Sarafika Tours

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9 Day Great Migration Safari

Recommended travel season :July-October
  • Start Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Personal travel planner
  • This is an example trip.You can fully tailor your safari to suit your needs

“Embark on a 9-day private safari, led by your personal driver-guide and accompanied by your exclusive 4×4 safari vehicle”

This extraordinary journey unveils Tanzania’s most exceptional highlights, with a special focus on experiencing the iconic ‘Great Migration Mara River crossing.’ Spend four unforgettable days in Serengeti National Park, where you’ll witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles. As thousands of animals strive to traverse the river, you’ll feel the earth beneath you quiver from the thundering hooves. All the while, predators lurk, patiently awaiting their chance to strike… Indulge in top-notch accommodations with full board service (daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and relish your nights beneath the star-studded Tanzanian skies. Should you desire a customized safari experience, feel free to make your requests, and we’ll tailor the journey to your preferences.

This safari includes
  • All transfers (pick-up & drop-offs)
  • Private 4×4 Safari vehicle with pop-up roof, fridge & power sockets
  • Private Experienced, English Speaking Driver guide
  • All overnight stays at the lodges
  • FULL BOARD (3 Meals a day during the safari)
  • Game drives in the national parks
  • Activities (unless mentioned ‘optional’)
  • Park fees & Government Taxes
  • Ngorongoro Crater fee
  • Unlimited Water, Tea & Coffee during the safari
  • Unlimited Gamemileage
  • 24/7 Available assistent on location
Not included in this package
  • (Inter)national Flights
  • Visas & (Flying Doctors) Insurance
  • Tips for the driver

Our indigenous guides. We hold the conviction that the most joyful guides craft the most indelible safari experiences. At Sarafika Tours, we exclusively collaborate with local guides who possess not only knowledge but also a genuine passion for their craft. We firmly believe that a competent guide ensures a good safari, yet an exceptional guide transforms it into an unforgettable journey.

Each of our guides demonstrates exceptional dedication, consistently going above and beyond to ensure you feel completely at ease. Proficient in wildlife spotting and possessing an intimate familiarity with the parks, their expertise is a source of pride for us.

Our choice of safari vehicles epitomizes excellence. Utilizing the latest 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers, these vehicles are adept at conquering the most challenging terrains. Boasting expansive windows and a pop-up roof for a panoramic 360° view, each vehicle is equipped with amenities such as electricity ports for camera and phone charging, a fridge stocked with refreshing beverages, two-way radio communication, plush seats, binoculars, animal books, and more. This guarantees a comfortable journey wherever you go. Additionally, we offer unlimited game-mileage, allowing you the freedom to drive as far and as long as your heart desires!

The significance of a reliable vehicle: Tanzania’s terrain is rugged, characterized by off-road trails that can swiftly transition from sandy paths to deep mud puddles. In light of this, we recognize the critical importance of a well-maintained car. Before each journey, our vehicles undergo thorough servicing to ensure they are in impeccable condition. We firmly believe that a dependable vehicle is pivotal, constituting half the battle. By meticulously maintaining our fleet, we significantly minimize the risk of breakdowns that could potentially disrupt and delay your safari experience.

A private, tailor-made safari is simply the best way to experience Tanzania.

Every safari we offer is completely tailor-made. This signifies that we provide personalized travel experiences down to the minutest details. Each day and every accommodation can be customized to align with the specific needs and interests of your group. Whether you prefer the pinnacle of luxury or seek a raw, local experience, anything is possible with our tailor-made approach.

Embarking on a private safari grants you absolute control over your itinerary. Your dedicated safari guide accompanies you wherever you desire. Whether you wish to dedicate an entire day to seeking out that elusive leopard or prefer to unwind by the pool while observing elephants at the waterhole, the choice is entirely yours!

Collaborating closely with your dedicated Tanzania specialist, you craft your ideal safari experience, one-on-one. By merging your preferences and wishes with our in-depth knowledge of Tanzania, we strive to fashion the perfect holiday tailored to your unique desires.

