This 5-Day Calving Season Great Serengeti Migration Safari package has been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration in Ndutu Area. We have designed the itinerary to include both the Ndutu Area where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from January to March. This itinerary has been designed that you Drive in / Drive back to Arusha town.
Calving usually takes place between January – February to March of each year. In January the herds begin making their way to the south of the Serengeti after the rains start falling. The question of how the herds know when it is raining or not is something many people have questioned and the answer is that we actually do not know! Many people say that they can smell the rain, others believe they can sense when the pressure in the air changes. The only thing we know for sure is that where it rains, the herds follow. Within a two to three-week time period, over half a million wildebeest are born with as many as 8 000 wildebeest being born on the same day!
0. Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha
1. Arusha – Ngorongoro (Ndutu area)
2. Full-Day Ngorongoro (Ndutu area)
3. Ngorongoro (Ndutu area) – Central Serengeti
4. Central Serengeti - Ngorongoro
5. Ngorongoro Crater - Back to Arusha
The first day of your safari will begin early in the morning with a pick up from your hotel at Arusha. Once everyone is aboard, you will head towards Ngorongoro National Park (Ndutu Area).
The destination for today is the Ndutu region which is a 3hr drive from your accommodation in Manyara/ Karatu.
After about an hour commencing the drive, you will enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) where you will notice the landscape changing from hilly forests to plain and green grasslands as you drive further.
Once you reach Ndutu you will begin your day game drive with a convenient stop for your picnic lunch. Sweeping grasslands of the Ndutu cover the region which gradually fades into the Serengeti. Ndutu forms a part of the route for the annual migration of more than 2 million wildebeests and thousands of zebra, antelope and gazelle. During game drives at the right season between December and April, you will be able to see the fertile plains turn into calving grounds and nursery for the great migration.
The calving season attracts hordes of predators prying on vulnerable young wildebeest. Crested with Ndutu Lake and Lake Masek, these waterholes offer plenty of wildlife game during the dry season.
The Ndutu is also the home ground for 6 species of big cats – leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, serval and wildcat. The action-packed game drive will end late in the evening by around 5PM. You will now head towards your choice of accommodation, where a freshly prepared dinner awaits you. Ensure you get some good rest and recharge yourself for another eventful day. Overnight at Public/ Tented Camp at Ndutu.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• MID-RANGE LODGES –
Kenzan Ndutu | Ndutu Safari Lodge | Kati Kati Ndutu | Kirurumu Ndutu
• LUXURY LODGES –
Ndutu Under Canvas | Lake Masek Tented Camp | Sanctuary Kusini | Angata Migration Camp Ndutu |