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Barien safaris proudly presents this 9-day tour with a special focus on the migration in the Serengeti. Serengeti National Park is perhaps the most famous game reserve in the world because of its huge population of predators and especially the annual migration of 2,000,000 ungulates.
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfers you to Ilboru Safari Lodge.
This beautiful Swahili sanctuary is ideally located and tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, you will comfortably stay in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. This version of the boma features a round layout with thatched rooftops while still providing you with the western conveniences for ultimate comfort.
Overnight: Ilboru Safari Lodge
After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community here is home to around 18,000 people. On this walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on.
During your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side of the village – the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You then continue your way to Lake Manyara National Park. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks. There are 11 ecosystems in all, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. In the forest you can find baboons and other interesting animals where by the lake you can find flamingos (outside the rain season), pelicans and other water birds. The high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara’s famous population of tree-climbing lions are reason enough to visit this park.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
The Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.
After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep. Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Serengeti, this tented camp combines comfort with the real Africa safari experience.
Overnight: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can sometimes reveal cooler temperatures so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl.
Overnight: Serengeti Wild Camp
Another day completely dedicated to the great migration!
With your packed lunch you drive out to find the migrators. There is plenty of time to take in this impressive spectacle! The safari will be completed by also looking for hungry predators such as like lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs that move along with the herd hoping to fill their stomachs.
Overnight: Serengeti Wild Camp
As an UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away but always keep your camera ready! Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colourful birds.
Rest at the hotel.
Overnight: Country Lodge Karatu
In the morning, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater! Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature, and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes as approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! Depending on the time of year, you may see flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands. Keep your cameras ready for the spectacles of African nature often happen suddenly.
Overnight: Country Lodge Karatu
You stay in the eco-friendly Karama Lodge & Spa, just outside Arusha town, with stunning views of the valley and (depending on clarity) as well as those of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Maasai steppes. Because Karama Lodge and Spa is situated at a slighter higher elevation than Arusha, you will find that here you have much cooler temperatures (and fewer mosquitoes). The cabins offer comfortable en-suite accommodation with a natural design; an excellent combination of unique comfort and style.
Overnight: Karama Lodge
Today is unfortunately the last day with Barien safaris
Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to take a dive in the pool, have a massage or take a yoga class. All activities today are at your own expense. Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
END OF THE SAFARI