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Kirawira Escape

Kirawira Wildebeest Migration Escape
~ Deluxe ~
The best season for this departure is May—June
• Peak season: Spring/Summer • Peak months: May and June

Safari Overview
Our Deluxe Kirawira Wildebeest Migration Safari invites the opportunity to discover the abundant wildlife in the northern parks of Tanzania and to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Central and Western Serengeti, all while enjoying deluxe accommodations.
10 days
9 nights
  • Safari Highlights:
  • Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration around Central and Western Serengeti.
  • See an impressive bird’s diversity at Tarangire National Park.
  • Explore nature on foot adjacent Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Discover a ground water forest which is home to enormous troops of baboons and tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Capture tremendous flocks of pink flamingos in Lake Manyara.
  • Enjoy 4-overnights and 3.5-days of game drive in the vast Serengeti Plains.
  • Behold giant crocodiles and enormous schools of hippos in River Grumeti.

Itinerary
Deluxe Kirawira Wildebeest Migration Safari: Discover Northern Tanzania
Day 1
Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
You will arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by your international flight. Your driver guide will meet you at you at the airport and drive you to Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar) for dinner and overnight (Bed & Breakfast).
About Kibo Palace Hotel

Kibo Palace Hotel - Arusha
Kibo Palace Hotel - Arusha
Named after the highest peak of Africa’s highest mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro, Kibo Palace Hotel is one of Arusha’s most exciting and innovative luxury hotels; contemporary, conductive and unconventional, a luxury hotel with a new attitude. Located in the heart of Arusha, gateway to the world’s most renowned game parks, it is a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and a 15-minute walk from Arusha city center and the Arusha International Conference Center. [learn more]

Day 2
Tarangire National Park
Drive to Maramboi Tented Camp for lunch, then enjoy a PM game drive in Tarangire National Park. Dinner and overnight will be at Maramboi Tented Camp (or similar).
About Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park

Elephants

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a buffet for predators. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Ostrich

  • Location: 118 km (75 miles) southewest of Arusha
  • Getting there: Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • What to do: Guided walking safaris; day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road
  • Learn more
About Maramboi Tented Camp

Maramboi Tented Camp - Tarangire National Park
Maramboi Tented Camp - Tarangire National Park
An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. Maramboi Tented Camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro highlands and on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai a sacred mountain to the Maasai. The camp offers 40 spacious tents built on ample wooden decks. Among them there are 26 standard rooms, 10 suites and 2 units with 2 rooms interconnected; ideal for families with children. They all have en suite facilities and private verandas with 24 hours 220V electric lighting. [learn more]

Day 3
Game Drive and Nature Walk
Start the day with an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park, followed by a late lunch at your camp. In the afternoon, go on a nature walk adjacent Lake Manyara. Dinner and overnight will be at Maramboi Tented Camp (or similar).
About Nature Walk
Nature Walk (adjacent Lake Manyara)


You will get an opportunity to explore on foot guided by a Maasai Guide, the expanse grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, adjacent the alkaline Lake Manyara. Depending on the time of the year, you may see flamingos on the lake shore. Wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes, impalas, ostriches, warthogs and reedbucks. You will learn a lot about Maasai Medicinal plants and small creatures that can’t be seen easily on a normal game drive.

Day 4
Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive with a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, depart to your lodge (40-minutes). Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Farm House Valley (or similar).
About Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

Bushbuck

The compact game –viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, Blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient Mahogany trees, dainty Bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk in the high canopy.


Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the Alkakine Lake. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Giraffe

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

  • Location: The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto Wa Mbu.
  • What to do: Game drives and night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike outside the park, walking safari inside the park.
  • Best time: Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
  • Learn more
About Ngorongoro Farm House Valley

Ngorongoro Farm House - Karatu (and Near Ngorongoro Area)
Ngorongoro Farm House - Karatu (and Near Ngorongoro Area)
Ngorongoro Farm House is a small, exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano. It nestles in a 500 acre coffee farm, located just 4 km from the Lolduare entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Featuring 52 Large Double-chalet Rooms. Of the Standard Rooms there are 25 twins, 17 doubles (king bed), 7 triples, 6 interconected rooms, en-suite bathrooms with built in showers, and mosquito nets. Of the Suite Rooms there are 3 doubles (king bed). All Rooms have large beds, a private verandah, walkways, and telephones. [learn more]

Day 5
Game Drives in the Crater
After an early breakfast, leave the camp at 7:00 AM and drive straight to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch and continue with more game run. Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Farm House Valley (or similar).
About Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

Spotted Hyena (with wildebeest leg)

