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7 Days Mara River Crossing – Great Wildebeest Migration

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Availability : July to October
Arusha
Serengeti NP
Min Age : 3
Max People : 30+
Tour Details

Sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular, there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. This is the best package that focus on great migration Mara river crossing.

What to Expect

Arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle in Africa, the migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains climaxes with a series of perilous river crossings.

Witness the most amazing wildlife spectacle in Africa at the Mara River. The Mara River is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries. One of Tanzania’s best kept secrets is the fact that nearly half of the Mara River is situated in the North Serengeti versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya. While there are hordes of vehicles just a few miles upriver in the Masai Mara, the Serengeti side is virtually devoid of tourists.

  • Great Wildebeest Migration crossing the Mara River
  • Nile crocodiles (the largest in the world)
  • Elands, elephants & the rare black rhino
  • Hippo viewpoint at the river oxbow
  • Lion Prides of the Serengeti

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Price Includes

  • Park fees
  • All activities (Game Drive)All accommodation
  • Crater fees
  • All Accommodation during Safaris
  • A professional driver/guide- A Friendly, Experienced and Passionate Driver Guide expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history
  • 4X4 Custom built – Toyota Land cruiser during Safari • Pop-up Roof, Opening Sliding windows, Seat Belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra Fuel tanks • Refrigerator for cooling drinks, one pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly Trash Bag, • Wi-Fi on board during safari, Charging Outlets type Plug G for charging Cameras and smart phones
  • All Government Taxes and VAT
  • Round-trip Airport transfers
  • Unlimited game mileage
  • Unlimited bottled drinking water during game viewing
  • Meals and Drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Balloon Safari over the Serengeti (Can be arranged with extra cost of USD 600 per person)
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Can be arranged with extra cost)
  • Tips
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Itinerary

Day 1Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti NP

After breakfast, we take a short pleasant drive to Ngorongoro crater, we will have an early morning game drive inside the Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point.
Ngorongoro was established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources. It also safeguards the interests of indigenous people and promotes tourism.
Late afternoon drive to the Serengeti NP for evening leisure and overnight.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Serengeti heritage tented camp

 

 

Day 2Central Serengeti to Northern Serengeti Kogatende

 

After breakfast we depart to north Serengeti for Wildebeest migration, Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, however, from July to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note to actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck.

Accommodation: Heritage Mara Tented Camp

Day 3 & 4Kogatende Mara River Game Drive

 

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in this area of the park, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, however, from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note Finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Accommodation: Heritage Mara Tented Camp

Day 5Serengeti Kagatende to Seronera (North to Central)

After breakfast, we start game viewing en route to central Serengeti. Apart from the large mammals, Serengeti is also home to gaudy agama lizards; Rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. Wide varieties of dung beetle were found, and around 500 bird species have been recoded ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
Later in the evening drive to the camp for evening leisure and overnight.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Serengeti heritage tented camp

Day 6Serengeti National Park to Karatu

 

You will rise in the early morning to a hot cup of coffee or tea and leave camp for an exciting morning game drive to the heart of Serengeti. You will view the wildlife at their most active time of day and enjoy an African sunrise. The mornings are chilly so don’t forget some warm clothes. After your sunrise game drive you will drive back to camp for brunch. After brunch you will check-out and embark on another game drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area to Manyara’s Secrete Lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Manyara’s Secrete Lodge

Day 7 Cultural and Walking Tour Mto Wa Mbu

Visit Mto Wa Mbu village for a great cultural experience with an experienced, English speaking guide who grew up in the village! Visit local farms, schools, a kindergarten, local homes, the market and milling machines. Including a local lunch for your guests that are served in a lovely banana plantation deep inside Mto Wa Mbu village. Then finish with the visit to Maasai Boma, sing and dance with the maasai learn their cultural and economic activities.
Late afternoon transfer to Arusha town to catch your flight.

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