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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 Scene from the Great Migration. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Herd of wildebeest with zebra  Zebra during the Great Migration. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Part of the wildebeest migration. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Wildebeest herd during the Great Migration  Wildebeest on the move during 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  Maasai in traditional garments.  Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Grant Nel  Maasai in traditional garments. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Wildebeest on the Serengeti at sunset

Tanzania's Great Migration

12 days from $8,995

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

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

At home today the sky is monochrome gray, but all I see is the Serengeti 's endless plain and blue sky and wildebeest. Every moment was magic. The animals, the air and sky and landscape and the animals. The people, lectures, and talks and guides. I would turn around and go back tomorrow! Thank you for the dream trip.

- Patricia, M.

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.

This tour fulfilled a life-long desire to go on safari. The tour was packed with lots of wildlife viewing in many different settings, all of which were so much more than I could have ever dreamed of seeing. We saw every animal that is on anyone's list of must-see, and not just one or two but in most cases a whole lot of them! 

- Susan, B.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Arusha Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti, Tanzania

Set on beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking scenic Lake Duluti, the individually thatched rondavels of the Arusha Serena Hotel incorporate traditional Tanzanian architectural features. Guest rooms feature private bathrooms, individual verandas, curved French windows and furniture with an East African motif. Amenities include a restaurant, laundry service, and complimentary WiFi internet access. The rooms have a private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, telephone and TV. 

Number of nights: 1

Maramboi Tented Lodge

Tarangire, Tanzania

Maramboi Lodge offers endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm-lined desert between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. Each spacious, deluxe, tailor-made tent features a high thatched roof, private bathroom with shower, private veranda, wooden floors, large bed, fans, mosquito netting and 24-hour electricity.

Number of nights: 2

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

The Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge occupies a stunning setting atop the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Guests are accommodated in thatched rondavels decorated in East African motifs, each with private bathroom facilities. 

Number of nights: 1

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a dramatic setting overlooking the 2000-foot-deep Ngorongoro Crater. Constructed of local materials and nestled into the crater rim, it blends into its environment. Each guest room features private bathroom facilities, a balcony and traditional Tanzanian décor. 

Number of nights: 2

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is set atop a wooded ridge overlooking one of Tanzania’s finest game viewing areas. Guests are accommodated in individual thatched rondavels influenced by traditional Masai architecture. Each guest room features private bathroom facilities, a balcony and traditional Tanzanian décor. 

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Expectations: Long touring days with many full-day safari drives. Although safari vehicles are comfortable, game drives can incur sitting for long periods of time during long, bumpy rides over very rough dusty terrain. Although some roads have been cleared through the game parks, the surfaces are unpaved and there can be deep tire ruts cut into the roadbeds. Walking is sometimes over difficult terrain. Safari viewing also requires very early morning departures from the lodge for better opportunities to spot animals. Generally, there is afternoon leisure time at the lodge on those days. Transfers from one lodge to the next is over gravel roads in safari vehicles, except for the final transfer to Arusha which is by small plane.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and driving time).

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

At home today the sky is monochrome gray, but all I see is the Serengeti 's endless plain and blue sky and wildebeest. Every moment was magic. The animals, the air and sky and landscape and the animals. The people, lectures, and talks and guides. I would turn around and go back tomorrow! Thank you for the dream trip.

- Patricia, M.

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.

This tour fulfilled a life-long desire to go on safari. The tour was packed with lots of wildlife viewing in many different settings, all of which were so much more than I could have ever dreamed of seeing. We saw every animal that is on anyone's list of must-see, and not just one or two but in most cases a whole lot of them! 

- Susan, B.
Reading List

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Northern Tanzania Safari Guide: Including Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guides)
By: Philip Bruggs, Chris McIntyre
This thoroughly updated new edition of Bradt's Northern Tanzania Safari Guide remains the only full-length guidebook focused exclusively on the northern part of the country and Zanzibar. Tailored closely to the requirements of anyone going on a safari to northern Tanzania, followed by a few days on Zanzibar, it provides far more detailed coverage of the local safari circuit and other main attractions than other guides. As such, it offers complete and detailed lodge listings and also goes into greater detail about wildlife and where to see it. It is also the only guide to include detailed information on the many new private concessions that have opened up. Bradt's Northern Tanzania is written by Philip Briggs, the world's leading writer of guidebooks to Africa, and Chris McIntyre, CEO of specialist Africa tour operator Expert Africa. The guide reflects the growing trend away from large lodges towards small exclusive eco-friendly camps in remote parts of the Serengeti and other major reserves and this edition is more critically selective than previous editions, detailing the best on offer in all price brackets. Also new for this edition is a 48-page colour field guide, detailing all species a visitor can expect to find on a safari in the northern circuit, making this guide the most authoritative source available. Northern Tanzania is an essential travel companion for both first-time visitors and seasoned safari-goers. Northern Tanzania is dominated by Africa's finest safari circuit. Centred on the legendary Serengeti National Park and its world-famous wildebeest migration, this circuit also incorporates the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks. Geographically it is one of the most varied regions in Africa, with a palm-fringed Indian Ocean coastline complemented by the scenic wonders of the Great Rift Valley, Africa's largest lake, and several impressive volcanically formed mountains, most notably snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and a popular goal for hikers. Lesser-known gems include the prehistoric rock art at Kondoa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the forested Arusha National Park and Amani Nature Reserve, and the spectacular Ol Doinyo Lengai – Africa's most active volcano. Tanzania is home to more than 100 ethnic groups, from the Arab-influenced Swahili of the coast to the traditionalist Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers of the Rift Valley, yet it takes pride in a long history of post-independence tolerance, stability and safety. Northern Tanzania offers spectacular game-viewing all year round, and supports some of the world's largest surviving populations of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle. Serviced by a well-developed safari industry, the superlative reserves of northern Tanzania are complemented by a stopover on the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar. With its atmospheric old town, idyllic beaches and offshore reefs teeming with marine life, it is every bit as evocative as its name.

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