Sustainable Tourism in Tanzania

As travelers, our goal is to maximize the enjoyment of our holidays while being mindful of the environmental impact our journeys may have. Consequently, we make concerted efforts to minimize our environmental footprint.

Sarafika Tours was established out of a profound love for nature and wildlife, and our entire business is grounded in that passion. Naturally, we aspire to see Tanzania’s wildlife thrive and its nature flourish, ensuring that the incredible natural wonders can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Driven by this commitment and many others, we actively engage in building a more sustainable future for the safari industry, all without compromising the quality of our guests’ experiences. Our initiatives include a substantial reduction in plastic usage and waste, opting for sustainable alternatives across all aspects of our operations, and sharing our knowledge and practices with our local partners.


9 Day Great Migration Safari

National parks visited: Serengeti, Ngorongoro,& Lake Manyara

  • Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania > Transfer to the lodge in Arusha
  • Day 2: Arusha > Lake Manyara National Park (Overnight stay in Karatu)
  • Day 3: Karatu > Serengeti National Park (Overnight stay in Central Serengeti)
  • Day 4 & 5: Northern Serengeti National Park (Mara River)
  • Day 5: Arusha > Lake Manyara National Park (Overnight stay in Mto wa Mbu)
  • Day 6: Northern Serengeti > Central Serengeti (Overnight in Central Serengeti)
  • Day 7: Serengeti National Park > Ngorongoro Crater (Overnight stay in Mto wa Mbu)
  • Day 8-9: Mto wa Mbu > Kilimanjaro International Airport > Flight home
Travel distances
  • Kilimanjaro Int. Airport to Arusha: 1,5 hours.
  • Arusha to Lake Manyara: 2.5 hours.
  • Lake Manyara to Karatu: 30 min.
  • Karatu to Serengeti: 2 hours.
  • Ngorongoro to Mto wa Mbu: 1.5 hours.
  • Mto wa Mbu to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport: 3.5 hours.
Highlights of the journey
  • Visit Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater & more
  • Encounters with Tanzania’s indiginous tribes
  • Off the beaten track walking safari
  • Unique & Adventurous bond-strengthening activities
  • Chance of spotting the Big 5
  • Optional balloon safari with champagne breakfast

Day by Day Itinerary

Tour Guide
Day 1: Home – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Karibu Tanzania!

Once you set foot on Tanzanian soil and leave Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be immediately embraced by the friendly and inviting ‘hakuna matata’ atmosphere of Tanzania.

Outside, your dedicated driver awaits you with a broad smile, ready to accompany you to the lodge where you’ll recieve a heartfelt welcome. During the journey, you will catch a glimpse of Tanzania’s stunning landscapes and perhaps even the impressive Mt. Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, we will provide a briefing on tomorrow’s program while enjoying a delightful local drink.

Karibu Sana! (You’re most welcome).

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Olopopongi Maasai Village

  • Lux:Original Maasai Lodge

  • Lux+:Original Maasai Lodge(Suite)

Tour Guide
Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
Lions in treetops, hippos in pools, and flamboyant flamingos bathing

Embark on an exciting 2-hour safari journey as we enter the enchanting realm of Lake Manyara National Park. Despite being one of Tanzania’s smaller safari destinations, Lake Manyara is renowned for its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Navigate through lush woodlands, where elephants gracefully graze, and witness the stealthy presence of lions among the branches. Cruise past muddy pools, home to wallowing hippos, and venture into mysterious jungle areas where mischievous monkeys hold sway. As we approach the lakeside, be captivated by the sight of thousands of vibrant flamingos creating their summer haven.

And let’s not forget the breathtaking Rift Valley Escarpment, a colossal crack in the Earth’s surface plunging 400 meters deep. This geological wonder stretches for thousands of kilometers across East Africa, providing a dramatic backdrop to our safari adventure.

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Marera Valley Lodge

  • Lux:Oledani Mountain Lodge

  • Lux+:Elewana the Manor at Ngorongoro

Tour Guide
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Lion’s Domain!

