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Great Migration and Birds

Tanzania lies south of the equator in the heart of East Africa and is famed for the best safaris in the world.  In northern Tanzania in particular, some of the largest concentrations of mammals anywhere in on Earth, roam across limitless grassy plains in a breathtaking and dramatic landscape, with the Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent, watching over them. 

The Blue Wildebeest migration is one of greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, and it is here that 1.3 million of them, together with hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thompson's Gazelles gather to give birth to a new generation, and soon after, begin their epic annual.   These enormous herds move constantly between different areas, following the rain and fresh grass.   Other game also finds refuge here, with great numbers of African Elephant, Impala, Grant's Gazelle, Masai Giraffe, Warthog, Kirk's Dikdik, Eland, Waterbuck, Topi, Hartebeest, African Buffalo and Hippopotamus. No wonder, with such abundance and variety of prey, predators are spoiled for choice, resulting in the best cat viewing in Africa.  Not only Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards are common, but hyenas and jackal are also always close by.  In addition, Tanzania is one of the last places, where one can still see a Black Rhino.

Birding in Tanzania is equally spectacular as over 1,000 bird species have been recorded, one of the largest number in any African country and representing 10% of the global avifauna.  Of these, over 800 species are resident, 22 species are endemic and a further 43 are near-endemic.  

The itinerary for this tour was carefully chosen to facilitate the best viewing of the annual migration of the game as well as provide the best birding opportunities.  In March, the calving is almost complete and the epic migration commences, whilst resident populations of birds are boosted by many Palaearctic migrants.  To cover the best locations, with accommodation varying between luxurious tended camps to reputable lodges, we will visit five national parks, including the world’s famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 

Serengeti National Park, a beautiful expanse of over 14,000 square kilometres, is perhaps the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary.  A World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, the Serengeti supports the largest concentration of plains game in the world, with nearly 40 species of large mammals recorded.  The Ngorongoro Crater, on the other hand, often called the eighth wonder of the world, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  It was formed about 2.5 million years ago, when the cone of a volcano collapsed, creating one of the most scenic landscape in Africa. Over 600 metres deep and 20 kilometres across, the caldera support 30,000 large mammals and is one of only a few places in the world, where the Big Five can be all seen in one day.

For any wildlife lover, a visit to Tanzania will provide the most treasured memories and a once in a lifetime wildlife experience.   

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info

Tour Details

Next 2021

To be confirmed

Single Supplement
To be confirmed

Group Size

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2
Arusha National Park

Days 3-4
Tarangire National Park

Day 5
Southern Serengeti via Manyara National Park

Day 6
Ndutu, southern Serengeti

Days 7-8
Central Serengeti National Park

Days 9-10
Ngorongoro Crater

Day 11

The Price Includes

  • all accommodation on a shared basis
  • all meals
  • all excursions and transfers by vehicle and boats
  • park and tour guides’ fees

The Price Does Not Include

  • all items of a personal nature
  • flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance alcoholic drinks
  • scheduled return flight from Britain to Arusha.  A group booking, however, will be made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements.

Please Note

  • all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip
  • a deposit of £500 is requested with a booking form.  The final payment is required by 1 December