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9 Days Serengeti Migration Safari During Calving Season

This safari has been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. 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.

Duration

9 Day(s)

Places to visit

Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti

OVERVIEW

  1. Arrival - Arusha
  2. Lake Manyara National Park
  3. Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park
  4. Migration Viewing -  Central Seronera
  5. Seronera to South Ndutu Area
  6. South Ndutu Area
  7. South Ndutu Area
  8. Ndutu - Arusha
  9. Airport  Transfer (Departure)

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you'll have a meet and greet with your tour guide and then proceed to your accommodation in Arusha. 

Arusha is a city in East Africa's Tanzania, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It's a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa's highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel / The African Tulip

Day 2

Lake Manyara National Park

After your breakfast, we'll proceed to a full-day game drive at Lake Manyara National Park and then proceed to your accommodation by twilight. 

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kitela Lodge

Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

Wake up early for breakfast and then proceed to a morning game drive. Resume game drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a tour. In the afternoon, we'll drive to Serengeti National Park and to your accommodation for your overnight stay. 

The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq km in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Acacia Camps

Day 4

Migration Viewing - Central Seronera

After breakfast at the camp, we continue with the game drive and then proceed to Seronera, the central part of the park.

Serengeti National Park.. the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "big five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters: Lion: the Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem. African Leopard: these reclusive predators are commonly seen in the Seronera region but are present throughout the national park with the population at around 1,000. African Elephant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Acacia Camps

Day 5

Seronera to South Ndutu Area

Proceed to another game drive after breakfast and in the afternoon, proceed to South Ndutu Area for the wildebeest migration viewing. By twilight, we'll head to your accommodation for your overnight stay.

Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however, the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife. Late afternoon game drive in the Ndutu area. 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, birds and resident game.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Masek Tented Camp

Day 6-7

South Ndutu Area

We will resume wildebeest migration viewing after breakfast and back to the lodge in the evening.

Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calves. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Masek Tented Camp

Day 8

Ndutu - Arusha

We'll continue the game drive in the morning after you had your breakfast and in the afternoon, we'll proceed to Arusha directly to your hotel accommodation. 

Ndutu area exploring a great range of various habitats such as swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. You will witness herds of wildebeest and zebras especially during a short time-frame from around February and lasting for about 3 weeks where majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young makes an easy prey for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they were born and within 3 days, they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel / The African Tulip

Day 9

Airport Transfer (Departure)

You'll have your free time to roam the city for the entire day and in the evening, we'll proceed to the airport to catch your flight back home or to your next destination. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: End of Tour

9 Days Serengeti Migration Safari During Calving Season

Inclusions

  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

Exclusions

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Items of a personal nature