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8 Days Wildebeest Calving Safari

8 Day Wildebeest Calving Safari

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8 Days Wildebeest Calving Safari

This is our typical Wildebeests Calving Safari in Southern Serengeti including a visit to the Ndutu Plains in the south of the Serengeti National Park. The package takes 8 days in Tanzania including the arrival day and we have included the Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in order to give you a variety but also to break down the driving into manageable distances.

The highlight of this safari will be to experience the “Calving of Wildebeest” which only takes place once a year from January to end of March, an exciting natural phenomenon not to be missed.  From late January and early February, perhaps the greatest spectacle of the Serengeti takes place with the wildebeest calving season. Approximately 8,000 young wildebeest are born every single day during the peak of the season.

Below is our sample safari itinerary for the Wildebeest Calving Safari

Wildebeests Calving Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

This day is set aside for your arrival in Tanzania and our representative meets you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. He or she will transfer you to your lodge around Arusha either Arusha Coffee Lodge or at Planet Lodge in Arusha town. Your dinner is included.

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After a long flight to Africa, we usually recommend starting easy while also cutting down the distances and so after breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Tarangire National Park in a 4×4 Safari jeep.  At Tarangire, we register at the gate and continue with game drives for the rest of the day as we explore the African wilderness for the first day of our safari. This park is famous for its the large populations of elephants and its gigantic age-old baobabs, but it has much more to offer in terms of many animals and birds that are resident to this park. We expect to see lions, cheetahs, warthogs, gazelles, dik-diks, the rare long-necked gerenuks and many more.  Later in the afternoon, we retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge. All meals included.

Day 3: Tarangire – Ndutu Plains/South Serengeti

Breakfast at the lodge, or Camp early this morning and we are off to Ndutu plains for the migration safari in Southern Serengeti. We will have a brief stop at the Loduare Main Gate before entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, another brief stop to take pictures and get some stunning views over the Ngorongoro Crater floor. We will then drive further to Lake Ndutu area where the action takes place during the months of December through March. A picnic will be served and the afternoon will be spent doing game drives until later in the afternoon time to check in at the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge or Serengeti Savannah Ndutu Camp. All meals included.

Day 4 & 5: Ndutu Plains Calving Safari

These 2 more days will be spent at the Ndutu plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ndutu plains are where it all happens in the month of January to March as the wildebeest’s Migration give birth to thousands of young calves every day. At Ndutu plains with the green pastures during this time of the year and the rich mineral soils that the herds adore you are sure to see the thousands of wildebeests accompanied by zebras, and gazelles spread along vast areas, as well as have the rare chance to witness some real wildlife action as the predators engage the herds and try to snatch their loved newly born foals. Walking safari with an armed range is also an optional activity that you can enjoy at Ndutu, and you only need to ask your diver to arrange that. Accompanied by an armed ranger you will see animals at close range while listening to the lectures offered by the trained naturalists and rangers. Ndutu is also an amazing place to be for the avid bird watchers with 400 recorded resident and migratory bird species recorded. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge or Serengeti Savannah Ndutu Camp.  All meals included.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

It is worth visiting the Serengeti National Park has come this far. After breakfast at your lodge or camp, we check out and drive a short distance to the Naabi Hill Gate where you will register and enter the Serengeti National Park for a day of game drives around the Central areas like Seronera Valley and around the Moru Kopjes. Later in the afternoon, you will check in at the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Kenzan Tented Camp or Kati Kati Tented Camp. All meals included.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Early morning breakfast and check out of the lodge or camp and drive back to the Ngorongoro Crater. We will register at the Naabi Hill Gate again and at the Senator Gate then descend the 600 high walls of the Ngorongoro Crater to the floor of the Crater for a full day of Game drives. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken Caldera in the world and a wonderful place to be with an estimated 20000 animals roaming such a small area of just about 21 Kilometers across. The Crater offers the last chance to clock the Big five with the best chance to spot the black rhinos and leopards as well as many other animals. Later in the afternoon we will ascend up the Crater rim for overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or drive out of the Conservation Area for overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Farm House Valley at Karatu nearby.

Day 8: Arusha

Breakfast at your lodge then you will drive back to Arusha where your safari ends. At Arusha, you can be dropped at The Arusha Airport for or transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure.

 Safari includes

  • All airport pick up and transfers in private car
  • 07 days private safari
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 03 x 0,5 l mineral water per person/day during game drives
  • 01 x HB at Arusha Coffee Lodge (or similar).
  • 06 x FB at safari lodges or tented camps as per itinerary

Safari not include

  • International Flights
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
  • Travel insurance if needed
  • Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (549 USD per person), including concession fees
  • Walking at Ndutu Plains (can be arranged on the spot)

 

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