One of East Africa’s most famous and sensational wildlife spectacles, must most assuredly be the migration of the millions of wildebeest and zebra that trek after grazing in the Serengeti.
If this has always been on your bucket list, then join us on this awe-inspiring safari where we will show you the magic of Northern Tanzania and make your safari dreams come true!
Hosts: Dan & Antoinette MacKenzie
We arrive in the bustling city of Arusha, the gateway to the northern safari and wildlife circuit where we will be met by a company representative who will take us to the expertly managed and stylish Onsea House.
Onsea House is known for the fabulous meals creatively and lovingly prepared from fresh and local ingredients by co-owner and chef, Axel. The staff are friendly and offer attentive service, ensuring no request is too much to ask.
Departing after a delicious breakfast, we head out per vehicle to Tarangire National Park.
Chic and stylish, Kuro camp is nestled under a grove of Kigelia and Acacia trees on the banks of the Tarangire River. Sadly Tarangire camp is often missed on the average safari which is a pity as the park offers wonderful sightings of up to 300 elephants congregating along the river with herds of impala, wildebeest, zebra, eland and the following predators, a common sighting.
In the swamps we will find over 550 bird species with the most breeding species in any one habitat anywhere in the world!
We pack a picnic lunch and drive out to the Ngorogoro Crater with a stop in the small but pretty, Manyara National Park on the way to Karatu and Plantation Lodge.
Karatu is set in a stunning rural landscape of coffee plantations and hills and Plantation lodge is no different. Owner run, the lodge feels like a second home with fruit trees such as avocado and mango dotted through the tropical garden and the herb and vegetable garden the source for the delicious meals.
A great stopover for our trip down into the Crater, one is also able to take a tour of the coffee plantations or walk to one of the nearby farms to experience village life. The sparkling pool is a great vantage point for birdwatching in the garden and to cool off after a hot day of driving.
In the heart of the migration area, Serengeti Safari Camp is an exquisite nomadic camp that gets moved every few months to follow the path of the migrating wildebeest and zebra.
Hot bucket showers and eco flush loos make the large walk-in Meru tents extremely comfortable.
Our game drives are spent crossing the endless plains and watching the millions of animals on their annual migration but besides the wildebeest, numerous other species such as a variety of antelope and predators such as lion, cheetah and hyena are seen following the masses.
We move on further north to the beautiful Lamai camp perfectly camouflaged and nestled amongst the kopjes of Kogakuria.
The spacious rooms with their large verandas are designed to maximize the panoramic views and to give a window onto life on the kopje from which you can watch unobserved from your bed.
Lamai offers game drives as well as bush walks which is always a welcome retreat from the days spent jostling in the vehicle.
On our last morning we say a sad goodbye to what has undoubtedly been a trip of a lifetime and take our last flight from Kogatende airstrip back to Arusha airport where we part ways for our own onward arrangements.