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Tanzania Wildlife Safari and Wildebeest Calving

Overview

Tanzania, a country in East Africa, is situated within the African Great Lakes region. The country offers a winning combination – an authentic African safari experience and beautiful tropical beaches. It is an exciting country to visit because of the various attractions and activities it holds. At least once in a lifetime, travelers must embark on an adventurous Tanzania wildlife safari.

The country is notable for its diverse flora and fauna. It has a high density of wildlife, sprawling landscapes, and friendly local tribes. Lush rainforests, woodlands, savannahs, plains, and other various types of vegetation are seen in Tanzania.

Moreover, mountain ranges, as well as majestic lakes and rivers, are found in the country. All of these form natural habitats for a wide variety of animal and bird species. There are more than 4 million wild animals in Tanzania, home to 20 percent of Africa’s large animal population.

Commonly seen animals include zebras, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, gazelles, and many more. The country also has the highest number of predators in the entirety of Africa. These include leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, and other big cat species.

The top five rarest animals found in the country are the African wild dog, caracal, striped hyena, white and back colobus monkey, and East African onyx. The rare black rhino also resides in the protected areas of parks. Spotting them during your Tanzania wildlife safari is an exclusive experience.

The avifauna is vibrant, with more than 1000 bird species, including endemic and migratory, seen in the country. Overall, Tanzania is one of the top places for birders and wildlife enthusiasts to visit.

There are popular Tanzanian national parks, reserves, and conservation areas that house a rich diversity. These parks also offer the best of Tanzania wildlife safari experiences with frequent game viewing.

Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater are some of the most famous places to include in safaris. Travelers can not only watch impressive wildlife in the open savannah but also have a chance to interact with local villagers and learn about their culture.

However, out of all the impressive things the country has to offer, one simply cannot miss out on the wildebeest migration - the greatest wildlife show on earth.

If you are amongst the people who are curious about why approximately two million wildebeests migrate every year, then the Serengeti calving season will give you all the answers you need to know! The November rains turn the southern plains of Serengeti green and allow the wildebeest to gaze on the fresh grass for their energy-demanding calving season. Even though the season is short-lived, the number of wildebeests coming out of the Masai Mara into the southern plains is large! After gaining energy for calving, these wildebeests then go into adjoining areas such as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Plains, and Lake Masek.

The wildebeest calving season begins in January, and by February, the pregnant wildebeest give birth to about 8000 baby wildebeests every day. Since the number of these animals is very high, they act as a magnet for predators like lions, cheetahs, and leopards. While touring through the calving season, you have high chances of witnessing a predator-prey interaction and certainly a kill!

What is the Wildebeest Migration?

Roughly two million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and other hoofed animals journey from Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. It is considered to be the largest wildlife migration on earth.

These animals form enormous groups and migrate between two countries and ecosystems of Kenya and Tanzania. They embark on an 800-kilometer trek and face various obstacles throughout their journey. The migration happens in search of nutritious grasses and the animals are believed to follow the weather. The herds follow wherever it rains in search of food and water.

Serengeti National Park hosts this wildlife spectacle wherein travelers can observe the migration of wildebeest. The migration specifically starts in Southern Serengeti during the wildebeest calving seasons. Although many associate migration with deadly river crossings, it is the calving season that is the most thrilling.

The Wildebeest Calving Season – The Best Time to Visit the Serengeti National Park

The wildebeest calving is one of the most impressive highlights of the migration. It follows a definite timeline and can only be seen during specific months in Serengeti. As the rain starts to fall, wildebeest make their way to the south of Serengeti.

Each year the season takes place between January and February. Within a two-to-three-week time period, millions of wildebeests are born.

Although this season marks the celebration of newborn wildebeest, it can also be deadly. The vulnerable calves are usually targeted by predators that lurk around them. Lion pride, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, and other hunters closely follow wildebeest herds, ready to pounce on them. This offers dramatic chasings witnessed in real-time during a Tanzania wildlife safari.

A visit to Serengeti during wildebeest calving season can showcase over-protective mothers trying to shield their young ones from hungry predators.

Not only do older predators hunt but young cubs also practice their hunting skills. As a result, many young predators rely on wildebeest calves for food. This displays the perfect timing of the season that increases the chances of survival for both predator and prey.

The Ndutu region forms the northern section of the Ngorongoro conservation area and stretches to the southern regions of Serengeti National Park. It acts as a meeting point between the two wilderness areas. Starting from late November to December, the migration herd visits the Ndutu region and stays for approximately three months. The prime gaming spot to see wildebeest and other animals is near Lake Ndutu.

