Grumeti River Migration Safari - 7 Days

1 night in Arusha, 5 nights on Safari  |  Fourth Week May to Fourth Week June  |  Migration Safari  |  Comfort  |  MSPC3

TOUR INTRODUCTION

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Serengeti. A name that radiates atmosphere, even before you arrive. And when you do arrive, prepare to have your most wonderful preconceptions shattered, as reality surpasses imagination.

Our Migration Safari tracks the animal movements as they follow the timeless cycle in search of nourishment. And on top of that, we manage to fit in a visit to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder of the world. In the hands of our expert driver-guides, you will experience encounters beyond your dreams.

Tour Overview

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Serengeti is the star of this week-long safari adventure, providing us with the stage for many of our adventures on this wildlife extravaganza as we visit Tanzania’s most iconic national park. From Arusha, we depart first for the Western Corridor, an area fed by the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers whose waters guarantee a constant presence of animals. After exploring with a series of enthralling game-drives, we move on to Central Serengeti, which could justifiably claim to be the ‘hub’ of the Serengeti’s wildlife-watching action. The grand finale of our tour takes place away from the Serengeti at Ngorongoro, the extraordinary conservation area with its huge volcanic crater as its center.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Month Season Traffic Weather Road Trails Sky Recommendation
January Peak Medium Little to no rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
February Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
March High Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Highly Recommended
April Low Low Long rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
May Low Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
June Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
July Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
August Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
September Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
October Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
November High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended
December High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended

Physical Level

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Leisurely. Our safaris with the Leisurely rating are perfectly suitable for people with an average level of fitness. Assuming that you already have that level, no physical preparation is necessary in advance of one of these trips, and no strenuous exercise is expected on them. All visitors will spend some significant time in our comfortable vehicles on the rather rough roads of Tanzania.

Accommodation

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Accommodation on this tour is in our Comfort category, with one night’s hotel accommodation in Arusha and five nights out on safari in our relaxing, atmospheric camps or lodges. Our Comfort level accommodations are carefully selected by Easy Travel to provide the perfect balance between price and quality, and all offer private, en-suite facilities.

Tour Summary

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7 Days, 6 Nights 1 night in Arusha, 2 nights in Western Serengeti, 2 nights in Central Serengeti, 1 night in Ngorongoro
  • Day 1 – Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
  • Day 2 – Arusha – Western Serengeti
  • Day 3 – Western Serengeti
  • Day 4 – Western Serengeti – Central Serengeti
  • Day 5 – Central Serengeti
  • Day 6 – Central Serengeti – Ngorongoro
  • Day 7 –Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

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Welcome to Tanzania
Whatever your arrival time at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver-guide will be waiting for you with a warm welcoming smile. Kick back and relax in your comfortable vehicle as he takes you to your hotel in Arusha, Tanzania’s self-styled ‘safari capital.’ On your one-hour journey to the hotel, you will get a brief impression of this large, bustling, commercial city. Depending on your arrival time, you may have your pre-safari briefing today; if not, it will take place early tomorrow morning.
Accommodation

A compact hotel choice in central Arusha, the Kibo Palace Hotel oozes comfort and draws inspiration from its artistic décor from Tanzania and its captivating natural environment.

Here is the perfect place to relax, either before or after your safari, with comfortable and spacious rooms and suites, a popular bar, and an inviting swimming pool to cool you down after a hot day. Moreover, the excellent Kilimanjaro restaurant offers truly international cuisine, with influences from Tanzania and the wider world – there’s something tasty to please everyone.

Best of all, you are assured of a warm, Tanzanian welcome from the Kibo Palace hotel team, dedicated to making your stay here as comfortable as possible.

Meal Plan

Dinner at your hotel.

