The Great Migration Safari - birthing season

“We believe exclusivity is the last true luxury in travel and this is what we strive to give you.”

Wildlife Explorer, Tanzania

With a maximum group size of 16, in our own exclusive luxury camps in Tarangire National park and in the Serengeti – this is a very special safari.

Starting in the Serengeti to witness the incredible phenomenon of the Great Migration, when the million plus wildebeest and zebra pause for a while on the short grass plains for the birthing period, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest calves and zebra foals join the herds over a three to four week time span.

We will spend a full day in the incredible Ngorongoro crater, visit a Maasai boma and pass through the Oldupai Gorge and its museum, showcasing the findings of early mankind.

We spend three days in the baobab-strewn Tarangire National Park – a haven for wildlife, plus the opportunity for a night drive and a walk in the bush.

Olerai - Arusha. One night

Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania and is where we spend our first night.

After your arrival in Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met and driven to Arusha. Situated in the outskirts of this busy little town, Olerai, the Strand family house, is set under a canopy of yellow-barked acacias and other indigenous trees.

Once a private home, Olerai welcomes its guests with an air of calmness – an urban oasis, perfect for starting (or ending) an adventure on safari. The philosophy is simple – exclusivity is the greatest luxury, and so, only you and your group get the entire home to yourselves. The small team of dedicated staff are there to provide personalized service in a home setting.

9 en suite rooms spread over the garden grounds provide comfortable accommodation.

In the evenings, the fire is lit for socializing with one’s travel companions over an iced gin and tonic, regional wine or a simple cup of tea.

Mercy and her team endeavour to create a sense of family warmth to welcome you to Africa.

Dulana - Serengeti. Three nights

Transfer to the nearby airport and fly to the Serengeti, when we will most likely see Kilimanjaro in the distance and fly over the Ngorongoro crater.

In the Serengeti we are met by our safari vehicles and guides, who take us on a slow game drive, stopping for a picnic lunch en route to our camp, Dulana.

Dulana sits on the edge of ‘Hidden Valley’ a little-known depression on the southern plains of the Serengeti, on the edge of the off-road driving area, allowing immediate access onto the short grass plains, where Cheetah are abundant and Lion prides establish territory close to camp and the surrounding woodland. The camp takes advantage of the uninterrupted views across the shallow valley, where different species of game can be spotted from the comfort of the accommodation tents.

The main lounge and dining tents also enjoy splendid views and are a haven of comfort for the hours of daytime rest. The accommodation tents are large & airy and all en-suite.

We spend three nights here, utilising the knowledge of the local guides to maximise our viewing in these vast plains.

Lion in the Ngorongoro Crater, East Africa, Safari

Plantation Lodge, Ngorongoro. Two nights

A morning game drive out of the park, with a stop at Oldupai Gorge. Here the Leakey’s old research centre is now a museum, recently upgraded and a fascinating place to spend an hour or two. The Gorge is considered to be one of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world and the birthplace of mankind.

Continue up the Ngorongoro Highlands, along the crater rim & on to Plantation Lodge – set in a working farm and on a high bluff, the lodge is very comfortable, elegant and personable – one of the best addresses in Northern Tanzania. This will be our base for two nights as we make a very early start for our full day trip into the Ngorongoro Crater. Abounding with lion, buffalo and many other species, including rhino and elephant, this is a day not to be forgotten.

Standing at 2236m above sea level, Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and is surrounded by very steep walls rising 610m from the crater floor. Covering an area of 259 square kms, it is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Natural World and is a veritable haven for wildlife.

Osunyai Wilderness Camp, Tarangire. Three nights

After a truly sumptuous breakfast, we depart for Tarangire National Park, possibly stopping to visit a traditional Masai boma on the way. Within the park we enjoy a game drive and a picnic lunch en route.

Osunyai Wilderness Camp, our exclusive Camp set on the edge of the wilderness zone, is situated close to the Silale wetland – prime elephant & buffalo habitat and in the heart of big game country.

We are here for three nights and are able to partake in a night game drive, a walk and even an overnight ‘fly camp’ for the more adventurous.

The camp is set beneath mature acacia trees facing the rising sun. 

The accommodations comprise of luxury safari tents – large and airy with full width windows and en-suite bathrooms, king sized double or two extra long single beds, hanging wardrobe, luggage racks and interior solar light tables. Each has a private veranda. Osunyai has all the creature comforts of a seasonal Camp, whilst retaining the necessary balance & feel of our mobile heritage.

Join Sean as he chats with Gary Strand, from Wildlife Explorer in Tanzania, as they chat about life in East Africa as it opens up post Covid.

Some footage across a herd of wildebeest and zebra, taken by Sean on his visit to the Serengeti in February 2020. 

Some footage taken by Sean during a previous safari and used for the promotion of the Great Migration February 2020 trip.