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Tanzania and the Great East African Migration

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Program #3716RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Each year 2 million animals migrate between the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya, a journey of 800 miles. The migration is dramatic — considered to be the largest movement of wildlife on earth. Witness the highlights of the migration from strategically placed mobile tented camps and study this phenomena and its impact on the land, the animals and the people living on the periphery of the migration route. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge — the Cradle of Mankind — as we follow in the hoof prints of the migrating animals.


Highlights

• Look for the “Big Five” while following the animals of the Great Migration.
• Learn about the contribution of Louis and Mary Leakey to our understanding of our primeval ancestors during a field trip to Olduvai Gorge.
• At a Maasai village and a rural community, learn how the migration impacts the lives of the indigenous people living on the periphery of the migration.

Program Notes

Check the daily schedule on the website or contact the Program Provider if you plan on making your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates.

2015 group sizes limited to 12. Guaranteed window seats in safari vehicles.

We follow the path of the yearlong migration; dividing time between two adjoining Serengeti regions for optimum game viewing. The event takes place in a circular pattern in the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem and annual rainfall dictates the timing and course of migration.

Activity Notes

Transportation in 4x4 safari vehicles on unpaved, bumpy, dusty roads in parks. Outside of game parks travel on paved roads.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Arusha, 1 night; drive to Tarangire National Park, 2 nights; drive to Lake Manyara, 1 night; drive to Central Serengeti, 2 nights; drive to Southern, Western or Northern Serengeti, 2 nights; drive to Ngorongoro Conservancy, 2 nights; coach to Arusha for overnight departure.

Date Notes
1/15/2015
Fresh grass covers the southern Serengeti plains and herds are spread out as far as the eye can see, feasting on the nutrient-rich food. This is calving season for wildebeest and other hoofed animals. Expect to see thousands of wildebeest calves, from a few hours to a few days old accompanied by dramatic predatory action by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.2/9/2015
Fresh grass covers the southern Serengeti plains and herds are spread out as far as the eye can see, feasting on the nutrient-rich food. This is calving season for wildebeest and other hoofed animals. Expect to see thousands of wildebeest calves, from a few hours to a few days old accompanied by dramatic predatory action by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.2/20/2015
Fresh grass covers the southern Serengeti plains and herds are spread out as far as the eye can see, feasting on the nutrient-rich food. This is calving season for wildebeest and other hoofed animals. Expect to see thousands of wildebeest calves, from a few hours to a few days old accompanied by dramatic predatory action by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.3/2/2015
Fresh grass covers the southern Serengeti plains and herds are spread out as far as the eye can see, feasting on the nutrient-rich food. This is calving season for wildebeest and other hoofed animals. Expect to see thousands of wildebeest calves, from a few hours to a few days old accompanied by dramatic predatory action by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.6/22/2015
As the long rains come to an end and the dry season sets in, the great migration makes its way to the Serengeti’s western corridor. During the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, large crocodiles lie in wait for their annual feast. Cape buffalo and elephants like to congregate in the riverine forests while large groups of hippos cool off in the murky river waters. This is also mating season for wildebeest that bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, creating a cacophony of sound.7/20/2015
As the long rains come to an end and the dry season sets in, the great migration makes its way to the Serengeti’s western corridor. During the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, large crocodiles lie in wait for their annual feast. Cape buffalo and elephants like to congregate in the riverine forests while large groups of hippos cool off in the murky river waters. This is also mating season for wildebeest that bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, creating a cacophony of sound.8/3/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.8/17/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.9/7/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.9/21/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.10/5/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.10/17/2015
This is the dry season in the Serengeti, with light rains starting in October and November. The grass is dried and short, making for excellent game viewing, and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in the northern reaches of the Serengeti. A thrilling spectacle takes place as the migration moves across the Mara River--a dramatic journey through crocodile-infested waters that has been captured and immortalized in various nature documentaries. Clusters of giraffes and elephants wander the woodlands while herds of buffalo and impala graze within the shadows of Banagi Hill.

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29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips

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