Travelers can also add a Ngorongoro crater safari to their Tanzania wildlife safari trip. The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage site and provides world-class game viewing. In one crater floor, millions of different species form a flourishing ecosystem.

The wildebeest calving season is a remarkable period for safari-goers. It offers an opportunity to witness something other than the usual river crossing during migrations.

Other Places to See During a Tanzania Wildlife safari

Along with Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Ndutu, there are various other places that make up for excellent safaris. Some of them include:

Tarangire National Park – This park has the highest population of elephants as well as other species of animals and birds. It garners less tourist crowd, creating better opportunities to witness wildlife. The park also houses hundreds of ancient rock paintings.

Arusha National Park – Arusha National Park is a famous stop for day trips. This small national park has lush highland forests, Momela Lakes, and Mount Meru. Although wildlife here is limited, it still provides a great safari experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro – The highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is famous among hikers and trekkers. It takes anywhere from six to nine days to reach the summit of the mountain and then descend to the endpoint. Along the way, trekkers are met with Kilimanjaro’s thriving wildlife living in its ranges.

Accommodation Options during a Tanzania Wildlife Safari

While there are several attractions and sites to visit in Tanzania, the lodging choices are also abundant. Tanzania has the best hotels, camps, lodges, and villas in every corner of the country. They are famed for excellent hospitality. Whether you are in the remote Ndutu or the middle of Serengeti, you are bound to have a luxury wildlife safari vacation.

Wild Voyager has partnered up with the best of the camps and lodges to provide a worthwhile Tanzania wildlife safari. The top choices include:

Kia Lodge – Kia Lodge is located just 5 minutes from Mount Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is constructed on a secluded hill in the middle of gorgeous savannah scenery. Guests are exposed to vast views of African plains along with the grand Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge’s strategic location allows easy arrival and departures for various Tanzanian safari destination.

Serengeti Heritage Camp – The luxury Serengeti Heritage Camp is an exclusive tented camp situated in Northern Tanzania. It has central Serengeti, Mara Heritage, and Ndutu Heritage Camps. Guests can choose their preferred camps according to the location. The camps are comfortable with professional services available 24/7.

Ndutu Safari Lodge – Ndutu Safari Lodge is an authentic and traditional lodge, situated in an outstanding wildlife location. The Ndutu region is one of the best places to see the great migrations and enjoy game drives. The cozy stone and thatched en-suite cottages, relaxing dining area and lounge all overlook the game-filled Lake Ndutu.

Lake Manyara Tortillas Camp – This safari camp has fully furnished tents that sit at the foot of the Great African Rift Valley Escarpment. It gazes directly over the vast expanse of Lake Manyara. Guests can watch wildlife roam about in front of the individual game-watching area. Guests can also enjoy the camp’s private bush lunch setting overlooking the majestic views.

To witness the great migration during the wildebeest calving season, contact Wild Voyager Today. We make sure to customize your Tanzania wildlife safari according to your needs and preferences.



Trip Highlights

  • Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania
  • Witness the exclusive and exciting Game Drives in Ndutu
  • Experience the Serengeti Calving Season in the calving grounds for the great migration
  • Feel the thrill around thousands of wildebeests and zebras
  • Witness a baby wildebeest take off running just minutes after being born
  • Embark on an unforgettable safari across the Ngorongoro crater in an open roof 4D
  • Photograph the most unusual sites in the world
  • Witness the majestic tree-climbing lions of Manyara National Park



ITINERARY - 8 Days

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

After having a pleasant flight, you will arrive at Kilimanjaro International JRO Airport, from where you will be transferred to your hotel. After a smooth check-in, you can relax in the hotel as you will have the rest of the day to yourself.

Day 2

Fly from Kilimanjaro to Seronera

After having breakfast, you will check out of the hotel. Then, our guides will transfer you to the airport so that you can take a short flight to Seronera, Serengeti National Park. After landing at Seronera, our driver will receive you at the airstrip. Later, we will comfortably transfer you to your camp or lodge. After your smooth check-in, you can relax and have lunch. Post lunch, we will take you out for your evening drive and come back after seeing the majestic sunset. You can relax in the evening and spend overnight at your camp. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner would be on us.

Day 3

Game Drive in Seronera

On the third day, we will leave early morning to experience a magical sunrise. The wholesome breakfast will be served to you in a scenic place next to a hippo pool. We will then take you back so that you can relax in your lodge. After having lunch, we will proceed for an extended game drive in Serengeti. Being the heart of Serengeti, the Seronera region is famous for its tree-climbing lions. After our trip, we will come back, and you can relax in the evening and spend the night in your camp.

