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Tanzania - The Great Migration

Break Available: Year Round (Core: June to March)
8 Night Break

Price per person:
From £6218 based on 2 people sharing (Excluding International Flights)

This Migration itinerary features the Best of Tanzania allowing you to witness the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

Start your journey in the wild and unspoiled Tarangire National Park staying for 2 nights at Oliver’s Camp.  You’ll be right in the thick of it at this camp, enjoying magnificent views and easy access to a fabulous concentration of wildlife without the crowds. Following on with 2 nights on the edge of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. Explore the vast crater floor with the opportunity to spot the Big 5 and visit local Maasai communities close to camp.

The finale is a 3 night stay in your luxury mobile migration camp that ensures you have a front row seat to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles.

 

Highlights

  • Intimate Mobile Camp following The Great Migration
  • Avoiding the Crowds
  • Luxurious Tented Accommodation
  • Day & Night Game Drives
  • Open Vehicle Off Road Driving in Tarangire
  • Walking Safaris a Tarangire Speciality
  • All Day Game Drives with Picnic Lunches
  • Star Gazing
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Day 1
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport with transfer to Arusha

Day 1
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport with transfer to Arusha

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by your driver for road transfer to Onsea House where you will overnight in the serene and tranquil surroundings.

Onsea is located just outside the town of Arusha, perfectly positioned on the drive from Kilimanjaro Airport.  Owner managed and spread out over two levels, the House has an intimate and friendly feel. Add to this the superb staff and a reputation of culinary excellence, and Onsea House is a brilliant pre or post safari stopover.

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Day 2
Game Drive Transfer to Tarangire National Park

Day 2
Game Drive Transfer to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, you will be met by your guide for the game drive transfer to Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park including a packed lunch to enjoy en route.

On arrival at Oliver’s Camp, spend the afternoon settling into your stylish room and the beautiful surroundings. After tea, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Tarangire National Park on an afternoon game drive with one of the superb guides. If you wish, the option of a night drive is also available at an extra cost; watch the antelopes feed in the cool night air and predators stalking their prey under the cover of darkness. Otherwise, sip a cool gin & tonic as the sun sinks below the horizon and head back to camp for dinner under a blanket of stars.

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Day 3
Morning & Afternoon Game Drives

Day 3
Morning & Afternoon Game Drives

After breakfast with the rising sun, you will leave camp with your guide for the morning drive. Drives are conducted in comfortable 4×4 vehicles and will last roughly 4-5 hours, offering the chance to spot buffalo, elephant, giraffe, gazelle and, of course, the ever present predators. Take a picnic lunch with you and eat under the shade of the large baobabs that dot the landscape, or head back to camp and enjoy lunch in the main dining room.

Relax in camp during the heat of the day, before continuing your exploration of the area on the afternoon drive. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the camp and head to the campfire where whiskies are poured and safari tales told late into the night.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Walking Safaris in Tarangire
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Walking Safaris in Tarangire

There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot, and walking safaris with an expert guide from Oliver’s Camp are available for those with an adventurous spirit!

 

Price per person:  £65

Walking in the bush at Oliver's Camp
Expert Guiding
Oliver's Camp walking safari

Day 4
Depart Tarangire for the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 4
Depart Tarangire for the Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, pack your bags and begin the drive to The Highlands Camp set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater.  Oliver’s Camp will provide a packed lunch to enjoy on the journey.

After you have settled in to your domed suite.  An optional extra activity is to spend the afternoon following the ancient Maasai trails to the top of the Olmoti crater.  The gentle 2-3 hour ascent leads you through mountain forest, grassland and rocky outcrops and is a botanist’s dream with varying vegetation and a variety of splendid fern species on show. The birding is outstanding and once at the summit, you will be treated to a simply stunning view of the Olmoti crater itself. On return to camp settle in for the night around the inside fireplace, the perfect place to unwind at the end of your long day exploring.

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Day 5
Exploring the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5
Exploring the Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up with the rising sun and begin the 40 minute drive from The Highlands to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Look out for the zebra interspersed with the Maasai cattle as they are brought out to pasture, and the magnificent view down to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will spend the morning exploring the vast 300 sq km crater floor with the opportunity to spot the Big 5 and the many roaming predators present on the mineral rich floor.

Lunch will be served on the crater floor, and in the afternoon, you may continue your exploration of the crater or perhaps visit one of the local Maasai communities close to camp, offering an insight into the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries.

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Day 6
Drive and Fly to Olakira Migration Camp

Day 6
Drive and Fly to Olakira Migration Camp

Depart The Highlands Camp with a road transfer to Manyara Airstrip to meet with your light aircraft flight into the migration camp.

Spend 3 nights at Olakira Camp in the Serengeti!

