Tanzania Serengeti with the Great Migration

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Wildlife
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
Tanzania Serengeti with the Great Migration
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
6–12
Min age:
18

Remote wilderness safari staying at luxurious tented camps 

Few destinations can offer an experience to match the Serengeti’s Great Migration. Forming the centerpiece of this grand safari, the migration is regarded as Nature at her most extravagant and involves the amazing spectacle of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope running the gauntlet of predators as they migrate around the Masai Mara/Serengeti ecosystem.

Highlights

  • Explore both the legendary Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.
  • Embark on morning and afternoon safaris daily, as well as night drives to seek out nocturnal species.
  • Visit with local Maasai communities and learn about their customs and way of life.

Key information

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 9 days land only
  • Max group size: 12
  • Countries visited: Tanzania

What's included

  • Domestic air fare within Tanzania
  • Daily activity options including safari drives, nature walks, and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • All meals including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals 
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 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.

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

Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Airport
to
Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kilimanjaro

    Arrive in Kilimanjaro and transfer to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Villa Maua (Feb departure) or The Rivertrees Country Inn (June departure) - or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Depart overland for the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Today, depart overland for the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Check into Entamanu Ngorongoro,a sustainable camp nestled in a small forested area set high atop the rim of the crater. All of the large, stylish tents offer sweeping views over the crater, the plains of the Serengeti and the Gol Mountains. 

    Accommodation: Entamanu Ngoronrogo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ngorongoro Crater

    With a prime position, just a stones-throw from the floor of the crater, you’ll enjoy a peaceful morning safari well ahead of the crowds. This time of year is known for beautiful, lush scenery with clear skies and lots of baby animals for both predators and prey. During game drives, search for big herds of elephants, buffalo, and wildebeest. This area is also home to one of the densest populations of lions in Africa and large prides are often found sprawled in the shade of acacia scrub. Birding here is fantastic, with over 550 recorded species. Take a walk along the crater rim with local Maasai guides, and visit a traditional boma to learn about the Maasai culture and daily life.

    Accommodation: Entamanu Ngoronrogo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ngorongoro to Ndutu or Grumeti

    After one last game drive and breakfast, depart overland for one of the most beautiful drives in Tanzania. As you descend from the Ngorongoro highlands, the vastness of the Serengeti plains opens up and you get a real appreciation of the scale of this iconic wilderness. Check in to Serengeti Safari Camp, a mobile camp that follows in the tracks of the wildebeest migration. Time permitting, embark on an afternoon game viewing excursion.

    Please note: the camp location varies depending on the departure date, and will either by Ndutu (Southern Serengeti) for February departures, or Grumeti (Western Serengeti) for June departures

    Accommodation: Serengeti Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    February Itinerary: Ndutu (Southern Serengeti)

     

    The Ndutu area is famed for its vast grass plains that are particularly rich in nutrients. This sustains the migratory animals during calving season, which peaks around February. Serengeti Safari Camp was designed to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration and the main focus of your time here is getting right into the action of the migration, be it the drama of a river crossing or the breathtaking moment of seeing the herds stretch for impossible miles.

    Accommodation: Serengeti Safari Camp

    June Itinerary: Grumeti (Western Serengeti)

    Spend two full days exploring the region around the two major rivers of the Wester Corridor, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti River, which sustain rich areas of the riverine bush and the resident game population. Serengeti Safari Camp was designed to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration. The main focus of your time here is getting right into the action of the migration, be it the drama of a river crossing or the breathtaking moment of seeing the herds stretch for impossible miles.

    Accommodation: Serengeti Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Kogatende (Northern Serengeti)

    This morning, board our flight to the far north of Serengeti National Park. Check in to your stone and thatch room at Lamai Serengeti, set high above the Mara River Valley.

    Accommodation: Lamai Serengeti or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Explore Kogatende

    Explore the area during game drives to view iconic African wildlife, including key predators and numerous plains species.

    Accommodation: Lamai Serengeti or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Tour ends

    After breakfast, board an internal flight to Kilimanjaro. Tour ends here for you to connect with your independent flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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

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

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.

It is possible to get the visa online, this can take at least ten days and up to 3 weeks. For more information and to apply for the visa please visit - https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ 

If you are flying into Kilimanjaro Airport then we recommend arranging the visa in advance as the visa on arrival process has become more complicated and can now take longer.

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.

Weather

Tanzania lies just south of the equator and therefore is hot for most of the year, there are two wet seasons, the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. This tour runs outside of these periods, so you should not expect much rain, however, best to be prepared.

The days will be warm usually between 15 and 25 C. However, it can be cooler at night and in the early mornings especially in Ngorongoro Crater where we reach a maximum altitude of 200m ASL. Even in Arusha, which is at 1400m ASL the nights can be chilly.

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded 2: Leisurely/Moderate with a Safari Rating of 5

Travel will be by small charter aircraft as well as Land Rovers and game-drive vehicles. Participants should be aware that the game drives are often over bumpy surfaces and can sometimes be long and strenuous. The nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite and are designed to the highest standards and are comfortable, with hot and cold water and showers in the adjoining bathroom area. Many have separate lounge and bar areas that overlook the surrounding plains, which adds to the excitement and ambiance of being on safari. It should be noted, however, that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all sizes are sometimes encountered within the camp boundaries.

There is an internal flight at the end of this holiday. Before booking your internaional flights to/from Kilimanjaro, please contact us for details of the charter flight to ensure that you have enough time to make your connection.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 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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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? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]