Experience the first steps of one of nature’s most grueling and fascinating journeys as you witness the Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti. A new year brings new beginnings and this Tanzanian Calving Season Package perfectly sums up this saying. This adventure not only offers the chance to witness the arrival of the new members of the massive wildebeest herds that are part of the Great Migration but also to see the opportunist predators waiting to prey on it – a definite must for those who love seeing dramatic scenes unfold! Seven days of wildlife wonders and unimaginable adventures, as we set out from Arusha and concentrate our safari first on magical Ndutu and then Serengeti – the jewel of Tanzania – before enjoying a completely different, though equally amazing, setting at Ngorongoro.
Day 1: Arrival at JRO – Arusha
Day 2: Arusha – Serengeti National Park
Day 3: Gamedrive Ndutu Area
Day 4: Central Serengeti National Park
Day 5: Central Serengeti National Park
Waking up in the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park. After breakfast, we start today Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti with the morning section of our game drive in Serengeti National Park, marvelling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide.After our picnic lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much needed rest.
Note: For those who have booked the Balloon Safari , you will be picked up from the camp at 05.00 hours for a 06.00 hours departure. If you wish to book balloon safari, please let us know in advance, The price is $545 per person. After your 60 – 90 minute (depending on wind condition) aerial adventure, experience bush breakfast and champagne, thereafter your driver guide will pick you up for your full-day game drive.
Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Serengeti Heritage Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: A Day in the Life of a Maasai Village in Ngorongoro Highlands
You may want to sit down with the Maasai women and learn how to create the intricate beadwork they have become well-known for. The tedious technique—and the ease with which they string the beads together—is a testament to this tradition’s importance. Or, join the Maasai men as they tend to their livestock, and perhaps help them move their cattle to and from the grazing field.We will also have the opportunity to try on the vibrantly-colored, traditional Maasai dress, and join in on a dance celebration. You will hear chanting, rhythmic drumming, and shared laughter—there’s nothing quite like dancing to break the ice across cultures. As you partake, notice how the Maasai women bob their necks, causing their beaded jewelry to do a dance of their own. And, watch as the Maasai men show off their famous jumping.Then, we will participate in an intimate Q&A session with the village elders. This is a great opportunity to truly get to know the tribes people, asking questions about family dynamics, tribal medicine and healing techniques, their thoughts about technology, and more. Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, situated only a few hundred meters from the crater’s rim, offers a perfect base to explore the Ngorongoro Crater and its surroundings.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
It is up at daybreak to take on the steep path after breakfast leading down into the 600 m deep crater with packed picnic lunch. The slopes are forested but soon the landscape changes to savannah with the occasional acacia tree here and there. The wildlife in the crater is just breath-taking and with a little luck you might see the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. You should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area.The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.Animals in Ngorongoro were just trapped after descending down to the crater and could not come out again and this made them multiply within the crater. Currently all the African big 5 can be seen in Ngorongoro crater like the black Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, Buffalo and Leopards.
Day 8: Farewell to Africa
Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you will continue to Rift Valley Photographic Lodge for dinner. After dinner you will depart for night game drive in lake Manyara national park to look for animals that are hardly seen in day light like porcupine, aardvark, genets, bush babies and others. This is also a unique opportunity for you to experience the Wild Africa at night as you listen to the different animal sounds.On this last day of your safari you drive back to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you departure flight.
Price for Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti includes:
– Pick up and drop off in Arusha.
– Two nights Hotel before and after Safari (4 star).
– Park entrance fee at Ngorongoro.
– Full board accommodation on safari.
– Service of an English speaking driver guide, allowances to the guide.
– Transport based on a 4WD Vehicle with pop up roof for comfortable game viewing.
– Driver’s Salary and park fees for vehicle and driver.
– Game drives as per the Itinerary.
– Mileage is built in the price.
– Complementary bottle of water daily.
– Government taxes
Price for calving Season Ndutu Serengeti does not include
– Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
– International flight, Visa and Travel Insurance.
– Departure tax.
– Tips to drivers (highly recommended).