The Ngorongoro Crater is only 3% of the total area of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), but it is home to more than 75% of all the game animals found in NCA. Technically known as a caldera, Ngorongoro crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world with 19.2 km in diameter, 2000 feet deep, and 102 sq miles in area. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, kongoni, gazelle, warthog and eland. The swamps and forest provide additional resources for hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and Vervet monkeys. The steep inner slopes provide habitat for dik-dik and the rare Mountain reedbuck.
Black Rhinos

Jackals thrive in the crater and bat-eared foxes live in the short grass area. Predatory animals such as lion, leopard, cheetah and serval cats live off the abundant wildlife; and large packs of hyenas roam the crater, making their own kills and scavenging from others. The crater is a dynamic and constantly changing ecosystem and the numbers and proportion of some animals including lions and Black rhinos have fluctuated considerably over the past 30 years. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols in the crater and the whole ecosystem, the Black rhino population is coming back. Ngorongoro crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see a rhino. [learn more]

Day 6
Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch. Following entry to the Serengeti checkpoint, get ready for an afternoon game drive! Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (or similar).
About Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Lion Portrait

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a World Heritage Site and also proclaimed a Worldwide Wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some two million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffes, and hundreds upon hundreds of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Tawny Eagle

The spectacle of predators versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Golden–mained lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the Acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while high densities of cheetahs prowling the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the Spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.


But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. 500–plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grass-land, to the Black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

  • Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west
  • What to do: Hot-air balloon safaris, game viewing. Visit neighbouring Lake Victoria, Olduvai Gorge
  • Best seasons to visit:
    • December–June to see the wildebeest migration
    • June–October to see resident animals and predators (however, mid-March/April is the peak of the rain season)
  • Learn more
About Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp

Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp is a mobile tented camp in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. Throughout the camp there are 10 tents with en suite facilities. [learn more]

Day 7
Game Drives in the Serengeti
Enjoy the day’s sightings with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park with a hot lunch served at your camp. Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (or similar).
Day 8
Journey to the West
After breakfast, do a game drive, en route to Mbalageti Luxury Tented Camp for lunch in the Western Serengeti. In the late afternoon, continue with a game drive in the West (subject to rain pattern at the time of visit, you may see enormous herds of wildebeest migration). Dinner and overnight will be at Mbalageti Luxury Tented Camp (or similar).
About The Western Serengeti
Western Serengeti


Best known as Western Corridor, the western Serengeti includes River Grumeti Valley which pours its water into Lake Victoria. This region provides superb wildlife, especially the great wildebeest migration in May and June. Resident wildlife include giant crocodiles found in River Grumeti teaming up with enormous schools of hippos. Black-and-white colobus monkeys are regular resident primates that live on large trees found along River Grumeti and Mbalageti.

About Mbalageti Luxury Tented Camp

Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge (and Tented) - Serengeti National Park
Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge (and Tented) - Serengeti National Park
Located in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. There are standard lodge rooms as well as 24 beautifully appointed tented chalets with indoor and outdoor bathtubs. A presidential suite is available with spacious lounge, deck, indoor and outdoor bathtubs. The lodge has a restaurant, pool deck, bar, lounge area, welcome center and a shop. Game walks, game drives, and excursions to Lake Victoria can all be arranged. [learn more]

Day 9
Game Drives in the West
Sightings continue with morning and afternoon game drives in the Western Serengeti, searching for more wildebeest migration. You’ll see other game animals including enormous schools of hippos as well as crocodiles sunbathing along the Grumeti River. Dinner and overnight will be at Mbalageti Luxury Tented Camp (or similar).
Day 10
Return to Arusha
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Grumeti Airstrip, catching a morning flight to Arusha and then driven back to Kibo Palace Hotel for lunch and a dayroom. In the evening, you’ll be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your international flight back home.
  • Inclusions:
  • Respective accommodations or similar throughout as indicated.
  • All meals on main tour as shown (except Day 1 at Bed & Breakfast).
  • All game drives with photographic roof hatch land cruiser operated by a professional driver guide.
  • All transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary bottled water during game drives.
  • Tips to waiters.
  • All national park entry fees and Olduvai Gorge Museum entry fee.
  • Visit to Maasai Village.
  • Local flight from Grumeti to Arusha.
  • Exclusions:
  • Entry VISA and local airport tax.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airline.
  • Meals and beverages other than specified.
  • Tips to your driver guide.
  • Tips to porters.
  • Cost for anything not mentioned on the list above.