Get ready for an early morning safari adventure as we kick off the day with a delectable breakfast. After a short drive from our lodge, we’ll enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, serving as our gateway to the spectacular Serengeti National Park—Tanzania’s expansive and diverse wilderness.

The Serengeti is famed for its expansive plains, hosting a myriad of predators, including over 3000 lions, cheetahs, leopards, and various other wildlife. Our journey through the park will be an opportunity to spot these magnificent creatures while taking in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes.

As the day comes to an end, be prepared for a unique and unforgettable sunset over the vast Serengeti plains. With nightfall, we’ll gather around the fire, enveloped in the sounds of the local wildlife. Have you ever experienced the haunting roar of a leopard in the stillness of the night?

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Tukaone Serengeti

  • Lux:The Sound of Silence

  • Lux+:Lemala Nanyuki Lodge(Suite)

Tour Guide
Day 4 & 5:Northern Serengeti National Park (Mara River)
Encounter the Majesty of the Great Migration!

In the upcoming days, our journey takes us northward into the renowned regions of Serengeti National Park, where the annual and globally acclaimed wildebeest river crossing at the Mara River unfolds.

Embark on a thrilling pursuit of the Great Migration, an unparalleled natural spectacle and a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts. It stands as the indisputable highlight of our safari, promising an experience of a lifetime.

Feel the earth tremble beneath you as thousands of hooves pound the ground, attempting the daring crossing of the Mara River in pursuit of fresh grazing lands. Meanwhile, formidable predators like crocodiles, lions, leopards, and more patiently await their opportune moment to strike.

Spend your nights in a strategically positioned ‘migration camp,’ ensuring you are in close proximity to this extraordinary event, guaranteeing that you won’t miss a single moment of the action. Get ready for an immersive and unforgettable experience amidst the grandeur of the Great Migration!

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Heritage Luxury Camps(North)

  • Lux:Karibu Mara River Camp

  • Lux+:Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

Tour Guide
Day 6: Serengeti North – Serengeti Central
Journey Across the Vast Plains!

Greet the day with a breathtaking sunrise, savoring a delectable breakfast as we gear up for yet another thrilling adventure! This morning signals our farewell to the northern reaches of the Serengeti, where we’ll remain vigilant for any predators hidden in the grass, relishing the remarkable wildlife encounters.

As we make our way towards the central Serengeti (Seronera), constant communication via our two-way radio ensures we are always in the loop about new animal sightings. Our mission is to assist you in ticking off as many creatures as possible from your Tanzania wildlife bucket list, making every moment of this road trip across the great plains an unforgettable experience!

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Tukaone Serengeti

  • Lux:The Sound of Silence

  • Lux+:Lemala Nanyuki Lodge(Suite)

Tour Guide
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Descend into the Crater and Unveil the Big 5!

Following a delightful breakfast, our journey leads us to a steep and narrow road that winds its way into the Ngorongoro Crater, promising an adventurous ride with captivating views along the way. The forested slopes give way to the expansive savannah as we navigate this bumpy yet thrilling path.

Within the crater’s depths, a multitude of animals awaits your discovery. This is your prime opportunity to spot all members of the Big 5, with the chance to witness the elusive black rhino, an endangered species.

After our first game drive, a leisurely picnic lunch awaits by a lake filled with hippos, providing a tranquil interlude. Post-lunch, our journey takes us back to the crater’s edge, with stops along the way whenever we encounter intriguing sights. This promises to be a day of unparalleled wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes!

Overnights Stay:
  • Eco:Migombani Campsite

  • Lux: Manyara’s Secret

  • Lux+:Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

Tour Guide
DAY 8-9: Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Home
Farewell Tanzania!

As the safari adventure concludes, today is a time to indulge in a well-deserved sleep-in, allowing you to relax and savor the final moments amidst Tanzania’s breathtaking beauty and renowned hospitality.

Later in the day, your guide will greet you once again for a heartfelt farewell. Depart not only with your bags but with a mind brimming with enduring memories, extraordinary experiences, and awe-inspiring stories to share with friends and family back home.

Wishing you a safe and pleasant flight! Until we meet again.

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