This 10 day Mara River Crossing safari itinerary offers a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring event of the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Over the course of ten days, you will embark on a thrilling adventure, exploring diverse landscapes and encountering an abundance of wildlife.

This captivating itinerary invites you to discover the stunning landscapes and remarkable wildlife of northern Tanzania. Begin your adventure in Tarangire National Park, known for its iconic baobab trees and vast elephant herds. Embark on thrilling game drives as you encounter lions, giraffes, zebras, and an array of bird species.

Next, venture to Lake Manyara National Park, a true paradise for bird enthusiasts. Observe flamingos wading in the lake’s shimmering waters and marvel at the park’s diverse ecosystems, ranging from lush forests to open savannahs. Keep an eye out for the famous tree-climbing lions that inhabit this unique area.

The 10 day safari journey then takes you to the renowned Serengeti National Park, where you’ll witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the great wildebeest migration. Experience the vast plains coming alive as millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the landscape in search of greener pastures. Witness the dramatic Mara River crossings, where these magnificent animals brave the treacherous waters, pursued by crocodiles and other predators.

Continuing your adventure, you’ll descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s most remarkable natural wonders. This immense caldera is home to a thriving ecosystem, including a dense concentration of wildlife. Embark on an unforgettable game drive, encountering an abundance of wildlife such as elephants, buffalos, rhinos, and elusive big cats.

Throughout this 10 day itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity to stay at luxury lodges or tented camps that offer comfort and immerse you in the African wilderness. Professional guides and naturalists will accompany you, sharing their expertise and ensuring you make the most of every wildlife encounter.

Prepare to be captivated by the raw beauty of Tanzania’s national parks, the diverse array of wildlife species, and the incredible natural phenomena that unfold before your eyes. This itinerary promises a truly unforgettable safari experience that will leave you with cherished memories of Tanzania’s extraordinary landscapes and wildlife encounters.

Let’s take a closer look at each day’s highlights.

10-Day Wildebeest Migration Crossing Safari Highlights

  • Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration: Experience one of nature’s most remarkable spectacles as millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores migrate across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in search of greener pastures.
  • Mara River Crossing: Observe the thrilling river crossings of the migrating herds as they navigate the treacherous waters of the Mara River, braving crocodiles and other predators.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Get up close to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and various bird species, as they follow the wildebeest herds during the migration.
  • Game Drives: Embark on exhilarating game drives, guided by experienced professionals who will take you to strategic locations to witness the migration and provide insights into the behavior of the wildlife.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, with its vast grasslands, acacia trees, and rolling hills, creating a stunning backdrop for the migration.
  • Cultural Interactions: Engage with local Maasai communities and learn about their traditional way of life, including their unique relationship with the wildlife and the land.

Day-by-Day Itinerary Summary:

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
  • Check-in at your chosen accommodation

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

  • Depart from Arusha to Tarangire National Park
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Overnight stay near the park

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

  • Journey from Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Overnight stay near the park

Day 4: Serengeti (Ndutu area)

  • Transfer from Lake Manyara to Serengeti (Ndutu area)
  • Witness the great wildebeest migration in the Ndutu area
  • Overnight stay in the Serengeti

Days 5-8: Witness the Mara River Crossing

  • Explore the Mara River area of the Serengeti
  • Observe and capture the dramatic river crossings of the wildebeest migration
  • Game drives for wildlife sightings and photography
  • Return to accommodation in the Serengeti each evening

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater

  • Morning game drive in the Serengeti
  • Travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive
  • Overnight stay on the crater rim

Day 10: Departure from Arusha

  • Return journey from Ngorongoro to Arusha
  • Optional stops at local markets or curio shops
  • Transfer to the airport or accommodation in Arusha

Day 1

Arrival in Arusha

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Tranquil Kilimanjaro. They will accompany you to your accommodation, where you can relax and prepare for the upcoming safari.

