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.
Arrival at the Airport
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.
Arusha to Tarangire National Park
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.
Ngorongoro Highlands to Ndutu
After breakfast we head towards Ndutu, via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the conservation area behind, we head to Ndutu Migration Area. A few minutes’ drive leads us to Lake Ndutu. This lakes holds a lot of water birds including the majestic flamingos. We shall leave the lake area heading deeper into the park we shall catch up with the wildebeest herds. This is the calving period. Wildebeest herds welcome new editions to their herds. This draws predators from all directions looking for an easy meal. It is common to see hyenas or cats preying on the newly born calves. We shall head to our lodge by evening for the night.
Full Day Game Drive in Ndutu
We depart for an early game drive game drive in Ndutu after we have breakfast. Just like the other day we shall be enjoying wildebeests littering the savannah as far as the eye can see. We shall drive here and have picnic lunch in the afternoon and resume our game drive. We shall return to the lodge after an extensive game drive.
Ndutu to Southern Serengeti
We shall have breakfast at the lodge in the morning. We then shall drive to Southern Serengeti for another exciting game drive. The Serengeti National Park is never short of surprises. Since Southern Serengeti boarders the Ndutu Area, animals will be plentiful. With a lucky day we may be able to catch up with hunting cheetahs. It is common to see the Secretary birds hunting among the grasses. Before the evening we head to our lodge for a well-deserved rest.
Southern Serengeti to Ngorongoro for overnight.
We shall have breakfast in the morning then head for the last game drive in Serengeti National Park. Today we game drive here for a few hours before we start game driving en route as we leave the Serengeti Behind. We slowly approach the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we shall spend the night.
Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
We shall have an early breakfast before we descend down the crater. The crater is 610 meter deep and it supports animals all year long. Hyenas, jackals, lions, zebras, wildebeests, kori bustards and hippos are common here. After we have lunch in the afternoon we set off for another short game drive. We then shall ascend and drive to Arusha.
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.