7-Day Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari

7-Day Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari

Overview

The Serengeti Migration Safari is a remarkable annual event that unfolds in the Ndutu area of Southern Serengeti. Our specially crafted package allows you to witness wildebeest gathering in the Southern Serengeti plains (Ndutu) for calving and nursing between December and March each year. This safari also includes visits to Tarangire National Park, the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, and the picturesque Lake Manyara National Park, providing a complete Northern Tanzania safari experience.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

07:00hrs Meet at your lodge in Arusha, and after a short pre-safari briefing start your adventure. You will drive to Tarangire National Park, passing through Arusha city for any last-minute necessities or currency exchange. The route takes you across the Masai steppe and past numerous villages before reaching the park gate. After registering at the gate, your first safari game drive in the African wilderness begins.
Tarangire Park is renowned for its towering baobab trees and substantial elephant population. Its diverse habitats support a wide array of animals and bird species, including the rare Great Kudu, Fringed-Eared Oryx, and Ash Staling. Expect to encounter lions, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeests, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, gazelles, dik-diks, the rare long-necked gerenuks, and more. In the late afternoon, you will proceed to Sangaiwe Tented Lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Meals & Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)

Day 2: Tarangire – Ndutu Plains/Southern Serengeti

After breakfast depart for the Ndutu plains to experience the Wildebeest Migration calving safari in the Southern Serengeti. Along the way, enjoy a brief stop at the Lake Manyara viewpoint for a breathtaking sunset and restroom break.
The scenic drive takes you through the picturesque high farmland of Karatu and several villages. You will make a brief stop at the Loduare Main Gate for entry into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Continuing your journey, you will reach the Ngorongoro Crater viewpoint, where you can capture stunning photos and admire the crater floor from the rim. The drive then takes you further to the Lake Ndutu area, where the action unfolds from December to March. Enjoy a packed lunch at one of the picnic sites, and then set out for your afternoon game drive, seeking out big cats, massive herds of wildebeest, and thrilling wildlife encounters. In the late afternoon head to Tanzania Bush Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Camps Ndutu Mobile Camp

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 3-4: Full Day Ndutu Plains Calving Safari

Spend entire 2 days exploring the Ndutu plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Southern Serengeti. It is in this area, between January and March, that the wildebeest gives birth to thousands of calves. The lush green pastures and nutrient-rich soil attract herds of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles, stretching across vast areas. Additionally, you will have a unique opportunity to witness predators in action as they attempt to prey on the vulnerable newborn foals. You can also opt for a walking safari with an armed ranger, which offers a close encounter with wildlife while listening to informative lectures by trained naturalists and rangers. Bird enthusiasts will delight in Ndutu, with over 400 recorded resident and migratory bird species. In the late afternoon, return to your camp for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Camps Ndutu Mobile Camp

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 5 : Ndutu – Central Serengeti National Park

A visit to central Serengeti National Park around Seronera River is a must. Seronera River is one of the park’s permanent water sources, which becomes particularly vital during the dry season. Along the river and kopjes, you can spot many bird species, big cats, and other wildlife. Consider visiting Seronera Visitor Center for a brief immersion in the Great Serengeti National Park. Later in the afternoon, drive to Tanzania Bush Camp for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tanzania Bush Camps Central Serengeti

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 6 : Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater – Ngorongoro Highland

After an early breakfast, collect picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro Crater. After passing through the Naabi Hills Gate and reaching Seneto Gate, you will descend over 600 meters down the crater walls, arriving on the crater floor for a thrilling game drives. The Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder formed millions of years ago by geological forces, features an astonishing concentration of wildlife within its approximately 29-kilometer diameter. Supported by year-round water sources, the crater is estimated to host over 20,000 animals, offering exceptional opportunities to spot the Big Five, including the elusive black rhinos and leopards. You can also expect to encounter lions, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, eland, African elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, and hippos at their pool in the middle of the crater.
In the late afternoon, drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Marera Valley Lodge.

Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 7 : Ngorongoro Highland – Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha

After breakfast collect picnic lunch and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for morning game drive.
This is one of the most diverse of Tanzania’s national parks, a tiny (325km2) combination of Rift valley lake, dense woodlands and steep mountainside. Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the
Lake. Most visitors tailor a visit to Manyara to fit in with a trip to one of the Big Three parks (Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro).
Late afternoon drive back to Arusha and drop-off at your hotel at around 17:00hrs

Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

Price: From $2256 Per Person

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