Wildebeest Migration Safari - Calving Season, 4 days (December to March)
Experience the first steps of one of nature’s most grueling and fascinating journeys as you witness the calving season. Calving season marks the beginning of this movement that sees millions of animals make the difficult journey from the southern Serengeti to the distant Maasai Mara.
On your four-day calving season safari you’ll visit Lake Manyara National Park, travel to the southern Serengeti to see the calving region of Ndutu, and finish your tour with a visit to the stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
If your timing is right, you might even get to see the first steps of this vast herd’s northward movement.
Best: January, February, June- October
Good: March- May, November – December
DAY 1 – ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA
You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we’ll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise.
After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewings in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.
Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a wide variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac-breasted roller.
You’ll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night’s rest.
DAY 2 – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (NDUTU REGION)
We’ll take an early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!
We’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Ndutu Region of the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Along the way, we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.
It’s a nearly one and half drive to Ndutu, but you can choose to break up the journey with one or both of the below optional activities:
Olduvai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Olduvai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the earliest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.
Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.
After a delicious lunch at the picnic area, it’s time to explore the Ndutu Region. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
You will enjoy watching the enormous herds of wildebeest moving around the area.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the region according to the standard and the type of accommodation proposed.
DAY 3 – NDUTU REGION
You’ll be up before dawn so that we can enjoy a sunrise game drive across the region. See the sunset fire to the savannah as carnivores such as cheetahs and lions in action while it is still cool enough for them to hunt.
After your sunrise game drive, you’ll return to your lodge for breakfast before taking a picnic lunch and heading to explore more of Ndutu.
You’ll enjoy a day-long game drive through the region, taking in the shores of both Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek as well as the surrounding land where tens of thousands of young wildebeest take their first steps.
After your day-long exploration of Ndutu, you’ll overnight in the region.
DAY 4 – NDUTU REGION – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA – ARUSHA
After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater, considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.
Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly right place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a single meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park’s famous hippo pool before returning to Arusha to overnight or transfer to the airport.