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Tour Briefing Unless your arrival time yesterday allowed time for your safari briefing, then this will take place after breakfast. We will provide you with all the essential information, before we set off to the airport for our flight to the Western Serengeti to begin our Migration Safari. From our arrival airport, we make the journey to our accommodation for our lunch, then begin our adventure with an afternoon game-drive. In late afternoon, we return to your accommodation for our evening meal and our overnight stay. Welcome to the Serengeti!
Journey: Flight from Arusha to Western Serengeti We start our journey with a short drive to Arusha airport, followed by a 2 ½ hour flight to the Grumeti Airstrip in the Western Serengeti.
Day’s Highlight If you have never seen the Serengeti before, the primeval vastness of this place will blow you away!
Safari (Game Drive) in Western Serengeti Kirawira, Nyasirori, Simiti…the names are hard to say and maybe difficult to remember, but over the next few days these locations in Tanzania’s Western Corridor will bring you wildlife adventures that will fill you with memories. Your driver-guide can choose from a number of ‘loops’ when searching out wildlife opportunities for you: these depart from and reconnect to the main road, visiting different types of vegetation and exploring varied habitats. Two important rivers cross this region, and the permanent pools created by the Grumeti and Mbalageti ensure that animals can be seen all year-round. Populations of elephant and giraffe, wildebeest, baboons and lions are all resident here, but the Migration time sets a different scene entirely. Huge crocodiles lurk in anticipation of the river crossing, looking to pick off a wildebeest or two as their herds plunge into the waters for the other side. Safety in numbers? Not always, so perhaps you will see not only a crossing, but a kill as well. Patience will bring its rewards – for crocodiles and for you, the visitor, poised with your camera!
  • Accommodation

    Situated in the Western Corridor section of the Serengeti National Park, south of the Simiti Hills, the Mbalageti Tented Lodge is a true wilderness lodge which gets you up close to the passing wildlife of Tanzania. A great level of comfort is provided in the well-appointed tents, making this a super place in which to kick back and relax after a day’s safari.

    All of the spacious rooms enjoy en-suite facilities and are characterised by a ‘bush theme’. The use of natural materials is prominent in the camp’s construction and views from the verandas over the surrounding landscapes are outstanding, with rooms facing either towards the sunset or sunrise. To cool off, make the most of the refreshing swimming pool.

  • Meal Plan Breakfast is provided at The African Tulip. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a full, cooked meal created by the team at the Mbalageti Tented Lodge.
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Day’s Highlight With a full day to explore this diverse area, we will be on the lookout for a river crossing. This is wildlife at its rawest!
Morning Game Drive in the Western Serengeti In Migration times, your driver-guide will do all he can to ensure you witness a crossing. If you didn’t see one yesterday, then today offers another possibility. But the Western Corridor has much more to offer. A favourite amongst our visitors is the collection of hippo pools: as they wallow throughout daylight hours in the mud, this really is wildlife-spotting at its easiest! A local speciality here is the lowland species of the black and white colobus monkey, different from the ones you may see in other parts of Tanzania. The Mbalageti area also hosts the highest density of topi in Tanzania, so keep your eyes peeled. A rare and treasured sighting would be of an African wild dog; rare, but they are definitely here… somewhere!
Afternoon Game Drive in Western Serengeti Whether it’s the best place to catch a wildebeest river crossing, the best time to watch a lumbering hippo leave its pool to feast on vegetation for its evening meal, or simply to find the highest vantage point from which to watch the sun set over the plains, your driver-guide will draw on his incredible knowledge and experience to give you wildlife encounters beyond your imagination. Today, once again we will explore this Western Corridor of the Serengeti, admiring its grasslands and bushlands and the wildlife. Here, ponder that perhaps this is how the world once was, long, long ago, with animals in the ascendant and few humans to be seen. Simply incredible, and thought-provoking, too.
    • Accommodation With the sights and sounds still fresh in your consciousness, it’s time to relax, dine and then sleep. With this is mind, and after your busy and exhilarating day of safari in this captivating area, we will return you to your accommodation in the Western Serengeti.
    • Meal Plan Breakfast is enjoyed at the Mbalageti Tented Lodge. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a delicious meal at the Mbalageti Tented Lodge.
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Journey: Western to Central Serengeti After breakfast, and a morning game-drive en-route, we set off for our next destination, the Central Serengeti, a journey of 80km with an expected time of around 2 hour (100km). On arrival, we take lunch and have an afternoon game drive.
Day’s Highlight While you’ve been asleep or having breakfast, you can be sure that your driver-guide has been checking to see what’s happening in the wonderful world of wildlife. Rest assured, he will find you a highlight!
Safari in Central Serengeti Before leaving the Western Serengeti, we take the opportunity this morning to enjoy another game drive in this incredible location. This allows us further time to wonder at the migratory herds and the dangers and challenges they face each year in their battle for survival. As well as the herd animals, you can look to the skies, perhaps finding a majestic martial eagle or one of the other birds that populate this area. As well as the thousands of migrating animals, this area also has a good population of resident wildlife, so you will never be disappointed. In the afternoon, we take the short drive to the central part of Serengeti, where after lunch a game-drive will introduce you to this wildlife ‘hub. Finally, you will go to your chosen accommodation for relaxation and your evening meal.
      • Accommodation

