East Africa is where my love affair with African wildlife began. Over the last 24 years, I have been fortunate enough to see Northern Tanzania’s famous wildebeest migration many times, at both of its best times – January through March in the Southern Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and August-September in the Northern Serengeti when the herds cross the Mara River between Kenya and Tanzania. Safaris have changed dramatically in Tanzania since my introduction all those years ago. The sheer number of people who go on safari there has affected its reputation as a destination among safari aficionados. But there are excellent reasons for Tanzania’s enormous popularity. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area offer spectacular wildlife and scenery and have earned their designations as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tanzanian culture – warm, polite, hospitable, iconic – also makes this country a must-experience in your lifetime.
I don’t get back to Tanzania enough. But I am going in 2024. Join me for my ten-day small group departure, scheduled for mid-August which focuses on the Northern Serengeti and the migration river crossings when the gathered wildebeest cross the Mara River between Tanzania and Kenya. Most road trips through Northern Tanzania backtrack on the only route linking the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the vast areas of the Serengeti. We undertake something different. Beginning in Arusha, we will follow a circular route which has as its first stop the often bypassed Lake Natron with its magnificent Rift Valley scenery, Mount Lengai, the Maasai’s holy mountain and Tanzania’s remaining live volcano, and all-year round flamingo breeding grounds. From Natron, we travel across the Loliondo Game Management Area to enter the Northern Serengeti through its back door. We stop in the Central Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater on the way back to Arusha.
The group size is restricted to six people so we can travel in one extended Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof for game viewing. (If we open to more than 6 paxs, then we move to two vehicles.) Accommodation level is comfortable and considered mid-range to upper mid-range in price. Rooms can be twin/double share or single occupancy. A single supplement will apply.
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