10 DAYS WILDEBEEST MIGRATION CALVING SAFARI

ARUSHA | LAKE NDUTU | SERENGETI | NGORONGORO | TARANGIRE
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10 DAYS WILDEBEEST MIGRATION CALVING SAFARI

This Safari is only available during the January to March period when the herds have congregated in the Lake Ndutu for calving.

Day 01: Arusha
Day 02, 03 & 04: Lake Ndutu
Day 05 & 06: Serengeti
Day 07 & 8: Ngorongoro
Day 09: Tarangire
Day 10: Arusha

Day 01: Arusha

Your Tanzania Journey starts here with touch down at the Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. (JRO). At hand will be your Photography Safari Director and Guide ready to receive and usher you into this Northern Tanzania safari capital. There will be a short pre safari brief by your Photography Safari Director after which you will be transferred and assisted to check into your Hotel. Overnight will be at the Mt Meru Hotel, Arusha. Breakfast Included.

Day 02: Arusha – Lake Ndutu

After an early morning breakfast, you will meet up with your Safari Director and guide. You depart Arusha at approximately 0700 Hrs. heading for the Ngorongoro Conservation area.
The Ndutu Conservation area is the best place to experience the annual wildebeest migration calving season. Once the rains start (usually late November), the huge herds make their way down from the Mara River to graze the short grass plains of the Serengeti.
We arrive at our Lodge in time for Lunch. At 1600 Hrs. we venture out to photograph the Wildebeest herds that have migrated into the area for calving. We will spend the night at the Lake Masek Safari Camp

Day 03 & 04: On Safari at Lake Ndutu
We Will spend the next two complete days within the Lake Ndutu Conservation area following the wildebeest as the give birth to their young ones in the thousands. We continue photographing these ungulates and the resident and migratory predators stalking the newborns.
One of the best times to witness this extraordinary spectacle is during the months of February and March when the herds find themselves on the vast open plains of the southern Serengeti and Ndutu plains. Here these animals arrive for the Wildebeest calving season, which reaches its peak during February and March. The female Wildebeest give birth to their young on the Ndutu Plains and start preparing for the northward leg of their annual trek. Watching over a million wildebeest give birth is something of a miracle and of coarse the predator action that follows is relentless. Over 8000 calves are born per day in the calving season; yet less than half will live to see their five-month birthday. Roaming prides of lion follow the herds; large clans of hyena and of coarse resident cheetah make for non-stop action. For these reasons Ndutu is a favorite with wildlife photographers and filmmakers alike. We will spend our night at the Lake Masek Luxury Camp.

Day 05: Lake Ndutu – Serengeti

After an early breakfast, we will depart the Lake Ndutu region heading for the central Serengeti (Seronera) at leisure on a game drive. We will have some game drives as we approach our camp arriving at our camp in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
We drive out again at 1600Hrs in search of plains game and big cats of the Serengeti. We return to our Camp for dinner and overnight.  Overnight will be at the Kati Kati Camp Serengeti.

Day 06: On Safari at Serengeti

On this day, we will spend a complete day game in Serengeti National Park. We get a chance to explore further this park in search of game. We will have a picnic lunch in the open wild savannas. Although Serengeti is world famous for the annual wildebeest and other ungulates’ migration, 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 game hunters. Natural habitats in Serengeti include savannah grass lands dotted with acacia trees, magnificent rock outcroppings called kopjes, swamps, dense bush as well as streams and rivers. They provide different opportunities for tracking different animal’s species. Return to the lodge late evening after a whole day in the Serengeti National Park. We will have dinner and overnight at the Kati Kati Camp Serengeti.

Day 07: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, we depart the Serengeti heading for the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive at our lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon rest. The rest of the day is spent at leisure as we relax and review our images from the previous days on safari. Dinner and Overnight will be at the Ngorongoro Farm House.

Day 08: On Safari at Ngorongoro

After an early breakfast, we depart our lodge for the Ngorongoro crater. We descend the steep cater to start our early morning game drive at the floor of this wildlife rich magnificent crater.
The Ngorongoro Crater is an amazingly incredible formation of nature. It is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area which covers more than 8,300 square kilometers.  The Crater, an “eighth wonder of the natural world,” not official is an International Biosphere with over 20,000 animals thriving in its near perfect conditions. We will have picnic lunch inside the carter and proceed with an early afternoon game drive as we exit the crater to return to our lodge for overnight. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ngorongoro Farm House.

Day 09: Ngorongoro – Tarangire

On this day, your Tanzania Safari heads to Tarangire National park. This safari takes you through the Baobab vegetation on the several water bodies introducing herds of Elephant, Gnus, Zebra, Wildebeest and the colorful bird life as you arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and a well-deserved afternoon rest. Later, in the late afternoon, you will be treated to a game viewing safari returning at your safari lodge at sunset. Overnight will be at Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Day 10: Tarangire – Arusha

You will have an early morning game drive returning to your lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will bid bye to the lodge staff and embark on your journey back to Arusha where the safari ends. You will have lunch at Arusha before being transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you catch you flight back home.

Please Note: Accommodation will be determined by the location of the migrating herds. The choice of camp might change from time to time to keep you closest to where the herds are located.

END OF 10 DAY TANZANIA WILDEBEEST MIGRATION CALVING SAFARI

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SAFARI:

  • Photo Workshop and Guiding by Professional Photographers/Guides
  • Theoretical Workshops on Wildlife behavior and guiding
  • 01 Night at the Mt. Meru Hotel
  • 03 Nights at the Lake Masek Luxury Camp Full Board in a double room
  • 02 Nights at the Katikati Camp Full Board in a double room
  • 02 Nights at the Ngorongoro Farm House Full Board in a double room
  • 01 Night at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge Full Board Double Room
  • All local Beers and selected house wines
  • UNLIMITED game drives
  • Airport transfers in Arusha and Serengeti
  • Domestic flights from Arusha to Serengeti
  • Transport in specially modified Land cruiser 4X4 ideal for Wildlife Photography
  • Professional Driver guides
  • A Maximum of 04 Photographers per vehicle
  • All park and reserve entrance fees
  • Lunch or dinner the final day at Arusha
  • Free WI-FI provided in the vehicles and Camps
  • AMREF Medical Emergency evacuation and assistance cover

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SAFARI PACKAGE:

  • International return flight to Arusha
  • Visa fees
  • International Travel Cover
  • Medical Cover
  • Tips to the driver /guides and Hotel staff
  • Any additional extra expenditure
  • Hot air Balloon at the Serengeti costing approx. 450 USD
  • Single room supplement