By May the Serengeti’s wildebeest start moving north, migrating to seek fresh grass and water. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then frenetic with moving columns of wildebeest, often containing hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, accompanied by thousands of zebra, and a scattering of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles.
The migration, regularly delayed in recent years due to late rains, might start moving any time from late April to early June, when columns of animals 24 miles (40 km) long march towards the Western Corridor and the Grumeti River area. Around June, the wildebeest migration often pauses on the south side of the Grumeti River, causing them to congregate in the Western Corridor, often building up to hundreds of thousands of animals, before crossing the river. It can take up to two weeks from when the first wildebeest arrive at the southern bank of the river before the treacherous crossings begin. A great many animals die during the crossing, most eaten by the Grumeti River’s fierce and hungry crocodiles. The migration continues moving northwards during July and August, spreading out across a vast area: some heading through the Grumeti and Ikorongo Game Reserves, while others travel through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.
River crossings at Kogatende might start occurring in August as the herds continue moving northward. In September, the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle—the treacherous river crossings. It is common to see herds cross to the northern bank of the Mara River on one day, and then back south a few days later, following the rains and ensuing fresh grass. Many people are under the mistaken impression that to witness the migration one must cross the border into Kenya to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. However, far more animals stay in Tanzania than leave, and river crossings can be witnessed without ever leaving Tanzania, saving you precious time and money that can wisely be spent staying extra days in this region of Tanzania.
Sometime in October, the herds make a final crossing of the Mara River and head south again, heading through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park’s Lobo area. Following the rains once again, the herds head in the direction of the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November. Continuing their southward momentum, the herds arrive in the central Seronera area of the Serengeti in late November, in time for the circle of life to begin once more.
While it is impossible to predict with 100% certainty where the herds might be during any given week, our experienced safari guides are in the best position to assist you in scheduling your safari in order to maximize
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to The Arusha Hotel in the heart of Arusha city for dinner and overnight.
Safari briefing by the professional safari guide, then depart to Tarangire for lunch, afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.
Full day Game viewing in Tarangire, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day Game. In the evening arrival at The Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Drive to the crater for your full day game viewing, and later in the afternoon return to The Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Drive to central Serengeti, enroute game drive and later check in for dinner and overnight at Kubukubu Tented Lodge or Serena Lodge.
Game drive in the morning, then proceed to Northern Serengeti and Mara river. Arrive at the Mara Under Canvas Camp for dinner and overnight.
Full day game drive along Mara river, especially during wildebeest crossing waiting to see it happen when the crocodiles grab some of them during crossing. This area also hosts a handful of Black Rhinos and a good number of lions and leopards at a good day.
Full day game drives in the area.
Drive to Kogatende Airstrip flight to Arusha .
End of the program.
NB; This is just a sample, we can arrange this itinerary to your own desire.