Experience a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Tanzania during the annual Great Migration and enjoy deluxe lodges and a remarkable tented camp. 

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 Wildebeest and zebra, the Great Migration. Credit: Andre Gilden/Alamy  Wildebeest, cranes, and flamingos along the water, Ngorongoro Crater  Wildebeest herd during the Great Migration  Wildebeest crossing the river in the Serengeti  Wildebeest on the move during the Great Migration  Zebras on the Great Migration  Giraffes on the savanna of Tanzania  Giraffes on the savanna  Elephants on the Serengeti  Leopard on watch in a tree in the Serengeti  A lone cheetah looks out over the savanna.  Credit: David Schachter  Lion in Ngorongoro Crater  Two lioness stalking prey  Thomson's Gazelle  Impala on the lookout  Grey-crowned Cranes  Flamingos at Ngorongoro Crater  The landscape of Ngorongoro Crater  Wildebeest on the Serengeti at sunset

Tanzania's Great Migration

12 days from $8,495

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Tanzania during the annual Great Migration and enjoy deluxe lodges and a remarkable tented camp. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a wonderful trip: rugged dusty roads, hot temperatures, incredible and wonderful wildlife and beautiful hotels at the end of the day.

- Carla C.

This is a must experience safari for anyone interested in nature and natural history.

- Kathy T.

This trip was wonderful in every way. Whether you're a seasoned traveler, or if this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip, my husband and I would heartily recommend it. Every aspect; Leaders, Driver/Guides, Lodgings, Food, and of course, the amazing wildlife were better than hoped for.

- Carol B.

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Overview

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One of the most spectacular moments in nature is to observe thousands of large mammals on the grasslands of the Serengeti during the Great Migration. In the winter, more than a million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and Cape buffalo are attracted to the Serengeti by rains that replenish the savannas with fresh grasses. These herds are also followed by lion, leopard, and cheetah. Join us on safari in February or March—prime time to view this amazing once-in-a-life- time spectacle—and enjoy daily game drives and a privately chartered flight, which provides the best way to witness this phenomenal event.

Highlights Include

  • Tanzania by Air: Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Great Rift Valley and experience the thrill of the African plains from the air. The privately chartered flight also saves time in getting from the Serengeti to Arusha.
  • The “Big Five” and Other Game: Experience the breathtaking sight of splinter herds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra crowding the grasslands during the Great Migration. Watch for the “Big Five”—lion, elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and leopard—and in addition to hundreds of bird species, observe giraffe, troops of baboon, and other wildlife.
  • Renowned Game Parks: Take spectacular game drives in four of Tanzania’s finest game parks. A highlight is the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage site. At Ngorongoro Conservation Area, another World Heritage site, descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor to view a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species, then return to your lodge perched on the crater rim. You’ll also explore the natural wonders of Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
  • Anthropology: Listen to an expert illuminate the prehistory of humans at Oldupai Gorge, the most famous archaeological site in East Africa, where Mary and Louis Leakey made important discoveries.
  • Safari Comfort: Stay in the deluxe Serena Lodges and a comfortable tented camp, which puts you where the largest concentration of wildlife flourishes—often seen up close at your lodges. 

This was a wonderful trip: rugged dusty roads, hot temperatures, incredible and wonderful wildlife and beautiful hotels at the end of the day.

- Carla C.

This is a must experience safari for anyone interested in nature and natural history.

- Kathy T.

This trip was wonderful in every way. Whether you're a seasoned traveler, or if this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip, my husband and I would heartily recommend it. Every aspect; Leaders, Driver/Guides, Lodgings, Food, and of course, the amazing wildlife were better than hoped for.

- Carol B.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2 — Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha, a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, gateway to Tanzania’s major renowned national game parks. Meet your Travel Director and transfer to the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, uniquely built in the traditional style of a colonial coffee farm amid verdant coffee plantations near picturesque Lake Duluti. The lodge offers scenic views of the lush slopes of Mount Meru.

Day 3 — Arusha and Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a scenic, privately chartered flight transfer over the sweeping African plains to Tarangire National Park. On arrival, check into the Tarangire Safari Lodge Tented Camp. This afternoon, venture into the park on a game drive for your first sightings of the vast array of wildlife on the plains and along the banks of the Tarangire River.

