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6 Days western corridor experience + Grumeti river crossing

TRIP DETAILS

Trip overview

the Western Corridor (West Serengeti) is a remote, little-visited area of the national park famed for the thrilling river crossings of the Grumeti River during the Great Migration between May and July. the Great Migration making crossings of the Grumeti in June and July during this time is the perfect time to visit this part of the Serengeti. While these river crossings are less well known in comparison of the Mara River crossings to the northern Serengeti “Kogatende” where the river is more dangerous, wider and has more viewing points – the Grumeti River, which is the first big obstacle for the herds to tackle, still offers some exciting sightings, with the added benefit of fewer tourists at the crossing points.

Day by Day Itinerary

Afret pleasant arrival at the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport/JRO or Arusha Airport/ARK), you will be met by Sopai Safaris representative. After a short briefing of himself he will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay, waiting for your adventures to start on the following day.

Meal plan: Bed and breakfasts 
Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge 

Depart after breakfast and drive straight to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive together with our picnic lunch. In the evening, drive to Karatu for the dinner and overnight. Tarangire National Park covers an undulating area of 2,600km2, between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south-east, and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. … In the south are a series of vast swamps which dry into verdant plains during the dry season.

Meal Plan: Full board 
Accommodation: Eileens Trees In 

After breakfast, you will be driving towards the fertile highlands where wheat, coffee and corn are grown by the Iraqi people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater before traveling onwards to the Western Serengeti National Park. You will have a picnic lunch on the way and reach Serengeti in the afternoon. The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania with diverse landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannahs and mountains. After an extensive game drive, you will drive to your accommodation where you will enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at Grumeti Migration Camp.

Meal Plan: Full board 
Accommodation: Grumeti Migration Camp

after the breakfast at the camp, you will head out for the full day game drive and photography alongside the Grumeti River to catch a glimpse of the Grumeti river crossing, Game viewing is superb year-round in the Serengeti: the park is home to the Big Five (although rhinos are rarely seen), and is particularly renowned for its predators – leopard, cheetah, lion and hyena – which are regularly spotted. The Serengeti also plays host to the phenomenal Great Migration, which sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traversing the open plains of the park in search of fresh grass from seasonal rains, moving northwards via the western corridor of the Serengeti known as Grumeti” into the neighboring Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, and then returning south to the Serengeti again. The dramatic scenes of huge herds on the move, crossing rivers and vast plains and pursued by predators looking for their next kill, are the stuff nature documentaries are made of. Experiencing the Great Migration is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event that most safari travelers have at the top of their bucket list.

Meal Plan: Full board 
Accommodation: Grumeti Migration Camp

After a beautiful morning breakfast at your accommodation in the Serengeti, with your packed picnic boxes, you will be driving straight to Ngorongoro crater for the full day game drive inside the Ngorongoro crater, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera in the world. It is a scenic showstopper that extends across an astonishing 260 square kilometres. The crater is hemmed in on all sides by sheer craggy walls that rise up to 600m above the floor. The view from the lushly forested rim is utterly stupendous and would justify a visit to Ngorongoro in its own right. But this spectacular crater also stands as one of Africa’s most alluring safari destinations, supporting solid populations of all of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, black rhino and buffalo), plus a host of other iconic large mammals, in a lush and scenic landscape that frequently draws comparisons to the metaphorical “Garden of Eden”. after the crater tour, you will ascend the crater to Karatu for your dinner and overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Full board 
Accommodation: Eileens Trees In 

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and in the afternoon,   drive back to Arusha for your drop off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your other destination or back home. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.

Meal Plan: Full board 
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Western Corridor Serengeti Grumeti River crossing

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