Wildebeest migration

Serengeti, Tanzania Parks & Mara Lodge Safari

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $4250 R58119 £3191 3620 A$5624 C$5468 NZ$6129 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 7 Travellers
  • Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends at Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Hotel / Luxury Camping / Safari Lodge
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This unforgettable Serengeti, Tanzania Parks & Mara Lodge Safari takes you on an affordable game viewing adventure in East Africa's top game reserves!  

Start off in the beautiful and diverse Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest elephant populations in Tanzania. Travel through the scenic Great Rift Valley to Karatu in the Ngorongoro Highlands, embarking on an extensive game drive in Lake Manyara National Park along the way. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, hosting the densest mammal population in Africa, including one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world. Explore the legendary plains of the vast Serengeti Park, Tanzania's most famous game park, teeming with wildlife. Then we encounter real African culture at Tanzania's less-visited Lake Victoria.

Experience the iconic African wilderness of Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, on game drives in search of the Big Five and more. Witness the hugest wildlife spectacle on earth, the Great Migration in Masai Mara and Serengeti, in season. Lastly, visit Lake Nakuru National Park to see rich birdlife and varied wildlife.

This scenic Tanzania and Kenya Budget Lodge Safari takes you on a remarkable journey through East Africa's magical wilderness areas.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park (Tanzania)

This East African Lodge Safari starts with a short tour briefing in Arusha before we set off southwest toward our first Tanzanian game viewing destination, Tarangire National Park.

This diverse game park is home to a large variety of wildlife and is considered one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in northern Tanzania. Tarangire Park hosts one of the largest elephant populations in Tanzania and is dotted with baobab and acacia thorn trees. This top Tanzanian game park is also home to various big cats including lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as tree climbing pythons. Other wildlife inhabiting the game park include many giraffes, buffalos, zebras and various antelope species such as gazelles.

We spend the late afternoon enjoying superb game viewing in Tarangire Park followed by our first overnight stay at a tented camp near Tarangire Park. Accommodation is in spacious, en-suite tents with verandas that look out over Lake Burunge and Tarangire beyond. Facilities at the safari camp include a pool, and main lounge and dining/bar area raised on a wooden deck so that guests can enjoy the views. Sit back and relax with sundowners as the sun sets over the lake and surrounding bush, or sidle up to the cosy fireplace on chill nights.

Meals: Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park & Karatu (Tanzania)

On day two we depart from the Tarangire National Park after breakfast, admiring the scenic landscapes of northern Tanzania as we travel further into the Great Rift Valley. We drive north to the nearby Lake Manyara National Park, a compact park dominated by the shallow, soda lake after which it is named. Lake Manyara Park is known for the large seasonal flocks of flamingos and other waterbirds that can at times be seen at the lake. The park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions, as well as being home to massive baboon troops and a large population of elephants.

Arriving at Lake Manyara we embark on a game drive, often sighting elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, impalas, primates, warthogs and wildebeest, along with numerous birds. After our extensive exploration, we set off for Karatu in the lush crater highlands. Continuing up into the highlands we enjoy spectacular views over the plains and Lake Manyara, pausing to take photos.

On night two we stay at an eco-lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. This peaceful lodge lies just outside of Karatu town, on the fringes of a highland forest reserve that is home to elephants, buffalos and baboons, along with more than 100 bird species. We stay in en suite chalets, each with its own fireplace and verandah. Later in the afternoon there is the option of embarking on a guided walk in the coffee plantation to discover more about coffee production, if time allows.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)

Our next Tanzania safari destination is the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Africa's Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit destinations, as is our next stop, the Serengeti Park.

Day three starts with breakfast at dawn, before we descend the steep walls of the crater to the wildlife-rich floor below.

Ngorongoro, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, is a massive caldera spanning an impressive 18 km in diameter with walls as high as 600m. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the densest mammalian population in Africa, at around 25,000 large animals. The diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor support a variety of wildlife, including elephant, monkey, hyena, jackal and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and other antelope species. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts the Big Five of Africa, boasting one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world.

Almost all of the wild animal species found on the savannahs of East Africa inhabit this compact crater. Ngorongoro offers first-class game viewing and is considered one of the best places to capture the endangered black rhino on film. In the early afternoon we move on from the crater to the seemingly endless Serengeti Plains.

Tanzania's most famous game park, the Serengeti Park is where the wildlife spectacle of the annual Great Migration takes place. Here vast herds of stampeding wildebeest, gazelle and zebra can be seen migrating across the plains in search of fresh grazing, in turn attracting numerous predators.

Tonight we stay at a tented camp, located just outside of Serengeti Park. The traditional tented camp offers comfortable camping accommodation near Serengeti, close to the untamed African bush and its wildlife in the heart of the Serengeti ecosystem. The camp features safari style tents with en suite bathrooms, electric lights and mosquito netting.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)

The day starts at sunrise with a Serengeti game drive, followed by a hearty breakfast back at the camp. Alternatively you can pre-book a hot-air balloon flight over the rolling Serengeti Plains to get an overview of this natural gem and spot game from above. After the optional balloon ride (extra cost) participants are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush.

