Tanzania Safari During the Great Migration

Program Overview

Travel into the majestic grasslands of Africa’s premier safari destination to observe one of Earth’s greatest spectacles—the annual Great Migration of vast herds of wildebeest followed by zebra, gazelle, and Cape buffalo. This incredible journey features immersive game drives in three of Tanzania’s most prestigious game parks—Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park—as well as the UNESCO-inscribed Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Watch Tanzania's "endless plains" unfold when you fly aboard a privately chartered aircraft from the Serengeti to Arusha with an optional hot air balloon excursion.

This program also runs in reverse.

Program Details

January 26 to February 7, 2023 February 3 to 14, 2023 February 10 to 22, 2023 February 19 to March 2, 2023 February 27 to March 10, 2023
From $7,495 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Custom-designed air and land safari, with three nights in the heart of Serengeti National Park, exclusively from Gohagan & Company.
  • Journey of a lifetime amidst one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles—the phenomenal Great Migration.
  • Small group size for the optimal game-viewing experience—the best way to experience a safari in Tanzania.
  • View the “endless plains” between Arusha and the Serengeti aboard a privately chartered aircraft designed to fly into remote areas.
  • Visit three of Tanzania’s finest game parks—Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the Serengeti—and UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Game drive en route from Segengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including a visit to Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” with a talk by the local curator.
  • Full-day game drive into the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ngorongoro Conservation Area aboard a four-wheel drive land cruiser, including a picnic lunch.
  • Accommodations in award-winning Serena Safari Lodges and an authentic tented lodge.
  • A legendary program, operating for more than 30 years with rave review. Year after year, it still sells out!

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Arusha, Tanzania

Day 3 - Arusha / Maramboi for Tarangire

Day 4 - Tarangire

Day 5 - Maramboi / Lake Manyara National Park

Day 6 - Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 7 - Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 8 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park / Olduvai Gorge

Day 9 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area/ Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

Day 10 - Serengeti National Park

Day 11 - Serengeti National Park / Depart for Arusha

Day 12 - Arusha / Depart for the U.S. or Canada

This program also runs in the reverse direction.

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Serena Hotels and Safari Lodges

This program features the deluxe, award-winning Serena Hotels and Safari Lodges that have provided deluxe accommodations for over 40 years. Ideally located in the heart of game reserves and lush mountain villages, these lodges immerse you in the largest concentration of wildlife and offer a unique local experience with tasteful, modern facilities. You will stay in Serena Hotels and Safari Lodges in Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti.

Maramboi Tented Camp

Located on the southern shore of Lake Manyara and just outside of the Tarangire National Park, the Maramboi Tented Camp offers stellar views of the Great Rift Valley in classic, luxury-safari style. You'll have your own beautiful tent upon raised wood platforms with a private terrace where you might encounter giraffes, gazelles, warthogs, or zebras. All tents have lovely bathrooms with showers.

Balloon Safari

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti’s magnificent plains and wildlife during an early morning hot-air balloon flight. Take in an unmatched panorama as far as the eye can see as you glide over herds of grazing animals and ancient acacia trees. On landing, enjoy an English breakfast served with sparkling white wine.

The Optional Excursion is available at additional cost. Space is limited. Conditions permitting. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 and 2 Arusha, Tanzania

Depart the U.S. and, on the next day, arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near the city of Arusha, nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and the gateway to Tanzania’s renowned national game parks. Transfer to the deluxe Arusha Serena Hotel, built amid verdant, landscaped coffee fields next to tranquil Lake Duluti.

Day 3 Arusha / Maramboi for Tarangire

After lunch at the Arusha Coffee Plantation, enjoy a picturesque drive to the authentic Maramboi Tented Camp. This evening is the Welcome Reception at the Camp.

Day 4 Tarangire National Park

Rise with the African sun for a game drive after breakfast. Enjoy lunch in the Tarangire Safari Lodge and watch for herds of elephant gathering near the drying riverbed and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle, and eland crowding the banks.

Day 5  Maramboi / Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, check out of Maramboi and take a scenic drive to Lake Manyara. Visit a typical Maasai village to see the local people dressed in colorful traditional vestments. Then, after checking in to the  Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, embark on an afternoon game drive in search of hippopotamus and brilliantly hued flamingo found in pools along the shoreline. 

Day 6 Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Learn more about Tanzania’s educational system firsthand during a visit to the Kibaoni Primary School, continuing on to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge and dinner at the lodge.

Day 7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Board a four wheel drive land cruiser and descend 2,000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater—a sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species—for a morning of game tracking. Look for parades of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo, and elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros; and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Springs. Later, survey the crater and abundant wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, right on the crater’s rim. 

Day 8 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park / Olduvai Gorge

Enjoy a scenic drive through the sweeping African plains to the legendary, UNESCO World Heritage-designated Serengeti National Park. Visit the “cradle of mankind” at Olduvai Gorge—the most famous archaeological location in East Africa. Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Day 9 Serengeti National Park

Experience a sublime spectacle of nature, surrounded by great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra, and Cape buffalo during morning and afternoon game safaris. Opt to participate in an early-morning balloon safari flight for a view from above.

Day 10 Serengeti National Park

On your game drive to the lodge, look for fauna such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, and leopard. This evening, attend the Farewell Reception. 

Day 11 and 12 Arusha / Depart for the U.S. or Canada

Take a privately chartered flight over the "endless fields" of Tanzania and return to Arusha. Continue to the Arusha Serena Hotel for day-room accommodations. This evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight home to the U.S. or Canada,
which arrives the next day.