8 Days Migration Calving Season Safari
A carefully picked and tailored adventure to suit a wide variety of travelers. Take a drive on the wild side of Tanzania to explore its best hidden secrets. Come close to your best wildlife and learn more about them. Witness with your own eyes wildebeest calves taking their first breaths of air at Ndutu (South Serengeti) where every year, the vast herds of wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincide with the annual rain fall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November.
The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
You shall enjoy beautiful skies as lit by African sunset over the grassy plains. The adventure features the best accommodations that make you feel at home a million miles away from home.
Upon arrival at the Airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport), you will be met by our representative. After meet and greet you will be transferred to your hotel where you will rest and have a short pre-safari briefing from your Guide.
Have your breakfast early in the morning. A drive to Tarangire National Park will follow soon after. Upon arrival you shall check in with the park authorities. At the gate, birds litter the place. Your appreciation of the natural world starts here. We then buckle up in our 4*4 and start driving in the park. Elephants are usually seen a few kilometers from the main gate, and sometimes these giants are right at the main gate, to your amazement. We push deeper into the park and to the Tarangire River.
This is where most animals hang around, especially during the dry seasons. We shall have our lunch at noon, a short rest and another game drive resumes after we are freshened up. Before the evening we shall drive to Ngorongoro Highlands to spend the night.
After breakfast, you will continue towards the fertile highlands where wheat and corn are grown by the Iraq people. Along the way we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to see baboons, or even leopards and elephants in the dense undergrowth. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater before traveling onwards to the Serengeti National Park, which you will reach by midday.
The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania with diverse landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah and mountains. After an extensive game drive, you will drive to your accommodation where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Serengeti Central
This entire day is set aside for game drives in the central Serengeti. The Serengeti, the habitat of an abundance of wildlife such as impala, buffalo, crocodile and hippo, is well-known for its great migrating herds of zebra, antelope and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, we may have the opportunity to see the resident predators, leopard, cheetah and lion, fulfilling their role in the circle of life.
After an extensive game drive we head for our tented lodge for a hearty dinner and another night by the fire of relaxation and conversation under the sweeping majesty of the star bright African night out upon the ‘Endless Plain’.
Overnight: Serengeti Central
After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu region, situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a sublime landscape of the southern Serengeti eco-system. The drive takes approximately 3 hrs. Lake Ndutu, alkaline like most of the other Rift Valley Lakes, is however a viable source of water and is frequented by a wide array of the myriad wildlife here inhabiting. We arrive in time for a delectable lunch at the lodge or tented camp, and with appetites sated, we undertake our afternoon game drive in the Ndutu region.
The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, giraffe, over four hundred species of birds and a plethora of other resident game.
After an unforgettable day, we head to yout Camp in ndutu for dine and unwind by a fire on the plain under the star bright endless African night sky.
After our hearty breakfast, we head out to enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu region. We will endeavor to explore the range of different habitats found here that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes, and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. We will see the awesome sight of the great thronging herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve, dropping in the region of half a million young in this awesome act of synchronized birthing.
The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators, with cheetah being particularly active, alongside lion, leopard and hyena. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.With our day of adventure drawing to a close, as the shadows of the African night beginning to descend we went our way back to the Camp to once more take our ease and seek vivification in conversation and a casting of our minds eye back over the sights and sounds of the day upon the Serengeti.
After breakfast you will head out for an en-route game drive through the Ndutu area before embarking on your journey to Ngorongoro Crater. This UNESCO World Heritage site, formed millions of years ago, is 600 m deep and covers roughly around 260 square kilometers. Due to its dense animal population of approximately 25,000, the Crater offers the best game viewing of all the parks in Tanzania. You will arrive at the Crater rim before lunch and then descend into the Crater.
Very quickly you will be able to see wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, elephants and some of the more than 500 bird species in the area. With a little bit of luck you might catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhino through the grass. After lunch and a full afternoon inside the Crater, you will head to your accommodation in Karatu for dinner and an overnight stay.
Today we drive you the airport. It will be sad to say goodbye after spending the last couple of days together. As we wave you goodbye we hope to see you again.