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 and zebra on the savanna during the Great Migration  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 $8,295

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

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

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.

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. (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)