Join your fellow participants this evening for a welcome reception at the lodge. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Tarangire National Park

Wake with the sun this morning for an early game drive to experience the park at dawn. Enjoy breakfast upon return to the lodge and, from the terrace of your lodge, watch as herds of elephants scratch the riverbed searching for underground streams, and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and eland crowd the lagoons. On your afternoon game drive, observe lions and leopards, Tanzania’s most powerful predators, in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park

On your final early morning game drive in Tarangire, see if you can spot the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird, and the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and enjoy a game drive en route to Lake Manyara National Park. On arrival, check into the deluxe Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.

Embark on an afternoon game drive before enjoying the evening at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

After daybreak, drive through Lake Manyara National Park in search of the great populations of hippopotamus and brilliantly hued flamingo found in pools along the lake’s shoreline. Watch for troops of baboon and blue monkey scampering along tree branches of the groundwater forest. Scan the grassy floodplain in search of Cape buffalo, wildebeest, tusked elephant, giraffe, and Lake Manyara’s most famous inhabitant, the lion, who likes to climb and languidly lie draped over the branches of the acacia tree.

On the edge of the Great Rift Valley, observe firsthand Tanzania’s educational system during a stop at Kibaoni Primary School, the first public primary school in Tanzania with a library—visitors to the country donated most of its book collection. Visit with local students and see the school’s classrooms.

This afternoon, continue to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and check into the deluxe Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, scenically located on the rim of the crater, where each guest room offers stunning views of nature and wildlife. After lunch in the lodge, experience a cultural exchange in a typical Maasai village. The tribal people have held fast to their ancestral ways, centered around their cattle, which provide them with sustenance and shape their cultural values. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Early in the morning, board a four-wheel-drive vehicle and descend 2,000 feet down to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species, for a morning of game tracking.

Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the crater shelters an immense year-round concentration of incredible wildlife. The profusion of game reflects the diversity of the habitats found on the crater floor: savannas, forests, swamps, salt pans, and a freshwater lake. With abundant grass and a permanent water supply, the crater supports herds of grazing animals that, in turn, attract lion, leopard, and cheetah.

Observe zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo, and bull elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros; and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Swamps. Also, look for the numerous species of birds that find a home in the crater, including ostrich, crowned crane, flamingo, and other waders. Together, the distinct flora and fauna of the crater make this a truly unique ecosystem.

Return to the lodge for the afternoon at leisure, where you can survey the crater and its abundant wildlife from the lodge’s viewing terrace, perched on the crater’s rim. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Oldupai Gorge, Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast, check out of the lodge and transfer to Oldupai Gorge. Here, in 1963, Dr. Louis Leakey made his important discovery of the 1.8-million-year-old Homo habilis. In 1959, Mary Leakey unearthed the skull of Zinjanthropus, an early hominin that proved invaluable to the study of human ancestry. Enjoy a discussion on Oldupai Gorge, known as the “cradle of mankind,” given by a local expert.

Continue on a game drive to the legendary Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage site. See the diverse and abundant fauna of this vast ecosystem, such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah, and leopard. Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, located inside the park and selected for its proximity to the park’s largest year-round concentration of wildlife. (B,L,D)

Days 9-10 — Serengeti National Park

One of the most spectacular moments you can experience in nature is the Great Migration. In the Serengeti, great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra, and Cape buffalo are among more than two million animals inhabiting a mere 5,400 square miles of savannas and woodlands. Explore the trackless grasslands that support this abundance of grazing animals during morning and afternoon game safaris. Look for granite kopjes (outcrops) dotting the plains, which are favored by large cats, especially lions and leopards. Experience world-class bird-watching possibilities with more than 500 species in the expansive swampland, which attracts thousands of waterbirds. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 11 — Serengeti National Park and Depart for the U.S.

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, depart by privately chartered flight for Arusha. Enjoy lunch at the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, where day rooms have been reserved, and enjoy lunch. After dinner on your own, transfer to the airport and board your return flight to the U.S. (B,L)

Day 12 — Return to the U.S.

Return flight to the U.S. arrives later today.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Tanzania

Depart the U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2 — Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha, a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, gateway to Tanzania’s major renowned national game parks. Meet your Travel Director and transfer to the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, uniquely built in the traditional style of a colonial coffee farm amid verdant coffee plantations near picturesque Lake Duluti

Day 3 — Arusha, Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive through the sweeping African plains to Tarangire National Park and a distinctive tented camp. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive and your first sightings of the vast array of wildlife along the banks of the Tarangire River.

