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6 Day Wildebeest Migration River Crossing Safari

Our 6day Wildebeest Migration River crossing safari, have been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration crossing the Mara river. We have designed the itinerary to include both the Lobo area (area north of the central Serengeti National Park) and Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park) where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from July to November. To save on unnecessary travel time and to increase your game viewing time, this itinerary has been designed that you fly back from the Serengeti National Park to Arusha town. The itinerary also include a visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2900 - $3800
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: July - October
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
In July, the wildebeest migration moves north, passing through the Lobo area (area just north of the central Serengeti National Park) and the Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en-route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can arrive to the Wagakuria area anytime from July onwards and wildebeest can be seen in the area, crossing the Mara River. In September the wildebeest herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Several large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and sometimes weather changes can bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds move south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park

Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania:

You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Namanga Border and transferred to the delightful accommodation of your choice.

Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater Full Day:

After breakfast, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. 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. Overnight at Last nights’ accommodations.

Day 2: Ngorongoro – Serengeti (Lobo area):

After breakfast we will head towards the Serengeti National Park, leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Lobo area which is located just north of the Seronera area (central Serengeti National Park). The wildebeest migration, normally pass through the Lobo area every year around July / August en-route to the Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and again in late October / November en-route to the southern Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 3: Serengeti National park (Lobo area):

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The area around Lobo and the Grumeti River has good resident game throughout the year. Non-migrating game like elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah can be seen here all year round. The game viewing is very good a truly one of the forgotten corners of the Serengeti Plains. Magnificent riverine trees can be found along the river lines and bird life such as kingfishers and fish eagles can be found here. Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 4: Serengeti (Lobo area) – Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area):

After breakfast we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen.

We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing. Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 5: Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area):

After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, however from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – the actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 6: Serengeti Plains – Arusha

If time allows, you will head out on a last game drive in the early morning. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your guide will take you to the nearby airstrip. Here you will say goodbye and board a small aircraft which will take you to Arusha, we will pick you from airport direct to our office garden have well prepared BBQ waiting for the right time to pick you to Kilimanjaro International airport for your flight back home.

The safari and tour prices below include

  • 6 day Migration safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary

  • Lodge accommodation for the duration of the six day safari

  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch, air-conditioning, refrigerator and USB charging port

  • Professional safari and tour guide / driver

  • All Ngorongoro/Serengeti Entry and national park fees

  • All meals on the safari

  • One Night Accomodation Before Safari

  • All game viewing activities specified

  • Transfer from safari lodge to Kogatende airstrip

  • One way flight from Kogatende airstrip to Arusha airport including airport taxes – 15kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage

  • Airport Transfers
  • Mineral water at lodges and in the vehicle
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance during Safari

The safari and tour prices below exclude

  • Laundry

  • Items of personal nature

  • International and local airfares (not mentioned as included)

  • Airport taxes (not mentioned as included.

  • Entry visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratutudes ($20 to Driver guide a day from the group

TOUR LEADER DISCOUNT: WE PROVIDE FOC TOUR FOR BONAFIDE TOUR LEADER FOR EVERY 15 PAID CUSTOMERS. FOR SMALLER GROUP SIZE PLEASE DISCUS WITH US.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Day 0: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel
  • Day 1: Arrival Day: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
  • Day 2: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 3: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 4: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 5: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 6: Arrival Day: Accommodation: N/A

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