Accommodations
Our Deluxe Kirawira Wildebeest MigrationSafari Features Deluxe Accommodations

Kibo Palace Hotel - Arusha
Kibo Palace Hotel - Arusha
Named after the highest peak of Africa’s highest mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro, Kibo Palace Hotel is one of Arusha’s most exciting and innovative luxury hotels; contemporary, conductive and unconventional, a luxury hotel with a new attitude. Located in the heart of Arusha, gateway to the world’s most renowned game parks, it is a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and a 15-minute walk from Arusha city center and the Arusha International Conference Center. [learn more]

Maramboi Tented Camp - Tarangire National Park
Maramboi Tented Camp - Tarangire National Park
An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. Maramboi Tented Camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro highlands and on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai a sacred mountain to the Maasai. The camp offers 40 spacious tents built on ample wooden decks. Among them there are 26 standard rooms, 10 suites and 2 units with 2 rooms interconnected; ideal for families with children. They all have en suite facilities and private verandas with 24 hours 220V electric lighting. [learn more]

Ngorongoro Farm House - Karatu (and Near Ngorongoro Area)
Ngorongoro Farm House - Karatu (and Near Ngorongoro Area)
Ngorongoro Farm House is a small, exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano. It nestles in a 500 acre coffee farm, located just 4 km from the Lolduare entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Featuring 52 Large Double-chalet Rooms. Of the Standard Rooms there are 25 twins, 17 doubles (king bed), 7 triples, 6 interconected rooms, en-suite bathrooms with built in showers, and mosquito nets. Of the Suite Rooms there are 3 doubles (king bed). All Rooms have large beds, a private verandah, walkways, and telephones. [learn more]

Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp is a mobile tented camp in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. Throughout the camp there are 10 tents with en suite facilities. [learn more]

Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge (and Tented) - Serengeti National Park
Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge (and Tented) - Serengeti National Park
Located in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. There are standard lodge rooms as well as 24 beautifully appointed tented chalets with indoor and outdoor bathtubs. A presidential suite is available with spacious lounge, deck, indoor and outdoor bathtubs. The lodge has a restaurant, pool deck, bar, lounge area, welcome center and a shop. Game walks, game drives, and excursions to Lake Victoria can all be arranged. [learn more]

Destinations
Discover the World's Abundant Wildlife in Northern Tanzania
Tarangire National Park

Elephants

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a buffet for predators. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Ostrich

  • Location: 118 km (75 miles) southewest of Arusha
  • Getting there: Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • What to do: Guided walking safaris; day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road
  • Learn more
Nature Walk (adjacent Lake Manyara)


You will get an opportunity to explore on foot guided by a Maasai Guide, the expanse grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, adjacent the alkaline Lake Manyara. Depending on the time of the year, you may see flamingos on the lake shore. Wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes, impalas, ostriches, warthogs and reedbucks. You will learn a lot about Maasai Medicinal plants and small creatures that can’t be seen easily on a normal game drive.

Lake Manyara National Park

Bushbuck

The compact game –viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, Blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient Mahogany trees, dainty Bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk in the high canopy.


Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the Alkakine Lake. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Giraffe

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

  • Location: The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto Wa Mbu.
  • What to do: Game drives and night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike outside the park, walking safari inside the park.
  • Best time: Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
  • Learn more
Ngorongoro Crater

Spotted Hyena (with wildebeest leg)

The Ngorongoro Crater is only 3% of the total area of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), but it is home to more than 75% of all the game animals found in NCA. Technically known as a caldera, Ngorongoro crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world with 19.2 km in diameter, 2000 feet deep, and 102 sq miles in area. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, kongoni, gazelle, warthog and eland. The swamps and forest provide additional resources for hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and Vervet monkeys. The steep inner slopes provide habitat for dik-dik and the rare Mountain reedbuck.
Black Rhinos

Jackals thrive in the crater and bat-eared foxes live in the short grass area. Predatory animals such as lion, leopard, cheetah and serval cats live off the abundant wildlife; and large packs of hyenas roam the crater, making their own kills and scavenging from others. The crater is a dynamic and constantly changing ecosystem and the numbers and proportion of some animals including lions and Black rhinos have fluctuated considerably over the past 30 years. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols in the crater and the whole ecosystem, the Black rhino population is coming back. Ngorongoro crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see a rhino. [learn more]

Serengeti National Park

Lion Portrait

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a World Heritage Site and also proclaimed a Worldwide Wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some two million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffes, and hundreds upon hundreds of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Tawny Eagle

The spectacle of predators versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Golden–mained lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the Acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while high densities of cheetahs prowling the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the Spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.


But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. 500–plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grass-land, to the Black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

  • Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west
  • What to do: Hot-air balloon safaris, game viewing. Visit neighbouring Lake Victoria, Olduvai Gorge
  • Best seasons to visit:
    • December–June to see the wildebeest migration
    • June–October to see resident animals and predators (however, mid-March/April is the peak of the rain season)
  • Learn more

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