Join your fellow participants this evening for a welcome reception at the tented camp. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Tarangire National Park

Rise with the early African sunlight for a game drive to experience the park at dawn. Upon returning to the lodge, you can watch as herds of elephant gather near the drying riverbed in search of underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and eland crowd the banks. During your afternoon game drive, keep an eye out for lion and cheetah—Tanzania’s most powerful predators—in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park

On your last early morning game drive in Tarangire, try to spot the kori bustard, the largest flying bird native to Africa, and the stocking-thighed ostrich. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Manyara National Park. On arrival, check into the deluxe Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge before embarking on an afternoon game drive. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After daybreak, drive through Lake Manyara National Park in search of hippopotamus and brilliantly hued flamingo found in pools along the lake’s shoreline. Watch for troops of baboons and blue monkeys scampering along tree branches of the groundwater forest. Scan the grassy floodplain in search of Cape buffalo, wildebeest, tusked elephant, giraffe, and Lake Manyara’s most famous inhabitant, the lion, who likes to climb up and lie languidly over the branches of the acacia tree.

On the edge of the Great Rift Valley, observe firsthand Tanzania’s educational system during a stop at Kibaoni Primary School, the first public primary school in Tanzania with a library—visitors to the country donated most of its book collection. Meet the headmistress and see the school’s classrooms.

Continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage site, and check into the deluxe, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge which clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, where each guest room offers stunning views of the natural surroundings and wildlife.

After a late lunch in the lodge, experience a cultural exchange in a typical Maasai village with exuberant Tanzanians dressed in colorful traditional garments. These tribal people have held fast to their ancestral ways, centered around their cattle, which provide them with sustenance and clothing, and shape their cultural values. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, board a four-wheel-drive land cruiser and descend 2,000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species, for a morning of game tracking.

Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the crater shelters an immense year-round concentration of incredible wildlife. The profusion of game reflects the diversity of the habitats found on the crater floor: savannas, forests, swamps, salt pans, and a freshwater lake. With abundant grass and a permanent water supply, the crater supports herds of grazing animals that, in turn, attract lion, leopard, and cheetah.

Observe zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo, and bull elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Swamps. Also, watch for the numerous species of birds that find a home in the crater, including ostrich, crowned crane, flamingo, and other waders. Together, the distinct flora and fauna of the crater make this a truly unique ecosystem.

Later, survey the crater and its abundant wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, perched on the crater’s rim. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast, check out of the lodge and visit Olduvai Gorge, also known as Oldupai, the most famous archaeological location in East Africa. Sometimes known as Olduvai, this is a mispronunciation of the Maasai word “Oldupai” for the type of wild sisal that grows around the gorge. Here, in 1960, Dr. Louis Leakey and his family made the important discovery of a 1.8‑million‑year‑old Homo habilis. In 1959, his wife, Mary Leakey, unearthed the skull of Zinjanthropus, an early hominin that proved invaluable to the study of human ancestry. Enjoy a discussion on Olduvai Gorge, known as the “cradle of mankind,” given by a local expert.

Continue on a game drive to the legendary Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage site. See the diverse and abundant fauna of this vast ecosystem, such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah, and leopard. Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, located within the park and selected for its proximity to the park’s largest year‑round concentration of wildlife. (B,L,D)

Days 9 & 10 — Serengeti National Park

One of the most spectacular moments you can experience in nature is to be surrounded by the great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra, or Cape buffalo, part of more than two million animals inhabiting a mere 5,400 square miles of savannas and woodlands.

Explore the trackless grasslands that support this abundance of splinter herds of grazing animals during morning and afternoon game safaris. Look for granite kopjes (outcrops) dotting the plains, which are favored by large cats, especially lion and leopard. Experience world‑class bird‑watching possibilities with more than 500 species in the expansive swampland, which attracts thousands of waterbirds.

Enjoy a phenomenal aerial perspective of the Serengeti’s plain during an early morning hot air balloon flight option, weather conditions permitting. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 11 — Serengeti National Park, Arusha

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, enjoy a scenic flight across the vast African plains in your privately chartered aircraft to Arusha. Continue to the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel for lunch, where day rooms have been reserved. Enjoy time at leisure, and after dinner on your own, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B,L)

Day 12 — Return to the U.S.

Return flight to the U.S. arrives later today.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

March 13-24, 2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Depart for Tanzania.

Day 2 — Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha, a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, gateway to Tanzania’s renowned national game parks. Transfer to the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, built in the traditional style of a colonial coffee farm amid verdant coffee plantations near picturesque Lake Duluti.

