8 Days Wildebeest Migration Photography Safari Tours

8 Days Wildebeest Migration Photography Safari in Tanzania (Calving Season) - Every year, the vast heads of wildebeest (GNU) embark on a long –distance migration that happen together with the annual rainfall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest (gnu) arrive to the short grass plains of the Serengeti National Park around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and southern of the Seronera, around Ndutu area and the north of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be spotted across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the gnu calve around February. They normally stay in the Area till April and then start going west toward to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. Our eight days wildebeest migration photo safari holiday tours package have been designed specifically to help you see the Wildebeest Calvary Migration; we have designed the itinerary to visit southern Serengeti and Central Serengeti national park (seronera) where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from December through to March. Each of these game areas will delight you with the prospect of seeing Africa’s Big 5: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Cape Buffalo.

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

8 Days Wildebeest Migration Photography Safari in Tanzania - Day by Day Summary

  • Day 1 : Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha
  • Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater
  • Day 3: Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area
  • Day 4: Ndutu Area
  • Day 5: Ndutu - Serengeti National Park - Central Area
  • Day 6: Serengeti National Park
  • Day 7: Serengeti - Arusha
  • Day 8: Departure

Optional Excursions:

  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Maasai Village Visit

Trip Type

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

Best Time To Visit

December - March.

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris guide at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha.

Accommodation: Tulia Hotel or similar accommodation in Arusha.
Room plan: Double Occupancy Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 2: NGORONGORO CRATER

In the morning after breakfast you will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and after registration you will descend to the Crater Floor. You will do a full day of game drives at the floor and have picnic lunch at the Hippo poolside picnic site. After lunch you will continue with game drives in the Crater floor in search of the rhinos, elephants, lions, buffaloes, zebras, impalas, gerenuks, etc. Ngorongoro Crater is also famous for bird life and at the Lake makat at the middle of the crater floor you can see, flamingos, pelicans Egyptian geese, and many more aquatic species. Other birds include the hammer kop, Lilac breasted rollers weavers and many more.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Room plan: Double Occupancy 

DAY 3: NGORONGORO TO NDUTU

After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area,situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation area,part of the Southern Serengeti Eco-syste. 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. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April.The Area is usually heavily populated with elephants,birds and resident game.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Ndutu Camp or similar tented Camp in South Serengeti.
Room plan: Double Occupancy

DAY 4: NDUTU FULL DAY

After breakfast, enjoy a full game drive in the Ndutu Area. Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great heard of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for variety of predator. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Ndutu Camp or similar tented Camp in South Serengeti.
Room plan: Double Occupancy 

DAY 5: NDUTU TO CENTRAL SERENGETI

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 attract wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Camp or similar tented Camp in Central Serengeti.
Room plan: Double Occupancy

DAY 6: CENTRAL SERENGETI TO FULL DAY

On this day you will spend your time at the Serengeti plains doing game drives. Here you have the choice to do the early morning game drives if you so wish. This will give you the chance to see nocturnal species retire from a night out as well as the diurnal majority waking up for a new day.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Haritage Camp or similar tented Camp in Central Serengeti.
Room plan: Double Occupancy

DAY 7: CENTRAL SERENGETI TO  ARUSHA

After breakfasts we will have en route game drive while drive out of Serengeti National Park via Naabil gate pass through Ngorongoro Conservation Area and head to  Arusha and this will be the end of your Safari.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch. .

Accommodation: Tulia Hotel or similar accommodation in Arusha.
Room plan: Double Occupancy

DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY IN TANZANIA

We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back home. If you will have more time you can extend your tour to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be required

Prices for 2021/2022. You can start on any date you choose within the Travel Period.

A Group of 2 Persons – USD 3700 per person sharing (Double room)

A Group of 4 Persons – USD 2655 per person sharing (2 Double rooms or Twin rooms)

A Group of 6 Persons – USD 2400 per person sharing (3 Double rooms or Twin rooms)

Optional Safari Activities:

  • Balloon safari - USD 650 per person
  • Maasai Village Visit - USD 50 per vehicle

Please note:

  • This tour can be customized according to your needs
  • If you request changes to this tour, the price will change.
  • If an accommodation is fully booked, we will suggest a comparable alternative.

COST INCLUSIVE OF:

  • Transfer from Kilmanjaro/Arusha Airport
  • Safari Lodges based on full board accommodation
  • Camping – Campsite fees
  • All Reserve and park entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • The Ngorongoro crater entrance fee as per the Itinerary
  • The Ngorongoro Crater service fee.
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide (Tip not included).
  • Service of a cook (Tip not included).
  • Game drive in a safari build vehicle
  • Complimentary drinking mineral water daily while on safari.
  • Meals as per the Itinerary.

COST EXCLUSIVE OF:

  • Flight into Kilimanjaro and out of Kilimanjaro
  • Internal flights from Arusha or Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar.
  • Extras at the lodges and hotel i.e. Drinks, Laundry service etc
  • Tipping

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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