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 9-night journey features immersive game drives in 3 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.

*Select departures operate in the reverse direction. 

Program Details

January 27 to February 7, 2024 February 4 to 15, 2024* February 12 to 23, 2024 February 20 to March 2, 2024*
From $7,465 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Exclusive 12-day, 9-night air and land safari featuring immersive game drives, with 3 nights in the heart of Serengeti National Park.
  • 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.

Day 1 - Depart Home City

Day 2 - Arusha, Tanzania

Day 3 - Arusha / Serengeti National Park

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

Day 5 - Serengeti National Park

Day 6 - Serengeti National Park / Olduvai Gorge / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 7 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 8 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Lake Manyara National Park

Day 9 - Lake Manyara National Park / Maramboi

Day 10 - Tarangire National Park

Day 11 - Maramboi / Arusha /Return to home city

Day 12 - Arrive in home city

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 optional early morning hot air balloon flight. Take in an unmatched panorama as far as the eye can see as you glide over vast terrain. On landing, enjoy an English breakfast served with sparkling white wine.

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

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 and 2 Depart Home City / Arusha, Tanzania

Depart your home city and arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport the next day. Transfer to the deluxe Arusha Serena Hotel, built amid verdant, landscaped coffee fields.

Day 3 Arusha / Serengeti National Park

Fly aboard a privately chartered aircraft for jaw-dropping vistas en route to Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival, you will embark on a safari drive to enjoy game viewing before checking in to the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 4 and 5 Serengeti National Park

Opt for a breathtaking morning balloon safari at sunrise. Relish the incredible bird’s eye view, then toast your determination during a champagne breakfast. Experience a soul-stirring spectacle of nature as you track herds of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, Cape buffalo, and zebra during morning and afternoon safaris today. 

Day 6 Serengeti National Park / Olduvai Gorge / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Participate in a fascinating history session at the Olduvai Gorge, the most famous archaeological site in East Africa. Stop into the Olduvai Museum en route to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area

A magnificent natural amphitheater is yours to enjoy today as we descend 5,000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater in four‑wheel drive vehicles. A picnic lunch inside the crater punctuates this thrilling full day of game tracking. Later, survey the crater and abundant wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, right on the crater’s rim. 

Day 8 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Lake Manyara National Park

A short drive takes you to Kibaoni Primary School on the edge of the Rift Valley. Enjoy a close-up look at Tanzania’s educational system and school children hard at work in the classrooms. After lunch, soak up the scenery as you transfer to the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Later this afternoon, you will embark on a game drive in Lake Manyara
National Park. 

Day 9 Lake Manyara / Maramboi

Begin your day with a  scenic drive to a traditional Maasai Village to meet Maasai warriors and herdsmen. Later this afternoon, you will check in to Maramboi Tented Lodge, where luxurious safari tents provide comfort beneath the palm trees. After lunch at the Maramboi Tented Lodge,
meet with your guide for a walking safari to the banks of Lake Manyara.

Day 10 Tarangire National Park

Rise with the African sun for a game drive after breakfast. Enjoy lunch in the Tarangire Safari Lodge before heading out for an afternoon photo safari. Be on the lookout for large herds of elephants
gathering under the massive Baobab Trees and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle, and eland antelope across the land. 

Day 11 Maramboi / Arusha / Return to home city

Check out of the lodge and enjoy breakfast amid its natural beauty. Take a scenic drive to the Arusha Coffee Plantation for an aromatic garden lunch. Surrounded by evergreen coffee bushes, the historic coffee lodge is a fascinating feast for the senses. Back at the Arusha Serena Hotel, relax with day-room accommodations before transferring to the airport for your return flight this evening. 

Day 12 Arrive in home city

Flight arrives back in your home city