As the Great Migration moves with the seasons, so Olakira follows to ensure guests always have a front row seat to nature’s greatest spectacle. With nine spacious tents, complete with full en-suite facilities and our specially designed stargazing tents, Olakira treats its guests to a uniquely personal and authentic East African experience in two amazing locations in the Serengeti. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to spend the night in one of camp’s new and unique stargazing tents.

Depending upon time of year you wish to travel you will either spend time at Olakira South (December to March) or Olakira North (June to November).

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Days 7 & 8
Watching the Great Wildebeest Herds

Days 7 & 8
Watching the Great Wildebeest Herds

Depart from camp for your morning game drives as the sun casts its first rays over the land. Spend some time watching the great wildebeest herds plunging across the Mara River (from Olakira North), or search for the predators that prowl across the landscape, waiting for an opportunity to pounce on the plains game that graze lazily on the grass.

Take breakfast with you and return to camp for lunch or leave camp a little later in the morning and enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush before the adventure continues on your afternoon drive. If you are sharing a vehicle on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything they can to ensure your ideal itinerary for the day is met.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Private Vehicle & Guide
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Private Vehicle & Guide

A private vehicle on safari is well worth considering if you consider your needs and wants differ from the average safari goer.  It allows you freedom to spend as long as you want at sightings – for example you may be a keen birder and enjoy identifying as many species as possible.  In the case of keen photographers, not to have others in the vehicle gives you time and space to get the perfect angle/lighting.

 

Price:  £390 per vehicle per day (Minimum 2 days)

 

Private Vehicle Experience
Private guiding
Private Guiding

Day 9
Depart Camp after Breakfast

Day 9
Depart Camp after Breakfast

After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your guide to the relevant Airstrip, where you will catch your flight back to Arusha for any onward connections.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extend to add a stay in Zanzibar
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Extend to add a stay in Zanzibar

After safari relax on the beach in Zanzibar staying for 4 nights at Matemwe Lodge, a vibrant yet relaxed boutique hotel perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy fresh seafood and poolside cocktails, relax in the spa or for the more active, the lodge offers superb diving and snorkeling off the renowned Mnembe Atoll; a highlight for many. Matemwe is just 60 minutes’ drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to all corners of the island.

 

Day 9

After breakfast, depart camp and make your way to the Airstrip. Here you will bid your guide farewell as you board your flight to Zanzibar Airport. On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met and transferred by road to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island.

Outdoor Lounge Area at Matemwe Lodge
Plunge Pool at Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge Deck

Days 10, 11 & 12

Relax into island life and plan your activities around the tides of the day. There are a variety of activities available either at Matemwe Lodge or through our trusted partners; both can be booked at the lodge reception. It is advisable to book activities outside of the lodge 24 hours in advance, and the staff at Matemwe will do everything they can to secure you a convenient time and day. Otherwise, simply relax in a hammock and watch the dhows drifting in and out, accompanied by the songs of the village women as they harvest seaweed on the beach. In the evening, sip a cool gin and tonic as the moon rises over the ocean, and enjoy fresh seafood bought daily from the fishermen in the open-air restaurant.

Matemwe Lodge Suite Interior
Breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean

Day 13

Depending on the time of your flight out of Zanzibar, a day room at Matemwe can be arranged, giving you time to relax and shower before your journey. You will be met at the lodge and transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your onward flight.

 

Price per person: From £1774 including flight from Serengeti (Ndutu) to Zanzibar based on travel in March.  Excludes your international flight out of Zanzibar.

 

Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Onsea House

Onsea House
Onsea House Swimming Pool
Onsea House

Onsea House

Onsea House is a charming privately owned boutique hotel on the outskirts of Arusha. This is a great place to unwind whether at the start of your trip or after the rigours of a safari.

Onsea House guest accommodation consists of 5 tastefully decorated and peaceful rooms. This cosy and tranquil country inn is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. All rooms are equipped with four poster double queen size beds with mosquito nets and have en suite bathrooms with all modern amenities and comfort. All rooms exude that calm African-colonial feel and feature a safe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and a personal mini-bar.

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Oliver's Camp

Oliver's Camp Mess Tent
Oliver's Camp Exterior
Oliver's Camp Double Room
Oliver's Camp Dining Area

Oliver's Camp

Oliver’s Camp is an echo of the trailblazing camps that pioneered the early days of safari.  Located in the southern reaches of the Tarangire National Park, Oliver's offers an exclusive private experience that is rare to find within a National Park.

The camp offers a magnificent view and easy access to a dense concentration of wildlife year-round. With only ten beautifully furnished and stylish tents, intimacy is ensured and the world-class team of staff who have worked together for many years completes an experience that guests consistently rank amongst their best, and most inspiring, of all time.

