Wildebeest Migration Dry Season June – November

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Daily Tour 10 Days Availability: 2018-03-01
Serengeti, Tanzania Serengeti National Park

MAY TO JULY

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.

AUGUST TO NOVEMBER

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

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)

DEPARTURE TIME
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

INCLUDED
  • Full board accommodation while on safari in the above mentioned  tented camps and lodges
  • Private guide
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
  • Park fees
  • Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
  • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebook, karibuni welcome packet with useful information for all guests
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
  • Accommodations
  • Professional guide

NOT INCLUDED
  • Full board accommodation while on safari in the above mentioned  tented camps and lodges
  • Private guide
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
  • Park fees
  • Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
  • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebook, karibuni welcome packet with useful information for all guests
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals

 Day 1: Arrival 

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to The Arusha Hotel  in the heart of Arusha city for dinner and overnight.

 Day 2: Tarangire National Park 

Safari briefing by the professional safari guide, then depart to Tarangire for lunch, afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.

 Day 3: Tarangire 

Full day Game viewing in Tarangire, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.

 Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park 

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day Game. In the evening arrival at The Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.

 Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater 

Drive to the crater for your full day game viewing, and later in the afternoon return to The Plantation Lodge  for dinner and overnight.

 Day 6: Serengeti National Park 

Drive to central Serengeti, enroute  game drive and later check in for dinner and overnight at Kubukubu Tented Lodge  or Serena  Lodge.

 Day 7: Serengeti 

Game drive in the morning,  then proceed to Northern Serengeti  and Mara river. Arrive at the  Mara Under Canvas  Camp for  dinner and overnight.

 Day 8: Northern Serengeti 

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.

 Day 9: Northern Serengeti 

Full day game drives  in the area.

 Day 10: Departure 

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.

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