The greatest animals show on earth of a river crossing at the Mara River is probably the highlight of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, an incredible life-and-death show as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the dangerous currents and lurking crocodiles in a last ditch attempt to reach the safety of the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Our special ten-day river crossing safari package takes you into the northern Serengeti and offers the best chance of seeing death-defying leaps and breath-taking near misses as you spend multiple nights and days in the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

Place to visit: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be met by one of our representatives who will assist you with luggage to the car and transfer you to the Hotel in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, with a population of 416,442 plus 323,198 in the surrounding Arusha District, located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley. Arusha has a temperate climate. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Planet lodge

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire national park

Depart after breakfast and then drive to Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of Tarangire.  In the evening drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

The Park is located slightly off the main safari route; Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its elephant migration, birding, and quiet authentic safari atmosphere. The majority of travelers to the region either miss out on Tarangire altogether or venture into the park for a matter of hours leaving parts of Tarangire virtually untouched.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Acacia Tarangire luxury camp

Day 3: Lake Manyara national park

After your breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive at the park and then back to the lodge for an early dinner. After dinner, you will have a night spotlighting game drive in the park and then back to the lodge for the overnight.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.

Meals: FB

Accommodation; Burudika Manyara lodge

Day 4: Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Depart after breakfast for an extended morning game drive to Lake Manyara National Park and in the afternoon, drive to Ngorongoro for the evening Ngorongoro Crater rim walk. At dawn, check in to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Kuhama camp

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, proceed to a morning game drive in Ngorongoro crater. It’s a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon, we’ll be ascending and driving to Serengeti national park game drive en-route to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep, and 300 sq. km in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos, and other water birds can usually be seen here.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Kenzan luxury camp 

Day 6: Seronera (Central Serengeti)

Leisure breakfast at the Lodge and then a game drive at Seronera. A hot lunch will be saved in the afternoon.   We’ll continue to Serengeti central for the game drive in the evening.

A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Kenzan luxury camps

Day 7: Serengeti national park

After breakfast, depart for a full-day game drive in Serengeti National Park Central Seronera. In the evening, back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Kenzan luxury camps

Day 8: Mara (Northern Serengeti)

Enjoy your breakfast at the camp and then depart for the northern part of Serengeti (Kogatende). In the evening, enjoy the river crossing viewing of the great migration.

River crossings at Kogatende start to occur every day in August as the mega herd settles into the area.  For August, September and October, game viewing up here is superb with river crossings pretty much guaranteed every day.  There is no distinct movement as the herds tend to cross back and forth over the river, following the rains and subsequent fresh grasses.  It is not uncommon to see different herds crossing in different directions on the same day.

Meals: FB

Accommodation; Kenzan Mara tented camp

Day 9: Northern Serengeti (Kogatende)

Early breakfast at the camp, followed by an early morning river game drive to view the great migration on crossing movement, with picnic lunch. In the evening back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: FB

Accommodation: Kenzan Mara tented camp

Day 10: Serengeti national park - Arusha

Breakfast at the camp and then game drive at Mara region of Serengeti to view the great migration and then transfer to the Kogatende airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for lunch at Arusha and then drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Meals: HB

Accommodation: No accommodation

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