Tour Summary

Mara River Crossing Safari is an exciting tour offers game viewing with a chance to witness the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration crossing the Mara River, a visit to Tarangire National Park famous for its baobab trees and huge herds of Elephants, and game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater which is One of the Largest Unbroken Calderas on the Planet Over 25,000 Wild Creatures.


The annual wildebeest migration is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular natural events – every year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, taking in two different countries and making time for birthing, courting and mating on the way.

The river crossing at the Mara River is arguably the highlight of the Wildebeest Migration, a stunning life-and-death display as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the treacherous currents and lurking crocodiles in a last-ditch attempt to reach the safety of the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Best Time: Mid July, August, September to Mid October.
Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights

Safari Program

Day 1: Arrival day

Leave home for your trip to Tanzania. Arrive in the early evening on KLM into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will Meet by Africa Nature Photography & Safaris team and transfer to a Hotel in Arusha City for overnight.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park.

After Breakfast, we will load the luggage to your safari car and Drive south through Arusha to prehistoric-looking Tarangire National Park and you will arrive at your safari lodge in time for lunch. After your hot Lunch at your Hotel, You will have the afternoon game viewing into a landscape dotted with baobab trees and umbrella-thorn acacias, visiting the Silalei Swamp and Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. In the dry season large numbers of animals congregate along the life-giving river that provide the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the animal species, the park is famous for its century-old baobab trees and over 300 species of birds.in the park visiting the Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park, which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. In the dry season large numbers of animals congregate along the life-giving river.

Dinner and overnight at Tarangire View Camp or Similar.

Day 3: Exploring Tarangire National Park

A full day game viewing at Tarangire national park, visiting the Silalei Swamp and Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park, which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. The Silale swamp acts as a giant sponge during the green season and slowly releases water during the dry season attracting thousands of animals. In the dry season large numbers of animals congregate along the life-giving river and simply make the Tarangire River and the silale swamp serves as a place of refuge for the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, Greater and lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the animal species, the park is famous for its century-old baobab trees and over 300 species of birds.

Dinner and overnight at Tarangire View Camp or Similar.

Day 4: Masai Village-Cultural Tour- Ngorongoro.

After breakfast you will visit a local Maasai village, the maasai tribe is one of the few tribes that still embrace and are proud of their tradition, thereafter continue short drive to MtoWaMbu village for a cultural tour including a visit to the banana rice plantations. You will have lunch with a local family and sample delicious African food. Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.

Day 5: Exploring Ngorongoro Crater.

An early start and you will Collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. Another big draw card to this picturesque Caldera, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if Lucky enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Seval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic site at the crater floor, Followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater.

Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Similar.

Day 6 and 7: Central Serengeti.

Breakfast at the lodge. Pack and leave the lodge for drive to Central Serengeti with game viewing drive en-route. You will spend your next two exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains. You have an options of breaking the days into two by doing Early morning and late afternoon game viewing, drive through the central serengeti in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities, whereby, You will depart the Lodge at first light with a picnic breakfast for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations. Alternatively, as usually you may choose to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast at the camp instead of a picnic breakfast and depart with picnic lunches for a full day of game drives exploring different areas of the central serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, maasai and sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes. The Central Serengeti and seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Meals and overnight at Mawe Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 8, 9 and 10: North Serengeti

After breakfast, Drive to the northern Serengeti with game viewing enroute. You will visit the lobo valley and kopjes as well as the bologonja area before getting to kogatende (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo, Eland, Black Rhinos and Occasionally wild dogs are even being seen. This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happens during the Great Migrations – The annual river crossings. Your days will be combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara river, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle (A triangular shaped area just north of the Mara River). The northern Serengeti and the entire Mara river area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari. You will arrive at the lodge/camp in time for dinner and overnight.

Meals and overnight at Mara Katikati Tented Camp.

Day 11:  Bush Flight

Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Kogatende Airstrip with game drives en-route. Bush Flight from Kogatende to Arusha. Stop at cultural heritage for lunch and an optional shopping, and then drive to African view lodge for a Day room. An early dinner at River Tree Country Inn before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back Home.