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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Feb: Wildebeest Migration, Ndutu - small group tour


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7 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Wildebeest Migration Calving Ndutu Serengeti Tanzania Safari Ngorongoro

February 2021: Join this special departure to experience the wildebeest migration calving around Ndutu and the southern Serengeti in Tanzania - when over 500,000 calves are born over a period of 8 weeks, an amazing natural phenomenon. On this wildlife safari we also visit Tarangire National Park & the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater. Min 4 / max 7 in group. All transfers, game drives & park fees included.

Wildebeest Migration Calving Ndutu Serengeti Tanzania Safari Ngorongoro
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Tanzania Safari
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Arusha
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Elephants of Tarangire
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Maasai Culture
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Ndutu Safari
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Wildebeest Migration Calving
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Lions & Other Predators
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Serengeti Tanzania
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Tanzania Safari
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Arusha
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Elephants of Tarangire
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Maasai Culture
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Ndutu Safari
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Wildebeest Migration Calving
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Lions & Other Predators
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Serengeti Tanzania
Day 1
You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to your lodge situated outside the coffee-producing town of Arusha in the northern highlands.
 
Situated in the foothills of the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, this was formerly an important administrative centre in German East Africa.
Day 2
This morning we depart from Arusha and travel 2.5-hours to Tarangire National Park, travelling in a safari jeep (with pop-up roof for game viewing), as we set out on our exciting small group tour to witness the incredible spectacle of the wildebeest birthing season.
 
Our tour begins with a visit to one of the least visited of Tanzania's northern game parks, Tarangire, which is renowned for its huge herds of elephants and giant baobab trees. We spend a full day game viewing in this park, with included picnic lunch.
 
At the end of the day we check into our lodge and enjoy an evening of entertainment by Maasia dancers and a traditional goat-roasting ceremony.
 
Note: Luggage needs to be packed in soft side bags (sports bags are ideal) not exceeding 15 kg and 65 x 46 cm. Due to limited space in the vehicle, rigid suitcases are not suitable. Excess baggage can be left in Arusha and collected after your safari.
Day 3
This morning enjoy more game viewing in Tarangire National Park, before driving 3.5-hours across the Great Rift Valley to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
 
Stretching across 8,300 sq km, the high altitude Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a dramatic variety of volcanic landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. Its grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and also to the Masai people, and has been declared a World Heritage site. Check into your lodge and enjoy the beauty of this area.
Day 4
This morning enjoy a tour into the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater, with game viewing and a picnic lunch on the crater floor.
 
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 2,000 feet (600m) deep. Although some animals do move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - the highest density of big game found anywhere in Africa.
 
Prides of lions, endangered black rhino, hyena, buffalo, golden jackal, bat-eared jackal, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle. Grant's gazelle, zebra and many other animals can be found on the open savanna whilst elephants, monkeys, leopards and olive baboons live in the forests around the edge of the crater. You may see hippos and flamingos on Lake Masek and the abundant birdlife including the Kori bustard, Grey-crowned crane, Hamerkop,  Marabou stork, Ostrich, Splendid starling, Eqyptian goose and various lapwing. Cheetah also live on these open plains, but are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage. There are no giraffe in the crater, because there are no trees for grazing (only grasslands).
Day 5
This morning we leave Ngorongoro and drive to our safari lodge situated on the Ndutu Plains, south of the great Serengeti (meaning 'Endless Plains').
 
Along the way we stop at the Laetoli archaeological site, where you can see hominid footprints that are over 3.6-million years. This is one of the best preserved protohominid sites in the world (i.e. primitive animals that were evolutionary ancestors of the homininds and walked upright on two legs).
 
We continue towards Serengeti National Park and adjacent Ndutu Plains, a World Heritage site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again.
 
We arrive at our camp in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon of game viewing around Ndutu and the southern Serengeti.
Days 6 To 7
Today is devoted to game viewing around Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on the southern plains of the famous Serengeti National Park - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
Our focus will be on locating the wildebeest migration, so that we can observe the amazing spectacle of millions of wildebeest, zebra and an assortment of plains game congregating here, whilst hundreds of thousands of calves are born over a few short weeks - a strategy designed to maximise their survival rate. We will also enjoy general game viewing searching for predators and many other animals, and on one day a short guided walk around the Ndutu area.
 
At over 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestriced by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, did-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding, with over 600 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Maribou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver, as well as many different bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos, eagles, kestrels, falcons and other raptors.
Day 8
After some final game viewing, transfer to Ndutu Airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Arusha.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to a local restaurant for an included lunch.
 
Afterwards you will be dropped off at a hotel near Kilimanjaro Airport, where you will have the use of a day room. Later take the free hotel shuttle to the airport for your flight home.
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