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.
Day 01: Fly Arusha – Lake Manyara Airstrip – Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive Sundowner + Cocktails.
Early breakfast, 07:00 AM morning meet and greet for pre-safari briefing. 07: 20 AM pick up and transfer the short distance to Arusha Airport in time for flight to Manyara Airstrip. Flight departs Arusha Airport at 08h00, arrive Manyara Airstrip at 08:25 AM. Here you will be with your Private Driver Guide with 4X4 and drive to Ngorongoro Crater (45- minutes drive). Today you will explore today you will explore the famous Ngorongoro Crater during a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations.
It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only. Leave the Crater and drive towards the Ndutu plains to the Lush retreat for dinner and overnight at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge.
Day 02: Witness the most amazing wildlife spectacle in Africa, the Great Migration-Sundowner + Cocktails.
Breakfast, Ndutu plains is a seasonal location tucked between the NCAA and Serengeti which allows off-road game drives, perfect for migration viewing. The Great Migration is a perpetual movement of over 1.5 million of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other migratory wildlife in search of fresh food and water. From January to February, Ndutu is expected have a dense concentration of migratory herds from as it hosts the highly anticipated calving season. With the gathering of the Great Migration along with thousands of baby calves born every day, predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena will also follow in a desperate fight for survival. Be alert for the striped hyena, a rare carnivore that prefers the Ndutu area and often spotted at dusk or dawn. Dinner and overnight at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge.
Day 03: Southern Serengeti & Moru Kopjes to see Mammals & Big cats –Private Bush Dinner under the Stars.
Sunrise Safaris Ndutu Plains & Southern Serengeti Plains enjoy bush breakfast. You proceed entirely dictate the pace of your day, in discussion with your guide. Search for lion or cheetah along the edge of the woodland or head out into the vast plains to get in amongst the wildebeest migration, along with herds of zebra and gazelle at every turn. The fabulous variety of birdlife in this area as well as the carpet of flowers that develops with the first rains will surprise you. Equally impressive are Tanzania’s magical sunsets, which out here are celebrated at traditional “sundowners”… like those you’ll enjoy at your Camp on your final night on safari, followed by a festive farewell dinner and overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Camp.
Day 04: Central Serengeti to see Mammals & Big cats –Sundowners + Cocktails.
Early breakfast. Full day game drives in Serengeti National Park gets its name from the Maasai word Siringitu meaning endless Plain. The Serengeti is located along the rift valley and is abound with geological formations. These exposed rock forms “kopjes” are round as a result of spherical wind weathering. These rich grass plains a result of ash deposited by volcanic eruptions, and is home to 3 million animals. Within these grass plains the scattered kopjes act as a heaven for animals from grass fires, predators and the heat. The game drives in this park are exceptional and game viewing incredible. This park offers the best opportunity of viewing Cheetah, Leopards and Lions. Return for dinner and overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Camp.
Day 05: Seronera Airstrip – Fly to Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport – Departure.
Early start today for an early morning game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light or breakfast at the lodge, and morning go on your final game drive in Big & Small Marsh Plains. Keep your eyes open for any elusive wildlife that you may not have seen, transfer to Seronera Airstrip in time for Check in (Luggage free weight each person is 33 LBS & 11 LBS on Hand bag), and Schedule flight to Arusha Airport. REGIONAL AIR flights depart Seronera Airstrip at 11: 00 AM and arrive at Arusha Airport at 12: 15 PM.
On your arrival at Arusha Airport you will be Meet and greet with your Host Walter and his team and we drive the short distance for a fare well deserved Lunch at Arusha coffee garden . Here you will have a variety of English – African taste meals with soft drinks & juices. After lunch we transfer back you to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for check in for departure flight.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run.
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- Transport with safari Vehicle with pop-up roof 4×4 Jeep
- All park entrance fees
- Accommodations in the Camp or in the lodge
- Full board accommodation, three meals per day while on safari
- Game drives in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
- Bottled Drinking water
- Ngorongoro Crater fees
1.Tips for the drive
2. Personal effects
3. Soft drinks, beer, sodas etc.
Tour Code: BET06C
Tour Duration:5 days Luxury Safari
Group Size: 1 person and above
Special Category: Lodge Safari/Tented Camp
Season: All Year Around
We consider last minutes booking basically for camping