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The Highlands Camp

The Highlands Camp
The Highlands Breakfast Deck
The Highlands - View from the Lounge
The Highlands - Starry dome at Night

The Highlands Camp

The spectacular Asilia Highlands Camp combines a cutting-edge, open design with an intimate setting within the lush forest that sprawls along the slopes of the Olmoti volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater.  This is a wonderfully authentic wilderness experience.

The eight luxurious tented suites offer king size beds with bay windows and wood burning stoves keep the domed rooms warm throughout the night. The unique location offers an excellent base from which to explore these wild highlands, redefining the crater experience; climb to the summit of the Olmoti crater directly from camp, visit local communities to catch a glimpse of the traditional Maasai way of life, or simply explore the surrounding area, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant.

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Olakira Camp

Olakira Migration Camp
Olakira - Star gazing tent
Olakira Camp Ensuite Double
Olakira - Lounge & Open Air Reading Area

Olakira Camp

Olakira is an intimate luxury mobile safari camp that follows the seasonal migration of the great wildebeest herds.  Located in the southern Serengeti for the early part of the year, Olakira witnesses the wildebeest calving.  As the herds move northwards, Olakira relocates to the Northern Serengeti to witness the Mara crossings.

Olakira Camp has nine spacious tents complete with full en-suite facilities and specially designed stargazing tents.  The key activity is wildlife viewing with the aim to get guests into the core game areas whether that be on the plains of Ndutu (where walking is also possible) or the Mara River.

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Matemwe Lodge

Outdoor Lounge Area at Matemwe Lodge
Guest Suite at Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge Suite Interior
Pool at Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge is a super tropical island retreat overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean on Zanzibar's north east coast. This vibrant yet relaxed lodge is one of the best boutique hotels on the island and the perfect way to unwind after a Tanzania safari honeymoon or birthday celebration.

 

Each of the 12 beach-chic chalets scattered through the lush gardens has a private sea-facing veranda. Here the tides govern the rhythm of the tranquil days. Enjoy fresh seafood and poolside cocktails, relax in the spa or for the more active, the lodge offers superb diving and snorkelling off the renowned Mnembe Atoll, a highlight for many.

 

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Optional Extras
Walking Safaris in Tarangire
Walking in the bush at Oliver's Camp

There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot, and walking safaris with an expert guide from Oliver’s Camp are available for those with an adventurous spirit!

 

Price per person:  £65

Private Vehicle & Guide
Private Vehicle Experience

A private vehicle on safari is well worth considering if you consider your needs and wants differ from the average safari goer.  It allows you freedom to spend as long as you want at sightings – for example you may be a keen birder and enjoy identifying as many species as possible.  In the case of keen photographers, not to have others in the vehicle gives you time and space to get the perfect angle/lighting.

 

Price:  £390 per vehicle per day (Minimum 2 days)

 

Extend to add a stay in Zanzibar
Outdoor Lounge Area at Matemwe Lodge

After safari relax on the beach in Zanzibar staying for 4 nights at Matemwe Lodge, a vibrant yet relaxed boutique hotel perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy fresh seafood and poolside cocktails, relax in the spa or for the more active, the lodge offers superb diving and snorkeling off the renowned Mnembe Atoll; a highlight for many. Matemwe is just 60 minutes’ drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to all corners of the island.

 

Day 9

After breakfast, depart camp and make your way to the Airstrip. Here you will bid your guide farewell as you board your flight to Zanzibar Airport. On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met and transferred by road to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island.

Days 10, 11 & 12

Relax into island life and plan your activities around the tides of the day. There are a variety of activities available either at Matemwe Lodge or through our trusted partners; both can be booked at the lodge reception. It is advisable to book activities outside of the lodge 24 hours in advance, and the staff at Matemwe will do everything they can to secure you a convenient time and day. Otherwise, simply relax in a hammock and watch the dhows drifting in and out, accompanied by the songs of the village women as they harvest seaweed on the beach. In the evening, sip a cool gin and tonic as the moon rises over the ocean, and enjoy fresh seafood bought daily from the fishermen in the open-air restaurant.

Day 13

Depending on the time of your flight out of Zanzibar, a day room at Matemwe can be arranged, giving you time to relax and shower before your journey. You will be met at the lodge and transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your onward flight.

 

Price per person: From £1774 including flight from Serengeti (Ndutu) to Zanzibar based on travel in March.  Excludes your international flight out of Zanzibar.

 

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Price per person:
From £6218 based on 2 people sharing (Excluding International Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • One Night at Onsea House in Arusha, Half Board
  • Two Nights at Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park
  • Two Nights at The Highlands Camp at Ngorongoro Crater
  • Three Nights at Olakira – a Luxury Migration Camp
  • Naturalist Driver-Guide
  • Flights in and out of the Serengeti

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