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Day 8 - Serengeti National Park’s Great Migration

Today, we will pack our bags, thank the Four Seasons for their luxurious swimming pool, and embark on a full-day excursion into the Serengeti plains and up to the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Our ever-trusted expert guide will seek out the unique and diverse flora and fauna of the Serengeti, including the iconic herds of wildebeest and zebra as they migrate across Tanzania. We will have lunch with a view at noon: a picnic al fresco on the savannah. We will continue our wildlife exploring this afternoon as we roam through the Serengeti's rich landscapes. The so-called Big Five and The Great Migration are the most well-known of the Serengeti's offerings, but there is much more to see. Thousands of equally fascinating dramas of a smaller scale play themselves out on these endless plains.

Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling (and stressful – will the innocent gazelle get away?) moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania. This is the time of year for birthing and we are very lucky to witness the biggest mass birthing on the planet when thousands of mama wildebeest, zebra and gazelle give birth to cubs during February and March. It’s the cutest, fuzziest time of the year! 

En route, we will make short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included.

It’s been a long day of sights and thrills so take time to sit by the fire and relax tonight at the Ngorongoro Nyumba, reserved for our exclusive use.

Ngorongoro Nyumba (B, Boxed Lunch, D)