6-Days Wildebeest Mara River Crossing

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Destinations: Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, & Ngorongoro Crater


Witness the greatest show on earth on a custom made 4x4 Safari vehicles with a pop up roof for game viewing as millions of wildebeests tries to cross the Mara River to Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. There is no tight schedule that these animals follow, and so tracking the herd’s movements becomes a day to day prospect as the meander slowly but inexorably towards the next big obstacle in their path: The Mara River. The surrounding landscapes are every bit as remarkable as the life and death struggle taking place at the Kogatende crossing.

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast you will set off from Moshi and make your way through beautiful tribal areas en-route to Tarangire National Park (approximately 4hrs) with picnic lunch boxes and enjoy a game drive before you check in at your accommodations in the late afternoon.

The Park is well known for its famous upside down trees (Baobabs) and the largest concentration of elephants unlike other National Parks. A spectacular game viewing can be witnessed in the dry season as the permanent waters of Tarangire River become the main source of water supply in the park to a different migratory species like huge herds of Wildebeest, Zebras, Elephants, Elands and Oryx

Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Camping in Karatu

Day 2: Karatu to Serengeti National Park (via Olduvai Gorge)

After breakfast, head off to Serengeti National park via Olduvai Gorge, Sire Louise and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue driving to Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch along the way.  Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Serengeti Central (Seronera) before you check in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge/Tented Camps/Camping Serengeti

Day 3: Central Serengeti to Serengeti Kogatende Region

After breakfast, make your way across the plains of Togoro and through the Mbuzi Mawe kopjes (small hills) as we head towards the park's northern reaches.
Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to see the Serengeti's diverse scenery as you pass through wooded hills, tumbledown kopjes and the wide open savannah. Your driver will show you everything from the diminutive dik-dik to towering elephants and giraffes. Upon arriving in the Kogatende region, you'll go out in search of both the Wildebeest Migration and the famous Big Five.

Accommodation: Lodge/Tented Camp/Camping in Serengeti

4 Day – Serengeti National Park (Kogatende Region)

After breakfast, we'll start our game drive around the Kogatende area, searching around the kopjes looking for carnivores and the large migration groups that will be preparing to cross the Mara River to Kenya.
Home to large numbers of hippos and Nile crocodiles, the Mara River is the last major obstacle standing between the Wildebeest Migration and the relative safety of the Maasai Mara. If you're patient and a little lucky, you may even get to witness the death-defying crossing itself where wildebeest and zebras brave the river's currents and crocodiles in an attempt to reach safety on the opposite bank. Check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge/Tented Camp/Camping in Serengeti

5 Day - Serengeti Kogatende Region - Karatu

After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro area.
Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two and three. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; Wildebeests and Zebras migrating together, tall and graceful Giraffes, jumping Antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African Elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. In the evening check in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Camping in Karatu

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

The earlier the better, On this day it is best to leave the hotel as early as possible so you can see the variety of animals that are only active during the morning hours; breakfast will be packed in lunchboxes specifically for this purpose. You will be among the first vehicles descending the 600meters into Ngorongoro Crater for superb game viewing.

The Crater is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, it is undoubtedly the best place to see the endangered species of a rare black Rhino, not to forget prides of Lions including the black maned males. There are lots of colorful Flamingos and variety of water birds. In the Crater you are also likely to see Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas many members of the Antelope family, and small mammals of all sorts. In the afternoon, slowly begin the climb out of the Crater and drive back to Moshi.

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