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Timeless Migration

Wildebeest migration

Number of People       2                            4              5+
2019 US                     $2,435      $2,150     $2,000     $1,925
per person, double occupancy (single supplement US $500)
Listed prices are for guidance only. Since every SENE safari is custom-designed and dependent on several factors, the only exact price will be that of your final personalized quote.
4 days / 3 nights
December through March
For those with limited time but maximal desire for intense wildlife-viewing and the opportunity to see the Serengeti wildebeest migration clustered together for the annual birthing of the calves.
Highlights
• Visit the three most stunning wildlife environments of northern Tanzania, including the Ngorongoro Crater.
• Drive amongst massive herds of wildebeest congregated together at the start of their great migration.
• See the endless grass plains of the Serengeti and the acacia woodlands around Lake Ndutu.
Itinerary Overview
Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park. Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater. Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Serengeti – Ndutu. Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti – Ndutu, Olduvai Gorge and Arusha.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park
Your first destination is beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions and soda lake full of hippo and tinted pink with huge flocks of flamingos. As you approach the park, the Rift Valley Escarpment looms on the horizon, forming a spectacular backdrop. In the park’s varied environments you can easily observe at close range giraffe, elephant, zebra, buffalo, baboons, and more. As the sun sets, ascend the escarpment to your overnight accommodations in the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge
Meals: L,D
Drive time to Lake Manyara: 2 hours from Arusha
Drive time to Ngorongoro Highlands: 30 minutes

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti – Ndutu
Enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a day game drive in its famed Crater, often referred to as Africa’s Eden for the diversity and density of its wildlife. The descent into the collapsed volcano, 2,500 feet below the rim, commences an unforgettable safari journey. Picnic lunch in the crater. In the mid-afternoon head west to the short grass plains of the legendary Serengeti and a game drive en route to Lake Ndutu in the south.
Overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Meals: B,L,D
Drive time to Ngorongoro Crater: 45 minutes
Drive time to Serengeti – Ndutu: 2 hours

Day 3: Serengeti – Ndutu
Today your guide will explore with you the vast Ndutu area in search of the best game-viewing, dependent on the daily migration patterns. You may take an early morning pre-dawn game drive and late afternoon game drive at dusk – the times of the day at which the animals are most active – with a rest at the lodge for lunch. Or, enjoy a full day drive with a picnic lunch to explore a greater range of the southern Serengeti ecosystem.
Overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Serengeti – Ndutu / Olduvai Gorge / Arusha
After breakfast and a final game drive return eastward, stopping along the way to visit Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s archeological discoveries of early human ancestors dating back 1.8 million years. Picnic lunch above the gorge and optional descent down to visit the dig sites.
Continue to Arusha Town to see this bustling commercial center of northern Tanzania, shop, and enjoy a final relaxing dinner before transferring to the Kilimanjaro International Airport and your flight home.
Meals: B,L,D
Drive time to Arusha: 6 hours

Inclusions
  • Private safari for your group.
  • All activities, meals, accommodations, and transfers as indicated.
  • Services of a professional English-speaking guide trained in East African wildlife and ecology.
  • Park fees and unlimited mileage on game drives in fully-equipped 4WD safari vehicle with pop-top.
  • Bottled drinking water in vehicle.
Exclusions
Cold beverages and alcohol; activities on safari and at lodges that require additional charges; gratuities to trip leaders, guides, drivers, crew, or other staff; international airfare; airport departure taxes; additional accommodations made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; and any expenses of a personal nature, such as souvenirs and laundry.
Disclaimer
Accommodations listed in sample Top Itineraries or in custom draft itineraries SENE creates may not be available on requested dates, in which case we will find a suitable substitute, striving to match the standard of the original.  We reserve the right to adjust the trip price if accommodations change.  Trip prices are based on SENE costs, fees, and supplier prices in effect at the time of booking. SENE reserves the right to alter trip prices should inflation, cost of fuel, labor, materials, or exchange rates change. If the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) raises park fees, or any hotel, lodge, camp, airline, or any other service provider raises their rates, SENE reserves the right to require additional payment from the client.