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Serengeti Migration Safari

Witness the Primal Spectacle of Predator and Prey as the Vast Herds Traverse the Endless Plains
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you are met and transferred to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge. Set in lush gardens on the forested slopes of Mt. Meru, the lodge has been adapted from a century-old colonial farmhouse and is one of the oldest family-run guesthouses in Arusha and an ideal base from which to launch a safari in Tanzania’s northern circuit. Walk in the forest inhabited by troops of colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of bird species, then watch the sunset colors on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers while sipping drinks on the verandah. Or, indulge in a soothing treatment at the on-site spa after your long travels.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park —Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

Drive along the Great Rift Valley escarpment to reach Lake Manyara National Park. Famous for its alkaline lakes, the park provides habitat for thousands of pink flamingos. Troops of baboons and blue monkeys carouse in the forest while leopard, cheetah, elephant and plenty of hoofed game roam the plains. If you’re lucky you may see Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions. Continue along the escarpment this afternoon to Lemala Ngorongoro, a seasonal luxury tented camp replete with the romance of Africa. Nine spacious tents are tucked within an acacia forest on the crater rim, and the camp often sees visiting elephants on the premises.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater—Lemala Ngorongoro Camp
Rise early this morning to head into the crater floor for a full day’s game drive. Lemala guests benefit from close and quick access into Ngorongoro Crater via a less-traveled access road, maximizing time for wildlife viewing. Often, the first morning hours are enjoyed in solitude among the animals before other visitors arrive. Within the steep walls of the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera is a remarkable haven for wildlife attracted to permanent sources of water. Among the multitude of species that frequents the crater we’ll expect to see zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and eland, and the lions and hyenas that prey upon them. If we are lucky, we may spy the endangered black rhinoceros. Return to camp this evening for dinner followed by stories around the campfire under the stars. Your inviting tent awaits, with a gas heater and warm duvets atop comfortable beds to ward off the evening chill, given our elevation about 7,000 feet.

Day 4: Loliondo – Alamana Wilderness Camp
Drive north into the famed Serengeti ecosystem today as we make a game drive via Olduvai Gorge into the Liliondo region and Alamana Wilderness Camp. The private Loliondo reserve is a vast expanse of wild land far from tourist crowds, flanked by the Great Rift Valley and the volcanic hills of Ngorongoro, merging with the open plains of Serengeti National Park to the west. The area is a key migration corridor, and from here you will experience this thrilling phenomenon away from the crush of mini-buses that crowd much of the park. Alamana camp lies within an exclusive 300-square km private concession, an ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Serengeti and its spectacular wildlife.

Days 5 & 6: Alamana Migration Game Drives

Spend two full days exploring the wonders of this scenic wildlife mecca. On day and night game drives and walking safaris with local specialist guides, we survey a variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands offer shade and food for giraffe and elephants. Sand water holes along the riverine banks of the Alamana River attract thirsty game. Rugged Grumechen Ridge offers magnificent views over the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. Amidst it all, the highlight is tracking the migrating herds, thousands strong, watching for predators that stalk in close pursuit. This land is also home to the Maasai, East Africa’s traditional cattle herders, and we visit them to learn about their pastoral tribal culture. Fly camping on top of one of the rocky kopjes is an option, too, and there’s no more intimate way to experience the African wild than to sleep out at night with only a net between you and the stars.

Days 7-9: Serengeti National Park – Private Mobile Camp
Over the next few days we discover the very heart of the Serengeti on game drives through what is undoubtedly the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary. At 14,763 square kilometers, the huge Serengeti National Park is home to more than three million large mammals living in complete freedom on the “endless plains” (which ‘Serengeti’ means in the Maasai language), scattered with rocky outcrops, acacia groves and occasional small rivers. Some 35 species of plains animals can be observed here: in addition to the vast migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, the Serengeti is also home to elephant, cheetah leopard and more than 2,000 lions.

First, we’ll travel from Alamana to the southern plains with a picnic lunch and game drive en route. We’ll spend two nights in a most extraordinary setting at our Migration Mobile Private Camp, a remotely located yet surprisingly deluxe tented outpost that puts us amidst the center of the migration well away from other visitors. Few things compare with the romance of a mobile tented camp, surveying the plains with no other people in sight, sharing stories around the campfire, and drifting off to sleep under canvas beneath a sky full of glittering stars.

Day 10: Arusha / Home
Fly back to Arusha today where lunch and a day-use room await on your arrival. A transfer is included to Kilimanjaro Airport for departing flights.

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