This 9-day wildebeest migration safari was created to follow the Great Migration of the gnus. The tour takes us to the epicenter of this magnificent earthly spectacle that takes center stage every year. We have three nights in the Serengeti, so we have plenty of time to explore the expansive Serengeti grasslands. We also get to spend a few days watching the great migration, which takes place in the Serengeti’s northernmost section from August to October.
This safari has been planned to focus on the famous Serengeti wildebeest migration and to enhance your chances of seeing it. During the months of August to October, the northern Serengeti’s Kogatende migration area that borders the Mara River is the ideal place to see herds of wildebeest grazing on the abundant short grass plains while contemplating crossing the crocodile-infested river.

Predator activity is at an all-time high, with excellent sightings of cheetah, lion, hyena, and leopard, as well as a strong opportunity of witnessing adrenaline-pumping kills on the river that dissects the Masai Mara of Kenya and the famous Serengeti National Park of Tanzania.

  • This 9-day wildebeest migration tour starts and ends in Arusha
  • Book your own international flights
  • Fly to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) near Arusha/Moshi. Or fly to/from Arusha Airport (ARK) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Transport from and back to the airport is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged at an extra cost on request

The 9 days safari overview

Below is the day by day glance of the 9 days wildebeest migration safari itinerary in Tanzania

Start Arusha (Day 1)
Day 2 Tarangire NP
Day 3 Serengeti NP
Day 4 Northern Serengeti
Day 5-6 Serengeti NP
Day 7 Ngorongoro Highlands
Day 8 Ngorongoro Crater
Day 9 Lake Manyara NP
End Arusha (Day 9)

Arrival - Kilimanjaro Airport

Our Tranquil Kilimanjaro team will pick you up at the airport where you will be taken to your hotel/lodge in Arusha, the tourism capital of East Africa, located in Northern Tanzania.

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included
Day 2

Tarangire National Park

Your own safari guide will pick you up from your Arusha accommodations in the morning. On a decent asphalt road, you’ll travel to Tarangire National Park over gently sloping Maasai grasslands with occasional acacia trees. Many Maasais in colorful clothing will be seen roaming along the roadside, riding bicycles, herding cattle, and driving donkey carts. Tarangire National Park is famous for its massive elephant herds, but it also has a diverse range of other wildlife. Seasonal marshes, savanna, and the life-giving Tarangire River may all be seen from the open top of your safari car. To mention a few, you’ll see zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe.

It’s conceivable that you’ll witness lions pursuing prey or leopards resting in the branches above you.
You’ll drive to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay after your extended game drive.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 3

Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will go to the rich highlands of Iraqw, where the Iraqw people cultivate wheat and corn. We’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area along the way, where you could spot baboons, leopards, and elephants in the deep foliage. You’ll be able to witness the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater as you pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area before continuing on to the Serengeti National Park, where you’ll arrive at about lunchtime. Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s largest park, containing a broad range of landforms and ecosystems, including grassland plains, wetlands, lakes, savannah, and mountains. You will be driven to your hotel after a lengthy game drive, where you will have supper and an overnight stay.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4

North Serengeti Migration

We go on an en-route wildlife drive to the Serengeti’s northern section in the morning. The Northern Serengeti, which stretches for roughly 100 kilometers from Seronera, is a gently sloping landscape punctuated by minor rivers, hills, and kopjes. Here, a diverse permanent population of species may be found. There are also some very stunning geological features, such as the lovely Lobo Kopje. The Northern Serengeti is a fascinating and diverse land that receives fewer tourists since it is located far from the park’s major access point in the south.

During August, the migration passes through this area, and we may be lucky enough to see one of the most dramatic river crossings as the herd attempts to bridge the Mara River while avoiding the powerful currents and ravenous crocodiles.

We’ll return to our hotel after a long day on the ‘Endless Plain,’ where we’ll have dinner and spend the night beneath the spectacular African sky.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5

Serengeti Crossing

You’ll leave after an early breakfast to make the most of the day. There’s a possibility you’ll catch a glimpse of the animals when they cross the Mara River. Hundreds of thousands of anxious wildebeest congregate along the river’s banks, staring longingly across the choppy water to the verdant grass on the other side, yet no animal moves. It just takes one courageous wildebeest to take the leap, and the others will follow! The animals who successfully dodge the crocodile jaws and make it over the river are rewarded with the Masai Mara’s beautiful green grazing grass.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 6

North to Serengeti Central

After breakfast, you’ll return to Seronera, where you’ll have more opportunities to see the Serengeti’s magnificent animals and natural splendor.
Apart from the migrating herds, we could have a chance to view the local predators, like leopards, cheetahs, and lions, going about their business.
We’ll return to our hotel for a delicious meal and another night by the fire after an extended game drive. We’ll unwind and talk while gazing out over the ‘Endless Plain’ at the sweeping beauty of the African night sky.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7

Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you’ll go on another thrilling Serengeti game drive before heading to the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll arrive at the crater’s edge in the afternoon and get your first look at what’s in store for you the next day. Keep an eye out for gleaming streams, vast grassland, and an endless variety of animals. The night will be spent at a neighboring resort on the crater’s rim.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 8

Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area

We will descend down the crater floor very early in the morning after an early breakfast for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most spectacular places on Earth, where the animals move freely through unfenced areas, providing us with an uninterrupted game viewing experience. The Caldera was built around three million years ago when a volcano the size of Kilimanjaro erupted in a cataclysmic eruption. It has a depth of 610 meters and a surface area of 260 square kilometers. It’s a closed environment.

The sound of the bells worn around the necks of Maasai cows is represented by the term Ngorongoro. It is one of the greatest spots in Africa to see the big five, as well as wildebeest, gazelle, reedbuck, and a variety of other animals, as well as over 500 different bird species. You’ll have a picnic lunch at the hippo lake before ascending the steep route out of the crater in the afternoon. You will spend the night at Karatu, a neighboring town.

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 9

Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast, you will go to Lake Manyara National Park, our final stop on our epic safari. This park is 120 kilometers west of Arusha and is very small yet diversified. It gets its name from a small salt lake that occupies about 70% of the land area, floods and dries with the seasons, and is home to tens of thousands of flamingos as well as 500 other bird species. You’ll encounter monkeys, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, elephants, and, with luck, lions resting in the trees as you explore the park.

The park is notable for its various landscapes, which include not just broad grassland plains but also primate-infested woods and cliffs lined with baobab trees. We’ll return to Arusha after lunch and arrive in the late afternoon.

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

The cost for the whole 9 days safari includes and excludes the following items

9 Day Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and acitivities

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