are no lodges in this area and few other people will be able to witness the natural history events that we will see. When we walk out of our tents we will be in the wilds of the Serengeti with its stunning landscape as backdrop to all we see and photograph.
Accommodation: Mara Kati kati Tented Camp or Lobo Wildlife Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 4-5: Northern Serengeti
These two days: Early breakfast, depart for morning game drive along the Mara river. (picnic lunch by the river where you will be watching crocodiles. You will be waiting for crossing along the river, but you will also do game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Tented camp.
Day 6: Serengeti-Ngorongoro
After breakfast you head off on your final game drive in the Serengeti, enjoying the huge open spaces and variety of wildlife. You then head back through the Ngorongoro conservation area and to your lodge, where you may relax and enjoy the view of the forest with a cold drink.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater-Arusha
After breakfast you head off into the Ngorongoro conservation area for a crater tour. The crater – or Caldera, which is the correct term – is over 20 kilometres wide and approximately 600 metres deep. If you are lucky and have a clear day, from the bottom you will be able to see the whole way around the crater walls. Today you will do a game drive over the crater floor, through grassland and forest, and see the soda lake named Lake Makat. Ngorongoro Crater is famous for the presence of the Big Five – buffalos, black rhinos, elephants, lions and leopards. It also contains many other animals, such as cheetahs, zebras, hippos, serval cats, hyenas and wildebeest. late after noon you will drive out from crater back to Arusha
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