10 Days Wildebeest Migration Calving Season Safari

10 Days Wildebeest Migration Calving Season Safari ( January – March ) - This Tanzania safari tour will give you the best chance to see the animals of the migration give birth to their young on the southern Serengeti in Ndutu plains. The vast herds of migratory wildebeest make their return to the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in ndutu area. Roughly 960,000 of these wildebeest are pregnant females which will drop their calves over 14 days between late December, January and early March.

Trip Type

All of our safaris in Tanzania are private, ensuring that you will get the most out of your experience in Tanzania.

If you have more time, considering pairing this Tanzania safari tours with a thrilling Kilimanjaro climb or a relaxing holiday to Zanzibar to add to your Tanzania Safari Trip!

Day 1: Arrival into Arusha

Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed and Ernest Magic Tours will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge.
Dinner and Overnight: Serena Mountain Village or Mount Meru Lodge

Day 2: Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast Your guide will brief you on your itinerary and review the expectations for your safari,giving you a taste of what’s to come. Please ask the guide questions at this time and as they come up during the safari and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, first crossing the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and then winding up into the fertile Ngorongoro Highlands. The Conservation Area is a wildlife and cultural preserve that covers 3,200 square miles, of which a mere102 square miles represent Ngorongoro Crater. Only Maasai are permitted to live within the area’s boundaries; they are seen throughout the highlands and conservation area wearing bright red and royal blue cloths and tending their herds of goats and cattle. The crater floor, however, is reserved only for wildlife. At some ten miles in diameter, the crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, and it abounds with one of the highest concentrations of diverse animals imaginable.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Early in the morning descend in the Ngorongoro Crater, a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife. Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino,cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope. On the floor of the crater, the alkaline Lake Magadi serves as an important water source, also attracting flamingo flocks during the dry season.Nearby, the small Lerai Forest, with its yellow fever acacia trees, provides shade and shelter for wildlife. You will often see baboons, vervet monkeys, and even elephants in its thicket. Thorny bush,grasslands, hippo pools and a second small lake are also found on the floor. You’ll soon see why Ngorongoro is considered to be among the world’s great wonder, breakfast box and picnic lunch are saved to maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at your hotel depart the cool, grassy Ngorongoro Conservation Area and later arrive on the great Serengeti plains for a different but just as spectacular wildlife viewing experience. You will pass one of the world’s greatest prehistoric archaeological sites, called Oldupai Gorge, and then continue your way over the scrublands. The wooded knolls around Naabi Hill Gate mark the Serengeti’s official entrance, which then drops into the park’s signature wide-open plains. Like no other, this stretch embodies the meaning of the word “Serengeti,” which from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever”. Serengeti National Park covers 6,000 square miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 2 million wildebeest.
Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge or Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 5: Serengeti National Park ( Southern Serengeti)

There is nothing as marvellous as traversing the plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s second largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland, plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. The Grumeti, Mbalageti, and Mara river systems serve as critical water sources and are often excellent sites for wildlife viewing. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, including cheetah and leopard, as well as large prides of lions and clans of hyenas. Other commonly seen animals include gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, topi, hartebeest, ostrich, and jackal, but it is the full diversity of wildlife and habitats that you will truly find amazing. The greater Serengeti ecosystem actually covers the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and numerous surrounding wildlife-protected lands that combine for a total of almost 17,000 square mile.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge or Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 6: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

What is the story behind the Big Five? It actually has nothing to do with the size of the animals. In the 1800s, colonial trophy hunters named buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, and leopard as the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. Thus, they were named the Big Five. Years later, tourism companies adopted the term and the list became the so-called five must-see animals while on safari. While it is possible to spot all the listed animals on your trip, leopard and rhino sometimes prove difficult to track down as they are both solitary, reclusive species. Ultimately, however, wildlife viewing in the Serengeti will be nothing short of amazing.

Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion
Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge or Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 7: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Your exploration takes you to various parts of the Serengeti ecosystem, including Ndutu area, the southernmost corner, where large herds of wildebeest tend to congregate in the so-called green months. The southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system fall outside of national park boundaries into what is known as the Ndutu area. Seasonally, this area is home to vast numbers of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, as they migrate over the plains in search of food and water.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge or Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 8: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge or Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 9: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Explore the pristine landscapes of the Southern Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge or Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Day 10: Depart

After breakfast drive or ( flying-option) to Arusha for lunch and transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport to catch your departing Flight.

Contact us for Price

Inclusions:

  • Pick up & drop off at Arusha town (any hotel)
  • Game viewing in 4×4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roof on exclusive basis
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Drinking water while on safari provided in safari vehicle
  • Park fees and conservations fees as per itinerary
  • 18% VAT on park fees and game drives for safari.

Exclusions:

  • Tourist visas
  • Personal travel/medical insurance
  • Optional activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages unless provided at accommodations
  • Tips for driver guide and lodge/camp staff
  • Any international flights and departure taxes
  • Any items of personal nature (laundry service, telephone/internet bills, souvenirs)

This Tanzania safari tour starts and ends in Arusha

Fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with KLM, Emirates, Qatar,Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Frequency Asked Questions

How soon do I have to book your tour?
We recommend booking your tour as soon as possible. Lodges and tented camps on safari are booked quickly, so we need to reserve those before they fill up. However, sometimes we do have space last minute as well.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
A valid VISA is required for travel to Tanzania. A single entry VISA is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. VISAS-on- arrival are available at a Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) for $ 50. (However for U.S citizens the cost is $100 for a multiple entry VISA). Is highly advised to visitors travelling from a country where VISA SERVISES ARE AVAILABLE SHOULD OBTAIN a visa prior to arrival in the country in order to avoid delays at the airport.

