On Safari: Tanzania's Great Migration
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Meet Louise Leakey or Fidelis Masao for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis was discovered on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition.
  • Seek out the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, and spot spectacular wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • A renowned wildlife biologist accompanies each trip to interpret the flora and fauna we encounter on safari and to give fascinating lectures about animal behavior.
  • A Maasai chief invites us to witness a traditional ceremony and learn firsthand about the culture.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Itinerary

Go in search of the thundering herds of the legendary wildebeest migration on a wildlife safari in Tanzania. Experience the power of the migration up close in the vast savannas of the northern or southern Serengeti, depending on the season. Take in extraordinary vistas of the Great Rift Valley, and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, and more.

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its elephants, hippos, giraffes, flamingos, and tree-climbing lions. Set out on our first safari to discover East Africa’s legendary wildlife amid the stunning Rift Valley landscape.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

On a morning game drive, observe the wildlife that congregates on the shores of Lake Manyara. Enjoy a guided walk around the lodge’s grounds and gardens before hiking to a nearby coffee plantation.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands, where we will meet with Maasai community members. Far from the tourist circuit, enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. After lunch, descend 2,000 feet to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter almost 25,000 animals. Observe the interactions between predator and prey; spot colorful birdlife, from superb starlings to crowned cranes; and track elephants, rare black rhinos, cheetahs, and more.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Return to the crater floor for breakfast and a morning safari. Enjoy an afternoon to relax and watch the sun set over the crater from the lodge. Tonight, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Louise Leakey or Dr. Fidelis Masao, co-director of the Olduvai Landscape Paleoarchaeology Project, joins us for dinner and a discussion about the groundbreaking paleontological finds in the region.

Day 6: Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park

Drive to the Olduvai Gorge, where, on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus. This morning, Louise (the Leakeys’ granddaughter) or Dr. Masao will discuss the family’s legacy and ongoing work at Olduvai Gorge. Then take a private tour of the site, or accompany Dr. Masao on a walk through the area where much of his life’s research has been conducted. This afternoon, drive to our lodge in the southern Serengeti, looking for lions, giraffes, and leopards along the way.

Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park

Rise early for an optional hot-air balloon safari or a morning game drive before flying to the northern Serengeti. With luck, we will witness the dramatic river crossings of the wildebeest migration. Great herds of wildebeests and zebras eye predators warily as crocodile snouts break the surface of the Mara River. Stay at Sayari Camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, and take in the region’s spectacular array of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. On our last evening, gather for a candlelit farewell dinner in the bush.

Day 9: Serengeti/Arusha

After a final early-morning safari, fly back to Arusha. Relax at our hotel before connecting with your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Tanzania/Kigali, Rwanda

Depart Tanzania on a flight to Kigali. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Day 2: Kigali

Journey into the lush hills that surround Kigali to visit a community supported by the Millennium Villages project—a development approach conceived by Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Project. Here, survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide live side by side in an effort to heal wounds and build a brighter future for the country. Listen to moving testimonies of village residents, and visit the health center and the primary school. Return to Kigali for dinner at the legendary Hotel des Mille Collines—featured in the film Hotel Rwanda—where more than a thousand Rwandans found safe haven during the genocide.

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Day 3: Kigali/Parc National des Volcans

This morning, pay a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre, where a poignant exhibition recalls Rwanda's mid-1990s genocide and testifies to the country's remarkable resilience. Then travel north through the beautiful countryside to Volcanoes National Park.

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Day 4: Parc National des Volcans

Spend the day tracking mountain gorillas in the forested hills of Volcanoes National Park. Follow local guides through thick undergrowth and dangling vines in search of gorilla families. Sit among these gentle giants and observe their interactions, listening to their distinctive grumbles and viewing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures from an awe-inspiring, up close perspective.

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Day 5: Parc National des Volcans/Kigali

Trek to the original site of the Karisoke Research Center, where the late Dian Fossey, a National Geographic grantee, carried out research on mountain gorillas for 18 years. Or strike out into the lower reaches of the park to seek out golden monkeys, a distinct species of primate that can often be found in thick bamboo stands. For an additional cost, opt to return to Volcanoes National Park for a second day of gorilla tracking. In the afternoon, head back to Kigali.

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Day 6: Kigali

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day.

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what to expect

This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Excursions include safari drives in open vehicles on dusty, bumpy roads; nature walks on uneven terrain; and sometimes climbing stairs without handrails.

Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located hotels, lodges, and luxury tented camps.

