The Great Migration of Serengeti



Flight to Kilimanjaro


Transfer from airport to hotel

Check in at Planet Lodge Kilimanjaro International Airport

Most flights arrive in the evening, so we’ll rest in a close by hotel for the night. 

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Welcome Breakfast

Meet your new  friends over breakfast before beginning our exciting safari adventure.

Transfer hotel to airport


Your Safari Guide meets you at the airport & we’re off for the first Game Drive

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The park’s lions tend to climb trees far more often than lions in the Serengeti National Park or Tarangire National Park. This phenomenon has baffled scientists and seeing tree climbing lions on a game drive is an unforgettable experience.

Check in at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Tanzania’s towering Mto wa Mbu escarpment provides a remarkable backdrop for a one-of-a-kind visit. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge welcomes you with a peaceful location amidst the rich wildlife and unsurpassed tranquility of Lake Manyara National Park.

At Lake Manyara Lodge, you’ll find everything you need to relax, rejuvenate and discover the singular beauty of the region. Housed in circular two-storey “rondavels,” the lodge pays homage to tradition, while also offering contemporary perks. Flamingo Restaurant serves delicious cuisine and includes a veranda with picturesque views, tour one of the neighboring villages or simply lounge by the lodge’s “vanishing horizon” pool.

Flight Kilimanjaro to Lake Manyara
Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Scenic Drive to the Stunning Ngorongoro Crater

Standing proudly in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater. This highly visited African attraction is the world’s largest inactive, unbroken and unfilled volcanic caldera.

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Game Drive – Ngorongoro Crater

A can’t-miss destination on Tanzania’s star-studded Northern Safari Circuit, the Ngorongoro Crater offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera. Home to some 30 000 animals, the crater’s surprisingly diverse habitats are revealed on an Ngorongoro safari on your guided game drives; the scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it’s not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.

Check in at Ngorogoro Serena Lodge

The 74 guest rooms at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge blend the  indescribable beauty and magnitude of the Ngorongoro Crater with unparalleled standards for comfort and service. Clinging to the Crater rim beneath river stone and a cloak of native vines, our accommodation is so seamlessly entwined with the landscape, guests can’t help but feel as one with the natural surroundings. With a private stone balcony opening onto the blue-green vastness of the Crater floor below, it’s like you’re living alone in the “cradle of mankind.” 


Scenic drive to Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopard, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometers in size. The endless Serengeti plains are dotted with trees and hills from which majestic lions control their kingdom. Gaze upon the Great Migration in awe or find an elusive leopard in a riverine forest. Or perhaps see everything from a bird’s-eye view and soar over the plains at sunrise during a hot air balloon safari.

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Check in at Four Seasons Serengeti

Join us deep in the heart of the world’s most celebrated wildlife reserves, where the Big Five – the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhinoceros – run free on the endless, untamed landscape. Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, our Lodge sits next to an animal watering hole, where you can watch a family of elephants stop for their morning drink as you sip your own out on your room’s private balcony.  However you spend your day, our Spa is waiting to help you rehydrate, restore and re-energize for your next adventure.

Evening Game Drive on the Serengeti

The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern. This is surely one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.




Morning Game Drive – Serengeti

Relax at the resort, lunch, pool, spa

Evening Game Drive – Serengeti


Transfer hotel to airport

Optional Extension to Zanzibar; Flight Serengeti to Zanzibar or Home.

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Transfer from airport to hotel


Check in at Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Sitting majestically on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site, Park Hyatt Zanzibar. Formerly the Sultan’s Palace, the hotel provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, and the House of Wonders.

Stone Town Walking Tour, Spice Market + Freddie Mercury Museum

 Located on a promontory jutting out from the western side of Unguja island into the Indian Ocean, the Stone Town of Zanzibar is an outstanding example of a Swahili trading town. This type of town developed on the coast of East Africa, further expanded under Arab, Indian, and European influences, but retained its indigenous elements, to form an urban cultural unit unique to this region.

The Stone Town of Zanzibar retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.

The buildings of the Stone Town, executed principally in coralline ragstone and mangrove timber, set in a thick lime mortar and then plastered and lime-washed, reflect a complex fusion of Swahili, Indian, Arab and European influences in building traditions and town planning. The two storey houses with long narrow rooms disposed round an open courtyard, reached through a narrow corridor, are distinguished externally by elaborately carved double ‘Zanzibar’ doors, and some by wide vernadahs, and by richly decorated interiors. Together with, the simple ground floor Swahili houses and the narrow façade Indian shops along “bazaar” streets constructed around a commercial space “duka”.