Can I Travel with children?
You can surely travel with children in Tanzania. Tanzanians love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns. However, it is not appropriate to go on safari with babies as the roads are bumpy.

What type of vehicles do you provide?
We use 4 or 7 passenger 4×4-drive modern Land Cruisers, all with pop up roof for viewing, our safari jeep are facilitated with High Frequency radios, Refrigerator, Binoculars and first aid kits.

What about roads on Safaris?
You will experience bumpy roads when traveling throughout the region and during game drives. This may pose a problem for some individuals with back problems. Please inform us in advance and we can provide additional back pillows for extra comfort. While our vehicles are customized and equipped for rough roads, we still recommend our guests to always fasten their seat belts at all times, and hold on when standing on their seat to enjoy the view through the popped up roof. Please also make sure that your cameras and other electronic equipment are safely stored at all times in case of any damages due to bumpy roads

What do you mean by “Unlimited Game drives?
In our Tanzania safari packages include unlimited game drives with no restriction on mileage or fuel. If you wanna go far as much as you can it possible. Also if you wanna go for the full day game drive, we’ll pack picnic lunch so you will have an incredible time in the bush. We start our legendary early game drive at 6 o’clock in the morning whereby you create a big opportunity of seeing predators while they are active and other animals movement around. In that time you have the GOLDEN light therefore the pictures you take you take really good pictures.

Am I allowed to walk around the national park?
It is recommended to stay inside your safari vehicles at all times when you are in the national parks, unless your driver guide find a safe area to stop for lunch, or to stretch your legs. If you are keen on hiking, there are guided walks that are available in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Within the Serengeti National Parks, long walks are not permitted during to conservation reasons; however, some lodgings will offer short walks near the lodge or camp.

Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
For our outstanding safari guide we recommend $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 10 to $ 25 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag.

Can I use my cell phone while in Tanzania?
Since you will be on a safari-type expedition, it’s unlikely that you will be close enough to any cell towers to be able to use your cell phone.

Do I need power adapters?
The power grid in Tanzania is 220-240v, meaning that you will need a converter for any 110v devices that can’t handle the higher voltage. Depending on where you are, you will also encounter both Type G (BS-1363) plugs and Type D (BS-546) outlets, which require converters.

What are the toilets like in Tanzania?
Camp, inn, lodge, or hotel, your Tanzania accommodations will offer a western style bowl toilet that flushes. It’s possible that if you are in more rural parts of the country on an expedition that you’ll encounter a squat toilet.

Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
Tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink. Only drink the filtered or bottled water provided to you by your tour operator.

Will I be able to find ATMs?
Withdrawing from ATMs in Tanzania is possible in larger cities like Arusha, Moshi and Stone Town. However, problems with ATM machines in Tanzania are being reported more often. During your Tanzania safari in the national parks, as well as near the beach accommodations at Zanzibar, there are no ATMs available.
We advise you to take cash US Dollars to Tanzania, which can be exchanged to local currency.
Please note: only US Dollars as from the year 2006 are accepted in Tanzania! Always ask for new dollars when buying them abroad.
Credit cards are accepted in some accommodations, but they often charge high credit card fees. Cash payments are cheaper.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always. It’s a precaution that you’ll hopefully never use but it can save you thousands of dollars.

Can i book my safari directly with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris?
Absolutely you can, as we are trying to avoid mediators in between

Booking Conditions

We really appreciate your decision of booking your lifetime Safari with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris.

Safari Bookings

Bookings and contracts shall be estimated to have been concluded in Arusha, Tanzania and shall be interpreted according to the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. The company exclusively reserves the right to deny any booking without reasonably outlining the reasons for it.

Deposit & Payment

Once you have agreed to the safari holiday arrangements with us a 40% of the total tour amount is required upfront to confirm a booking. This deposit forms part of the payment for the trip and shall be offset to the total amount charged to the client/agent.

However, clients or agents booking prior to four weeks of the departure of the tour are required to pay the amount in full to secure their reservation. If the full amount is Failure to pay full amount prior to four weeks of departure of the tour will result in cancellation of the booking and the deposits will also be forfeited.

All bank and other transactional charges have to be settled by the agent or client respectively. This also includes the transaction fees charged by our bank.

Cancellations

Cancellations have to be sent in writing. Cancellation shall be effective only from the date of receipt of cancellation by the booking office. In case of a booking cancellation, the company will be in the position of retaining the full deposit amount.

In case of a booking cancellation, the client will be subjected to a cancellation fee which is as follows:

  • 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • Less than 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee

The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion with our without prior notification in any kind of unavoidable circumstances. In such cases, refund of full amount will be made by the company.

Authority On Tour

The decisions of the Company’s guide/driver on tour shall at all times be final and binding. The client must at all times comply and meet with the laws, customs, and foreign exchange regulations of all countries visited.

Passports, Visas and Other Travel Papers

It is the client’s responsibility to make sure all the essential documentations required for your travel in Tanzania are in order. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held liable for any consequences resulting a client’s not having all required documentation prior to the starts of the tour.

Risk

The client accepts the tours are in adventurous nature and will involve individual personal risk. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held responsible for any property damaged, injury, loss of life howsoever caused. The client accepts full responsibility for all risks involved.

Marketing

Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris reserves the right to use any photographs and videos taken during tours for marketing or advertising. The client do gives approval to use such photos and authorises the company to preserve copyright or such materials.

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