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5 Day Migration Calving Season (Ndutu Area) December – April

Tour Overview

The Great Wildebeest Calving Migration Safari has been designed specifically to focus on following the Great Serengeti Wildebeest migration during calving from December to April. The areas to be covered are the Lake Ndutu area, as well as the Southern and Central areas of Serengeti National park where the majority of the wildebeest are usually found.

A visit to the world-famous Ngorongoro crater is part of this safari as well. The Southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas in Tanzania are the best locations for the months of January, February, and March to witness thousands of wildebeest spread across the plains grazing on the rich short grass plains. Predator action is at its peak with great sightings of cheetah, lion, hyena, and leopard and a very good chance to see adrenalin packed kills.

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Optional Safari Activities

  • Night Game
  • Drive Tarangire or Lake Manyara (USD 150 per person)
  • Tree top walk away Manyara (USD 45 per person)
  • Empakai crater hike Maasai Village Visit (USD 40 per vehicle)
  • Hadzabe & Datoga Tribe Visit
  • Mto wa Ambu Village tour (USD 35 per person)
  • Ngorongoro crater Rim Walking safari (USD 30 per person)
  • Visit to the Olduvai Gorge (USD 40 per person)
  • Balloon Safari Tarangire or Serengeti (USD 590 per person)

At A Glance

This tour starts and ends in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. This tour offers Mid-Range Lodge accommodation with upgrades available This tour is a private safari and runs exclusively for you and can depart any day.

However, the package can still be customized to meet your budget and ideas. This tour accepts children of all ages and discounts apply for children 0-15 years old with further discounts available for families sharing triple and quad rooms.

Highlights

Tarangire National park – Game drive
Travel the endless plains of the world-famous Serengeti –Game Drive
Ngorongoro crater – Game Drive
Ndutu plain – Game drive
1-night Tarangire, 2 nights Ndutu, 1-night Ngorongoro

Enjoy the comforts of a lodge and the romance of a tented camp in the heart of the Tanzanian bush Enjoy an off-road driving experience in the Ndutu plains as you witness the birthing of wildebeests. Nothing is as exciting for a keen photographer as a Ndutu experience where you get close to animal sightings to take the best shots

DAY 1 : Arusha to Tarangire National park

Distance & Drive time: Arusha to Tarangire takes about 2.5 to 3 hours (106 km/65mi)

Tarangire to Lake Manyara takes about 1hour (69km/42mi) Pick up at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Arusha and depart for Tarangire National park with a picnic lunch for a full day game drive. Tanzania’s third largest National park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, oryx, eland, giraffe, and zebra. After a full day in the park, we will drive to the camp/Lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you, and spend the night.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Marera View Lodge

Meals plan: Lunch & Dinner included

Upgrade your Accommodation – Tarangire National park


DAY 2 : Karatu to south Serengeti (Ndutu Area)

Distance & Drive time: Karatu to Ndutu Area takes about 3 to 3.5 hrs. (145km/90mi)

After breakfast, you will head to the Lake Ndutu region in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a sublime landscape of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. The drive takes approximately 3 hrs. taking you across the beautiful landscape of the Rift Valley lake Ndutu, alkaline like most of the other Rift Valley is frequently inhabited by a wide array of wildlife. With appetites sated, undertake our game drive in the Ndutu region, where the great migration is supposed to be between December and April. It is where these animals (now estimated to be 2.5 million) will drop their young ones because the area is open and has highly nutritious grass. This will most likely be the highlight of your entire trip and you will expect to see lots of excitement like hunting, chasing, young ones being borne, etc. You will have 2 nights to explore this special area where off-road driving is permitted to allow you to observe these adventures up close. After the late afternoon game drive, you will drive to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ndutu heritage Tented Camp

Meals plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Upgrade your Accommodation – Ndutu Safari Lodge


DAY 3 : South Serengeti (Ndutu area)

Distance: Fully Day

Ndutu plain Stunned by the previous day’s spotting of the migration, today you get another chance to view the beautiful wildlife spectacle. The Ndutu region is a part of the glorious Serengeti National park as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA). You can either have a relaxed breakfast or depart for full-day game drives around 9:00 am with packed lunch and return back to the lodge late evening around 6:00 pm. Or you can depart at 6:00 am on an early morning game drive for sunrise. Later return to the accommodation for breakfast and relax for a bit and depart on an afternoon game drive with packed lunch.

Today you will be following the migration depending on its location. During game drives at the right season between December and April, you will be able to see the fertile plains turn into calving grounds and nurseries for the great migration. This season attracts hordes of predators preying on vulnerable young wildebeest. Watching the circle of life take its course will be an unforgettable experience etched for life. The action-packed game drive will end late in the evening by around 6:00 pm. You will now head back to your lodge, where a freshly prepared dinner awaits you.

Accommodation: Ndutu heritage Tented Camp

Meals plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Upgrade your Accommodation – Ndutu Safari Lodge


DAY 4 : Ndutu Area to Ngorongoro crater

Distance &Drive time: South Serengeti to NCA takes about 2hours (80km/50mi)

After breakfast, morning game drives at south Serengeti National Park. On your outward journey to the park gate, you will enjoy some more game viewing before you leave the Serengeti National Park in the early afternoon to continue your journey to the Ngorongoro conservation area for dinner and overnight. You will overnight at the lodge located on the ridge of the Ngorongoro rim.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Meals plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Upgrade your accommodation – Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge/Ngorongoro Crater Rim


DAY 5 : Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

Distance & Drive Time: NCA To Arusha takes about 3.5 to 4hours (158km/98mi)

On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early descent at around 6:30 am into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260sq km/161sq mi) with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 6-hours game drive on the crater floor will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended.

The African elephant, buffalo, black rhino, hippos, hyenas, cheetahs, and lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Ngoito Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascent to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to where your safari will end. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you say goodbye to your safari crew.

Meals plan Breakfast and lunch

As today is the end of the safari, please note that Accommodation and dinner tonight is not included in the tour.

5 –Mid-Range Safari

This is a private safari, run exclusively for you and each vehicle holds a maximum of 6 clients. If an accommodation is fully booked, we’ll suggest a comparable alternative where possible.