The 5 days Serengeti Migration where you will have day 3 Serengeti National Park, 1 day lake Manyara and one day Ngorongoro crater, the whole day is dedicated to you to observe the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you will visit depend upon the season and whether the migration is present or not. On these 5 days Serengeti Migration you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and also a large section of the Serengeti National Park. The sight of one hundred thousand wildebeest and zebras crossing the grassland savanna is something to behold and is surely one of Africa’s natural wonders. However no matter what time of year you decide to visit the Serengeti but even where the migration is absent, there are a lot to see in the park.
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park to start your 5 days Serengeti Migration. The park lies and is bordered between the Rift Valley Escarpment and the dusty Masai Steppe. On the western side are a forest and also the alkaline Manyara Lake which cover the largest area of the park.
The park was established in 1960 to give the elephants, giraffes, buffalo, antelopes and gazelles a protected habitat. The Lake Manyara National Park is also home to the tree climbing lions – tree climbing is a trait not normally found amongst big cats and it is quite a sight to see.
Upon entering the park your driver will open the vehicle’s roof and you can then start your wild life watching in earnest. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge for overnight. Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast the safari tour makes its way to the fertile crater highlands where the Iraqw people grow wheat, corn and coffee. At midday you will reach the plains of Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park is the second largest park in Tanzania and is about the same size as Hawaii. The southern part is dominated by grassland and is therefore good hunting ground for the cheetah, while to the north / western parts a hillier tree savanna landscape dominates.
The Serengeti migration is famous of up to two strong million wildebeest and more than two hundred thousand zebras. This migration has become to be known as the “Great wildebeest Migration” and each year this natural spectacle is guaranteed. This in itself sets the Serengeti aside as a unique place to watch and observe wildlife.
You will have your evening meal and overnight stay at Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
The whole day is dedicated to you to observe the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you will visit depend upon the location of the herds. Generally the herds of wildebeest and zebras during the short rain season of October to November tend to be found moving from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. They return slowly during the longer rain season in April, May and June. Fluctuations in precipitation can affect the animal’s location from year to year; however your guide will know the exact location of the animals and the best vantage spots.
You will overnight again Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will continue your tour of the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley you can watch the wildebeest, zebras as well lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. After lunch at a picnic place you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. On the way you will pass the Olduvai Gorge which became world known due to the archeological work of the English research couple Leaky. In the sixties here they found the oldest remains of prehistoric man and in a small museum nearby their work is documented (a visit is optional).
As soon as the crater’s edge is reached you will have a superb view into the caldera. Your lodge for the night will be Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge situated on the crater’s rim and you will be able to enjoy this once in a life time view as the sun sets. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Breakfast is at day break before you drive 15 minutes into the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken and inflooded caldera in the world and will fascinate you with unbelievable wildlife diversity. On the grass step and in the acacia tree woods you will find almost all species found on the east African savanna; with the exception of Topi, Masai Giraffe and Impala. Quite often you can observe the “Big Five” lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour and a picnic lunch you will leave the caldera in the afternoon and drive 3 hours back to Arusha where this 5 days Serengeti Migration will end. Breakfast; Lunch included.