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Caption: Zebra calf. Serengeti
Caption: Wildebeest mother and calf at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
Caption: Wayo Manyara Green Camp
Caption: Ngorongoro Crater
Caption: Lions in the long grass in the Serengeti
Caption: Masai Giraffe and calf
Caption: Serengeti predators
Caption: Walking Safari with guide
Caption: Baby elephant in the Serengeti

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Tanzania Great Migration Calving Season Safari
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Flight information: Flights depart London Heathrow Airport [LHR] the day prior to the start of the tour, arriving into Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] on Day 1, and departing from Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] on Day 10 arriving back into London Heathrow Airport [LHR]
Pickup location: Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] on Day 1

Overview

Choose your own departure date for your group. (Jan, Feb, March)

Northern Tanzania is a great place to be in February as the annual wildebeest and zebra migration arrives on these plains to give birth to thousands of calves.

Tanzania is the land of safaris and this trip is an excellent choice, whether it is your first safari or your fiftieth. Tanzania’s prolific wildlife and stunning scenery make it one of the most sought after safari destinations. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are stars of the show and are rightly world famous as two of the best places on the planet to encounter ‘the Big 5’. On this safari you will work your way through the major parks in Tanzania, staying in a combination of stylish tented camps and more remote and unique camps set up in key wildlife corridors. The February and March departures are timed to coincide with the Great Migration calving season, and is without doubt one of the most special wildlife spectacles on earth!

Maximum of 12 places are available on this tour.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Tanzania
DAY 2 - Lake Manyara National Park
DAY 3 - Lake Manyara National Park
DAY 4 - Ngorongoro Crater
DAY 5 - Ngorongoro Crater
DAY 6 - Southern Serengeti
DAY 7 - Southern Serengeti
DAY 8 - Southern Serengeti
DAY 9 - Fly to Arusha & onward travel
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Arusha. Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania, close to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. You will be met by a Big Safari Company representative and transferred to Rivertrees Country Inn, a charming old farm house, nestled between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, in natural gardens along the Usa River. It is close to the airport and Arusha but away from the hustle and bustle of a city hotel. 

Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha 

DAY 2 - Lake Manyara National Park

We'll depart Arusha this morning and head into Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is a spectacular region of the Great Rift Valley, including a large lake, wetland forest, acacia woodland and open grassland. Wildlife roams the plains and frequent the waters of the lake and the Simba River, which are teeming with hippo. The forests of the region are home to blue monkeys, vervets, baboons, aardvark, pangolin, leopard and even black rhino. The area is also home to famous tree-climbing lions. Late afternoon, we'll game drive to the Manyara Green Camp on the shores of the Lake 

Enjoy the evening in this stunning camp, climb up the rocks of the waterfalls and dinner under the stars on the dry river bed and overnight in your own spacious tent with proper beds, comfortable linens and the sounds of Africa all around you as you fall asleep.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wayo Green Camp, Lake Manyara 

DAY 3 - Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy a morning walk on the lake shores, various game drives, including a night game drive and overnight back in the Manyara Green Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wayo Green Camp, Lake Manyara 

DAY 4 - Ngorongoro Crater

Morning game drive out of Manyara, stopping at a treetop walkway en-route out of the park. This is followed by a guided walk or tuk tuk ride through the local farming village of Mto Wa Mbu, ending in a local lunch served in a banana plantation. Afternoon transfer onto the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and then to the stylish Sanctuary Crater Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Sanctuary Crater Camp 

DAY 5 - Ngorongoro Crater

Very early departure from the camp on to the Crater floor. We prefer to stay in this camp because it's close to the Crater floor and we can be the first vehicle on the floor. This is best for the game viewing as we are always ahead of the other vehicles.

We'll have a packed brunch whilst we're on the crater floor with the spectacular safari scenery and wildlife around us. We return to Mysigio Camp set in the crater plains for late afternoon. Once settled, a short 10 minutes walk takes us to a nearby space which will be prepared by the maasai for us to enjoy experiencing and learning about some traditional Maasai activities and rituals.

Supper under the stars and overnight in a traditional-style safari tent.

Included meals: Brunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Mysigio Cam 

DAY 6 - Southern Serengeti

After a freshly cooked breakfast, we'll enjoy a short walk with a Maasai escort and then depart and head off in pursuit of The Serengeti.

Game drives during the day and then back to Wayo Green Camp set in the heart of the plains and near to the national park gate.

Enjoy sundowners and a freshly cooked supper under the stars. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wayo Serengeti Green Camp 

DAY 7 - Southern Serengeti

Enjoy a full day game driving in the short grass plains up to our very remote Wayo Walking Camp set in the walking zones and away from other tourists.

There is an option to go on a dawn Serengeti Balloon Safari to enjoy the beautiful plains from the air.

You will arrive in the afternoon and enjoy an afternoon stroll to return back to camp for sundowners on some rocky kopjes (small hills) and dine under the stars. Your tent will be a 'star tent' which has the option of upzipping to simply be a frame of secure, strong gauze so that you can sleep under the stars.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wayo Walking Camp 
Optional extras: Serengeti Balloon Safari - bookable locally 

DAY 8 - Southern Serengeti

Full day walking safari in the Serengeti or the option for some to return back to camp to enjoy the quiet of the landscape or choose to game drive the plains.

Plans are flexible and can very much fit around your desires at the time. You will return back to the walking camp in the evening to enjoy your star tent for your last night in Africa.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wayo Walking Camp 

DAY 9 - Fly to Arusha & onward travel

Game drive to the Seronera airstrip and flight from there to Arusha approx 11:00am.

Pick up in Arusha airport, transfer to a Rivertrees day room with lunch and afternoon transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flights.

We can arrange for a tour extension to Zanzibar to spend some time on the beach, or continue your safari experience before departing Africa. Please ask at the time of booking.

Included meals: Breakfast 

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What's included

  • ATOL Protection
  • Return international economy flights from London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO]. Please ask for a flight quote at the time of booking for departures from regional airports.
    (If you are extending your stay with extra days in Zanibar your departure flights be arranged from Zanzibar Airport [ZNZ])
  • Meet & Greet at Kilimanjaro Airport on arrival.
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Transport in 4x4 vehicle
  • Park Entrance Fees into specified Parks and Reserves.
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
  • 2 x ½ litre Mineral Water Bottles per person, per day in Safari vehicle.
  • National English speaking tour guide.
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size being reached.)

What's not included

  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions.
  • Visa entry
  • COVID tests - entry&exit requirements
  • Drinks.
  • Gratuities 
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance.
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above.
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Any optional activities offered.

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require an e-Visa to visit Tanzania.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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