Tanzania Wildebeest Calving Season Safari
Our Northern Tanzania Wildebeest Calving Season & Birding Photographic Safari blends the very best of the East Africa. We have timed this tour to coincide both wildlife and birding activities through the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Western Corridor of Serengeti, Central and Southern Serengeti including Ndutu Plains. You will also experience the first steps of one of natures most grueling and fascinating journeys as you witness the calving season in Ndutu Plains, Here over 2,500 calves are born per day. Calving season marks the beginning of this movement that sees millions of animals make the difficult journey from the southern Serengeti to the distant Maasai Mara.
Day 1 Arusha: Welcome to Kilimanjaro Tanzania! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who will be holding a sign on which says your name or a group name; transferred by a car / van to the Hotel in Arusha Town.
Day 2 – 5 Tarangire:
Day 2 – 5 Tarangire:Early morning breakfast and check out from the hotel and transfer to Tarangire National Park for Birding. Enjoy a total of Three full days of game drive in Tarangire National Park tracking birds, the park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Baobab strewn cliffs, Acacia woodland, swamp and the Tarangire River itself, the park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to watch elephants. It is also the habitat for Masai giraffes, Tree climbing python, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and a hundred different types of birds. More than 450 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species: Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starlings and Black-collared Lovebird. Some of the birds easy to spot in Tarangire are Crowned Plover, Grey Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Two-banded courser and the Black-faced Sand grouse.
Day 6 Manyara :
Early morning breakfast, check out from the Camps and proceed to Lake Manyara for Birding. Enjoy a full day in Manyara National Park, the park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands, water forest, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamp and the lake itself. And thanks to this the small park is able to support a large number of animal species and incredible bird life’s as this area is known for an abundance of bird lives as more than 300 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starlings and Black-collared Lovebird. It also offer great opportunities of Flamingo watching as they gather on the lake shore in flocks of ten thousands or even several hundred thousand. Some of the birds you can see in the floodplains of Lake Manyara are Crowned Plover, Grey Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Two-banded courser and the Black-faced Sand grouse. The bush clups on the edge of the floodplain is occupied by groups of Long-tailed fiscal, the rare Pangani Longclaw. The birds in the Lake Manyara forest are: Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Schalow’s Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle and ground dwelling Crested Guinea fowl. In the evening we will have dinner and overnight at the chosen Lodge in Karatu
Day 7 Serengeti National Park :
After breakfast 07:00am at Karatu, we will depart toward the Serengeti National Park, with an option to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After a Picnic lunch we will drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent for game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. These volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, we will have dinner and overnight at chosen Tented Camp in Seronera.
Day 8 – 9 Serengeti National Park :
Two full days tracking the bird spices from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich, we will have an early morning game drive to witness the sunrise over the savannah and see the plains come to life. The Serengeti has more than 500 bird species recorded; it is also one of Africa’s Endemic Bird which hosting five notable bird species found nowhere else in the world. These Serengeti specials are easy to locate and identify within their restricted range. The grey-breasted spurfowl is a common roadside bird at the Seronera area, in the center of the park. In woodland areas, parties of Fischer’s lovebird draw attention to themselves and the rufous-tailed weaver is a fascinating bird placed in its own genus. The other two endemics in Serengeti are the Usambiro barbet and the grey-crested helmet-shrike. After a long day in the park, sundowners will be served before we have our communal dinner and we finish this incredible day with drinks around the fire. Tonight we spend another nights sleeping in the African bush at the chosen Tented Camp in Seronera
Day 10 Ndutu plains:
Depart after breakfast and set off for Ndutu, a part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that shares the Southern Serengeti ecosystem. Millions of wildebeest call this area a home as they give birth to their babies. All the big cats, especially cheetahs and lions, follow the herds to enjoy a wide selection of prey. Witness the Cycle of Life, as some wildebeests are born, while others fall victim to their predators. We will spend a full day game drive here and thereafter check in to a chosen Lodge at Ndutu plains for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 – 13 Ndutu plains:
Three Full days of game viewing in Ndutu Plains / Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the evening we will have our dinner and overnights at the chosen Lodge in Ndutu plains
Day 14 Ndutu plains – Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
Check out from the lodge after lunch and proceed to Ngorongoro highland, game drive on the way from Ndutu Plain and thereafter we will drive to Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest intact caldera in the world. And along the way if wish to visit, a Maasai community welcomes us into their village on a special visit. Enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. We will spend a night on the crater rim at a chosen lodge.
Day 14 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha:
Arise early morning for breakfast and your descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, perhaps the prettiest place in all of Tanzania. Often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. It’s the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera on Earth, formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. Now it’s a home to over 30,000 animals, including all members of The Big Five. You will enjoy a full day game drive along with a picnic lunch with the hippos at the Hippo Pool before beginning your ascend and drive straight back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at the chosen Hotel.
Day 15 Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport:
Check out at the hotel after breakfast, and transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport for your flight back home. This depends with your flight schedule, and that will be the end of our Safari Services.
Whats included ?
- 15 Days game safari to Tanzania Northern Circuit
- Full board accommodation in a hotel / lodge / Luxury tented camps for 14 Nights
- Luxury 4 wheel drive with open roof
- Professional and experienced tour guide
- All national park fees
- All meals on safari
- All game viewing activities
- Mineral water
- All Transfers