Great Migration African Safari - Tanzania and Kenya - Follow the Route with Experts

A 12 day trip to Africa, Kenya & Tanzania 
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Of all African safari experiences, the Great Migration is a unique trip of a lifetime to view millions of animals migrating in East Africa.

Dubbed the "greatest show on Earth," this safari follows the route of the Great Migration, maximizing viewing of animals as they move. See spectacular wildlife in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater. Visit an authentic Maasai village. Hike to the Elephant caves of Karatu. This is a journey like no other!

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Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: NAIROBI - Kenya 

After clearing airport formalities, you are greeted by a big smile from the our airport host. Then you are off on a short drive to the hotel for a night of rest before your safari adventure begins. The hotel has excellent restaurants that are available for dinner or a light snack.

Fairview Hotel

Day 2: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - Kenya 

Drive time: 2 hours

Wake up in beautiful Kenya. Meet our guide and head out along the Mombasa Highway to Amboseli National Park. The majestic snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,352 feet) dominates the area and makes a great photographic background!

Ol Tukai or Amboseli Serena (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3:  AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - Kenya 

You're up just before dawn with a fresh cup of tea or coffee, and then off on an early morning game drive, the best time to see the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro. You'll then return back to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before additional game drives throughout the day.

Ol Tukai Lodge or Amboseli Serena (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: MUALAA WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SITE - GREAT RIFT VALLEY - Tanzania 

Drive time – longest day – 2 to 3 hours Amboseli to Arusha – stop for break – then 2 hours to Manyara District

Up early this morning for a delicious breakfast. Leave Amboseli and head to the Tanzania border, where you will meet our Tanzania specialist guide. Stop in Arusha town for lunch. There is time to experience a bit of the local villages with a visit to a cheese cooperative formed and run by local women. It provides a way for the women to achieve some financial independence, and helps to provide new schools. Continue on towards the Great Rift Valley escarpment, where refreshments and smiling faces greet you. Sit by the open lounge area, relaxing before dinner - or perhaps you would like to take an easy nature walk to hear about the unique flora and fauna of the area. The lodge sits beneath the escarpment, which looms 1, 950 feet high and is in a key location to begin your Tanzania safari.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS 

Drive time to park: 30 minutes

Breakfast on the open terrace before a short 35 minute drive takes you to Manyara. Ernest Hemingway called this “the loveliest place I have seen in Africa”. The lake attracts considerable birdlife, and its surrounding terrain contains such a rich mosaic of different habitats that it supports a large number of animals. There is always good resident game such as elephants, hippos, baboons and giraffe. During the time between January and April, part of the Migration will extend into this general area, with calving of zebra and wildebeest common. Head up the Great Rift Valley Wall passing one of the largest baobab trees in Tanzania. The scenery is magnificent and ever changing. Stops can be made along the way at little 'handicraft' kiosks to try your hand at bargaining and pick up a local treasure. Arrive in the late afternoon in the town of Karatu.

Ngorongoro Serena/Sopa Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: NGORONGORO CRATER 

Drive time: 40 minutes to Ngorongoro Crater floor

Today holds more excitement, after passing through the park gate with your guide; descend down onto the Ngorongoro Crater floor. The area was originally part of the Serengeti National Park, but was split off and declared a Conservation Area in 1959. Ngorongoro is one of the most spectacular game haunts in Africa and has been designated a World Heritage site. Nearly 10 X 12 square miles in size, it contains an impressive variety of wildlife including lions with black manes, the highly endangered black rhino, herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephants, hippo, and hyena. The bird life is also prolific, with flocks of flamingos on the soda lake, plus other species of water and plains birds. Return to the rim of Ngorongoro where there is time to sit and enjoy the sunset from the lounge area.

Ngorongoro Serena/Sopa Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Lodge locations and drive time will change according to seasonal movement of the game. This is to give you the shortest drive time to access the large herds of wildebeest and zebra and hopefully catch the actual migration. With UNLIMITED GAME VIEWING your safari time will be maximized. This is the Africa you’ve been imagining. The 10,000 square mile Serengeti is the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The name comes from the local Masai tribe’s word “siringiti”, for “endless plains” – although the types of terrain are as varied as the animals that live here. Massive islands of granite, grassy plains, an acacia savannah, woodlands, and a range of mountains support the thousands of species you may encounter. Take morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. The lodge offers a spectacular view of the Serengeti Plains and the Mbalageti River, which attracts the migration of wildebeest and zebra.

Contact us for the property that will be used on your trip. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK 

Full day unlimited game viewing in the Serengeti. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK 

Full day unlimited game viewing in the Serengeti. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE 

This morning, bid farewell to your Tanzania guide and board a connecting flight direct to Kenya and the Maasai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains. Maasai Mara is one of the greatest wildlife habitats in the world. In one sweep of binoculars you can see a hundred elephants, lion, impala, zebra, and wildebeest. The plains are gold and the silhouettes of elephant, giraffe, and lion can be seen. Become a part of the life in the Mara - birth, feeding, death and life, an incredible experience that you will never forget. Accommodations in the Mara have been selected for their proximity to the river where the wildebeest and zebra generally cross from the Serengeti. Morning and afternoon game drives in open sided camp vehicles.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE 

Morning and afternoon game drives in open sided camp vehicles.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

ADVENTURE OPTION: HOT-AIR BALLOON SAFARI

Day 12: YOUR JOURNEY ONWARD 

Bid sad farewell to the inspiring African bush and board a short flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival you will then connect to your international departure. (Breakfast) 

If you are not ready to say goodbye, consider adding on to your trip. Take a look at the reviews for Tanzania safari page for additional ideas and travel reviews.

Price

What's Included 

Unlimited game viewing in the Serengeti * Meet and greet services at the airport * All transfers to and from airports, hotels and lodges * Internal flights included from Serengeti to Mara – Mara to Nairobi at current rates * Accommodations as specified in the itinerary * Meals as specified in the itinerary * All game drives and game activities as listed as included* Professional English-speaking guides * 4x4 safari cruisers with photographic hatch * Hotel & local tourism taxes * Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Membership

Game Drives - We include the maximum time of game viewing possible. This will only be restricted by park rules and restrictions. There will also be times you might have to start back to the lodge earlier then you wish. You might be far from your lodge or fuel might be running low. Always discuss the options with your guide and other guests. Game vehicle are the highest quality, 4-wheel drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. This is a very important feature of safaris in Tanzania. The vehicles have either pop tops or fully removable tops that provide a 360-degree view of the game. This will ensure that you have plenty of space for wildlife viewing. Game drives in the Mara are organized by the camp with a liberal set schedule.

What's Not Included 

International airfare; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; airport departure taxes, unless noted; excess baggage charges; meals and beverages other than those specified in the itinerary; optional activities; personal expenses such as laundry and communication charges. Gratuities are not included for local guides and are at the traveler’s discretion; gratuities should be based on the level of satisfaction of the services received. Recommended guidelines for each safari will be provided with our pre-tour documentation.

Price 

Zicasso recommends the following guidelines for customized Kenya and Tanzania safari tour packages, excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $600 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $500 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $400 per person per day

The customized package will include hotels, airport transfers and other transportation within Kenya and Tanzania, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.