        Serengeti Tortilis Camp is superbly situated, a wilderness experience like no other. This is what some call ‘glamping,’ with a high degree of comfort in the heart of this famous National Park. The team here is totally dedicated to your enjoyment, providing the warmest of welcomes which might include a bit of singing and dancing: bring your sense of rhythm! You may not be alone here, as the wildlife like to roam freely amongst the tents. But don’t worry, our staff will keep you safe. Enjoy a drink at our outdoor ‘fireplace’ while listening to the calls of the wild.

        Then, feast yourselves on a truly superb dinner and your driver-guide will discuss the plans for the next day’s itinerary in the Serengeti. Afterwards, review the photos that have captured the day’s highlights, before falling asleep to get ready for another day of adventure.

    • Meal Plan Breakfast is served at Mbalageti Tented Lodge. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a full, cooked meal created by the team at the Serengeti Tortilis Camp.
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Day’s Highlight Today, we set off from our accommodation in Central Serengeti. Wildlife is abundant here: sometimes you may think it has come to find you, rather than the other way round. Today’s highlight is unknown, as the animals don’t publish their schedule (!) We will be mindful of the migratory movements, of course, but this area is where bushland meets grassland, so a favorite spot for big cats looking for prey. Cheetah, leopard and lions are all possibilities today.
Safari in Central Serengeti National Park

Waking up in the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park. After breakfast, we start today with the morning section of our game drive in Serengeti National Park, marveling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide.

The Seronera River weaves its way through this area, providing waters for all species of wildlife. You will also see the distinctive rocky outcrops, the famous kopjes which characterize the Serengeti landscape. Lunch will be an unforgettable experience, enjoyed in the middle of the bush.

After our lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work to a timetable, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much-needed rest.

