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This 9 day/8 night safari is designed to provide you the opportunity to witness the baby boom of wildebeest, part of what is known as the Great Migration. Annually, over two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pastures and safe calving ground. Ndutu area is the place par excellence to see the wildebeest giving birth, in the months of January and February, after which the wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles start moving North looking for fresh water and food.
Note: The price shown for this tour is an indicative price per person, based on 6 persons per car, and 3 double bedrooms. Your flights to and from Tanzania, or your travel to Arusha are not included. National flights are included where applicable. No rights can be derived from the prices mentioned on the website.
Today, your Driver Guide will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and, depending on the time of arrival of your flight, will drive you to either to city of Arusha or Tarangire National Park.
At the agreed time, we will meet you at your lodge in Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park. This park is known for its large elephant population and giant Baobab trees. Tarangire River is a permanent source of water for the entire park, serving the wildlife. You may expect to spot lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes, wildebeest, and zebras. Bird life is abundant in this park with over 400 bird species recorded. You will stay within the park at the accommodation of your choice for two nights.
Early morning, you will leave your accommodation to drive to the world-famous endless plains of Serengeti National Park. Here you descend into the heart of wild Africa, with Serengeti’s endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We drive to the central area of the park, known as “Seronera”, one of the richest wildlife habitats of the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representing most of Serengeti’s species. After this impressive day, you will overnight in one of the accommodations in Seronera area.
Today you will do a day-long game drive in the central part of Serengeti National Park. At your choice, you will go back to the accommodation of your choice for a warm lunch, or you will take a lunch box, so you can explore the park even further. After the game drive, you will drive to the accommodation of your choice, where you will be warmly welcomed for dinner and a good night sleep.
Serengeti National Park is most famous for the annual Great Migration of over two million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles. They move clockwise from Ngorongoro and the Southern
Serengeti to the Northern Serengeti into Kenya and back. This migration route happens because they follow the rains and therefore the new grasses which grow up rapidly. This morning, you will be heading to Ndutu Area, where in the early months of the year the Great Migration can be experienced, and all migratory animals are there. Ndutu Area is famous for its short grass plains which grow grass which is particularly rich in nutrients and sustains the migratory animals whilst they have their babies. Here, in the early months of a new year, the wildebeest give birth to their babies, who after only a couple of weeks are able to migrate with their mothers to the western part of Serengeti, and then up north after the long rains in April-June.
The Great Migration is never exactly the same, and the precise timing and direction can differ from year to year depending on the local weather conditions and the growth of the grasses. After the game drive towards and in Ndutu area, you will drive to your camp/lodge, where you will be warmly welcomed for dinner and another good night sleep.
To create the best chance for you to witness the Great Migration, we will stay another day in Ndutu Area, for a full day game drive. After the game drive in Ndutu Area, you will drive to your camp/lodge, where you will be warmly welcomed for dinner and another good night sleep.
Today, you will have a very early rise to leave Ndutu Area to visit the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend for a day-long game drive. You will enjoy a nice picnic lunch inside the Crater. Ngorongoro Crater the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, with its own ecosystem, home to a wide variety of wildlife, which stays within the crater. It is one of the few places where the black rhino can be observed in its natural habitat. The crater has about 2000 ft high walls and very few animals are migrating in and out of the Crater. You can expect to see lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, zebras, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many bird species including flamingos. At the end of the day, you will ascend from the Crater and stay overnight and have dinner in or close to Karatu.
On this last day of your safari, you will head towards Arusha and/or Kilimanjaro International Airport, depending on your flight back home or to Zanzibar, in case you would like to combine this safari with a stay on this beautiful island. If your flight time allows, we can include a visit to Lake Manyara National Park or a visit to the village of Mto wa Mbu on the way to Arusha or the airport, where your safari on mainland Tanzania comes to an end.