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The Great Tanzania Migration Safari

A Deluxe Mobile Tented Safari Across the Serengeti in the Midst of the Herds
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the lush environs of Arusha Coffee Lodge. Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens that offer a relaxing respite after your long travels, take a dip in the pool, or relax on your private veranda. This evening, we gather for a welcome dinner.

Days 2-4: Alamana Wilderness Camp, Northern Serengeti 
We fly this morning to Serengeti National Park. The legendary Serengeti derives its name from a Maasai word meaning “endless plains,” and vistas of yellow savanna stretching to the horizon beneath a bowl of sky offer iconic images of Africa. Meeting our safari vehicles and drivers, we commence our first wildlife drive. Our destination is the Alamana Reserve, an exclusive private concession bordering the park. Spanning open grasslands, kopje outcrops, acacia woodlands and waterholes along the river, Alamana offers fabulous wildlife viewing in diverse habitats.

The mobility of our NHA Luxury Semi-Permanent Camp ensures that we experience our natural setting, rather than tourist crowds. Reminiscent of an earlier safari era, our spacious canvas tents offer exceptional comfort in a remote location. A full range of activities is offered to match every mood and pace. Safari on day and night wildlife drives or on foot with one of the resident specialist walking guides. This land is home to the Maasai, East Africa’s traditional cattle herders, and we visit them to learn about their pastoral tribal culture. For a real adventure, spend an optional night in our fly camp. Those who opt for this special activity set out after dinner with overnight packs, greeted by a campfire and tea or cocktails, all situated atop a large kopje rock. Our dome tents are complete with mattress and linens, a cozy place to retire after some campfire stories with our guides.  

Days 5-7: Natural Habitat Camp, Southern Serengeti 
Depart for the southern Serengeti with a wildlife drive en route. The days of heavy canvas hunting camps set for the likes of Roosevelt and Hemingway were nearly over until photographic safaris gained popularity. Our NHA Luxury Mobile Camp exudes the ambience of old, with silver-service dinners presented on white linen by candlelight. While home to a profusion of wildlife year-round, there is nothing like the Serengeti during the phenomenon of the Great Migration. We spend two full days following the sea of mammals in open-topped 4-wheel-drive vehicles.

Vast herds of wildebeest trek annually from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the southern Serengeti, in search of new grass during the short rains, then back again. Flowing in long columns, wildebeest migrate with thousands of zebra, whose superior vision and hearing serve as an early warning system for predators. We are in the region during the peak of the birthing season, when the herds are mostly stationary as 90 percent of the females drop their calves within a three-week period, greatly swelling the herd. Predators follow, seeking out the most vulnerable members, and we may behold a lion taking down a sick wildebeest or a cheetah overtaking an infant. Leopard, hyena and jackal also prey on the migrating herds, as do less-frequently seen mongoose, serval and wild dog. Vultures hang in the air, waiting to feast on carrion. While the spectacle is at times grim, its primal drama is a wonder to behold. 

Day 8: Depart for Home or Ngorongoro Crater Extension
From the nearest airstrip we board our flight back to Arusha, where day rooms await. Transfer late this afternoon to Kilimanjaro Airport for international departures, or drive to Ngorongoro for an extension to the crater.

Physical Rating: Easy

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