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Grand Melia Lodge / Mount Meru Hotel / Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Mid-range: Ilboru Safari Lodge / Arusha Planet Lodge / Airport Planet Lodge
  • Budget: Outpost Lodge / Tulia Boutique Hotel / Green Mountain Hotel

Day 2

Arusha to Tarangire National Park

In the morning, your private safari guide will pick you up from your lodging in Arusha. You’ll embark on a scenic drive to Tarangire National Park, passing through the picturesque Masai plains adorned with acacia trees. Along the way, you might catch glimpses of the vibrant Masai people going about their daily lives. Tarangire National Park is renowned for its large herds of elephants and diverse wildlife. From the comfort of your safari jeep, you’ll have the chance to observe zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, elephants, and giraffes. Keep an eye out for predators like lions and leopards too. After an exciting game drive, you’ll head to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Kitela Lodge / Lake Manyara Kilima Moja / The Retreat at Ngorongoro
  • Mid-range: Eileen’s Tree Inn / Endoro Lodge / Karatu Simba Lodge
  • Budget Camping: Lilac Campsite / Panorama Campsite

Day 3

Serengeti National Park (Central)

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll continue your journey through the fertile highlands, passing misty rainforests in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Keep an eye out for baboons, leopards, and elephants amidst the dense vegetation. As you traverse the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro Crater before arriving at the Serengeti National Park by midday. Spanning vast landscapes with diverse habitats such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, and savannahs, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest park. Enjoy an extensive game drive before heading to your accommodation for a delightful dinner and a restful overnight stay.

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp / Melia Serengeti Lodge / Four Seasons Serengeti
  • Mid-range: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp / Embalakai Camp / Acacia Central Camp
  • Budget Camping: Nyani Campsite

Day 4

North Serengeti Following the Migration

On this day, you’ll embark on an en route game drive to the Northern region of the Serengeti. The Northern Serengeti boasts picturesque landscapes characterized by gentle rolling hills, small rivers, and impressive kopjes. This area is home to a permanent population of wildlife and offers unique geological formations like the stunning Lake Ndutu. As you venture further, you’ll witness a truly remarkable spectacle—the great wildebeest migration. Millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles traverse these lands in search of fresh grazing grounds and water sources. The sight of the vast herds moving in unison is a sight to behold.

Your experienced guide will navigate the area, ensuring you have the best vantage points to witness this incredible natural phenomenon. Keep your camera ready to capture the breathtaking moments as wildebeests brave the treacherous Mara River, overcoming obstacles and facing potential predators. The sheer determination and strength of these animals will leave you in awe.

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Singita Mara River Tented Camp / Sayari Camp / Serengeti Pioneer Camp
  • Mid-range: Mara Mara Tented Lodge / Kaskaz Mara Camp / Mara Under Canvas
  • Budget Camping: Nyamalumbwa Campsite / Kogatende Campsite

Day 5

North Serengeti

Rise early and embark on a captivating day, filled with endless possibilities. There is a chance to witness the awe-inspiring sight of animals crossing the Mara River. Witness hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, their yearning eyes fixed upon the lush green grass on the opposite bank, yearning to traverse the turbulent waters. All it takes is one brave wildebeest to plunge into the river, and the rest will follow in a spectacular display of bravery and determination. Those fortunate enough to successfully avoid the lurking jaws of crocodiles and cross the river will be rewarded with the verdant grazing grass of the Masai Mara. From August to October, this remarkable sight unfolds before your very eyes.

Accommodation Options
From August to October

Luxury: Mara Mara Tented Lodge / Mara Under Canvas
Mid-range: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp (Mara) / Acacia Migration Camp

Day 6

Central Serengeti

After indulging in a delectable breakfast, return to Seronera, relishing the opportunity for further encounters with the incredible wildlife and mesmerizing natural beauty that Serengeti holds. Apart from the migrating herds, you may have the privilege of witnessing the resident predators, such as the regal leopard, swift cheetah, and majestic lion, fulfilling their integral roles in the circle of life. Engage in an extensive game drive that reveals the captivating wonders of the Serengeti. As the day draws to a close, retreat to your accommodation, where a hearty dinner awaits you. Unwind by the crackling fire, engaging in leisurely conversations under the enchanting African night sky, which stretches infinitely above the sweeping plains.

