Nothing can prepare you for the epic scale of the great migration — as long as you get to the right place at the right time. Let the experts look after that on this itinerary, put together to ensure you have the very best seat in the house. Together with an initial stay at Ngorongoro Crater, one of the richest wildlife spots in East Africa — combined with the region’s very best camps — this will ensure you get to see all the drama in full flow.
Fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi on Kenya Airways.
On arrival in the morning you will take a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro and then transfer to Arusha Serena Hotel, an attractive, stone-built cottage, where you will stay for one night on a B&B basis.
This morning you will be taken to Arusha Airport for your lightaircraft flight to Lake Manyara, where you will be met by a guide from the Highlands camp. Take a drive (about two hours) to the camp in the extraordinary volcanic landscape of Ngorongoro for a three-night stay. This rich, fertile area is a prime wildlife viewing area. All meals, local drinks, park fees and activities are included for the duration. In the afternoon, take a walk on the Olmoti volcano, visit a local Masai village and gain an insight into a way of life that has existed in this part of Africa for centuries.
Today, enjoy a game drive in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, complete with a banquet lunch on the crater floor. The
Ngorongoro Conservation Area that surrounds the camp is an astonishing place, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant.
This morning you will drive to the Empakaai Crater, where you will hike through the dense forest to the crater floor to explore the lakeshore before walking back up to the crater rim.
Today you will fly from Lake Manyara to the Serengeti National Park for a three-night stay at Ubuntu Camp. The camp moves three times a year, aiming to be close to the migratory herds. Depending on the timing of your visit, the camp may be in the plains of the southern part of the park, the western corridor near the Grumeti River, or in the north, close to the Mara River. Over the next few days you will have ample opportunity to see some of the astonishing wildlife of the Serengeti in the company of the camp’s expert guides.
Take morning, afternoon, or fullday game drives with the guides, exploring this world-renowned national park. Its abundant wildlife includes big cats and, of course, the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra that make up the great migration, which you will drive to see if they are close to the camp.
Time to bid farewell to the Serengeti and your guides at Ubuntu. Today, you will take a flight to Kilimanjaro then connect to your overnight flight to Amsterdam. Alternatively, add five days to your holiday with a stay on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, at the superb Breezes Beach Club & Spa, with diving and snorkelling options. Inquire on calling.
Morning arrival in Amsterdam, followed by a connecting flight to London Heathrow.
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