Grazing wildebeest

Tanzania Migration Safari - South Serengeti

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Trip code: 
WYDA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Safaris
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Tanzania's most prolific game-viewing in the Southern Serengeti during the annual migration

The mantra of the ‘Safari Collection’ is quality time in the most fertile areas with the best guides. This Tanzanian safari does just that, slapping you right in the middle of the herds in private camps which will maximise your time among the thousands of snorting ruminants, as ever pursued relentlessly by predators that stock their larders during this time of plenty.

Highlights

  • Multiple game drives in Tanzania's best wildlife destinations - the Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Seasonal tented camps that move with the migration to get you into the heart of the action  
  • Window seat guaranteed for every client in comfortable 4WD safari vehicle
  • Stay in comfortable tented camps in prime wilderness locations

Key information

  • 7 nights Kirurumu tented camps 
  • Travel in 4WD safari vehicle (guaranteed window seat)  
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus guide. Min age 16 years. 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation (in Kirurumu tented camps)
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Those on the group flight depart London today for an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha). 

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha); to the Ngorongoro Highlands.

    Anyone travelling on the group flight will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha) this morning, where the rest of the group will be waiting to begin the drive towards our tented camp in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, there are dramatic views into the huge caldera below which plays host to a procession of wild animals. After lunch we visit the highlands, visiting Chief Ole Dorop's authentic Boma for a talk on Maasai life and their interaction with Tanzania's emblematic wildlife.  

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Ngorongoro Tented Camp (or similar)
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera, formed when its volcano top erupted leaving fertile plains in its place. Before this happened, it was actually the highest mountain in Africa, towering over nearby Kilimanjaro. The crater is essentially made up of grassy plains, lush forest and a soda lake which houses flamingos and an array of birdlife. From the rim, at an altitude of 2400m, the cliff plunges down some 600m to the crater floor with a whole host of extinct volcanoes ringing the valley. This morning we descend down into the crater and spend a full day exploring the woodlands, lakes and wide-open plains of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater offers unsurpassed viewing of rare Black rhinoceros and its other 25,000 residents, such as lion, elephant, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo and ostrich. We stop at a designated picnic spot for lunch (with toilet facilities) and then continue our game drive, returning to our camp in the late afternoon. 

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Ngorongoro Tented Camp (or similar) 
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater; to Serengeti N.P.

    This morning is spent on a second game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. After a picnic lunch, return to the crater rim and drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (an area where Maasai graze their cattle on the land) towards the Naabi gate, where the Serengeti begins. The Serengeti is the epitome of most people's vision of wild Africa and lives up to the meaning of its name in the Maasai language - Seregenget or Siringitu - ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. These endless plains are the habitat for an estimated 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 400,000 Thomson's gazelle. The southern Serengeti plains are dotted with kopjes (rocky outcrops) which provide good lookout points across the fertile grasslands and are often used by lions. Travel through this southern area, game driving en route.   

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Serengeti South Tented Camp (or similar)
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-8

    Game viewing in the Southern Serengeti and Ndutu area following the seasonal wildebeest migration.

    Our day's are split into morning and afternoon game drives to give the best chance of encountering wildlife at its most active. We set out in our vehicle to pick up on today's 'bush telegraph', concentrating on the Southern Serengeti and the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. During December and March this region falls within the annual migration route, with thousands of wildebeest, antelope and zebra coming to these grassy plains to graze and calve. As many as 8000 calves can be born each day during this season, which is a huge attraction for the nearby predators: lion, leopards, cheetah, jackal and hyena lie in wait! 

    Typically game drives arrive back at the camp between 11am-12pm for lunch and a rest at the hottest time of day, before setting off on the afternoon game drive around 4pm. Our intention is to follow the seasonal wildebeest migration and the ebb and flow of life in this stunning wilderness, so our schedule has been left as flexible as possible to allow for this. 

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Serengeti South Camp (or similar) 
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Morning game drive; transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha); depart.

    Our final day will be spent on a morning game drive to soak up the wildlife rich plains of the northern Serengeti once more. After lunch at camp we transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha) where those on the group flight will connect with international flights this evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Arrive London.

    Those on the group flight will arrive in London today. 

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Tanzania

Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. The visa is available at the border and the cost for British and most other European Nationals is USD50 cash, whilst for US citizens it is USD100 cash.

Vaccinations

Tanzania

Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners included.

The service can be either a la carte or buffet, depending on the camp. For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances. The food provided is a mix of good local and international throughout. It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.

Weather

Although this part of East Africa lies in the tropics, the temperature depends more on altitude than on season. Tanzania has temperatures ranging from 18-21ºC in March and dropping to 15ºC in August, or perhaps a little lower, which can feel cold. The long rains, during which we do not operate these tours, occur in April and May, and there are intermittent 'short rains' between November and January, though these normally have no great effect on the safari. Near to the coast it is much warmer, usually around 30ºC, and very humid but there is often a cooling breeze.

Is this trip for you?

This holiday has been graded Leisurely/Moderate with a safari rating of 5. 

It focuses on both the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti plains. These two areas harbour an unparalleled concentration of wildlife which is the focus. Game drives usually take place in either the morning or the afternoon but in order to cover the distances that this itinerary requires, we may have some transfers with game drives en route, which could fill a full day. Some of the roads are poor and bumpy especially after the rainy seasons. You should prepare for long days, early starts and a lot of time game driving in 4WD vehicles to maximise wildlife viewing. The vehicles are comfortable 4WD customised safari vehicles with a window seat guaranteed for each person. 

Staying in semi-permanent tented camps throughout provides a more comfortable option for a safari of this kind, whilst allowing flexibility for seeing the wildebeest migration as the camps are mobile. Come prepared with a sense of adventure and a sense of humour for a holiday of a lifetime.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Semi-permanent Tented Camps

On this trip we will spend 7 nights in semi-permanent tented camps, all with en suite facilities. 

We use Kirurumu camps, who offer a complete circuit of under canvas properties for safari's in Northern Tanzania. The camps visited include; 

Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp is a lovely mobile camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands and with stunning views overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater. 

Kirurumu Serengeti South Camp is a lovely mobile camp, moved seasonally to take best advantage of the vast Serengeti. As a small and intimate camp the staff are on hand just to look after a very limited number of guests. During December to March this camp moves to the Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This offers access to the Serengeti short grass plains for the great migration and specifically when the wildebeests are carving around mid February to early March. 

We have selected camps in or near the national parks we visit to enrich the wilderness experience of this trip. Several have dramatic views, especially our overnight location near the Ngorongoro Crater. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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