A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Plantation Lodge - Karatu, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge features 16 rooms generously distributed around a flowering garden. Each room has its own unique design, styled with African safari antiques, Tanzanian arts and crafts, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Cuisine consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on site. The restaurants serves fine multi-course meals in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater. It boasts large, well-equipped rooms, all with views of the crater floor below. Each accommodation features a private game-viewing balcony, separate bath and shower, two queen-size beds, and a private solarium with comfortable rocking chairs and a writing desk. The bar and dining room are warmed by log fires in the evenings, and the hotel's luxurious swimming pool is set on the very edge of the crater itself.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater. It boasts large, well-equipped rooms, all with views of the crater floor below. Each accommodation features a private game-viewing balcony, separate bath and shower, two queen-size beds, and a private solarium with comfortable rocking chairs and a writing desk. The bar and dining room are warmed by log fires in the evenings, and the hotel's luxurious swimming pool is set on the very edge of the crater itself.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jul 8-16, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,94,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,81,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/07/16 - 2019/07/21

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

  • date Jul 22-30, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,94,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,81,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/07/30 - 2019/08/04

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

  • date Aug 5-13, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,94,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,81,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/07/31 - 2019/08/05

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2019/08/13 - 2019/08/18

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

  • date Sep 2-10, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,94,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,81,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/09/10 - 2019/09/15

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

  • date Oct 7-15, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,94,000 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,81,400 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/10/15 - 2019/10/20

Double Occupancy from $9995per person

Single Occupancy from $12695 per person

  • date Dec 9-17, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹6,38,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,25,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/12/17 - 2019/12/22

Double Occupancy from $9195per person

Single Occupancy from $11895 per person

  • date Dec 30, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹6,73,100 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,60,600 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/07 - 2020/01/12

Double Occupancy from $9695per person

Single Occupancy from $12395 per person

  • date Jan 19-27, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹6,59,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,46,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/27 - 2020/02/01

Double Occupancy from $9495per person

Single Occupancy from $12195 per person

  • date Feb 16-24, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹6,59,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹8,46,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/24 - 2020/02/29

Double Occupancy from $9495per person

Single Occupancy from $12195 per person

  • date Jul 5-13, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹7,63,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,50,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/07/13 - 2020/07/18

Double Occupancy from $10995per person

Single Occupancy from $13695 per person

  • date Jul 23-31, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹7,63,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,50,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/07/31 - 2020/08/05

Double Occupancy from $10995per person

Single Occupancy from $13695 per person

  • date Aug 2-10, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹7,63,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,50,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/08/10 - 2020/08/15

Double Occupancy from $10995per person

Single Occupancy from $13695 per person

  • date Sep 6-14, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹7,63,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,50,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/09/14 - 2020/09/19

Double Occupancy from $10995per person

Single Occupancy from $13695 per person

  • date Oct 4-12, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹7,63,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹9,50,900 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/10/12 - 2020/10/17

Double Occupancy from $10995per person

Single Occupancy from $13695 per person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $450 per person between the months of December and March, and $775 per person between the months of June and October. Internal flights for the optional extension to Rwanda are $1100 per person, and $1500 for the Ruaha extension. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
David Bygott
Biologist
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Biologist and artist David Bygott first came to Tanzania in 1969 to work on Jane Goodall's National Geographic-funded team studying wild chimpanzees. While there, he visited Dian Fossey at her Rwandan research center and helped her sketch individual gorillas. David spent four years as a lion biologist in Tanzania and taught zoology to future wildlife managers at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has contributed illustrations to numerous East African guidebooks and to National Geographic magazine, and has led travelers on numerous safaris in East Africa. David and his wife lived in Tanzania for more than 25 years.

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  • Jul 8-16, 2019
  • Jul 22-30, 2019
  • Dec 30, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020
Rosemary Groom
Biologist
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Conservation biologist and National Geographic grantee Rosemary Groom grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to the United Kingdom for secondary school and university. After graduating with a degree in zoology, Rosemary moved back to Africa and has since worked on a variety of wildlife conservation and research projects in eastern and southern Africa. National Geographic's Conservation Trust and its Big Cats Initiative have both funded Rosemary's work, and she was the scientific advisor for a National Geographic film on wild dogs. Rosemary currently works in southern Zimbabwe on a Society-sponsored conservation project protecting the endangered African wild dog, and she does ongoing work with African lions.

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  • Oct 7-15, 2019
  • Dec 9-17, 2019
Laly Lichtenfeld
Biologist Conservationist
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Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld began her work in East Africa as a Fulbright Scholar researching community-based conservation in 1996. She went on to co-found African People & Wildlife with her husband, and currently lives in Tanzania at their Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has supported Laly’s inspirational work to conserve lions, leopards, and cheetahs in partnership with rural people. An accomplished speaker, Laly earned her Ph.D. from Yale University.

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  • Aug 5-13, 2019
  • Sep 2-10, 2019
  • Jan 19-27, 2020
  • Jul 5-13, 2020
  • Aug 2-10, 2020