LUXURY TENTED CAMPS – WILDEBEESTS CALVING SEASON SAFARI 5 DAYS: NGORONGORO NDUTU, NGORONGORO CRATER AND SERENGETI +2 DAYS HOTEL STAY
The series of Ang’ata camps are the accommodation properties in use for this safari tour. Witness the wildebeest graze scattered out over the enormous grasslands of south Serengeti, where half a million of offspring are born in a period of three weeks. Unfortunately, Nearly half of them will not survive the savannah adventures because of many common calamities including carnivores and long walk.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
Day 1: Arrive and transfer to hotel in Moshi,Arusha
Day 2: Hotel to Ngorongoro crater
Day 3: Ngorongoro to Ndutu area
Day 4: Ndutu to Serengeti
Day 5: Full day in Serengeti
Day 6: Serengeti to Arusha/Moshi
Day 7: International departure
- All accommodations per itinerary
- All meals per itinerary
- All tours and entrance fees per itinerary
- All transportation and transfers per itinerary
- Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
- Transportation in a custom safari 4×4 with viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
- Bottled water in safari vehicle
- National Park gate fees, Park commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)
- Ndutu park fees of US$65/person
- International and domestic flights
- Meals not listed
- Beverages and alcohol
- Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Optional tours
- Single room supplement
- Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
- Tips for safari guide ($10-20/person/day)
- Optional visit to Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai village
Arrival and Hotel transfers
Our representative will meet and pick you up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you to Arusha/Moshi town, at your arranged hotel. You will meet your driver guide who will brief you on your upcoming safaris. Take advantage of available hours to rest for next day game drive.
Scenic enroute tour of Arusha City to Ngorongoro Crater
Wake up early in the morning for the breakfast and get ready for your safari departure to Ngorongoro conservation area.
It is 4 hrs drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro crater.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour.
Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Later drive to Simba campsite for dinner and sleep.
Ngorongoro Simba camp to Ndutu area
After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife.
We arrive in time for lunch at our special camp, and after lunch we will do an afternoon game drive in the Ndutu area.
A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu – one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Tanzania is spoilt because of the migration. No other African country has game like it. In the dry season, the game around Ndutu is much like game viewing in any of the southern African countries. Later we drive to our special camping area for dinner and sleep.
Ndutu to Serengeti Park.
After breakfast we head towards the central Serengeti National Park, also known as the Seronera. We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.
Serengeti full day game drive
You have numbers of options in this day. One, you can chose to take the early morning game drive and come back to the camp for brunch and break or ride a balloon on this magnificent park (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement), floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.
Whatever you choose above, you will continue with a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The majority of the wildebeest migration normally passes through the Seronera in late November to middle November, when they migrate from Kenya’s Masai Mara in north to the Ndutu area in the south. The migration then passes through this area again in April when they move west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Seronera area is also an ideal starting to point to visit the eastern and southern short-grass plains of the Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti to Arusha/Moshi
After breakfast, we depart to the Seronera airstrip and enjoy a game drive en-route towards Naabi hills and exit Serengeti and continue to Arusha/Moshi via Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mto wa Mbu and Makuyuni. Dinner and Sleep in your booked hotel.
A driver will be ready to take you to the airport as early as 4 hrs before your flight time. Remember to take all your belongs and fly back home.
Our partner accommodation service providers in Moshi Tanzania are Honey Badger, Park View Inn and Ameg lodge while in Arusha is Vijiji center. You will be booked to one of these hotel while you are in Tanzania.
What is the accommodation like on safari tour?
For this lodge safari tour, you will use the Angata luxury camps. The cheapest and simplest option is budget camping. If you expect a budget camping accommodation, it is best for you to choose camping safari tours from our page.
Angata luxury camps
- Three meals a day
- All camping accommodation on the mountain
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
- Transfers from and to Hotel and Mount Kili gates
- Rescues for each client while on the mountain
- Government entry fee of 18% VAT
- Wages and allowances for guides and porters
- Accommodation on arrival date
- Air evacuation cover if trip booked 1 month in advance
- personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
- trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
- international airfare and meals during travel
- snacks and beverages during safari
- beverages outside of designated meals
Safaris are possible at any time of the year. We adapt the exact locations for game viewing to the yearly migration of wildlife. For instance in the months of December to March, the animals are rather in the Eastern part of the Serengeti, and in April and May they move to the Western part. Other National Parks don’t have any migration scheme at all.
For safaris, there are two rainy seasons: The November rainy season typically starts at the end of October and has short (maybe just an hour of rain every three days), but strong rains. During the April/May rainy season it is possible to have 1-2 consecutive days of nonstop rain. Some roads may be impassable during rainy season.
Please notice that, the complete months of October and November, April, May, and from the 1st – 15th of June are low season and we offer discounts and special itineraries!
During peak season (Christmas to middle of January) prices are highest and it might be hard to find hotel rooms.
We will be using Angata luxury lodges for safaris. The cheapest and simplest option for budget sake is budget camping. If you want a budget camping safari, it is best for you to choose from our camping safari page.
Regardless of the size of your expedition, we recommend budgeting around $50 – $100.
You can tip in Tanzania Shillings (TZS) or US Dollars but for simplicity-sake, we suggest tipping in USD. Be sure to bring small bills.
Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.
It is important to keep luggage to the barest minimum when on trek or safari, as this will ease the burden of the drivers, vehicles and porters. Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard suitcases that are difficult to fit into vehicle. Try to use something that is both lockable and water proof as luggage can often end up sitting on the roof of the vehicle.
It is a good idea to bring another smaller bag so that unwanted clothes can be kept in it at the hotel or our office when you go on trek. This also helps to keep city clothes clean and free from dust. You should also bring a small day pack which can be carried while hiking or riding or can be readily accessible when you are traveling in the vehicles on long drives. On camping trips all equipment will be provided.
It should be noted that the luggage limit per person on domestic flights is 15-20 kg per person (checked-in and hand luggage).
On your inbound flight, don’t check in items that you absolutely need (such as medicines), as it is not uncommon that checked-in luggage gets misdirected and arrives in Tanzania a couple of days after you. It is better to have such items in your hand luggage. Contact us for tailor made safari.
Vehicles used are generally Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers, as they are most suitable to the terrain. For larger groups we use 4WD buses as it is more convenient for our clients to be all together in one vehicle only, and it is also more economic and better for the environment.
Our drivers are ultimate. They have been trained by in customer relationship, tourism-related topics, environmental issues and vehicle maintenance. These drivers are always experienced, reliable and very knowledgeable of the areas they will take you.
All groups and individual travelers will be provided with an English speaking Tanzanian guide. Some of the guides also speak Spanish or German. They are trained and experienced in leading trips and knowledgeable about the fauna, flora and many more aspects of their country. Often they become lifelong friends with the travelers. Interactions with staff are often the highlight of people’s trips. It is a great way to get to know the real life of Tanzania.
Yes! you will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trip in Moshi or Arusha. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your safari tour is free of charge.
Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you’re traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic
Safe bottled drinking water will be provided to you along the safari. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.
We always ask that you stay safe on safari tour by drinking enough water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with the people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you’re exploring.