  • Accommodation After your day of thrilling game drives, your driver will return you safely for another relaxing night your Serengeti accommodation (see above). Drink, relax, dine and sleep, all out in the wilderness of the Serengeti. What could be better?
  • Meal Plan Breakfast is enjoyed at the Serengeti Tortilis Camp. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a delicious meal at the Serengeti Tortilis Camp.
Note: for those who have booked the Balloon Safari for today, you will be picked up from the lodge at 05.00 hours for a 06.00 hours departure. After your 60 – 90-minute aerial adventure, bush breakfast and champagne, your driver will pick you up for your full-day game drive.
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Today our adventure takes us out of the Serengeti National Park and leads us to another of Tanzania’s true wonders, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. With its wildlife-filled crater, Ngorongoro may be difficult to pronounce, but with its wildlife-filled volcanic crater it is easy to admire. Unsurprisingly, this is yet another of our country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Journey: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area After a morning game drive and lunch, this afternoon we will head south-east towards Ngorongoro, a distance of 145km which will take us around 3 ½ hours.
Day’s Highlight Today, we will get our first sight of the spectacular, incomparable Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and the heart of the Conservation Area of the same name. But before that, we have another morning game drive in amazing Serengeti, marveling at its animal inhabitants. Another day of adventure, another day to enjoy the wildlife.
Safari in Central Serengeti National Park After our morning game drive, perhaps trying to find any animal that has – until now – been elusive enough to evade your eagle-eyed driver-guide, we head south-east towards Ngorongoro. If it has not already struck you with its vastness, Serengeti’s ‘endless plains’ will certainly now make a deep impression on you as we take the long, straight road which passes Simba Kopjes (famous from ‘The Lion King’) to reach Naabi Hill Gate, close to the divide between Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Here you can gather information at the gate’s visitor center, clamber up the hill for superb views back over the plains, or look out for a colorful agama lizard among the rocks.
  • Accommodation Our Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp is only a 20km drive from the crater itself (around 40 minutes), set beneath an atmospheric acacia ‘umbrella,’ located in dense, sloping woodland and adjacent to a traditional Maasai community. Some will call the set-up here ‘glamping’, and it certainly offers a great level of comfort, considering the wilderness location. The nearby Ol Mote and Makarot mountains give it an added dimension, but it is the warm welcome of the staff which is the highlight for many of the visitors here. You’ll enjoy the team’s singing and dancing, perhaps you will even be tempted to join in. You can relax, have a drink, sit in front of the camp fire, and listen to the sounds of the noisy tree hyrax who live nearby. Then, enjoy dinner – and fall asleep, dreaming of the day’s highlights.
  • Meal Plan Breakfast is served at Serengeti Tortilis Camp. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a full, cooked meal created by the team at the Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp.
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Journey: Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro International Airport After our morning visit to the incomparable crater – see below – and then lunch, we will have a 5-hour journey, covering the 250km back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Day’s Highlight Like nothing else on Earth, the stunning crater of Ngorongoro is a unique home for many, many species of Tanzania’s wildlife. With some luck, you may even see a black rhino here.
Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

From our accommodation, we set off after breakfast, a 6am departure to reach the rim and then descend into the vast crater itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country, so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft, swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.

The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories; 15,000 wildebeest, 9,000 zebra, 400 hyenas, and around 50 black rhino. Many wildebeest and other herd animals are resident, benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle and eland are also present in numbers. Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birdlife is colourful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can often be seen in Lake Magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor.

  • Meal PlanBreakfast is served at Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the camp for you to take out on safari and enjoyed after your morning game-drive, before we return you to the airport for your flight home. As today is your departure day, please note that dinner tonight is not included in the tour.
  • Departure Instructions

    Please note that this Grumeti River Migration Safari – 7 Days tour ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 17.30 hours. Your departure can only take place today if you have pre-booked a domestic flight which leaves from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 19.40 hours or after, or an international flight which leaves at 21.00 hours or after. Otherwise, you will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (not included in the tour price) and take a flight the following day.

  • Post Tour Extension After your exhilarating time on safari, you may want to extend your Tanzanian holiday with time on Zanzibar’s wonderful beaches. Please contact us for details.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Easy Travel Trip Safety

AMREF Flying Doctor Insurance. A Flying doctor Insurance to Air transfer you before dark from nearest airstrip to hospital during Emergency

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4X4 Custom built – Toyota Landcruiser

  • 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

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Easy Travel Trip Crew 

Professional English-Speaking 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

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Easy Travel Treat

A Special Safari Hamper

  • Soft drinks, Coffee/tea, and Water during game drives
  • A bottle of Non-Alcoholic Champagne


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Arrival and Departure Transfer

TO/FROM Kilimanjaro International or Arusha Airport

  • One arrival Transfer
  • One departure Transfer

Domestic Flight

  • Flight from Arusha Airport to Grumeti Airstrip


Accommodation

  • 1 night in Arusha, 5 nights on Safari
  • 1st night – Kibo Palace HotelHalf Board (Dinner, Breakfast)
  • 2nd night – Mbalageti Tented Lodge Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
  • 3rd night – Mbalageti Tented Lodge Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
  • 4th night – Serengeti Tortilis Camp Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
  • 5th night – Serengeti Tortilis Camp Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)
  • 6th night – Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)