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7 Days Serengeti Calving Season | Great Wildebeest Migration in Ndutu Area

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Tour Details

This 7-day wildlife immersion is just sufficient to witness the great wildebeest calving migration safari. This tour has been designed specifically to focus on following the migration trail during calving from December to April. The areas to be covered are Lake Ndutu and the Southern and Central areas of Serengeti National Park where majority of the wildebeest are usually found. A visit to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is part of this safari as well.

What to Expect

There is something truly remarkable about the mass calving of wildebeest between late January and early March. Within a matter of weeks, most female wildebeest drop their calves in a synchronized birthing that sees the Serengeti’s southern plains filled with over 400 000 young. Estimates are that 8 000 wildebeest are born a day – that is 300 every hour! While lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog certainly eat their fill of these gangly baby gnus, the synchronized calving is an effective survival mechanism for the species: there is simply too much food for the predators to consume.

The wildebeest congregate in the Southern Serengeti Plains– the Ndutu Area and the northern area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). They are attracted by the abundant fresh grass on the fertile plains and the calcium in the soil, which is essential for growth and is transferred to the calves through the mother’s milk. Between late January and mid-March, over 80% of fertile female wildebeest drop their calves within a few weeks of one another. Over 400000 tiny wildebeest dot the plains and the predators swoop in to feast on the easy prey. Wildebeest still occupy the southern area of Serengeti National Park, but are preparing to move north as the plains dry out

  • Wildebeest Calving (Giving birth to over 1000+ babies per day)
  • Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Big Five
  • lions, elephants, Zebras, Hippos, flamingos,
  • Jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species.
  • Lion Prides of the Serengeti

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Price Includes

  • Park fees
  • All activities (Game Drive)All accommodation
  • Crater fees
  • All Accommodation during Safaris
  • A professional driver/guide- A Friendly, Experienced and Passionate Driver Guide expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history
  • 4X4 Custom built – Toyota Land cruiser during Safari • Pop-up Roof, Opening Sliding windows, Seat Belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra Fuel tanks • Refrigerator for cooling drinks, one pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly Trash Bag, • Wi-Fi on board during safari, Charging Outlets type Plug G for charging Cameras and smart phones
  • All Government Taxes and VAT
  • Round-trip Airport transfers
  • Unlimited game mileage
  • Unlimited bottled drinking water during game viewing
  • Meals and Drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Balloon Safari over the Serengeti (Can be arranged with extra cost of USD 600 per person)
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Can be arranged with extra cost)
  • Tips
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Itinerary

Day 1Kilimanjaro International Airport-Arusha City

Distance: 55km/1hrs drive
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and great by our transfer/safari driver who will introduce to you about our beautiful country and then escort you to Arusha City in your chosen accommodation for evening rest to get ready for your next day adventure.

Accommodation:Kibo Palace Hotel Semi-Luxury

 

 

Day 2Arusha City-Tarangire National Park

Distance: 120km/2hrs drive

After breakfast, collect our picnic lunch boxes then we take a short pleasant morning drive to Tarangire National Park, Arrive at the gate our driver will do all the government procedures then proceed inside the park for a full day game drive in the park located slightly off the main safari route. Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania most famous for its elephant migration, and birding safari with a quiet atmosphere. Later in the evening we drive to the lodge/hotel for evening leisure and overnight.
Accommodation: Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Day 3 Manyara Region-Ngorongoro Conservation (Ndutu) Area

Distance: 150km/3hrs drive
Rise up early, after your breakfast depart to Ngorongoro Conservation in Ndutu area. Ndutu is a real hotspot for wildlife during these rainy months. Wildebeest and their accompanying Zebra often in their tens of thousands, choose Ndutu area as a part if Wildebeest Migration. It form an integral part of annual ritual and where the herds wander, the predator are never far away so wildlife view ere can be dramatic. A fascinating landscape is the setting for our afternoon game drive today. In the distance lie nine dormant volcanoes and one active in the times gone by, It was the ash blew in the this direction that shaped the soil here.Ndutu is located partially in the Serengeti, partially in Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as residents populations of lion, cheetah and hyena, there are lesser-spotted wildlife here as keep your eyes open for aardvark, porcupine and civet cat.

Accommodation: Lake Masek Tented Camp

 

 

Day 4Ngorongoro Conservation (Ndutu) Area-Full day

Another day in Ndutu full day game viewing.Ndutu can be considered in many respects as a continuation of the endless plains of the southern Serengeti. But as it actually lies in part within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, there is the possibility – ground conditions permitting – to go ‘off-road’ which is permissible here. A characteristic feature of this area is the collection of small, salty, lakes, whose water allows wildlife to exist here throughout the year. Among the most important of the water courses are Lake Masek, which is comparatively deep and thus remains more or less unchanged throughout the year. Lake Ndutu, nearby, is shallower and varies greatly according to the seasons, fed by a combination of rainfall, springs and rivers. At this time of the year, Ndutu is one of the best places to see migrating herds who seek out the short, nutritious grass and choose this area to give birth. The richness of the vegetation gives them the best chance of survival, but with predators everywhere, survival is by no means guaranteed.

Accommodation: Lake Masek Tented Camp

 

Day 5Ngorongoro Conservation/Ndutu area-Serengeti National Park (central-Seronera)

Distance: 90km/2hrs drive
Depart this morning heading to the name familiarour famous park Serengeti National Park ‘The Endless Plain” This Park is well-known for its healthy stock of resident wildlife, particularly the “Big Five”: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo.
Serengeti, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to around 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles that join the wildebeests’ trek for fresh grazing. Listen to the exotic sounds of over 6 million hooves pounding the open plains of Serengeti just like how you imagined African wildlife to be. After a long day of Safari you will drive to your accommodation for evening leisure and overnight.
Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Lodge

Day 6 Serengeti National Park-Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Distance: 145km/3.30hrs drive
After breakfast, we will start our day with a morning game drive in Serengeti then later take a short pleasant drive to Ngorongoro Conservation area, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Ngorongoro was established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources. It also safeguards the interests of indigenous people and promotes tourism. In the evening drive to the lodge for evening leisure and overnight.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

 

Day 7Ngorongoro Crater Tour-Kilimanjaro International Airport

Distance: 245/4hrs drive
After breakfast, we depart for our tour in the crater, the crater has a population of around 120 lions with well defines territories, 15,000 wildebeest, 9000 zebras, 400 hyenas and around 50 black rhinos. Many wildebeest and other herd animals are resident benefiting from the many sources of year round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalos, Thomson’s gazelle and Eland are also present in numbers, Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birds is colorful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can be often been seen in Lake magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor. Later after your tour in the crater drive to Arusha/Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward plans.
End of Tour.

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