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6 Day Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari Calving Season

Wildebeest Migration Calving season safaris, have been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration during their time to produce the new babies (Calving Season). We have designed the itinerary to include the Lake Ndutu area, southern Serengeti and central Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from December through to April. To save on unnecessary travel time and to increase your game viewing time, this itinerary has been designed that you fly from the Serengeti National Park to Arusha town on the last day. The itinerary also include a visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2800 - $3500
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: January - March, November - December
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
Explore with us the Calving Season when the wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincide with the annual rainfall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calf around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.

Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania:

You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Namanga Border and transferred to the delightful accommodation of your choice.

Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater Full Day

After breakfast, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. 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. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option sugested or requested.

Day 2: Ngorongoro – Ndutu

After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. 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. We will do extensive 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. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option sugested or requested.

Day 3: Ndutu Area Full Day

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu area. 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 calve. 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. Lunch, Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option sugested or requested.

Day 4: Ndutu – Central Serengeti Plains

After breakfast we head towards the central Serengeti National Park, also known as the Seronera. We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option sugested or requested.

Day 5: Full day at Central Serengeti Plains

Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The majority of the wildebeest migration normally passes through the Seronera in late November to middle November, when they migrate from Kenya’s Masai Mara in north to the Ndutu area in the south. The migration then passes through this area again in April when they move west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Seronera area is also an ideal starting to point to visit the eastern and southern short-grass plains of the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option sugested or requested

Day 6: Serengeti Plains – Arusha

If time allows, you will head out on a last game drive in the early morning. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your guide will take you to the nearby airstrip. Here you will say goodbye and board a small aircraft which will take you to Arusha, on arrival we will pick you to our office garden have well prepared BBQ waiting for the right time to pick you to Kilimanjaro International airport for your flight back home.

The safari and tour prices below include

  • 6 day Migration safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary

  • Lodge accommodation for the duration of the six day safari

  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch, air-conditioning, refrigerator and USB charging port

  • Professional safari and tour guide / driver

  • All Ngorongoro/Serengeti Entry and national park fees

  • All meals on the safari

  • One Night Accomodation Before Safari

  • All game viewing activities specified

  • Transfer from safari lodge to Kogatende airstrip

  • One way flight from Kogatende airstrip to Arusha airport including airport taxes – 15kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage

  • Airport Transfers
  • Mineral water at lodges and in the vehicle
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance during Safari

The safari and tour prices below exclude

  • Laundry

  • Items of personal nature

  • International and local airfares (not mentioned as included)

  • Airport taxes (not mentioned as included.

  • Entry visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratutudes ($20 to Driver guide a day from the group

TOUR LEADER DISCOUNT: WE PROVIDE FOC TOUR FOR BONAFIDE TOUR LEADER FOR EVERY 15 PAID CUSTOMERS. FOR SMALLER GROUP SIZE PLEASE DISCUS WITH US.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Day 0: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel
  • Day 1: Arrival Day: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
  • Day 2: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 3: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 4: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 5: Arrival Day: Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Migration Camp
  • Day 6: Arrival Day: Accommodation: N/A

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