Day 4

Drive from Seronera to Ndutu

After breakfast, you will check-out from your camp. Then, we will drive you down to the Ndutu region near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area while enjoying the game drive in the park. After reaching Ndutu, you can check-in and relax in your camp. Post lunch you can rest for some time, and then, we will take you out for your afternoon game drive in the park. You can relax in the evening and spend the night at your camp.

Day 5

Ndutu Game Drive to experience the Calving Season

On day 5, we will take you to experience the world-famous Serengeti calving season in southern Serengeti and Western Ngorongoro area. The calving season also introduces a host of predators looking for a quick meal of the vulnerable calves. This is when the southern Serengeti and western Ngorongoro Crater host the highest concentration of predators in Africa at a given time. After spending a full day and experiencing how the wildebeest calving happens, we will take you back to the camp as per your convenience

Day 6

Game Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we will take you for a crater day tour. With breathtaking looks, it is the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five. Being one of the most renowned natural wonders, you will be astonished at the beauty of this crater. Post seeing the crater, we will come back and enjoy the sunset. You will be free to relax in the evening.

Day 7

Ndutu to Lake Manyara

After seeing the beautiful Serengeti calving season in Ndutu, we will move towards Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. After your smooth check-in and lunch, we will leave for the game drive. You will see the stunning sight of tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park and then return to the camps in the evening, and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 8

Return to Kilimanjaro

After having a leisurely breakfast, you will check-out from your camp. We will drive you back, see you off at the Kilimanjaro International airport, and bring an end to this majestic tour. The wildebeest calving season is a wonderful experience that everyone should experience in their lifetime. This journey is filled with exploration, wisdom, and thrilling challenges that will leave you stunned! Visit Tanzania to witness these wonderful experiences.



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DESTINATION STANDARD

LODGE/CAMPS

KILIMANJARO KIA LODGE
SERENGETI - SERONERA SERENGETI HERITAGE CAMP
SERENGETI - NDUTU NDUTU SAFARI LODGE
LAKE MANYARA LAKE MANYARA TORTILIS CAMP

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Cost & Terms

DEPARTURE MONTH/YEAR TOUR START DATE TOUR END DATE PER PERSON ON TWIN/DOUBLE SINGLE OCCUPANCY
JAN 2023 Saturday, January 16, 2023 Saturday, January 23, 2023 $3,888.00 $4,625.00
JAN 2023 Saturday, January 23, 2023 Saturday, January 30, 2023 $3,888.00 $4,625.00
FEB 2023 Saturday, February 6, 2023 Saturday, February 13, 2023 $3,888.00 $4,625.00
FEB 2023 Saturday, February 13, 2023 Saturday, February 20, 2023 $3,888.00 $4,625.00

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • FULL BOARD ACCOMMODATION AT SERENGETI SERONERA, SERENGETI NDUTU AND LAKE MANYARA AS PER REQUIRED OCCUPANCY
  • HALF BOARD ACCOMMODATION AT KILIMANJARO
  • SPECIAL BUSH BREAKFAST INCLUDED DURING THE STAY AT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (SERONERA/NDUTU).
  • GAME DRIVES INPRIVATE 4X4 LANDCRUISER AT SERENGETI SERONERA, SERENGETI NDUTU AND LAKE MANYARA AS PER THE SCHEDULE MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY.
  • NGORONGORO CRATER EXCURSION
  • DAILY PERMITS AND CAMPING CHARGES (WHEREVER APPLICABLE) AT SERENGETI SERONERA, SERENGETI NDUTU AND LAKE MANYARA IN TANZANIA
  • ALL PRIVATE LAND TRANSFERS – SERENGETI SERONERA, TO NDUTU (WITH NGORONGORO EXCURSION), TO LAKE MANYARA AND TO KILIMANJARO.
  • AIRPORT AND AIRSTRIP TRANSFERS IN KILIMANJARO AND SERENGETI SERONERA
  • FLIGHT FROM KILIMANJARO/ARUSHA TO SERENGETI SERONERA
  • FLYING DOCTOR - EMERGENCY EVACUATION INSURANCE

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN COST

  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM INDIA
  • VILLAGE MARA VISIT ENTRANCE FEES
  • BALLOON SAFARI @ USD 450 PER PERSON
  • ANY EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE
  • ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY INCLUSIONS
  • TIPS AND GRATUITY



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