Serengeti: the track
less beaten

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  • 10 Nights
  • December – March
  • Tanzania
  • From £7,120PP
  • Luxury

Trip Overview

Each year millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate south through the Serengeti to give birth en masse in February. This itinerary combines superb small luxury camps, a private guide and vehicle throughout with outstanding wildlife viewing. You can expect to leave the crowds behind as you head to the Northern Serengeti.

In the first part of this trip you’ll begin in the Ngorongoro Highlands where you’ll experience game viewing on the Crater floor as well as the chance to explore the secluded northwestern rim of the Crater from a beautiful luxury camp.

From here you’ll head into the thick of the wildebeest migration where millions of animals – including attendant predators – gather on the short grass plains of the Serengeti.

For the final part of your trip, you’ll head to the Northern Serengeti, close to the Mara River, where low season prices combine with superb wildlife viewing and very few other tourists.

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Unexpected Highlights of this itinerary

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Trip Itinerary

Serengeti: the track less beaten

Arusha (1 Night)
1 Night

Arusha

You’ll be collected from Kilimanjaro Airport to spend the night in a small family-run lodge close to Arusha National Park. Depending on your arrival time this will either be a day to relax and catch up after your flight, or – if you’re feeling energised – a chance to get an introduction to the region’s wildlife in Arusha National Park.

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Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands

Today you’ll meet your private guide and travel by private 4X4 across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to the Ngorongoro Crater &  Highlands. 

While it’s possible to short-cut this journey and fly to Manyara, we’d recommend you consider the overland route; once  through the chaos that is Arusha’s traffic, you quickly emerge into the beautiful open plains and dormant volcanoes that are typical of this area of Maasailand. 

By late morning you’ll reach the impressive escarpment at Manyara and from here it’s a steady climb to the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater Rim at 7500 ft above sea level.

Accommodation

Your luxury camp is perched in a remote corner of the Northwestern rim with breathtaking views down to the Crater floor and – looking the other way – the Serengeti.

Entamanu

An understated luxury camp that sits atop the breezy rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera and Africa’s most iconic wildlife destination.

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During your stay at Entamanu you’ll have the chance to discover the Crater rim and Highlands, meeting the Maasai that live in this part of the world. Half of the employees at your camp are from the local area, so staying here brings a unique opportunity to see the area from their perspective. Take walks from camp, visit local Maasai manyattas and learn about projects supported by the camp that work to improve the health and well-being of the local community.

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Southern Serengeti (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Southern Serengeti

From the Ngorongoro Highlands down into sweeping open spaces of the Southern Serengeti. This is the calving ground for some half million female wildebeest in mid-February. At this time of year the plains are alive with young animals and predators.

Accommodation

Serengeti Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp based in the mature acacia woodland close to Lake Ndutu, one of the Serengeti’s soda lakes and a magnet for flamingoes.

Serengeti Safari Camp

A luxury mobile camp that moves seasonally to position itself perfectly to follow the wildebeest migration as they move around this vast National Park.

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Northern Serengeti (4 Nights)
4 Nights

Northern Serengeti

Heading to the north of the Serengeti involves a game drive of epic proportions leaving the carnival of the migration behind as you travel the full length of the Serengeti to your lodge in the Kogatende area, close to the banks of the Mara River.

You could choose to fly this section, but the rewards of travelling slowly through the park, stopping for drinks and a picnic lunch are immense. Travelling this way, you gain an excellent understanding of how the park terrain changes from the short grass plains of the south to the valleys and woodlands of the north. Along the way you’ll have a good chance of encountering main species from lion, leopard and cheetah to elephant and buffalo.

Explore this beautiful area at your leisure, including the Lamai Wedge that lies to the north of the Mara River, tucked under the border with Kenya. This area is famous for the migration river crossings between July and October each year. However, when the herds head south, so do hundreds of seasonal camps, leaving only a handful of lodges and consequently few other tourists. Resident wildlife remains excellent. Elephants graze the lush grasses that fill the wide valley floors, leopard and lion warm themselves on the smooth kopje rocks and rhino are regularly seen in this area.

Accommodation

Lamai Serengeti is one of the most beautifully positioned in the Serengeti, tucked – almost to the point of invisibility – into the boulders of a large rocky outcrop with views across the Serengeti. 

Expect superb food and service with rooms so comfortable that you’ll never want to leave. 

Lamai Serengeti

Nomad Tanzania’s Lamai Serengeti is a small intimate safari lodge amongst the large round boulders of the Kogakurjia Kopjes of the Northern Serengeti.

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