Wildebeest Calving & Cultural Experience

Giraffe stretching up to eat tree leaves

A 9 day safari to Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire

Experience some of the wildest parks in Tanzania on this wildebeest migration calving season safari.

Start with a scenic drive in your 4×4 Land Cruiser exploring Tarangire National Park, known for its large population of elephant, baobab trees and different types of vegetation zones.

Experience and enjoy the stunning view of the Great Rift Valley at Lake Manyara National Park. Then travel to Lake Eyasi for a cultural experience with the Bushmen and Datoga tribes.

Proceed to the Ndutu area, the southern Serengeti for a chance to see the wildebeest migration calving season and different kinds of predators. The wildebeest spend the rainy season from December to March in the open plains of the southern Serengeti west of Ngorongoro crater where the grass growth is most productive and have high nutrient contents.

It is here where the wildebeest calves are born. Wildebeest calving season is short and the predators cannot make a dent in the new-born with such a sudden surge of food.

Finish up in the fabled Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This legendary crater has been likened to Noah’s Ark for its concentration of all different kinds of wildlife.

Tour Highlights

  • Visiting the hunter-gatherer Hadzabe Bushmen at Lake Eyasi
  • Dance with the Datoga tribe at Lake Eyasi
  • Lake Manyara National Park game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world
  • Wildebeest and zebra calving in the southern Serengeti
  • Tarangire National Park game drives
  • Dancing with the Datoga tribe
  • Witness the wildebeest calving

Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Upon arrival at the airport you will warmly be met by our representative who will transfer you to Arusha.

Accommodation at The African Tulip Hotel. Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.


Day 2-3: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After your breakfast, your guide will pick you up and drive to Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch boxes.

The main highlights here are elephant, which mass in enormous numbers in the Tarangire River, and one of the most ancient trees in the world, the gigantic baobab trees.

From December to May the park is very beautiful and offers a more private experience with very low visitor numbers. On your game drive you might notice the swamps, tinged green year round. These swamps are the focus for 550 bird varieties and the park also boasts a diversity of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Accommodation at Maramboi Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 4: Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi

Have an early morning breakfast before driving to Lake Manyara National Park for a half day game drive.

Enjoy the beautiful and scenic drive across the villages towards the Lake Manyara. The park is located in between Great Rift Valley and an alkaline lake dotted with flamingos and pelicans. This is home to tree climbing lions though it is hard to see them due to the thick forest and riverine vegetation.

The park offers a huge number of baboons and monkeys and, due to its varied landscape, the park has an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, waterbuck, hippo, buffalo, zebra, elephant, giraffe and many more. The park also offers the best birdwatching , better than any park in northern Tanzania.

After your picnic lunch break you will start heading to Lake Eyasi.

Accommodation at Lake Eyasi Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 5: Lake Eyasi - Ndutu (Southern Serengeti)

Take an early morning breakfast then depart for a morning hunting activity with bushmen tribe.

Interacting with the Bushmen Hadzabe tribe and learning of their lifestyle is unforgettable experience. After the hunting activity you will visit the Blacksmith Datoga tribe where you will participate on a Datoga dancing while exploring the tribal lifestyle.

Leave around 11am and drive straight to Ndutu area for afternoon migration game drive.

Accommodation at Lake Masek Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 6: Southern Serengeti

Enjiy a leisurely breakfast then depart for morning game drive in Ndutu area.

The focus of a safari in the northern Tanzania circuit during this season should be on the southern short grass plains of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area which forms an important eco-system. The annual wildebeest migration arrives on these plains from December onwards. Experience the hundreds of wildebeest and zebra giving birth and large number of predators due to the plentiful prey on the plain.

Accommodation at Lake Masek Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 7: Southern Serengeti

After your breakfast enjoy a full day game drive. Have a picnic lunch at your leisure and track wildlife in the southern Serengeti plains.

Accommodation at Lake Masek Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 8: Ndutu - Ngorongoro Crater

Leave very early in the morning after breakfast with your picnic lunch boxes for a Ngorongoro Crater game drive.

The crater is such a unique safari destination as the animals are everywhere, a veritable Garden of Eden. The Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of herbivores and carnivorous in Africa.

Accommodation at Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Have a leisurely breakfast then depart for an optional Arusha town tour or souvenir shopping followed by Airport transfer for your departure flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.


Trip Duration

9 days

Tour Type

  • Cultural experience
  • Migration safari

Accommodation Type

  • Mid-range
  • Luxury

Best Time

December to April

Tour Starts/Ends

Tour Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Included

  • Park entry fees to all parks and reserves included in the itinerary
  • All accommodations and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All game drives in our 4×4 comfortable safari vehicles with the assistance of professional guides
  • All domestic flights in an exclusive Grand Caravan 8-16 seaters
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 24/7 concierge service
  • All taxes/VAT
  • Meet & greet on your arrival on day 1
  • Drinking water and other soft drinks including coffee and tea
  • Camping gear, meals and professional safari chef (camping safaris)

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • All tips and porterage etc.
  • Laundry, souvenirs and other personal expenses
  • Any other services not mentioned above and other optional/additional activities

Wildebeest Calving & Cultural Experience

A 9 day safari adventure
Cultural experience, Migration safari

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