Northern Serengeti, including the Lobo area, is a captivating and less-visited region within the Serengeti National Park. It’s known for its remarkable wildlife, particularly during the Great Migration season, as well as its rugged landscapes, Maasai culture, and exclusive safari experiences. Our Best 8 Days Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration Safari offers a front-row seat to one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on Earth.
Great Wildebeest Migration Safari
The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual journey involving millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles as they migrate across the Serengeti ecosystem in search of fresh grazing lands. This cycle is driven by seasonal rains and the need for food and water. The migration can be roughly divided into two main phases: the wet season when they give birth, and the dry season when they move in search of water.
Best Time To Visit and Experience The Great Wildebeest Migration
The migration’s timing varies each year, so planning is essential. Generally, the best times to witness specific phases of the migration are:
- January to March: Calving season in the Southern Serengeti.
- June to August: River crossings in the Northern Serengeti and Maasai Mara (Kenya).
- September to November: Return migration to the Southern Serengeti.
Witnessing the River Crossings
One of the most dramatic moments of the migration occurs when the herds must cross rivers like the Mara River. These crossings are fraught with danger as crocodiles lurk in the waters. Witnessing a river crossing is an incredible and often heart-pounding experience, and it’s usually best during the dry season when the herds are concentrated around limited water sources.
Game Drives and Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Game drives are the primary way to explore the Serengeti and witness the migration up close. Knowledgeable guides will lead you to the action. Hot air balloon safaris are another thrilling option, offering a unique vantage point to see the expansive herds and breathtaking landscapes.
Our 8-day Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration Safari is an exceptional journey that provides a profound connection to nature and the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most astonishing wildlife spectacles. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, photographer, or simply seeking an unforgettable adventure, this safari offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is both thrilling and humbling.
Day 1: Arrival
Our safari guide will pick you up at either Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your lodge in Arusha. Your overnight stay will at the lodge.
Dinner and Overnight at Karama Lodge
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Early in the morning, you will be picked up from the lodge and start a beautiful journey of about 4 to 5 hours to Tarangire National Park while carrying lunch boxes. Tarangire National Park is well-known for its large elephant herds and diversity of landscapes. The landscapes you will see include seasonal swamps and savannas, with the Tarangire River winding its way through the parklands. You may see lions stalking their prey and/ or leopards relaxing in the trees above. Once the game drives are complete, we will drive you to the lodge to relax, have dinner, and stay overnight.
Dinner and overnight at Manyara Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game-viewing drive with a picnic lunch. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of African animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants and Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions. You’ll also see large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake. You will have lunch at a picnic site and afterward, enjoy further game viewing. Later in the evening, you will drive back to your accommodation. Dinner and overnight at.
Dinner and overnight at the Manyara Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park to Northern Serengeti
After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to Lake Serengeti National Park, we will drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We’ll proceed crossing the Ngorongoro Highlands until we reach Serengeti gate, where we will start our game drives. After the afternoon game drive, we will proceed to the camp for dinner and your overnight stay.
Dinner and Night at Heritage Tented Lodges.
Day 5: Full Day Game Drive in Northern Serengeti
Today you will venture deeper into the world-famous Serengeti on a full-day game drive in search of the great wildebeest migration. You will base yourself around the Mara River area where crocodiles prey, Where normally the wildebeest gather and wait to cross. You will also explore the eastern part of Naabi Hill where some of the migrants make their way back to Serengeti Np from Masaimara (Kenya side). For days, their numbers will increase and anticipation grows. However, for no apparent reason, many will turn and wander away from the water’s edge. Eventually, the wildebeest will choose a crossing point which varies from year to year and cannot be predicted. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the great wildebeest migration and to witness it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Dinner and Night at Heritage Tented Lodges.
Day 6:Full Day Game Drive in Northern Serengeti
Today you will enjoy another full-day game drive as you travel between the Northern and Central Serengeti. Today you have the flexibility to create your own itinerary. Spend another full day in the Northern Serengeti before driving to the Central Serengeti or enjoy a half-day game drive in the North and a half-day game drive in the Central, the choice is yours. Dinner and your overnight stay.
Dinner and Night at Hippo Trail Lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti Northern to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast, you will do a morning game drive in Central Serengeti National Park on route heading to Ngorongoro Crater. Before getting to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will visit a Maasai boma, where the Maasai community lives. There you will experience Maasai Activities. Then you will drive to your accommodation to relax and save energy for the early morning to visit one of the world’s wonders ( Ngorongoro crater). Dinner and your overnight stay inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at Rhino Lodges.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
After an early breakfast, you will drive towards the crate Ngorongoro crater. Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its dense animal population, the crater offers unmatched game viewing. Descend into the crater and witness wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, elephant, and over 500 bird species. Keep an eye out for the endangered black rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Hippo pull and continue the afternoon exploration. Here the wildlife is just breathtaking and with a little luck you can observe the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard in just a few hours. After a morning dedicated to game viewing and a picnic lunch, you will leave the crater in the late afternoon, and drive back to Arusha.
Options activities to add on
- Balloon ride in Tarangire/Serengeti
- Crater Rim hike at Ngorongoro
- Endoro Fall walk
- Visit Masai boma
The Price includes;
- Full board accommodation while on
- All game drives as per itinerary
- All park entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transport in 1×6 Seater 4×4 vehicles
- Services of a qualified English-Speaking Driver Guide
- 3 Liters bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari.
- Meals as per the itinerary
The Price Does Not Include;
- All International Flights
- Travel and personal accident insurance
- Personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
- Optional activities and excursions
- Tips. Recommended 10 to 30 USD per day
- Any services not mentioned in the program