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Thrill & Chill Wildebeest Migration with ZanzibarTanzania

From £4,044 per person for 9 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
It’s one of the world’s best-known wildlife experiences – a stampede of more than 1.5 million wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope, as they migrate clockwise across the vast plains of the Serengeti towards the Masai Mara. Then, after a busy week on safari, why not take some time to relax in the tropical oasis of Zanzibar.

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Prepare to watch one of the world’s most dramatic sights unfold, as more than 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope, stampede across the vast plains of the Serengeti. Our Wildebeest Migration experience also includes a trip to Lake Manyara — where tree-climbing lions join huge herds of elephant — and the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater, a hotspot for Big Five game viewing.

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Witness vast herds of migrating wildebeest sweeping across the Serengeti or the equally spectacular Ndutu region
  • Spot the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater – one of the best places in Africa to see them
  • Seek out the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park
  • Savour camp life as you tour Tanzania’s excellent safari lodges
Tanzania Migration Safari - Wildebeest and Zebra

Your adventure begins at Lake Manyara, one of Tanzania’s smaller and less well known parks. The diverse ecosystems of this pint-sized park support an astonishing wealth of wildlife, including huge herds of elephants and rare tree-climbing lions. Next you’ll head to the Serengeti, or Ndutu if you travel between December and April, for a two-night stay close to the migration route. The sight of thousands of stampeding animals is jaw-dropping, but so is the setting: the Serengeti was one of the world’s first UNESCO Heritage Sites, and its flamingo-filled lakes, shimmering orange sunsets and prowling big cats are the epitome of wild Africa. 

You’ll combine a day tracking the migration with game drives in search of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, before moving onwards to the stunning surrounds of the Ngorongoro Crater. This lush, fertile landscape was created three million years ago by a volcanic eruption that tore the land apart, and it’s one of the very best places in Africa to see the Big Five. This is an unforgettable finale to your time in Tanzania, as you head out into the crater in search of rhinos, lions, cheetahs and hippos.


Zanzibar 

Zanzibar – actually the name of the collection of islands rather than the island itself – is an archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. You’ll be visiting Unguja (colloquially called Zanzibar), the biggest of them all, also known as Spice Island. Bursting with culture and history, it is a destination which has drawn traders, merchants and seafarers from far and wide for hundreds of years. The dazzling white-sand beaches and incredible marine life are some of the best in the world while the capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating place to visit. Its labyrinthine alleys lead you to bustling markets and impressive mosques and the whole city is a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian and African influenced architecture, making for a captivating place to visit. 

Zanzibar Hotel Aerial


Our hotel is in a stunning location with breakfast included and private transport from mainland Tanzania directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day trip has no organised activities, meaning that your time on this beautiful island can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


GETTING THERE

Your transfer from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is included in the experience price, along with private transfers to and from your hotel. Flights home from Zanzibar are not included once the experience has finished. 

Experience start point: Kilimanjaro (KIM). Arrive any time.

End point: Zanzibar (ZNZ). Hotel check out 12pm.

Map
Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day One: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you’ll be met and transferred to Arusha, the lively town that’s the gateway to Tanzania’s top safari spots. The rest of the day is yours to relax: perhaps you’ll eat at one of its great restaurants, haggle for souvenirs among the Technicolour stalls of the Maasai Market, or simply take in the incredible views of Mount Meru (the country’s second highest peak) rising above the town.

Overnight in Arusha 

Classic - Outpost Lodge Arusha

Premium - The African Tulip Lodge

Deluxe - Rivertrees Country Inn

Meals included: None

Mount Mera


Day Two: Friendly Elephants and Tree-climbing Cats

It’s a quick drive from Arusha to one of Tanzania’s best game-viewing areas, the empty plains and busy waters of Lake Manyara National Park. Spend the afternoon on your first Tanzanian game drive here, seeking out 100 different bird species, as well as giraffe, impala, zebra, hippo and the park’s famous tree-climbing lions. Huge herds of elephant trundle past the vehicles, and there’s a hippo pool thronged with large, muddy residents. Spend the night in the national park, before moving onwards tomorrow.