Serengeti National Park offers spectacular game viewing year round, being home to healthy populations of Africa's Big Five - rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard as well as huge numbers of various antelope species such as eland, topi, kudu, impala, oribi, waterbuck and gazelle. Cheetah, hippo, giraffe, serval cat, crocodile, hyena and a rich array of other wildlife including numerous monkey, mongoose and rodent species also inhabit the Serengeti, along with over 500 bird species!

You have the option of taking a guided trip to the visitor's centre with a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the morning. The knowledgeable guide can tell you about the work this organisation has been involved in for the last thirty years in Serengeti (advise when booking). We enjoy some more rewarding game viewing in the afternoon before returning to our safari lodge for another night in the African wilderness. You will stay another night at the tented camp near Serengeti Park, surrounded by the bush and sounds of nature at night.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria (Tanzania)

Today we get an early start for our journey towards Lake Victoria game viewing as we travel through the Serengeti National Park. Leaving this top Tanzania game park, we head to the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake and the second biggest lake in the world.

We stop off at Lake Victoria getting a glimpse of less-visited Tanzania in this very fertile area. The region around the lake is the most densely populated in Tanzania and here we get the unique opportunity of seeing the local way of life and encountering Tanzanian people in this less touristed spot. Watch the local fishermen as they bring in their catch and visit a rural community school in this off-the-beaten-track corner of Tanzania that most tourists never get to visit.

Tonight you will overnight at a pleasant lodge set on a peaceful 100 hectare property on the shores of Lake Victoria. Lodge features include a restaurant, bar and lounge and accommodation is in en suite thatched bungalows set apart along the lake shore for privacy.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Lake Victoria, Tanzania – Maasai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya)

First breakfast, then out onto the lake in a boat to see the locals fishing in old-fashioned style.

From Lake Victoria we drive to the world-renowned Masai Mara of Kenya.

The Masai Mara is known for its exceptional population of Big Cats and is said to host the largest lion populations of Africa's game reserves. Other large cats including cheetah and leopard also inhabit the park and can be spotted throughout the year, not just during the great migration.

The annual Wildebeest Migration can be witnessed in this spectacular game reserve - an unforgettable wildlife spectacle with over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding over the scenic plains as they migrate between Tanzania's Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya. The rolling hills and open grasslands of the Masai Mara are famous as the picture-perfect movie setting for African wildlife experiences.

The 1510km² Mara Reserve is home to an impressive variety of wild animals, including numerous antelope species, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, elephant, hyena and an incredible array of birds.

On day six of this affordable African wildlife safari we overnight in luxury tents along a thicket that fringes the escarpment. The camp offers fantastic views over Mara and hosts antelopes and zebra, along with prolific bird life.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 - 8 Maasai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya)

The next two days are dedicated to exploring the phenomenal Masai Mara game reserve in open-sided 4x4 vehicles.

Your skillful safari guide takes you on full day game viewing drives in search of the Big Five of Africa and other wildlife roaming the Masai Mara Game Reserve today. The Masai Mara is home to healthy populations of the Big Five of Africa, as well as cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, Masai giraffes, gazelles, elands, hartebeests and roan antelopes.

Our game drives take us to the River Mara, where birds and wildlife congregate year round. During the rainy season the great migration takes place, from July to October, when the river swells to several times its normal size. Tens of thousands of hoofed beasts take the plunge into the surging River Mara risking the crocodiles that lie in waiting as they make the dangerous crossing.

We sleep at a safari camp set inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Mara River, known for the annual wildebeest migration. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, gift shop, lounge and swimming pool. Stay in permanent canvas tents with brick-walled en suite bathrooms on raised wooden platforms, overlooking the wilderness.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya)

Breakfast starts the day, before we head north through Kenya to our next safari stop - Lake Nakuru.

Early in the afternoon we arrive at this shallow soda lake in the Great Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley, known for its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, stretches over 6000 kilometres north to south from Syria to Mozambique in Southern Africa. Lake Nakuru is a bird watcher's paradise, attracting a wide range of water birds and others, numbering over 400 species. Of the numerous birds here, migratory flamingoes are the most famous, sometimes flocking to the lake shores in huge numbers to form a visual sea of pink.

The Lake Nakuru National Park set around the lake, is home to plenty of big mammals, warthogs and baboons, as well as black and white rhinos.

We stay in luxurious tented rooms at an eco-lodge inside the Lake Nakuru National Park, set amid lush landscaped gardens featuring indigenous plants.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Lake Nakuru – Nairobi (Kenya)

In the morning we have breakfast and depart from the tranquil Lake Nakuru, making our way south to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Arriving in Nairobi early in the afternoon, you are taken to the airport or your post-tour accommodation, bringing our memorable Serengeti, Tanzania Parks & Mara Lodge Safari to an end.

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