The Serengeti National Park is home to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, as more than one million Western White-bearded Wildebeest and nearly half a million Zebra annually follow the rains across the Serengeti’s great grasslands. In total more than two million ungulates graze the Serengeti at this season. Of course with all this food about the predators are numerous and obvious. Black-maned Lions sit about seeming to wait for their dinners and breakfasts to come to them. Leopards and Cheetahs are as easy to see here as anywhere. And Spotted Hyenas are very common. Black-backed Jackals and Bat-eared Foxes are numerous. Aside from the multitudes of Wildebeest and Zebra ungulates will also include Serengeti Topi, Hartebeest (Kongoni), Cavendish’s Dik-dik, Eland, Steinbok, and plentiful Robert’s and Thompson’s Gazelles. We’ll have the chance to study both Bohor Reedbuck and (Chanler’s) Mountain Reedbuck. Little groups of Banded Mongoose cavort across the grasslands and we’ll see both Dwarf and Slender Mongooses too. We’ll also do our best to find the elusive little Oribi, shy Side-striped Jackal, and the Serengeti is one of the very best places in Africa to watch Serval.
The Ngorongoro Crater is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera is the remnant of a huge volcano that is now one of the most beautiful wildlife havens in the world. We’ll stay in a superb lodge amongst lichen-bearded forests seven thousand feet above sea level on the crater rim. Towering Euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor, fever-and-fig tree forests provide shade for the awe-inspiring array of wildlife. Here some of Africa’s last Black Rhinos are still well protected and we’ve a decent chance of connecting with a Caracal or two. Black-maned Lions stalk through the grasslands, flamingos crowd Magadi Lake and giant-tusked Elephants roam permanent swamps where we’ll look for more elusive mammals such as Bushpig and Egyptian Mongoose.
To the east of the great grasslands the landscape takes on a different character as huge baobab and acacia trees gradually increase in frequency. Here over two thousand square kilometres of beautiful habitat is protected by the Tarangire National Park. The river Tarangire threads its way through the length of the reserve. In the mammal watching world Tarangire shot to prominence when a group of mammal watchers did a ‘big mammal day’ there in February 2019 and recorded a remarkable 64 species of mammal in the 24 hours! We’ll not push ourselves quite so hard. However we’re sure to enjoy the huge concentration of Elephant, Impala, Grants Gazelle, Giraffe, Reedbuck, Wildebeest (here the Eastern White-bearded form) and Buffalo that make this place one of the best wildlife areas in East Africa. We’ll look for Klipspringer, Southern Tree Hyrax, Yellow-winged Bat and both Lesser and the beautiful Greater Kudu. At night we’ll see Spring Hares in abundance as well as Common Genet, Scrub Hare, White-tailed Mongoose and hopefully African Wild Cat. Lesser Galagos are frequent in the trees. In the ‘hoped for’ category are Zorilla, Aardvark and Crested Porcupine!
Dates and Prices
9th November - 20th November 2024 (12 days)
* doesn't apply if you're willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged
The minimum group size is 3 and the maximum is 6.
All flights. Accommodation and all meals in Kenya and Tanzania. Services of your leaders. Entrance to National Parks. Please note: Drinks, tips, Kenyan and Tanzanian Visas, any optional night drives, and items of a personal nature such as travel insurance, are not included.
Mammal and bird checklists are available.
After a night in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel by Nairobi Airport we’ll head to northern Tanzania. The Serena Lodges are renowned in East Africa and are found in many of the region’s national parks. They are often the best lodges in any given area and most certainly they always get the best locations! In both the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro we stay in the respective Serena Lodges and they could hardly be better. The Serengeti Serena Lodge is set amid wildlife-rich grounds with fabulously comfortable rooms looking out over the savannah. There’s a fine pool to relax in and never ending wildlife in the property itself. The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is equally fabulous and its position on rim of the crater is truly remarkable with sweeping views over the caldera and all the animals far below. We’ve four nights in the Serengeti Serena and three nights in the Ngorongoro Serena. The tour finishes with two nights at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. This is a step down in class, but only just! Again the lodge enjoys a superb location with views out over the tree-dotted savannah and plentiful wildlife in the grounds. All rooms on this holiday are en-suite and have air-conditioning or fans.
Very easy. Always at a relaxed pace and never more than two or three miles each day. In all these parks one has to view from the vehicles so there will be limited opportunity to walk.
Throughout the tour we will be using safari-converted stretch 4×4 Land Cruisers and everyone is guaranteed a window seat.
UK return flights are direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. There is a single internal flight at the end of the tour from Arusha to Nairobi. Add-ons are available from various UK airports*. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.
*Some routes may incur a supplement.
Daily temperatures reach close to 30°C daily, usually a bit less, especially at Tarangire and Ngorongoro and it can be quite cool at all locations during the latter part of the night and early mornings with temperatures dropping to around 10°C on the crater rim by the time the morning safari starts! It is the end of the dry season which also means it is the start of the rainy season! So it might still be largely dry or there might be some rainfall about, however the latter is usually short-lived, though sometimes intense, and is usually in the afternoons.
Contact us to check if there is availability for the number of places you require. Click on the ‘Book this Tour’ button on this page to be taken to the online booking form or contact us and we will send one to you which you can complete and send back to us. You will receive confirmation of your place, and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.