Accommodation Options


  • Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
  • Melia Serengeti Lodge
  • Four Seasons Serengeti


  • Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp
  • Embalakai Camp
  • Acacia Central Camp

Budget Camping:

  • Nyani Campsite

Day 7

Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After savoring a sumptuous breakfast, embark on another extraordinary game drive in the Serengeti, before making your way to the illustrious Ngorongoro Crater. As you arrive at the edge of the crater in the afternoon, a captivating sight awaits you. Behold the glistening streams, vast open grasslands, and an abundance of animals that populate this remarkable natural wonder. Settle into your nearby lodge perched on the rim of the crater, where you will spend the night, eager for the adventures that await you on the following day.

Accommodation Options


  • Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp


  • Rhino Lodge
  • Angata Ngorongoro Camp

Budget Camping:

  • Nyani Campsite

Day 8

Ngorongoro Crater

In the early morning, before the first rays of light grace the horizon, set forth on an extraordinary descent to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. As you descend into this breathtaking amphitheater, be prepared to be mesmerized by the incredible wildlife that roams freely in this unfenced reserve. The crater, formed millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption rivaling the height of Mount Kilimanjaro, offers a captivating glimpse into a world where animals thrive in harmony with their surroundings. Plummeting to a depth of 610 meters and spanning approximately 260 square kilometers, this enclosed ecosystem boasts an unrivaled concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro, meaning “sound of bells” in the Maasai language, offers an exceptional opportunity to witness Africa’s renowned big five, as well as an array of other mesmerizing creatures, including wildebeest, gazelle, reedbuck, and over 500 bird species. Pause for a delightful picnic lunch near the hippo lake, and in the afternoon, ascend the steep road out of the crater. Rest and rejuvenate in the town of Karatu, where you will spend the night.

Accommodation Options


  • Kitela Lodge
  • Lake Manyara Kilima Moja
  • The Retreat at Ngorongoro


  • Eileen’s Tree Inn
  • Endoro Lodge
  • Karatu Simba Lodge

Budget Camping:

  • Lilac Campsite
  • Panorama Campsite

Day 9

Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After a fulfilling breakfast, embark on a journey to your final destination on this epic safari – Lake Manyara National Park. Located approximately 120 kilometers west of Arusha, this diverse and relatively small park beckons with its unique features. The park derives its name from the shallow salt lake that dominates seventy percent of its surface area, undergoing seasonal flooding and drying, and serving as a sanctuary for thousands of flamingos and around 500 other bird species. Explore the park’s varied landscapes, ranging from open grassy plains to woodlands teeming with primates, and cliffs adorned with iconic baobab trees. Encounter a plethora of wildlife, including monkeys, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, elephants, and, with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. After a delightful lunch, return to Arusha, arriving in the late afternoon.

Accommodation Options


  • Grand Melia Lodge
  • Mount Meru Hotel
  • Arusha Coffee Lodge


  • Ilboru Safari Lodge
  • Arusha Planet Lodge
  • Airport Planet Lodge


  • Outpost Lodge
  • Tulia Boutique Hotel
  • Green Mountain Hotel

Day 10

Departure from Arusha

After a remarkable journey through the captivating landscapes and abundant wildlife of Tanzania, it is time to bid farewell. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation before being transferred to the airport, where you will embark on your onward journey with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Note: This 10-day wildebeest migration safari itinerary is flexible and can be customized according to your preferences and interests.

The cost for the whole 10 Days Wildebeest Migration Crossing safari  includes and excludes the following items

Tanzania Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and activities

All accommodation

A professional driver/ safari guide

All transportation

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer


Water / Coffee / Tea or Soft Drinks

Price Excludes

International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Wildebeest migration crossing safari
Wildebeest migration crossing safari