Overnight in Lake Manyara National Park 

Classic - Migunga Tented Camp

Premium - Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Deluxe - Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

elephants


Day Three: Make for the Migration

Make for your home for the next two nights: either the Serengeti, a protected area that’s home to the oldest ecosystem in the world or, if you travel between December and March, the sweeping grasslands of Ndutu, where the Serengeti meets the Ngorongoro Crater. Your base has been chosen as the very best place to see the wildebeest migration up close, but first you’ll set off on a game drive across the sprawling flat landscape, seeking out lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Savour dinner and a night’s sleep under the huge, star-packed African sky.

Overnight in Serengeti National Park or Ndutu 

Classic - Kati Kati Tented Camp/Halisi Ndutu Camp

Premium - Ang'ata Serengeti Camp/Ang'ata Migration Camp

Deluxe - Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge/Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Wildebeest


Day Four: On the Move

Today is devoted to game drives geared to seeing the migration up close. Setting out from your camp, you have the choice of either one morning and one evening drive, or a full day with picnic lunch in order to maximise viewing time. Race through the countryside on the hunt for wildebeest and watch as they trail in a great mass on their migration. You’ll need plenty of space on your camera to capture this once in a lifetime sight. 

Overnight at Serengeti National Park or Ndutu 

Classic - Kati Kati Tented Camp/Halisi Ndutu Camp

Premium - Ang'ata Serengeti Camp/Ang'ata Migration Camp

Deluxe - Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge/Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

wildebeast


Day Five: On to Ngorongoro

Start your day early, on the hunt for big cats before they retreat from the blazing heat of the day. After your morning drive, you’ll leave the Serengeti or Ndutu, bound for the Ngorongoro Crater. Formed three million years ago by a volcanic explosion, its lush, fertile landscape is a haven for many types of wildlife – rhino, prides of lion and cheetah are regularly spotted. Settle in and enjoy dinner at your camp, situated right on the rim of the crater.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater

Classic - Rhino Lodge Ngorongoro 

Premium - Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro 

Deluxe - Serena Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Cheetah


Day Six: Into the Crater

Time to descend into the crater, to search out the lion, rhino, cheetah and many other wildlife species easily spotted within its walls. After a morning game drive, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the hippo pond, where you can spot these gigantic animals as their heads bob above the water. Then you’ll begin the drive to back to Arusha, for your final night in Tanzania.

Overnight in Arusha

Classic - Outpost Lodge Arusha

Premium - The African Tulip Lodge

Deluxe - Rivertrees Country Inn 

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Hippos


Zanzibar 

Day Seven: Onwards to Zanzibar

This morning you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport, in time for a flight to Zanzibar departing Kilimanjaro 10am, and arriving in Zanzibar 11am (exact times may differ). 

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, you will be met and transferred to Ocean Paradise Resort for check-in. With the rest of the day to relax, you can settle in and take in the stunning landscape around you. During your stay breakfast and dinner are included. 

Days Eight & Nine: Time to Relax

The next two days will be at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful island paradise. You could go snorkeling, visit Stone Town, go on a boat trip and swimming with dolphins, take a spice tour, go horse riding through coconut groves or just relax on the beach, it’s all up to you. Your Zanzibar extension can be as active or relaxing as you like.

Day Ten: Heading Home

This morning you will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport for your flight home after your incredible African adventure!


Accommodation:

Premium - Ocean Paradise Resort (Garden Room)

Zanzibar Rooms Exterior

Zanzibar Room Interior


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:


Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 6 lunches; 5 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters and other staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry and equipment to hire

We will send you a detailed packing list upon booking, or you can hire equipment locally. 


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here.


GETTING THERE

Your transfer from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is included in the experience price, along with private transfers to and from your hotel. However, flights home from Zanzibar are not included once the experience has finished. 

Experience start point: Kilimanjaro (JRO). Arrive any time.

End point: Zanzibar (ZNZ). Hotel check out 12pm. 


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club

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