The major buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries and include monuments such as the Old Fort, built on the site of an earlier Portuguese church; the house of wonder, a large ceremonial palace built by Sultan Barghash; the Old Dispensary; St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral; Christ Church Anglican Cathedral commemorating the work of David Livingston in abolishing the slave trade and built on the site of the last slave market; the residence of the slave trader Tippu Tip; the Malindi Bamnara Mosque; the Jamat Khan built for the Ismaili sect; the Royal Cemetery; the Hamamni and other Persian baths. Together with the narrow, winding street pattern, large mansions facing the seafront and open spaces these buildings form an exceptional urban settlement reflecting the longstanding trading activity between the African and Asian seaboards. In particular the Stone town’s is also marked by being the site where slave-trading was finally terminated.


Snorkle and swim with dolphins at Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island is a single small island located about 3 km off the northeast coast of Unguja, the largest island of the Zanzibar ArchipelagoTanzania, and a 90 minute drive from Stone Town. It is surrounded by an oval reef seven by four kilometers. These reefs have been declared a marine conservation area. Mnemba Island is a popular scuba diving site,

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


Mnemba Island is a popular scuba diving site, with a wide variety of corals and associated species, as well as occasional sightings of larger species such as turtles and dolphins. 

The marine reserve comprises four distinct habitats which are home to a diverse array of Indian Ocean wildlife:

  • Nesting place of threatened green sea turtles Humpback whales (July to September)
  • Three species of dolphin
  • Whale sharks (the world’s largest fish)
  • Migratory and resident shore birds feed and roost on the Island
  • Approximately 600 species of coral reef fish.

DAY 10

Prison Island Tour - Giant Tortoise Sanctuary, Optional Snorkle

Changuu Island (also known as Kibandiko, Prison or Quarantine Island) is a small island 3.5 mi northwest of Stone Town. The island saw use as a prison for rebellious slaves in 1860s and also functioned as a coral mine.

The island is a sanctuary for a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises which were originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles.

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


The Zanzibar government, with assistance from the World Society for the Protection of Animals built a large compound for the protection of the animals and by 2000 numbers had recovered to 17 adults, 50 juveniles and 90 hatchlings.

The species is now considered vulnerable and has been placed on the IUCN Red List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More tortoises, mainly juveniles, continue to be brought to the island from other locations for conservation. There is a dedicated foundation on the island which looks after the tortoises’ welfare. Visitors are able to observe and feed the tortoises.

Farewell Dinner at the Beach House Restaurant

DAY 11

Transfer to the airport

Flight home or to your next adventure.

Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


The Zanzibar government, with assistance from the World Society for the Protection of Animals built a large compound for the protection of the animals and by 2000 numbers had recovered to 17 adults, 50 juveniles and 90 hatchlings.

The species is now considered vulnerable and has been placed on the IUCN Red List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More tortoises, mainly juveniles, continue to be brought to the island from other locations for conservation. There is a dedicated foundation on the island which looks after the tortoises’ welfare. Visitors are able to observe and feed the tortoises.

Farewell Dinner at the Beach House Restaurant


Not Included:

Trip Notes


  • Safari groups consist of 2 – 6 persons per vehicle.
  • Trekking tours groups consist of 2 – 15 persons
  • We cannot guarantee viewing for the described animal observations on safari. These are wild animals in their natural habitat, and their behavior can never be guaranteed. For this reason, there is no refund if some animals are not seen. Our experienced safari guides will use all their expertise and knowledge to provide you with as much adventure and wildlife observation as possible.
  • The opening hours of the national parks are daily from 06:00 – 18:00. The maximum length of stay (until 18:00 hrs.) cannot always be exhausted, as many sections of the route in Tanzania should not be traveled in the dark. Your stay in the national parks therefore depends on your further route. Wishes and special requests can be discussed with your Safari guide.

Additional information

Our Team would like to offer you an unforgettable trip! If you have special requests regarding accommodations, routes, excursions etc., please let us know. If the accommodation listed is not available, we will book an equivalent alternative for you. This does not constitute a reason for reduction. All prices are per person, subject to rate changes, exchange rate fluctuations and availability as well as confirmation by Excellent Guides Tours and Safaris.

Mobility information

This journey is generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. If you have special needs (e.g. a wheelchair, walker, oxygen unit or similar) or health restrictions that affect your ability to travel, please inform us before booking so that we can advise as to whether this trip is suitable for you. If we do not receive such information prior to booking, and if the trip cannot be ca your responsibility. 

Amref Flying Doctors

During your round trip in Tanzania (including Zanzibar) you are covered by our local partner agency, Amref Flying Doctors. The Amref Flying Doctors will evacuate you in a medical emergency and take you to the nearest hospital. This service does not replace Trip Protection insurance, but does cover medically necessary local transport.

General Terms and Conditions of Business

Please read our General Terms and Conditions (GTC) carefully, as these form the basis in connection with package tours booked with Excellent Guides Tours and Safaris.

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