Day 3 — Arusha/Private charter flight to Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a scenic, privately chartered flight over the sweeping African plains to the legendary Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage site. Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, located within the park and selected for its proximity to the park’s largest year-round concentration of wildlife. On your afternoon game drive, see the diverse and abundant fauna of this vast ecosystem, such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah and leopard. Join your fellow participants this evening for a welcome reception at the lodge. (B,L,R,D)

Days 4 & 5 — Serengeti National Park

One of the most spectacular moments you can experience in nature is to be surrounded by the great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra or Cape buffalo, part of more than two million animals inhabiting a mere 5,400 square miles of savannas and woodlands. Explore the trackless grasslands that support this abundance of splinter herds of grazing animals during morning and afternoon game safaris. Look for granite kopjes (outcrops) dotting the plains, which are favored by large cats, especially lion and leopard. Experience world-class birdwatching possibilities with more than 500 species in the expansive swampland, which attracts thousands of waterbirds. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 6 — Serengeti National Park /Oldupai Gorge/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Following breakfast, check out of the lodge and visit Oldupai Gorge, the most famous archaeological location in East Africa. Formerly known as Olduvai, this was a mispronunciation of the Maasai word “Oldupai” for the type of wild sisal that grows around the gorge. Here, in 1960, Dr. Louis Leakey and his family made the important discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old Homo habilis. In 1959, his wife, Mary Leakey, unearthed the skull of Zinjanthropus, an early hominin that proved invaluable to the study of human ancestry. Enjoy a discussion on Oldupai Gorge, known as the “cradle of mankind,” given by a local expert.

After lunch, continue on a game drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage site, and check into the deluxe Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, which clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, where each guest room offers stunning views of the natural surroundings and wildlife. This afternoon, experience a cultural exchange in a typical Maasai village with exuberant Tanzanians dressed in colorful traditional garments. These tribal people have held fast to their ancestral ways, centered around their cattle, which provide them with sustenance and clothing, and shape their cultural values. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, board a four-wheel-drive land cruiser and descend 2,000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species, for a morning of game tracking.

Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the crater shelters an immense year-round concentration of incredible wildlife. The profusion of game reflects the diversity of the habitats found on the crater floor: savannas, forests, swamps, salt pans and a freshwater lake. With abundant grass and a permanent water supply, the crater supports herds of grazing animals that, in turn, attract lion, leopard and cheetah.

Observe zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo and bull elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros; and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Swamps. Also, watch for the numerous species of birds that find a home in the crater, including ostrich, crowned crane, flamingo and other waders. Together, the distinct flora and fauna of the crater make this a truly unique ecosystem.

Later, survey the crater and its abundant wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, perched on the crater’s rim. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, check out of the lodge and enjoy a scenic drive to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, where you will observe firsthand Tanzania’s educational system during a stop at Kibaoni Primary School, the first public primary school in Tanzania with a library—visitors to the country donated most of its book collection. Meet the headmistress and see the school’s classrooms.

Continue to Lake Manyara National Park. On arrival, check into the deluxe Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge before embarking on an afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Lake Manyara National Park / Tarangire National Park

After daybreak, drive through Lake Manyara National Park in search of hippopotamus and brilliantly hued flamingo found in pools along the lake’s shoreline. Watch for troops of baboons and blue monkeys scampering along tree branches of the groundwater forest. Scan the grassy floodplain in search of Cape buffalo, wildebeest, tusked elephant, giraffe and Lake Manyara’s most famous inhabitant, the lion, who likes to climb up and lie languidly over the branches of the acacia tree.

Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire National Park and a distinctive tented camp. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive and your first sightings of the vast array of wildlife along the banks of the Tarangire River. Try to spot the kori bustard, the largest flying bird native to Africa, and the stocking-thighed ostrich. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Tarangire National Park

Rise with the early African sunlight for a game drive to experience the park at dawn. Upon returning to the lodge, you can watch as herds of elephant gather near the drying riverbed in search of underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and eland crowd the banks. During your afternoon game drive, keep an eye out for lion and cheetah—Tanzania’s most powerful predators—in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Tarangire National Park / Arusha

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, enjoy a scenic flight across the vast African plains in your privately chartered aircraft to Arusha. Continue to the deluxe Lake Duluti Serena Hotel for lunch, where day rooms have been reserved. Enjoy time at leisure, and after dinner on your own, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B,L)

Day 12 — Return Flight

Return flight to the U.S. arrives later today.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)