Wildebeest Great Migration Photography Trip (8D7N)

 

Depart Singapore:

23 August 2015 (Sunday)

 

Depart Kilimanjaro:

30 August 2015 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a photography trip Photography

 

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The annual wildebeest migration is arguably the most spectacular wildlife migration. It is known as the greatest show on earth – with good reason! What could be more spectacular than 1,500,000 wildebeest following some 200,000 zebra in a 2,000 km round pilgrimage in an annual cycle of life and death?

The various stages of the migration provide distinctly different experiences – from the vast herds grazing sedately in the Serengeti, to the calving season which invariably attracts an array of predators lurking on the fringe waiting to prey on the vulnerable newborns, to the thrilling river-crossing where toothy crocodiles lie in wait for the herds.

Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. This tour will provide you with some incredible photographic opportunities – from close encounters with lions and elephants and predators hunting, to huge herds of migrating zebra and wildebeest and breath-taking sunsets and plains.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (23 Aug): Depart Singapore for Tanzania – Arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport – Transfer to Arusha

  • Depart Singapore for Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania.
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport by representative and drive to Arusha for your stay tonight.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel or similar, Arusha

 

Day 2 (24 Aug): Arusha – Tarangire National Park

  • Tarangire National ParkDrive 2 hours to Tarangire National Park – one of the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks, and retains a real air of undiscovered Africa.
  • It is named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the largest number of species in one habitat anywhere in the world; on drier ground, the Kori bustard – the heaviest flying bird – can be found.
  • The huge mobs of elephant are easily encountered as well.
  • Enjoy the first day of your safari in this unique national park where mighty baobab – the tree of life – tower majestically over the savannah can be seen.Tarangire National Park

Meals provided: Breakfast (in hotel), Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Eileen’s Trees Inn or similar, Tarangire National Park

 

 

Day 3 (25 Aug): Tarangire National Park – Central Serengeti

  • Central SerengetiExplore the Serengeti savannahs and woodlands, boasting the largest mass of free ranging animals on earth.
  • It is possible to see many of the Serengeti’s resident wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala reedbuck bushbuck, dik dik, hippopotamus, crocodile, warthog and diverse birdlife. Large prides of lion reside here, as well as clan of spotted hyena.
  • Drive to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar, Central Serengeti

 

Day 4 (26 Aug): Serengeti National Park: Seronera – Kogatende

  • Sleeping by the Seronera RiverEarly breakfast, then depart for game drives in Seronera then Kogatende.
  • Seronera area has one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Serengeti National Park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
  • Drive further to Kogatende. From the long dry season of July to November, the wildebeest migration is moving north with the thundershowers. The wildebeest migrate to Kogatende, bordering the Maasai Mara in search of food and water.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kogatende
Accommodation: Serengeti North Wilderness Camp or similar, Kogatende

 

 

 

Day 5 (27 Aug): Full Day at Northern Serengeti National Park

  • Wildebeest MigrationFull day game viewing, exploring the Serengeti Plain following the Wildebeest Migration.
  • The true spectacle of the migration is more than 1 million wildebeests, 200,000 Burchell’s zebras, 18,000 elands and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelles filling the entire stretch of landscape.
  • The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth.
  • Return to camp in late afternoon for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Serengeti North Wilderness Camp or similar, KogatendeWildebeest Migration

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 (28 Aug): Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim

  • Ngorongoro CraterAfter game drives in central Serengeti in the morning, you leave Serengeti and head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests inhabited by monkeys and elephants, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake, where we may see flamingos.
  • In the late afternoon, proceed to your lodge for relaxation and overnight stay.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 

Day 7 (29 Aug): Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

  • Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLeave very early in the morning for game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater to view the wildlife on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the world”.
  • A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a “Noah’s Ark” of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLeave the crater in the afternoon and drive back to Arusha.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel or similar, Arusha

 

 

Day 8 (30 Aug): Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport – Departure

  • After breakfast, free time till transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

** This trip can be extended to climb Mount Kilimanjaro before or after the safari. Contact us for more information.

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD4505.00

Single Pax

SGD5045.00

(Price is for minimum 2 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Highlights

  • In awe of massive Ngorongoro Crater – 20km wide and home to enormous concentrations of African wildlife
  • In search of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – buffaloes, lions, rhinos, leopards and elephants
  • Chill out at the grassy savannah and open plains of Serengeti
  • Sleep among the wildlife

Package Inclusions

  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room in hotel in Arusha (before and after safari)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin sharing room in camps
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Mineral water all days on safari
  • Airport transfers between Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • All game viewing in a private comfortable safari Land Cruiser fitted with pop up roof for easy photography whilst on safari
  • Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • Flying Doctor Air Ambulance cover in case of medical emergency

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Kilimanjaro – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa (if applicable – USD100)
  • Travel/Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry, shopping, telephone bills and etc.)
  • Optional hot air balloon ride (US$500 per person, advance booking required)
  • Optional visit to Maasai Village in Olduvai area (US$25 per person)
  • Any domestic flights
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 16 Jan 2015. Subjected to availability and change.

 

23 August 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Addis Ababa (ADD):

Ethiopian Airlines (ET 627) 0210hrs – 0625hrs

 

Addis Ababa (ADD) to  Kilimanjaro (JRO):

Ethiopian Airlines (ET 815) 1020hrs – 1255hrs

 

30 August 2015

Kilimanjaro (JRO) to Addis Ababa (ADD):

Ethiopian Airlines (ET 814) 1735hrs – 1950hrs

 

31 August 2015

Addis Ababa (ADD) to Bangkok (BKK):

Ethiopian Airlines (ET 618) 0040hrs (+1) – 1320hrs

 

Bangkok (BKK) to Singapore (SIN):

Ethiopian Airlines (ET 1306) 1530hrs – 1855hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,537.20

 

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