Private luxury lodge safari – Wildebeests calving season safari: Ngorongoro crater, Ngorongoro Ndutu and Serengeti Park + 2 night hotel stay - 7 Days

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July 13, 2020 - July 19, 2020 $7,800
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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 the long walk.

Overview

Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive at 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 calves around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.

Itinerary Summary

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

Day 1
Arrival and Hotel transfers

If you are coming from the mountain and add this safari extension, today will be your fresh day for safari briefing from our professional safari guides. If you are arriving in the country, 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.

Day 2
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 Ang’ata Ngorongoro Special Camps for dinner and sleep.

Day 3
Ngorongoro 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 Ang’ata Camps in Ndutu for another delicious dinner and smooth sleep.

Day 4
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. Accommodation is at Ang’ata Serengeti Special Camps

Day 5
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. Later drive to our tented camps for dinner and sleep.

Day 6
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.

Day 7
International departures

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.

Included in the price:

  • 4X4 Safari vehicles with open roof for nice photo taking
  • airport transfers services on arrival and departure dates
  • Tented luxury camps accommodation on safari
  • 2 nights lodging in Moshi or Arusha
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner while on safari
  • park entry fees
  • guided safari excursions
  • all ground transportation to/from safari locations

Not included in price:

  • personal items
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • beverages outside of designated meals
What us the best time to do safari?

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.

What is accommodation like on safari?

We will be using Ang’ata 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 basic/budget camping safari page.

How much to give as a tip to safari crew?

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.

Should I carry anything at all? What luggage should I pack?

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 safari. 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 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.

What are the vehicles like?

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.

Who will be my guide?

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.

Can I leave some of my luggage in the hotel during safari?

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.

Do I need any immunization of medicine?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
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

Will we need to filter water?

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.

Anything else we should know?

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.

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Private luxury lodge safari – Wildebeests calving season safari: Ngorongoro crater, Ngorongoro Ndutu and Serengeti Park + 2 night hotel stay
Price From USD $ 7,800/person
Group Discount Available
Group Discount Guide
Cost Per Adult Traveler:
$ 7800 USD
7800
Total $ 7,800 USD

Trip Facts

  • Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Jun, Jul, Aug.
  • Customized 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof
  • 6 People maximum. Window seat guaranteed!
  • Tented special camps - Ang'ata Camps series
  • Ngorongoro crater, Ndutu and Serengeti Park
  • Leasure
  • Honey Badger Lodge - Moshi | AMEG Lodge - Moshi | Vijiji Center - Arusha